AAS Degree – Code #0656
Dr. Alex Bitterman, Program Coordinator
Email address: BitterA@alfredstate.edu
This program is designed to provide graduates with basic knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the interior design discipline. The program consists of a core graphics sequence with additional courses in appropriate technical areas. Computer applications are integrated throughout the four semesters, with a strong component in 2D and 3D computer graphics. The faculty consists of interior designers as well as licensed architects and engineers.
A laptop computer is required for students entering the interior design program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Think creatively, visually, and volumetrically, exhibiting a variety of ideas, approaches, and concepts when designing interior projects.
Understand and utilize color principles, theories, and systems in design projects.
Demonstrate competent design skills in selection of interior finishes, selection and layout of furniture, lighting, and decorative elements.
Demonstrate understanding of ergonomics and the relationship between human behavior and the built environment.
Demonstrate understanding of the history of art, architecture, interiors, and furnishings and appropriate selection and application of art and accessories.
Apply 2-dimensional design elements and principles in interior design projects and apply 3-dimensional design elements and principles to the development of the spatial envelope.
Demonstrate programming skills, including problem identification, identification of client and user needs, and information gathering research and analysis.
Demonstrate competence in drafting and lettering (manual and computer aided) illustrative sketching, and presentation of color, materials, and furnishings in material boards.
Express ideas clearly in oral presentations and critiques and communicate clearly in writing concept statements, reports, and research papers.
Understand that design solutions affect and are impacted by construction systems, power and mechanical, lighting and ceiling systems, acoustics, building methods, and materials.
FACILITIES FOR INSTRUCTION
The facilities consist of four laptop-ready, 20-station freshman/sophomore studios. Peripheral devices such as scanners, color printers/plotters, and digital camera equipment are available, as is a material and flooring sample room. A School-wide 3D Printing Fabrication Laboratory is also available. The studios are open evenings and weekends for student use.
DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Alfred State interior design graduates may enter directly into the Technology Management BBA degree program.
An articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Villa Maria College (with placement based on a portfolio review and an interview).
Interior designer (after successfully passing the NCIDQ and completing internship requirements)
Kitchen & bath designer
Product showroom manager
Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 33 percent are employed; 67 percent transferred to continue their education.
Interior Design - AAS Degree
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
Design Fundamentals 1
Introduction to Design
Architectural History I
Furniture and Finishes
History of Interiors
Design Fundamentals 2
Explorations in Geometry
General Ed Elective - Humanities
Interior Design I
Color, Lighting, and Acoustics
Construction Technology 1
Interior Design II
Construction Technology 2
Municipal Codes and Regulations
Essent. of Entrepreneurship & Small
Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.
Minimum of “C” is required for ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, DSGN 2204, and DSGN 2304.
Also required: One unit of physical education.
A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0 which is equivalent to a “C” average.