The field of interior design is rapidly changing. Interior designers are not only responsible for aesthetic elements but are also called upon to assess and understand a given site condition and create environments that inspire and support transformative human experience. In this class, faculty introduce students to the field of interior design through an institutional, commercial, or public studio project in New York City. Students engage in an iterative creative process that includes field observation and analysis, measuring, drawing, model making, and selecting and evaluating healthy materials. Students build technical skills and develop an understanding of scale, form, and spatial relationships needed to interpret the interior environment. Students divide their time between designing in the studio, learning to analyze and represent space, and taking field trips to relevant sites in New York City. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of the interconnectedness between interior design, ecology, and human experience, empowered to critique and build upon cultural understandings of the field.
NOTE: This course requires students to bring a modern computer laptop to class to complete course assignments. The New School provides all degree and credit-seeking students (enrolled in the current term) with subscriptions for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.
By the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of how to formulate a personal, self-directed design process: a conceptual framework to guide decision making
- Apply the conceptual and physical tools of interior design through individual projects
- Understand and apply modelmaking and design drawing as tools for design iteration and communication
- Develop and understand of how to explain, defend, and modify the design process through presentations and discussions
- Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between preconceived thinking and making and conceptual thinking and making through idea generation and iterative brainstorming
- Apply multiple methods of research and iteration, including model making, reading, drawing, and analysis
- Apply a broad array of representational techniques to communicate ideas such as, sketches, physical models, presentation drawings, material and color boards, and perspective drawings/collages