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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Interior Architecture + Design

FOUNDATIONS  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
F100: Observational Drawing
In Observational Drawing the student is introduced to the visual language of drawing. How the parts of the drawing relate to each other and to the composition as a whole are explored. Each student strives to develop perceptual and representational skills. The student will primarily use black-and-white media, though color and digital experiences will also be introduced. The course places emphasis on depicting the human form in space using nude models and also places emphasis on depicting objects and on articulating space.

Observational Drawing is a course in which the student develops drawing and composition skills. While experimentation and imaginative probing are honest and expected aspects of the process, the main thrust of the course is analytical seeing and drawing with a range of media. Formal elements such as line, value, space, proportion and composition are employed for both representational and expressive purposes. The student begins to develop personal "voice" from the act of drawing, mark-making and composing. This exploration is designed to help the student use the language with purpose. The course encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in their work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F110: Visual & Color Dynamics
Visual & Color Dynamics is a problem-solving course in which the student investigates the dynamic visual forces involved in composing on a two-dimensional plane. Students explore the interrelationships of composition, process, perception, and intention. Color and light are also explored as a visual phenomenon, as a perceptual occurrence, as pigment with specific mixing properties, and as an element with powerful expressive and symbolic potential. Time, the fourth dimension, is investigated through problems dealing with simultaneity and sequentiality. The range of tools includes traditional materials/mediums and digital imaging. The course broadens the student’s skill level in idea development, research strategies, and technique through the exploration of the visual language in both a historical and contemporary context. Approximately one-half of the semester is spent working in a digital environment.

Visual & Color Dynamics examines the visual dynamics that influence and determine the impact of two- dimensional work. The problems assigned encourage inventive thinking through the implementation of a variety of ideation strategies. The theory and application of formal issues test the expressive potential of the visual language. This exploration is designed to help the student use the language with purpose, and with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

The additional application of color theories to studio problems allows the student to investigate the physical, perceptual, psychological, expressive, and organizational properties of color. The student will investigate both subtractive models and additive models of color. In increasingly complex problems, the student will also be introduced to time as a visual issue.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F120: Research, Practice and Methods
In Research, Practice, and Methods (R.P.M.) students investigate strategies for effective communication. Each course emphasizes process and creative problem solving – appropriately using subject matter and a variety of media as a means of examining conceptual goals. Students engage in critical inquiry and conduct in-depth research to promote the development of their own studio practice within a historical, cultural, and personal context. The student chooses selectives from a variety of offerings. 3 credits each. (May be repeated with change in topic for total of 6 credits.)

R.P.M. selectives deal with concepts fundamental to many disciplines. These courses focus on a specific theme or issue to contextualize the student’s learning and promote a deeper understanding of one’s personal creative process. Students actively engage in various research practices to develop critical thinking and nurture their commitment to communicating ideas in a substantive way. Form and media explored in R.P.M. courses vary depending on the Selective the student chooses.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F130: Space, Forms & Materials
Space, Form & Materials is comprised of three-dimensional visual experiences and investigation in the interaction of forms in space. The course broadens the student’s skill level in idea development, research strategies, and material technique through hands-on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussions. The course projects employ a variety of materials and media and emphasize the exploration of the visual language in both a historical and contemporary context. Within the course, students receive an orientation to MIAD's 3D lab, including instruction in the proper and safe use of hand tools and power equipment.

The course presents a progressive study in the terminology, principles, techniques, and materials in three-dimensional thinking. The projects assigned encourage inventive thinking through the implementation of a variety of ideation strategies. The theory and application of three dimensional design issues test the expressive and communicative potential of the visual language. This exploration is designed to help the student use the visual language with purpose and with an understanding of the historical and contemporary context. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F140: Understanding the Visual I
In Understanding the Visual I, students will explore topics that are fundamental in all areas of art and design. Students will develop skills in research, presentation, critique and discussion that will foster critical thinking. Through initiating an historical and contemporary context for art and design, students will develop the ability to formulate arguments and defend positions relevant to today’s culture.

In Understanding the Visual I, students will consider the meanings of images and objects in their contemporary culture. Presentation skills will be developed through which students will be able to separate opinions from positions, and discover ways to defend specific selections and attending positions.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): None
1.5
Required Major Courses: Spring  
F199: Intro to Advanced Study
Introduction to Advanced Study offers a unique and broad-based exposure in advanced-level art and design disciplines offered at MIAD. The philosophy behind Introduction to Advanced Study is to invite students to explore problem solving and ways of working within the majors. Students will be actively engaged in making as a mode of inquiry and will gain experience in both the conceptual basis for the disciplines as well as the practical processes of the disciplines studied. Faculty will offer a variety of course structures and themes.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F100, F110 & F130
3.0
F113/F115: Image & Drawing Concepts / Spatial Concepts
F113: Image & Drawing Concepts

In Image & Drawing Concepts, students further enhance the drawing and compositional skills that they began to develop in F100 and F110. The focus of the course is the investigation of visual language as they explore different ways to create images. Issues in sequence, seriality and time are examined. A variety of media is used as a way of broadening the understanding of drawing and image making.

