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ID 111 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO I [RESIDENTIAL DESIGN]

Credits: 3(1,0,5) Prerequisites: ARCH 111, ID 120; Co-requisite:  ARCH 132, ID 133

The course introduces solutions to functional and aesthetic problems along with examinations of interior residential environmental issues. Emphasis is placed on orientation, design theory, space planning, lighting, fabrics and furnishings. The development from the conceptual phase to final design based on interior considerations and external influences is tracked. Emphasis is placed on three-dimensional design processes, rendering and graphic representation of spaces.


ID 120   INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Credits:  2(2,0,0)

This course provides an orientation to the interior design profession and its relationship to allied fields. The basic principles and concepts of aesthetics and processes relevant to interior design are discussed. Philosophical approaches and contemporary developments in the discipline are discussed as well.


ID 121   HISTORY OF ART

Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: None

This class offers an overview of the history of art and architecture through the ages. Cultural and social issues are included. The lectures cover the process of artistic creation and pose questions for discussion and reflection.


ID 131   FREE HAND DRAWING

Credits: 2(1,0,3) Prerequisite: None

The course teaches drawing of humans, spaces, objects, and other figures using freehand in the solution of figure construction with emphases on perceptual, observational, and creative expression. Students practice drawing in pencil, ink, and watercolors and learn the subtleties of textures and tones.


ID 132   FOUNDATIONS OF COLOR DESIGN

Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: None

This is a basic course in the fundamentals of color and design. The course introduces students to aesthetic, historical, perceptual, scientific, and psychological aspects of color, light and their implications for interior design. Students explore color through experimentation, observation, and evaluation. Contemporary design projects are analyzed for their use of color theory.



ID 133 INTERIOR DESIGN VISUAL PRESENTATION I

Credits:  2 (1,0,3) Prerequisite: ID 131

This course is an introduction to different techniques, materials, and processes used in painting. Color rendering techniques are introduced as students continue to build on skills acquired in Drawing. Traditional painting methods and contemporary approaches are explored. Media are introduced in this course: pencil, color pencil, magic marker, pen, watercolor, gouache, chalk pastel, and acrylic paints, for use in later ID courses.


ID 212 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO II [DESIGN OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS]

Credits:  3(1,0,5) Prerequisites: ID 111, ARCH 112, ARCH1 40

Students are introduced to programming, specifications, code requirements, and the use of systems furniture as they relate to planning small commercial facilities. Emphasis is on the design process using space planning concepts and methods, problem-solving, and application of design theory specific to commercial office environments.



ID 213 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO III [DESIGN OF OFFICE BUILDING]

Credits: 3(1,0,5) Prerequisites: ID 212, MMGD 231

This course provides practice in the solution of functional and aesthetic problems of interior environments relevant to office buildings. With the focus on the problem-solving discipline of the design process and its application to public spaces, students work conceptually to achieve interior design goals and present their projects professionally.


ID 222 HISTORY STYLE OF FURNITURE

Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 121

The course surveys the main characteristics and motifs of Western and Eastern furniture from antiquity to the 19th Century. Students examine how people, social conditions, and technology influenced furniture design in each period. Class format includes illustrated lectures and discussions.


ID 223 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN

Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 222

This course examines interior architecture, decoration, and decorative arts within their cultural, technological, social, economic and political contexts, from ancient times through to the eighteenth century. Emphasis is placed on European, American and Islamic countries. Architecture and interior design of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are discussed against a background of interior architecture, furniture, and design philosophies.


ID 234 INTERIOR DESIGN VISUAL PRESENTATION II

Credits: 2(1,0,3) Prerequisites: ID 132, MMGD 231

This course introduces students to Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw programs to present and color projects. Using these highly creative tools for organizing and presenting digital images, students learn to capture and digitally manipulate images and text expressively in both digital and printed presentation documents and materials.



ID 250 INTERIOR MATERIALS AND SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS

Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: ARCH 131

This course canvasses the technical and aesthetic aspects of textiles. Emphasis is placed on product knowledge, specifications, technology, and terminology. The course also examines non- textile-based materials. Students learn how to select, specify and apply appropriate materials and finishes on the basis of aesthetics, material cost, environmental impact, and performance. In addition, the course presents the LEED rating system within the context of professional interior design practice.


