The four-year Interior Design and Drafting Technology program prepares students with a strong foundation of liberal arts, fine arts, technical skills, and knowledge base for the changing interior design profession. The curriculum focuses on the university’s six liberal learning outcomes as well as the standard of the professional industry.
Students are prepared in foundational design courses with sketching, drafting, materials, structures, process, space planning, graphic and computer communications for upper level design studios. Upper-level studios address various programs, populations, and design problems and are interfaced with history, codes, and technical courses to address human environmental needs of health, safety, and welfare.
Students produce a digital portfolio based on concept development and design business.
The program offers many valuable design experiences through travel, speakers, programs, professional jurors, practicing adjuncts, community service projects, as well as an individually developed internships and senior capstone design projects.
To date, the program graduates have had a high job placement rate and are successful with the National Council of Interior Design Qualification and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design credential examinations.
General admission to the University with a visit to the University and an interview with the Chair of the Interior Design and Drafting Technology program are highly recommended.
minor is an introduction to interior design with an emphasis on residential and
small scale design. The following classes would be taken to meet requirements:
The interior design and drafting technology program prepares the graduate:
The Interior Design and Drafting Technology program at the University of Charleston is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation:
Council for Interior Design Accreditation206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-458-0400http://accredit-id.org/
Students must meet the liberal learning outcomes of the University through a minimum of 44 credit hours of coursework along with the Interior Design and Drafting Technology program outcomes embedded in 80 credit hours of Art and Design coursework for a total of 124 credit hours.
Students have three portfolio reviews throughout the program. The first review takes place after the first three semesters with reviews of work from basic art, design, and visual communication courses. The second review is conducted during the junior studio courses for qualification for internship placement, and the third review prepares and qualifies students to participate in the required senior gallery exhibition for graduation.
Additional credits should be earned in the freshman year by completing portfolios and other requirements as described in the section of the Academic Catalog entitled “Your First Year.” 120 hours are required for graduation.
ICON and Portfolio Building courses should be used to complete any Liberal Learning Outcomes requirements that are not integrated with courses in the major. Students must meet all Liberal Learning and program outcomes in order to graduate.
To complete an 18-credit Historic Preservation Certificate Program, students may combine courses from the Interior Design and Drafting Technology Program and the History Program.
*Internship must be with the State Historic Preservation Office, the West Virginia Main Street Program, or a suitable historic site. Approval of the major advisor is required.
Program Coordinator, Interior Design and Drafting TechnologyAssistant Professor of Interior Design and Drafting Technology304firstname.lastname@example.org