As a continuation of the first semester 2D courses, Image & Drawing Concepts allows the student to explore multiple ways to create images. This is accomplished through the investigation of a variety of concepts, processes, and materials that include experimental use of media/methods. Traditional boundaries between drawing and other disciplines will be blurred. The contextual and expressive use of color is an integral component of the course. The course strives to make drawing and other image making relevant to real world applications in the contemporary design and fine art realms.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F110 and F100 (or advanced placement)


F115: Spatial Concepts

In
Spatial Concepts the student continues three-dimensional visual experiences and investigation in the interaction of forms in space. Idea development, research strategies, and material techniques are advanced through hands on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussions. The projects are designed to allow the student to engage in various design and fine art processes and critically examine the effectiveness of presentation.

Spatial Concepts is an exploratory studio class that develops an informed understanding of three- dimensional form. The course presents a progressive study in the terminology, principles, techniques, and materials used in the development and interaction of three-dimensional forms. It is the objective of the course to develop within each student a deeper understanding of the terms and principles defining the context of form and a proficiency in the application of those elements to the creation of three-dimensional form. It encourages the transfer of the processes and knowledge in the student’s work, in other foundations courses, and at the advanced levels.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F130
3.0
F121: Research, Practice and Methods
In Research, Practice, and Methods (R.P.M.) students investigate strategies for effective communication. Each course emphasizes process and creative problem solving – appropriately using subject matter and a variety of media as a means of examining conceptual goals. Students engage in critical inquiry and conduct in-depth research to promote the development of their own studio practice within a historical, cultural, and personal context. The student chooses selectives from a variety of offerings. 3 credits each. (May be repeated with change in topic for total of 6 credits.)

R.P.M. selectives deal with concepts fundamental to many disciplines. These courses focus on a specific theme or issue to contextualize the student’s learning and promote a deeper understanding of one’s personal creative process. Students actively engage in various research practices to develop critical thinking and nurture their commitment to communicating ideas in a substantive way. Form and media explored in R.P.M. courses vary depending on the Selective the student chooses.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
F141: Understanding the Visual II
We live in an increasingly visual culture: what we see shapes how we think, and what we think shapes how we see. Understanding the Visual II will focus on how all images and objects comprise our visual culture, and how everything in visual culture is encoded with meaning, not only in its creation, but also from the context in which a viewer experiences it. Students will develop an understanding of how contemporary culture constructs, understands, and uses images and objects through an examination of contemporary art and design.

As an introductory exploration of contemporary visual culture, this course will prepare students to contextualize and apply critical standards to any image or object they encounter, including an examination of their own work through the development of a digital portfolio. Students will explore how visual culture is constantly changing and use this awareness as an opportunity to discuss their lives as creators and the future of art and design. They will also learn how to engage in critique as an example of a deeper mode of inquiry about their own work and the work of others.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): F140
1.5
Liberal Studies: Foundations  
WR120: The Word and the World
The World and the Word course is an introduction to academic writing at the college level. Students will engage in an intensive practice of critical reading, thinking and writing through the examination of a variety of topics and genre in a collaborative atmosphere. Students will create a written self-assessment at the end of the semester.

In this course, students will use writing as a means by which to improve their ability to read meaningfully and to understand the profound connection between oral and written language and the world in which they live. Four parts of the writing and learning process are stressed: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students will read and write about subjects both academic and non-academic, and explore the various ways writers engage their audiences in particular contexts. In doing so, they will learn to see and evaluate their own rhetorical choices in a range of writing situations. Through the course of the semester, students write often and in many forms: in journals, online, formally and informally. Further, they will practice all steps of the writing process, including researching a topic, assessing the context and audience of a particular assignment, and developing early drafts into refined essays.

Speaking and listening are just as fundamental as reading and writing to the student-centered activities that form the core of this course. Students will practice articulating their ideas in class discussion and attending closely to those of their peers, further developing their own perspectives. Through workshops and writing groups, students will analyze one another’s writing and practice revision and editing. Students also participate in small group work, collaborative writing, conferences, and research. These activities stress how writing can be practiced in communities as well as on one's own; they will demonstrate that writing, like learning, is simultaneously solitary and social, private and public.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
AH151: Prehistory - 1900
Topics in Historical Art: Prehistory to 1900 is a course in which a number of themes in historical Western art are examined and addressed through east-west cultural connections and artistic exchanges. Key art objects in cultural periods from prehistoric times through the nineteenth century will be the focus of study. Through intensive reading, writing, and oral projects, students will learn to identify and discuss key works of art utilizing appropriate terminology by artistic, cultural, and critical criteria. In the course, students will engage in activities centering on inquiry, observation, description, analysis, and research of art objects.

AH151 is a topical study of art from prehistory through the nineteenth century, and will focus primarily on Western art, East- West cultural exchanges, and the influence of Non-Western art and ideas on the art in the west. Focus will center on art objects from different cultures and periods within this time frame and the historical contexts in which they were created. Because art and ideas are considered equally important, reading and analysis of primary and other texts, along with the study of images and original works are basic to AH151 coursework. The texts will help provide an aesthetic, social-cultural, and critical framework for studying these creators and their objects. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to examine the lives of many significant creative figures, the influences of their personalities on the art of their time, and the artistic movements of which they were a part. In the course, students will utilize inquiry, observation, description, analysis, and research as key tools to engage specific works, historical periods, and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): None
3.0
HU121: Human Thought and Action
Human Thought and Action introduces multiple ideas, disciplines, and forms of making meaning. It serves as an introduction to humanist inquiry, focusing on critical thinking, the analysis of ideas, formulating questions, and the interconnectedness of knowledge and the various disciplines.
The philosophical, historical, theological, psychological, and sociological narratives created by humans form the structure of our lives. Human Thought and Action investigates the human meaning-making impulse and the articulation of human ideas and experiences through various disciplines.

