The Interior Design program combines theoretical exploration and practical experience. Students begin by learning how to develop strong design concepts. Proceeding through the curriculum, they accumulate skills necessary 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.