ID 251 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND STRUCTURE

Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: ARCH 131

This course covers the basics of structural design and building construction relevant to the technical training of interior designers. The course focuses on the variety of building materials, their behaviors as structural elements and building products, and the sets of safety codes and construction procedures in the context of a building.


ID 252   WORKING DRAWINGS AND DETAILING I

Credits: 3(1,0,5) Prerequisites: ID 250, ID 251, MMGD 231

This course covers construction drawing formats and principles. While learning to develop the plans, elevations, sections, and details, students gradually assemble the set of working drawings for a small commercial or residential interior project.



ID 314 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO IV [DESIGN OF EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS]

Credits:  4(1,0,7) Prerequisites: ID 213, ID 234, MMGD 232

Building on previously studied design concepts, students work collaboratively to apply their knowledge and skills in the production of an Educational Building design project.Projects emphasize research, creative problem solving, effective Communications, sustainability and the application of LEED C-I standards.


ID 315 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO V [HOSPITALITY BUILDINGS]

Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisites: ID 314, ID 354, ID 355

This course focuses on hospitality spaces, the problem-solving discipline of the design process and its application to a hotel, resort, restaurant, entertainment, and related interior spaces.The emphasis is on developing concepts to achieve design goals in tandem with an application of theoretical knowledge and technical skills to design solutions. Students work on a variety of professionally relevant interior design projects.


ID 324 HISTORY OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN

Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 223

This is a theory studio course. Students are taken on a guided tour of the architecture and interior features of Islamic period design. In the theory portion of the course, students focus on interior design and the decorative patterns and motifs of this period of architecture. Students are taught to distinguish between different periods of Islamic architectural ornamentation and geographic origin (i.e., Turkish, Persian, Indian, Moroccan etc.) Students also study how Islamic ornamentation has influenced interiors and furnishings. In the studio, Islamic geometry is demonstrated to illustrate principles of Islamic patterns and design.




ID 342   LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: MMGD 232

Interior design students are introduced to planning and designing of environmental interior landscapes. The vast gamut of operations relevant to interior landscaping, from program formulation to implementation, is explored. Instruction also addresses and stresses a synthesis of environmental and social factors integral to the shaping of domestic settings in Saudi Arabia.


ID 353   WORKING DRAWINGS AND DETAILING II

Credits: 3(1,0,5) Prerequisite: ID 252

This course focuses on technical aspects of interior design with an emphasis on construction techniques, building systems and finishes. The course content includes creative problem solving and the development of working and presentation drawings.


ID 354   FURNITURE DESIGN AND DETAILS

Credits:  3 (2,0,4) Co-requisite: ID 353

This course is an introduction and overview of furniture and case-good design. Students study construction techniques, design, and materials associated with casework, tables, seating and furniture for commercial and residential interiors. Preparation of detailed working drawings, models, and presentation drawings are emphasized in this course. Students work through a project from the initial design stages through to completion of finished pieces of furniture.


ID 355   LIGHTING DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Credits: 2(3,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 353

This course considers the role of illumination methods, lighting systems, and mechanical systems in the design of interior spaces. Emphasis is placed on color and light, illumination aesthetics and applications, human behavior and responses to light and color, as well as strategies for dealing with heating, ventilation, air conditioning and acoustical systems.


ID 416 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO VI[OPERATIVE BUILDINGS]

Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisite: ID 315

The problem-solving discipline of the design process and its application to corporate design are the focuses of this course. Students develop concepts to achieve design goals and apply theoretical knowledge and technical skills to their design solutions as they work on a variety of professionally relevant interior design projects.



ID 425   DESIGN THEORY AND CRITICISM

Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: Seniors Standing

This course is an introduction to the elements and methods of critical thinking in architecture and interior design and their applications through discussion and writing. The course focuses on critical evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making.




ID 435   PORTFOLIO DESIGN

Credits:  3 (3,0,0) Prerequisites: Senior Standing, MMGD 232

This course is the capstone element in the development and preparation of a design projects portfolio. This course assists students in developing a high-level commitment to professional performance, refining both visual presentation and oral Communications skills necessary for success in the interior design industry. It emphasizes creative self-assessment, portfolio preparation, written Communications, presentation, interview, and job search skills. Students' professional portfolios are reviewed and career opportunities explored.



ID 442 SAUDI ARABIA ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE AND CONSERVATION

Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: ID 324

The course covers interior architecture and decorative arts within the cultural, technological and social contexts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from ancient times up through the 19th century.