HU121 is an interdisciplinary inquiry into human thought, action and reaction. In this course, teachers and students will examine the way that humanist knowledge and processes have influenced humankind’s perception of self through millennia. As a prerequisite for the upper-level humanities courses, HU121 focuses on significant forms of knowledge and ontological questions. Students will be challenged to reflect upon and discuss definitions of group problem-solving activities, “community,” cultural literacy, and the importance of human action and witness to a culture.
Through study of specific texts, students will explore the way that humans have borne witness to their experiences and sought to find meaning in them in various ways. Students will explore different views on the human experience through familiar activities – close reading of primary and secondary texts, class discussions, inquiry journals and take-home essays and transactional writing, participation in public events in the MIAD community, field trips, and on-site research.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR111 or WR120
3.0
Students complete 16.5 credits each semester foundations year to complete degree requirements in four years 33 CREDITS
SOPHOMORE  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
DS220: IAD I: Residential
IA+D Design I: Residential Design is the first design studio in the six semester design studio sequence within the IA+D Area. This course addresses the most fundamental and therefore most significant building type: the home. And while at first pass, the course might appear to be only about residential design, the student will be asked to consider the proposition put forth by Gaston Bachelard, in his the Poetics of Space, that “all really inhabited space bears within it the essence of the notion of home.” Because our ability to inhabit the world can be looked upon as an extension of our capacity to inhabit the home, in considering Bachelard’s proposition this course thereby establishes a foundation for all subsequent design studios.

This course will introduce and endeavor to address a wide variety of subject areas that are germane to the study of architecture + interior design. We will begin by identifying a series of underlying assumption that serve as a point of departure for this and other sophomore level IA+D courses. These assumptions are:
1. that “design” in general, including for our purposes architecture, interior architecture, and interior design, are as fundamental to our world (perhaps even more so) as “art”;
2. that the process and products of design and art share much in common;
3. that understood properly, design is simply another name for “forethought” – that is, thinking ahead;
4. that all incoming students already possesses a lifetime’s worth of experience upon which to draw and build;
and
5. that the visual language of design often reveals its meaning to us directly and immediately.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
3.0
DS222: IAD Drawing/CAD I: Drafting, Sketch-up & Auto CAD
IA+D Drawing I is an in‐depth exploration into two and three dimensional architectural representation. This course seeks to teach aspiring architectural designers how to create compelling imagery through the use of hand sketching, drafting, diagramming and digital modeling. This course will serve as a comprehensive introduction into the broad range of drawing types that have been traditionally employed by architectural designers.
Students will learn to represent the mind's eye through traditional orthographic drawings and hand drafting techniques. Throughout the semester, students will gain an understanding of the role both hand drafting and digital drawing plays in the profession of architecture and design. By the end of the semester, students will be proficient in concept development, traditional hand drafting, SketchUp's digital modeling capabilities, and in creating and giving a project presentation both tangibly and digitally.

IA+D Drawing I will give students a rich palette of representational possibilities, techniques, means and methods to facilitate meaningful architectural design and creative self-expression.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
1.5
DS224: IAD Systems I: Elements of Design
IA+D Systems I: Elements of Design initiates the content driven systems sequence within the curriculum of the Interior Architecture + Design Program. The systems sequence is designed to introduce and deliver critical content to IA+D students - through application in the design studio sequence. In time, this content will help to give form to the designs that are conceived and developed by the students.

The course will serve as both an introduction to and a broad survey of the four interrelated and interconnected industries: architecture, interior design, furniture design, and building construction that combine to give form to the discipline of ‘interior architecture’. In this way this course will serve to acclimate the incoming student to the world of built form by introducing a range of issues that draw a direct between the user and the designed object. are fundamental to an understanding on the industry. In the process, the course will also serve to assign meaning and seek to give voice to each incoming student’s life experiences as these relate to the inhabitation of built form.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
1.5
DS226: IAD Theory/Practice: Human Factors
In DS226A IA+D Theory/Practice: Human Factors, the students will learn how to research for inspiration and conceptualization, sketch or draw to visualize ideas and forms, build models to further develop concepts, and ultimately fabricate the objects they have designed. Through lecture and demonstrations students will learn how to choose and utilize a variety of materials, processes, tools, and finishes to achieve this goal. Students will be required to participate in individual discussion with their instructor and in group discussion with their instructor and classmates about developing their ideas and concepts into a satisfactory design solution for the specific assignment that they are engaged in completing at that time. Students will also be expected to present their work to an audience of their peers and instructors as professional designers in training. In the Design Build component of our class we will explore model building materials, wood materials, hardware, processes, technique, millwork, structure and finishes.

