The philosophy and mission of the Interior Design program are consistent with the university’s mission to prepare students for a life of engagement and achievement in multiple fields of endeavor. The Interior Design Program also shares an overall philosophy with Art & Design . The Art & Design program offers courses of study combining liberal and professional learning that supports the University as an educational and cultural center within the Saint Louis community. The B.F.A. program is designed to promote creative thinking, aesthetic understanding, and technical proficiency, along with a historical perspective and a strong liberal arts core. Program faculties share a close mentoring relationship with their students and combine pre-career advising, internships, and the cultivation of professional contacts with academic guidance. Design is a life skill, a process that can be applied to a lifetime of decision-making. It involves awareness, intentionality, objectivity, creativity, critical analysis, evolution, implementation, and technological skill. Interior design is an extension of that root art and design process with a layering on of the specialized knowledge of the interior professions.
The Interior Design program strives to develop ‘practice ready’ students who combine creativity and critical thinking skills through a rigorous curriculum structured to facilitate development of a diverse, creative and competitive portfolio. We prepare students not just to enter the interior design profession, but to become contributing members of a global market with a spirit of service and commitment to sustainable design practices. Both theory and practice are components of this thorough design education which includes research and visualization methods, architectural principles, sustainable design, human factors, color, lighting, code issues, business practice, and computer technologies including digital fabrication,. All phases of the design process are addressed: programming, schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
To provide the foundation for excellence in the interior design profession by incorporating ‘theory-based’ and ‘practice ready’ education:
- Provoke critical and creative thinking
- Strengthen verbal, graphic and technical skills
- Encourage research and develop ability to analyze problems and synthesize information
- Support service learning and community engagement (through professional and service activities)
- Provide practical experience through internships
- Encourage active learning
- Communicate high expectations
- Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
Students in the B.F.A. program must complete an intensive art and design foundation program prior to advancing into the 200-level. (See a curriculum guide for recommended sequencing)