DCAD’s Interior Design program places emphasis on appreciating the value of drawings and traditional techniques. We still believe in the natural beauty of a hand-made work of art. The planning and thought processes placed into drawings is, in-turn, automatically infused into the digital-based design elements including CAD and Photoshop, remaining current with professional standards and challenging students to become proficient in all practical tools of the trade. The program focuses on real-life urban issues, both residential and commercial. Classes are centered around authentic community projects dealing with on-site locations within Wilmington, including non-profit organizations. As an example, classes recently met with the City of Wilmington to create a bus shelter that will be developed and functioning shortly.
The combination of this practical experience and theoretical exploration supports the development and growth of strong design concepts. Progressing through the curriculum, students foster the necessary skills to transform their ideas into creative and functional designs. Students explore space planning, furnishings and materials, color and lighting, as well as basic construction systems and building code requirements. Drawing on the rich design resources of the region, the faculty is composed of active, practicing professionals in the field. Graduates leave DCAD with the basic knowledge and tools to continue their professional education.
The program goals of the Interior Design major are:
- To explore the impact of interior environments on individuals and groups and create socially responsive interior designers.
- To teach students to turn ideas and visual representations into usable spaces.
- To develop the student’s personal design approach.
- To teach students the history of design and to help them understand the relationship of design and society.