The students in DS226A IA+D Theory/Practice: Human Factors, must learn how present their ideas through their drawings, models, and by presenting images of precedents, further clarified through group discussions with their instructor and classmates. The students will be expected to further their hands-on skills in the 3-D Lab and learn the basic tenets of constructing wooden objects over the spectrum of small, hand-held objects, such as a serving board, to residential construction techniques, such as Western Platform Framing and Post and Beam construction methods. This course is designed to increase the students’ knowledge and understanding of the properties and characteristics of the materials that they will be using to complete their hands-on assignments. Another skill that we want students to accomplish is how to cooperate in group settings in the work environment. Students that graduate from this class will have learned how to present their ideas and their work in a professional manner to an audience, who could be their peers or their clients, with an articulate and convincing speech.

This class is not only a design class, but most importantly this class is a testing ground of designs. The students in this class actually get to bring their designs to life by fabricating them. During critique, the students will compare and determine whether the final completed object has successfully fulfilled the design expectations.

In this class, we would like to identify students with a specific desire and ability to tailor their course of studies in the IA+D major, in the direction of becoming Designer/Builders of architectural objects, primarily custom-made furniture and high-end, wooden residential structures.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring  
DS221: IAD II; Work Space/Office Design
IA+D Design II: Work Space / Office Design is the second design studio in the six semester design studio sequence within the IA+D Area. This course will address a variety of different work settings and work environments at varying scales of focus and development. Whenever possible the students will undertake a small scale ‘real’ project, that is a project that has a potential to be built.

This course will introduce and endeavor to address a wide variety of subject areas that are germane to the study of architecture + interior design. We will begin by identifying a series of underlying assumption that serve as a point of departure for this and other sophomore level IA+D courses. These assumptions are:
1. that “design”, including architecture, interior architecture, and interior design, are as fundamental to
our world as “art”;
2. that the process and products of design and art share much in common;
3. that understood properly, design is simply another name for “forethought” – that is, thinking ahead;
4. that all incoming students already possesses a lifetime’s worth of experience upon which to draw and
build; and
5. that the visual language of design often reveals its meaning to us directly and immediately.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS220
3.0
DS223: IAD Drawing/CAD II: Advanced Auto CAD & REVIT
This course is a follow-up to the Interior Architecture + Design Computer Drawing I course. Students will further develop their understanding and ability relative to the programs introduced in the earlier course and at the same time gain familiarity with additional programs.

The Computer Drawing II course will explore the use of the computer as a tool in producing a set of contract documents. Students will be asked to produce a built drawing of an existing building, and to assemble a set of contract documents of a design. We will build off of digital modeling techniques using SketchUp and introduce rendering and composite image-making using digital and analog media including Photoshop, Illustrator and Kerkythea among others.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS222
1.5
DS225: IAD Systems II: Materials & Finishes
This course has two simultaneous and congruent goals:
1. To study the relationship of color and materials on the interior environment &
2. Learn how to investigate and procure physical materials and samples & keep them organized and
accessible as well as develop relationships in the field.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS224
1.5
DS227: IAD Theory/Practice: Design In-Depth
This course will afford students the opportunity to design and build a single small piece of furniture – either an end table or side table, a small coffee table, or a night stand - made exclusively or predominantly of wood (wood products and sheet goods such as plywood or particle board will be discouraged and/or greatly restricted). The piece of furniture you design should be “roughly” contained within a volume measuring 18” x 18” x 36”. Applied finishes to your piece may include modified varnish, acrylic urethane, various types of oil, or paint.

Please be clear that we are completely invested in this class, committed to the success of this class, and therefore invested in your work and committed to your success. Understand as well, that while we will offer demonstrations with regards to wood working tools, techniques, and finishes it is assumed that you and you alone are responsible for fabricating your piece of furniture.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS226
3.0
Studio Electives  
Studio Elective
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Sophomore  
WR200: Critical and Creative Forms
Critical and Creative Forms is an intermediate-level writing course that focuses on writing as a creative and critical form. Students will explore the formal qualities of a variety of “texts,” including visual and online texts, and expand their experience of writing analytically and creatively. It is an intensification of the processes introduced in WR120 with further emphasis on visual as well as verbal rhetorics and critical thinking.

In WR200, students will develop their ability to read and assess communication in various forms and genres, to write analytical and critical essays, to perform increasingly sophisticated research, and to experiment with communicative form themselves. WR200 focuses on the theme of “environments,” examining the idea or condition of “environment” through a variety of possible progressive lenses, including ecological, natural, cultural, sacred or built environments.

WR200 emphasizes writing-in-process and students are challenged to take progressively more individual responsibility for all phases of the process, from journaling to the composing of final manuscripts. Students will be expected to identify, research and articulate points of view with increasing sophistication and ease in order to engage in critical conversations. Students participate in writing workshops, writing groups, small group discussions and collaborative writing as well as complete individual writing assignments. Throughout, students will be required to demonstrate evolving critical judgment and self- reflection. Self-directed research and working proficiently with primary and secondary sources is also emphasized through assignments highlighting the research process and the creation of an annotated bibliography.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR120 or WR111
3.0
SC220:Patterns in Nature
The Introduction to Natural Sciences is based upon first hand investigations and discoveries in the field of Natural Sciences. In this course students will deepen their understanding of the nature of the scientific method, its theoretical challenges, and pursue a series of empirical applications in the lab and in the field. This practical knowledge will be broadened through intensive reading, discussions, critiques, and oral assignments. This is an intensive, practical approach that uses the scientific method as a tool for investigation, problem solving and critical thinking. This course is challenging and demanding, but rewarding. Excellence in analytical and critical thinking skills are of utmost importance.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): none
3.0
AH213: History of Modernism-Design
The History of Modernism: Design outlines major styles and trends in communication design, illustration, industrial design, architecture and interior architecture & design, from the beginning of the industrial period to the present. Through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments, students have the opportunity to study the philosophical, social, cultural and commercial concerns of such primary movements as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Art Deco and Post Modernism within Europe, the United States and Japan.

