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Interior Design Bachelor of Science

The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

This Art Institute program is no longer accepting new students. Currently enrolled students can find out more about this program below.

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The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley Announces the 3rd Annual Art Educators Appreciation Gallery Show Call for Entries The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley Announces the 3rd Annual Art Educators Appreciation Gallery Show Call for Entries



(Sunnyvale, California, January 31, 2014) – This March, The Art Institutes system of schools (“The Art Institutes”) will have more than 50 Art Institutes locations in the United States host What Those Who Teach Can Do, a national collaboration of gallery shows to pay tribute to talented arts educators across the country. In Sunnyvale, The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, will feature local high school art and media educators’ artwork in a month-long exhibition to celebrate their creativity, and thank them for positively affecting the lives of so many students.

“We’re turning the tables on our educators and focusing on their passions and creativity,” said Charles Restivo, president of The Art Institutes. “The collaboration of galleries is the stage we set to celebrate our teachers’ commitment to preparing our area high school students.”

This year will mark The Art Institutes’ third celebration highlighting educators’ artistic work, commitment and passion. If you’re a high school arts and/or media teacher or know of a teacher that may be interested in submitting their work, please visit http://whatteacherscreate.com/ for information about What Those Who Teach Can Do at The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley.

Artwork for submission can include, but is not limited to, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, audio/video, design, digital media, film, photography, illustration, culinary images, fiber, and/or fiber arts. There is a limit of one entry per participant, and all art must be exhibition-ready for immediate installation.

This year, anyone can nominate a teacher to submit their work. Once nominated, the nominee will receive an email notifying them of their nomination along with information on how to submit their artwork. Entries are being accepted, and entry deadlines vary by campus.

For all details regarding local gallery receptions, please visit http://aieducators.com/.

The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of California — Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, is located at 1120 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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Academic Director Receives Two Appointments by National Interior Design Organizations Academic Director Receives Two Appointments by National Interior Design Organizations
 Luke Kwan, Design Academic Director at The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, has recently been selected for two appointments that will help him shape the careers of young interior designers nationwide.

He was selected as one of the ten 2014 item writers for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination. In this role, he will develop new multiple-choice questions for the NCIDQ Examination as a fair, reliable and valid determination of minimal competence in interior design.

Kwan was also selected to serve as the 2014 Emerging Talent editor for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Exchange magazine, a quarterly magazine focusing on interior design education. As Emerging Talent editor, he will be focusing on students and working professionals with less than two years of working experience.

For more information on NCIDQ, visit http://www.ncidq.org/, and for more information on IDEC, visit http://www.idec.org/.

The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of California — Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, is located at 1120 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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Program Description

The bachelor’s degree program in Interior Design is rich in theory and practice. The focus on theory at the beginning of the program articulates the guiding principles which provide the foundation for the hands-on application of design concepts. Students have the opportunity to develop abilities in all aspects of the design of three-dimensional space, residential and commercial, rooted in historical and cultural context. Students have the opportunity to learn to communicate design solutions through a variety of visual media, interface with professionals and manage the business of their profession. Students will have the opportunity to develop aesthetic and ethical sensitivities over the course of the program and will be prepared to seek entry into the entry level fields of commercial and/or residential interior design.

The mission of the bachelor’s degree program in Interior Design is to prepare students to obtain entry-level positions in their field and function as trained professionals. Students will have the opportunity to conceive and develop viable design solutions within the interior environment utilizing creative, critical and technical methodologies. The program is designed to prepare students for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity and protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of the public by incorporating function, aesthetics and environmentally sustainable products. By meeting the educational goals, students have the opportunity to develop an attitude of flexibility and a desire for life-long learning necessary to meet the changing demands of the interior design profession.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
• Problem Solving - Graduates will solve complex interior design problems using the design process and their knowledge of interior design principles, theories and applications to analyze the client profile and project program, both individually and collaboratively.
• Communication - Graduates will provide interior design services using effective oral, written, and visual communication employing a variety of means, methods and technologies, in both 2- and 3-dimensions.
• Building Systems - Graduates will produce interior design solutions that constructively integrate with available building, environmental, and property management systems, as well as prevailing standards of use, maintenance and sustainability.
• Interior Finish Materials - Graduates will specify and apply to their interior design solutions finish materials that meet prevailing standards of use, maintenance, sustainability, regulatory compliance, and aesthetics.
• Professionalism - Graduates will provide professional services based on the interior design body of knowledge with a standard of care that both meets client needs and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public in an ethical and legal manner resulting from exposure to academic and real-world experiences.

Graduation Requirements
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations as related to your program of study.
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