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"IF WE COULD FIRST LEARN WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING, WE WOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO JUDGE WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT."

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Bachelor of Interior Design (BA, BS)

School of Social and Human Studies
Atlantic International University


The Bachelor of Interior Design program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy addresses the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at AIU? (Course and Curriculum)

Core Courses and Topics in Interior Design:

  • Interior Design
  • Digital Presentation Methods
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Image Manipulation
  • Advanced CAD Systems
  • History of Modern Design
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Design Budgeting
  • Residential Design - Kitchen and Bath
  • Architectural Model Making
  • Furniture Design
  • Color Theory
  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Perspective
  • Visual Indication
  • Theory & Development of Form
  • Basic Drafting
  • Textiles
  • History of Furniture
  • Space Planning
  • Lighting
  • Materials and Specifications
  • Residential Design Studio
  • Drafting Technology
  • Institutional Design
  • Residential Design Studio
  • Commercial Design Studio
  • Office Design
  • The Portfolio

Orientation Courses:

  • Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
  • Organization Theory (Portfolio)
  • Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
  • Academic Evaluation (Questionnaire)   
  • Fundament of Knowledge (Integration Chart)   
  • Fundamental Principles I  (Philosophy of Education)
  • Professional Evaluation (Self Evaluation Matrix)    
  • Development of Graduate Study (Guarantee of an Academic Degree)

Research Project in Interior Design:

Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Publication: Each Bachelor of Interior Design graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Career Center Bachelor of Interior Design

Job Description Bachelor of Interior Design Majors

Interior designers draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. Their main concerns are with how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants. Designers plan interior spaces of almost every type of building, including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, and private residences. Good design can boost office productivity, increase sales, attract a more affluent clientele, provide a more relaxing hospital stay, or increase a building’s market value.

Traditionally, most interior designers focused on decorating—choosing a style and color palette and then selecting appropriate furniture, floor and window coverings, artwork, and lighting. However, an increasing number of designers are becoming involved in architectural detailing, such as crown molding and built-in bookshelves, and in planning layouts of buildings undergoing renovation, including helping to determine the location of windows, stairways, escalators, and walkways.

Skills for Success

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Practical and patient
  • Creative
  • Technical aptitude
  • Good communication skills.

Employment Opportunities for Bachelor of Interior Design Majors

  • Building or Zoning Inspector
  • Campus Planner
  • Community Planner
  • GIS Specialist/Analyst/Manager
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Land Use Planner
  • Urban Planner
  • Interior Designer
  • Retail Designer

 

Resources for those in the Bachelor of Interior Design field


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