AH213 will provide students with an historical perspective of the designer’s world since the beginning of the 19th century. Students will gain an understanding of the major figures, movements and styles in design that have emerged since the beginning of the modern industrial period, and of the social and cultural forces that are the basis of the evolving craft of the designer. While significant emphasis will be placed on design of the recent past, students will be required to demonstrate understanding of the relationship between recent trends in design and the traditions from which they emerged. AH213 emphasizes the critical process and stresses writing as a primary means of demonstrating knowledge in these areas. Strong emphasis will be placed on all manifestations of modern and contemporary design as it concerns both two and three-dimensional forms.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR120 and AH151 or equivalencies
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester sophomore year to complete degree requirements in four years 30 CREDITS
JUNIOR  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
DS320: IAD III: Retail/Showroom Design
IAD III: Retail/Showroom Design will serve as an introduction to design within the scope of commercial-retail space and showroom planning. Students will study and learn from published materials and visits to local examples of the particular type of project that they will be called upon to design. The course is designed to build your knowledge of retail design through projects that embrace unique and different strategies for approaching design within a consumer-based business. To the extent possible, we will establish and work within a specified set of circumstances. You will be dealing with learning about real world conditions directly through discussions with your instructors as well as others who routinely confront such issues. The projects, themselves, may not all have the potential to be built but the location of the projects, the clients, or the clientele will all be as real as circumstances permit.

In recent years junior level IA+D students enrolled in this course have undertaken sponsored projects with external clients such as the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Kohler Company. These relationships have been instrumental in our ability to place graduating students in design positions at these companies. This semester we are in the process of once again exploring relationships with both Harley-Davidson and Interior Systems Incorporated to undertake sponsored projects. Additional information regarding the specifics of these projects will be forthcoming.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS221
3.0
DS322: IAD Drawing/CAD III: Advanced REVIT
This course serves as a follow-up to the earlier Interior Architecture + Design Computer Drawing courses. Students are asked to further develop their understanding and ability relative to the programs introduced in earlier courses and, at the same time, to develop proficiency in newly introduced software and modeling, rendering, and post-production techniques. Predominantly, this course seeks to provide students with the necessary skill set to work in a professional design firm in a digital manner.

This course will explore the use of the computer as a tool in producing high-quality presentation materials, including floor plans, elevations, 3D models, and Renderings. This course will focus on learning three dimensional drawing, by studying both traditional and digital illustration techniques, using computer software, hand drawings, and other tools. Students will become proficient in modeling and rendering techniques using the following programs: Google Sketchup, Autodesk Revit, and Autocad. In addition, students will interface with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, for support and conversion purposes. An important aspect of this class is the one-on-one instruction to be given to students as they continue to develop computer modeling and design skills.

This course is organized into two parts. In the first part (Weeks 1-7) we will review Google Sketchup modeling techniques and introduce Autodesk Revit. This includes Revit interfaces, walls, components, 3D views and cameras, sheets, lighting and renderings. The second and final phase (Weeks 7-15) will emphasize more advanced Revit techniques, Photoshop post production and file transfer between programs. This includes but is not limited to shared files, links, existing materials, entourage, textures and file output.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS223
1.5
DS324: IAD Systems III: Electirical Lighting & Fixtures
This course introduces students to architectural lighting. A practical guide through the basics of lighting language including the what’s, why’s, how’s, of lighting techniques, terms and definitions, illustration, inspiration, physiology, health, luminaire performance, selection and specification gives students the basis of correct thinking about lighting and how it plays an essential role in the development of technical communication of ideas in architecture at a professional level.

This course will explore the students to every classical lighting technique and enable them to become keen critics of lighting in existing spaces with a knowledge of language descriptors enabling them to correctly identify the good, bad, and ugly and misuse of lighting and lighting technology in architectural spaces. The ability to be an effective critic using language prepares students for an eventual “seat at the table” allowing them to progress professionally much faster than those without the ability to communicate lighting ideas as a design team collaborator.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS225
1.5
DS326: IAD Theory/Practice: Architectural History & Analysis
Architecture History & Analysis is a course where students learn about architecture and interior design through extended site visits to iconic local and regional buildings. Field work includes lessons in how to see, measure, draw and diagram architectural spaces at a variety of scales while learning about materials, construction methods and architectural history.

This hands-on course will introduce students to the fundamentals of architecture and interior design through direct personal experience, on-site dialogue and careful observation. Each week students will visit iconic buildings and interiors in and around Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin where they will document key spaces through measured drawings and diagrams. They will learn the fundamentals of architectural terminology and interior design principles by directly experiencing, analyzing, interpreting and recording significant spaces, features, components, materials, systems and contexts. The analytical tools, diagramming skills and spatial understanding acquired in this course will directly benefit the students’ ability to conceptualize and develop more complex programs and unique structures during senior thesis the following year. While it's primarily a course about field work and coming into contact with real materials and structures, it is also an introduction to the history and theory of American architecture from the 17th century to the present, and therefore, a good compliment to Built America and other MIAD art and architectural history courses.