ID 456 ADVANCE DLIGHTING AND ACOUSTIC TECHNIQUES

Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 355

Thecourselooksatadvancedtechniquesusedinplanninglightingandacousticmechanicsinthe design of interior spaces.



ID 457   SPECIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES

Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: ID 354

The field of Interior Design practice and execution is explored including the writing of detailed specifications, working out costing of materials and making a prototype of any furniture piece.




ID 458 BUILDING SERVICES INTEGRATION

Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 456

This course surveys the integration of the following systems found in buildings: structural systems (skeleton, pre-cast, load bearing), mechanical systems (elevators, HVAC, plumbing), electrical systems (lighting, acoustics, power) and safety fire protection systems. Students assess the best approaches to systems and services integration that correspond to user need and economic feasibility.




ID 459   PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

Credits: 2(3,0,0) Prerequisite: ID 457

In this course, students study business and office practices, fees and commissions, the preparation of estimates and contracts, professional ethics and job opportunities.




ID 490 INTERNSHIP

Credits: 3(0,0,0) Prerequisite: Completion of 90 credit hours

The PSU internship program offers elective academic credit for college-monitored work experience. Internships for credit are available to students matriculated in the BS degree program who have accumulated 90 credits or more. Typically, an internship lasts 3 months and spans one summer. It is designed to help students build on skills already learned in the classroom and to acquire new ones.



ID 492 CO-OP

Credits:  10(0,0,0) Prerequisite: Completion of 90 credit hours

The Co-Op is a career related professional program available to all Interior Design students. It is designed to help students build on skills already learned in the classroom and acquire new ones as well. Co-Op education is available to Interior Design students who have accumulated the requisite number or more credits. The Co-Op option counts for 10 credit hours (CRs) for practical onsite experience over a 7-month period, i.e. spanning one semester and summer.



ID 498 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO VII - SENIOR PROJECT I

Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisites: ENG 301, Senior Standing

This course is a research-based course that lays the foundation for the Senior Project course to be taken in the following semester. In consultation with the faculty and through guided research, students select an appropriate topic for their Senior Project. Their tasks are to write research proposal featuring a summary of their preliminary research, articulate are search question and describe the scope of their project.



ID 499 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO VIII - SENIOR PROJECT II

Credits:  5(0,0,10) Prerequisites: ID 457, ID 498

This is the final studio course. It focuses on the multidimensional aspects of analyzing complex problems. Attention is placed on creativity and integration with previous experiences utilizing systematic design methodologies, research, programming, estimation, and detailing all phases of the design process.


MMGD COURSES


MMGD 211 GRAPHIC DESIGN – VISUAL FORM

Credits:  3 (2,0,2) Prerequisite: MMGD 231

The course lays the foundation for graphic design studies. It focuses on the applications of the basic elements of color, line, and shape to a specific message. The course is designed to enhance students' visual perception and problem solving skills as their projects are critiqued weekly.




MMGD 231 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN I

Credits: 3 (1,0,5) Prerequisite: MATH 103, ARCH 131

This course introduces computer-aided graphic software such as AutoCAD for technical application in 2D and 3D presentations. The course emphasizes the use of computers rendering techniques for simulating models, materials, and textures, and the importance of presenting these simulations in multiple shots.



MMGD 232 COMPUTER VISUALIZATION AND SIMULATION

Credits: 3 (1,0,5) Prerequisite: MMGD 231

The course focuses on the use of advanced computer software multi-media design. Students obtain hands-on-experience applying digital methods used in design, modeling, rendering, lighting, etc. for visualized drawing. The course covers basic animation modeling (Rhino and Maya), shading, rendering, animation (3D MAX and Mental Ray), and digital media editing (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premier) or equivalent modeling software.


MMGD 334 PHOTOGRAPHY

Credits: 3 (2,0,2) Prerequisite: Junior Standing

The course discusses the significance of medium photography within Communications processes and the difference between human perception and photographic image. It covers the fundamentals and principles of photographic image making and aesthetics. The use of photography as an investigative and presentation tool is also discussed. Emphasis on composition and design elements of view, lighting, black and white technique; as well, digital image manipulation, and input and output strategies using digital cameras and creative camera controls. The course focuses finally on proficiency in working with equipment and software combined with creativity to produce a quality portfolio.