Credits:
Prerequisite(s): DS227
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring  
DS321: IAD IV: Collaborative Exhibit Design/Build
The Collaborative Design-Build Studio is a comprehensive interior design studio in which students are granted the opportunity to work on a community-based project with local design professionals under the guidance and direction of IA+D faculty. The students work alongside practicing designers through all phases of the design process, schematic to construction documents, and then a group of select students are offered internships during the summer to participate in bidding and construction observation. IA+D faculty take on the role of facilitators ensuring that effective communication takes place between the team of design professionals and the team of student designers, and also providing the students with readings and exercises to guide them through the design process. Further, the design-build framework creates an opportunity for the students to learn about basic construction methods and to review code compliance and ADA requirements with the professional team. This comprehensive, real-world scenario prepares the Junior IA+D student for the challenges of summer internships/employment and the interdisciplinary nature of professional practice.
3.0
DS323: IAD Drawing/CAD IV: 3D MAX
This course serves as a follow-up to the Interior Architecture + Design Computer Drawing III course. Students will be instructed in the use of Autodesk 3dsmax Design for computer based rendering in both Architecture and Interior Design projects.

The course will explore the use of the computer as a tool in producing high-quality 3D models and renderings of building projects. Students will be asked to produce three dimensional computer models and images. This course will focus on learning three dimensional modeling and illustration techniques, using Autodesk 3DSMAX software and other tools. Daily lectures and labs will work in conjunction with lab assignments and reading assignments each week. Students will also interface with Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, 3DSMAX, and Photoshop for support and conversion purposes.

This course is organized into three parts. In the first part (Weeks 1 - 4) will introduce the interface and tools. The second phase (Weeks 5 – 9) will cover rendering techniques using lighting and textures. The third phase (Weeks 10 – 16) will include advanced rendering, and the development and production of the final class project.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS322
1.5
DS325: IAD Systems IV: Wall Types & Building (Interior)
Wall Types and Building Systems introduces students to the standard components, materials and wall types of architecture and interior design. Students investigate a range of building systems including various foundation types, floor systems, interior and exterior wall types, roof systems and basic mechanical and electrical systems. As part of their course assignments, they analyze existing architectural details, create diagrams and draw examples on site, thereby learning about methods of construction and how chosen details relate to larger systems within the given building. Students then use this knowledge to design and detail architectural components of their own making, that are related to projects they have designed in the IA+D studio courses.
1.5
DS327: IAD Theory/Practice: Contemporary Theory & Practice
Contemporary History and Theory looks behind the curtain of professional design practice. During field trips to local design firms, and in dialogue with select architects and designers, the students investigate how creative firms do their work today, what methods drive their design processes, what concepts and themes are revealed by their architectural works and interior designs, and how those concepts and themes reflect broader cultural conditions. Select readings and lectures are accompanied by fieldtrips to iconic local buildings of the 20th and 21st century located in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. Special attention is given to the dialectical pairs operative within much of the discourse of 20th century architecture and interior design: for example, Neo-Classical vs. International Style; Machine Age vs. Organic; Modern vs. Post-Modern. Discussion groups analyze these “isms” of design history, and relate them to themes, “styles” and methodologies within current professional practice.

The course will include targeted research into the contemporary issues that are especially relevant to the selection of a senior thesis topic and that provide a solid foundation for thesis research and analysis.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Junior  
WR300: The Creative Professional in Context
In The Creative Professional in Context, students explore the process of constructing a professional, public identity through written and verbal communication about their work in Fine Art and/or Design. They refine their skills in writing, speaking, and listening, and use writing as a means to examine the conceptual, critical, philosophical, and historical foundations of their emerging creative work within the broader contexts of their chosen fields and of visual culture broadly conceived.

In this course students learn to use writing as a means of effectively communicating ideas and information about their emerging professional identities. To these ends, students will write, edit and revise often; engage in self-directed research; analyze different rhetorical situations within the professional sphere; and refine their professional selves through both oral and written assignments. Instructors in WR300 employ frequent use of writing workshops and writing groups as well as individual writing assignments. Because the course is conducted in seminar fashion, students are expected to assume considerable responsibility for course materials and processes.

WR300 emphasizes the composition of polished, substantive written work, including description of studio work and processes, critical analysis of art/design texts, reflective writing, and communication with colleagues and peers. Assignments foster the development of a professional identity by engaging students in critical reading and discussion of key texts in visual culture and their major field, and identifying personal, cultural, and professional influences and connections that impact the student’s work. The course work will culminate in the creation of a substantive document representing a professional self, conceived in relation to these critical contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200
3.0
AH318: Art History Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
SC320/350/321: Natural Science Elective
SC320 Topics in Natural Sciences description should be updated to reflect our current course offering:

SC320 is an advanced-level course that examines one of the many fields of Natural Sciences. Topics in Natural Science will rotate on a semester basis. Students will study the nature of scientific inquiry, the methods, theories, discoveries, technology, and language important to the specific field of science of their choosing. As part of the course, students will also conduct an independent inquiry utilizing the basis of scientific inquiry and research.

As an advanced course, SC320 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will examine a field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. The material and assignments will vary depending upon the field of natural sciences taught. This course can be retaken with change in topic for a 6 credits maximum.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220

SC321: Topics in Natural Sciences – Field Experiences

As an advanced course, SC321 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will first examine the field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. Students will apply in the field the theoretical knowledge gained by a literature review, with direct inquiry and hands-on activities and investigations. This course relies heavily on field work, direct inquiry and self-directed independent research culminating with a peer-reviewed oral examination. Note: The field component of this course i9 days, located at offsite from MIAD.

Prerequisites: SC220 or equivalent and permission of the instructors.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220
3.0
HU380: Service Learning
Service Learning is an interdisciplinary course with a service-learning component and is designed as the synthesis of a student’s four-year humanities and social science experience. In HU380 students will study a topic in-depth (i.e., cities, families, borders, aging, food) and be presented with many opportunities for interdisciplinary investigation. Through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments, students will analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups function and work towards resolution. Topics will be dealt with through scholarly and community investigations that may include sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.

In HU380 students will have the opportunity to examine a social issue in depth, from a variety of perspectives. The coursework will focus on the historical and philosophical background of a given topic, as well as helping students to learn how to assess a variety of approaches to social systems through an examination of the nature of service in the community.

In the study of the social sciences, we examine patterns in our personal lives, the communities we live in, and a larger global context in order to see how they are connected. Through the in-depth study of a particular topic (i.e., food, cities, family, rivers, borders, aging), students will be able to analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups understand and work towards resolution. HU380 includes a service- learning component that is connected to the topic being studied. This will take place in the larger community, and it will allow students to examine the information they are learning through thinking and acting in a multicultural context.

Credits: 4
Prerequisite(s): HS121 and WR200 + Junior Standing
4.0
Students complete 15/16 {w/HU380} each semester junior year to complete degree requirements 31 CREDITS
SENIOR  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
DS420: IAD Thesis: Schematic Design
IA+D Thesis is a design-intensive course of study with an emphasis on research, personal inquiry and creative expression. The course permits each student to choose a specific topic or building type based on their personal area of interest. The objective is to define and elaborate on a specific problem or concept within that area of interest by developing a series of drawings, diagrams, models and computer renderings which ultimately manifest a clear design solution or part. This process is by nature rigorous and demanding with significant episodes of self-discovery. The resulting work, and the Spring Gallery Night Exhibition, are intended to serve as the artistic culmination of the graduating senior's three year Interior Architecture + Design experience.

The
IA+D Green Studio is a real world, client sponsored project executed as a team with outside professionals and consultants. The objective of the green studio is to design, document and present a community-based project. As such, students are expected to maintain a high level of engagement, team integrity and professionalism. The course focuses on green design, and therefore emphasizes collaboration over individual expression, constructive dialogue with the client/community over personal inspiration, and the “Three E’s” of Ecology, Efficiency and social Equity over personal expression and/or ambition.

Ultimately, these two working methods, personal expression and team collaboration, are designed to co- exist and interrelate providing the student with a strong foundation for long-term personal development and a real world introduction to professional practice.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS321
3.0
DS422: IAD Drawing/CAD V: Advanced 3D Rendering
Advanced 3D Rendering serves as a follow-up to the earlier Interior Architecture + Design Computer Drawing courses. Students are asked to further develop their understanding and ability relative to the programs introduced in earlier courses and, at the same time, to develop proficiency in newly introduced software and modeling, rendering, and post-production techniques – all in support of their senior year thesis presentations.

This course will explore the use of the computer as a tool in producing high-quality presentation materials, including hand drawings, 3D models, and Renderings. This course will focus on learning three dimensional drawing, by studying both traditional and digital illustration techniques, using computer software, hand drawings, and other tools. Students will become proficient in modeling and rendering techniques using the following programs: Google Sketchup, Autodesk Revit, and Rhinoceros. In addition, students will interface with Adobe Photoshop, AutoCad, and Adobe Illustrator, for support and conversion purposes. An important aspect of this class is the one-on-one instruction to be given to students as they continue to develop their thesis work and presentations – this allows learning to be focused on the individual’s needs.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS323
1.5
DS424: IAD Systems V: Context and Codes in the Built Environment
Codes and Contexts within the Built Environment is a senior level course in the IA+D Systems Sequence. This course is an independent, content driven course that serves as a supplement to the IA+D Senior Thesis. The senior IA+D student’s independently selected Senior Thesis will serve as a vehicle for many of the exercises assigned for this course. Primary areas of inquiry will include:

- review and application of building codes,and
- study and analysis of both the natural as well as the built context.

Codes and Contexts within the Built Environment will introduce the student to both the legal context (codes) and the physical context (both natural as well as built) within which architecture and interior design must develop. The legal context is described in part through restrictive building codes and zoning ordinances that address life safety and quality of life issues. The physical context for an architectural or interior design project addresses both environmental as well as cultural forces affecting the design. The legal, environmental, and cultural forces at play in any design scenario, while clearly limiting one’s design response, also serve to liberate a designer’s thinking by serving to provide a clear design direction.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS325
1.5
DS426: IAD Theory/Practice: Sustainable Materials & Green Design
The IA+D Green Studio focuses on how to respond as a team to the real-world demands, requirements and contingencies of a client-sponsored, environmentally responsible project. The course methodology emphasizes the use of green materials and technologies from the start, requiring that students employ “whole systems thinking” and “design for climate” with appropriate solar orientation, passive energy strategies, natural ventilation, non-toxic materials, efficient fixtures and other green techniques in mind. While aesthetics are important, program development, spatial organization, construction methods, efficient energy systems and building envelope performance are the foremost emphasis of this studio. Understanding LEED guidelines, the Living Building Challenge and other green building standards is an integral part of the process.
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring credits
DS421: IAD Thesis: Design Development & Presentation
The Interior Architecture + Design Thesis Presentation provides the student with an opportunity to develop, in final model and drawing form as well as full-scale mockups, the design of the public exhibition and presentation of his/her thesis project.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS420
3.0
DS423: IAD Drawing/CAD VI: Architectural Graphics & E-Portfolio
Architectural Graphics and E-Portfolio gives each student the opportunity to assemble his/her best work from school and professional practice into a compact, presentable format for review by prospective employers or graduate school admission committees.

The Interior Architecture + Design program requires graduating seniors to compile a comprehensive portfolio to serve as a record of their experience from the time that they enter into the IA+D Area, including appropriate documentation of their coursework at MIAD as well as work done in internship and other professionally-related experiences. This document will serve as a record of the student's experiences, as evidence of understanding gained and ability displayed, and as such, as the most important tool in that student's effort to attract the best possible position in a design office or entry into a graduate school of their choosing upon graduation from MIAD.

In addition, students will work with the software of their choosing to produce high-quality renderings for the Senior Thesis Show in April. This portion of the course is largely self-directed; each student is responsible for determining the best approach to rendering based on his or her individual project. Because each student’s project presents unique modeling and rendering challenges, students are responsible for coming to class ready to meet individually to discuss their progress as well as specific questions or issues regarding their project.

Credits: 1.5
Prerequisite(s): DS422
1.5
DS425: IAD Systems VI: Acoustics, Structures & Building Systems
Structures, Acoustics and Building Systems introduces students to the relationship between structure, sound, materiality and building systems. In the first half of the course, students learn how to draw structural axonometric diagrams, thereby examining the basic components of various structural systems. Readings and discussion topics include: soils; footings and foundations; building types and construction materials; live and dead loads; lateral forces; trusses and roof membranes; and connections/joints. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are also reviewed, and students explore their interrelationship with building structure and interior design components. In the second half of the course, students examine basic acoustical concepts. Lectures highlight issues of sound isolation vs. sound transmission; analysis of various room shapes; appropriate application of wall types, interior cladding materials and ceiling treatments, among other topics. The main goal of the course is to help students become aware of the issues that architects and interior designers face when communicating their design intent with structural engineers, sound consultants and MEP contractors.
1.5
DS427: IAD Theory/Practice: Design Details & Working Drawings
Details and Working Drawings has two interrelated goals: 1) an introduction to the standard construction document process and its graphic methods; and 2) an in-depth investigation of green design details and construction techniques as seen through the lens of the USGBC’s LEED rating system. Students learn the basic order, logic, graphic conventions and terminology that comprise a typical construction document set. They visit local buildings, examine different types of drawings related to different parts of the building and learn the conventions used by various teams (civil and structural engineers, MEP, landscape, etc.) involved in producing the typical drawing set. The process of LEED certification is used to build the students knowledge of sustainable site planning, green materials and construction techniques, energy efficient building systems and water use. Students learn how to draw various sections through the building envelope, how to design appropriate interior details, and how to navigate the basic LEED certification process.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Senior  
WR400: Senior Writing Seminar
Senior Writing Seminar is an intensive capstone writing course run as a seminar examining the making of meaning through narrative; specifically, exploring forms of Life Writing. Students will study the various forms of “life writing” including: autobiography, memoir, new journalism and creative nonfiction. Through weekly written explorations, students will explore and practice the different forms that the genre of “life writing” may take. Within the context of a growing public popularity of autobiographical writing and memoirs, students will explore possible social, political and rhetorical purposes for writing from life and will compose a final, capstone life writing project individually as means for practicing this form of writing.

WR 400 is a capstone writing course that introduces students to emerging hybrid and intermodal forms of personal writing and causes them to analyze the contexts within which it is occurring. Through formal and informal written exercises, students will explore the capacity of language to help shape and give meaning and form to personal experiences, influences, individuals, achievements or landscapes. This writing should provide a reflective springboard for looking backward or for facing the future and determining larger contexts and meanings for experiences. It should also cause students to continue to develop more sophisticated skills as writers.

The
nature and form of the writing that students produce will be various –individual writers will complete intensely reflective responses to readings and to one another’s writing. In an effort to identify past memories and influences, material choices and intentions, important events and people, composing short and long pieces about those issues and individuals.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s):
WR300 & Senior standing
3.0
AH318: AH Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
HU340/360 Topics in Cultural Studies
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
HU340/360 Topics in Cultural Studies
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
Students complete 16.5/13.5 credits each semester senior year to complete degree requirements 30 CREDITS
124 credits minimum required to complete degree 124 CREDITS TOTAL

 

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