Courses Taken First Year
IAR 101/102 Basic Environmental Design I/II
Studio investigations of space design at small scale while exploring properties of basic materials. Development of conceptual thinking. [Prerequisite: admission to the Interior Architecture Program, or permission of instructor; for 102: IAR 101. Coreq. 101 to be taken concurrently with IAR 110, 102 with 112]
IAR 110 Design Visualization I
Study and application of basic drawing processes for the purpose of enhancing perceptual awareness and developing visual communication and analysis skills.
IAR 112 Design Visualization II
Continued directed drawing experiences intended to extend basic visual communication skills into compositional principles, color theory, application, technical drawing systems and techniques, and industry standards. [Prerequisite: IAR 110]
IAR 124 Experimental Course: Sustainability 101
Uses conditions and instances of daily life to explore the interconnectedness of four pillars of sustainability: social equity, the environment, economy, and aesthetics.
IAR 221 History and Theory of Design I
Survey of design forms evolved in response to humankind’s needs for community, architecture, furnishings, and artifacts, with development from prehistoric to modern eras in cultural, political, and technological contexts.
Courses Taken Second Year
IAR 201/202 Basic Environmental Design III/IV
Studio investigations of spaces as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Emphasis placed on cognitive understanding of design process, light and color, construction systems, and ongoing study of materials. IAR 201 taught as Speaking Intensive (SI) and IAR 202 taught as Writing Intensive [Prerequisite for 201: IAR 102; Prerequisite for 202: IAR 201]
IAR 211/212 Visual Communication I/II
Two- and three-dimensional visual studies as related to conceptual and definitive aspects of the design process. Exercises aimed at developing a mastery of both technical and non-technical methods of visual communication. [Prerequisite for 211: IAR 112; for 212: IAR 211]
IAR 221/222 History and Theory of Design II
Survey of design forms evolved in response to humankind’s needs for community, architecture, furnishings, and artifacts, with development from prehistoric to modern eras in cultural, political, and technological contexts. [Prerequisite: IAR 221]
IAR 332 Interior Architecture Materials
Study of materials used in interior architecture applications. [Prerequisite: IAR 201 or permission of instructor]
Courses Taken Third Year
IAR 301 Interior Architecture I
Studio investigations of increasingly complex spaces as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Special emphasis on light, color, materials and structure as aspects of spatial design. [Prerequisite: IAR 202, 212]
IAR 302 Interior Architecture II
Design investigations of spaces of increasing scale and complexity articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Special emphasis on social/behavioral aspects of interior architecture and responsibilities of designer to society. [Prerequisite: IAR 301]
IAR 311 Computer-Aided Design for Interior Architecture
Introduction to computer-aided design technology, historical context, and professional use in interior architecture and design. Use of CAD equipment and production of design drawings. [Prerequisite: IAR 212, or permission of instructor]
IAR 331 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Interior Architecture
Introduction to literature and methods of environmental design research as it applies to interior environments. [Prerequsite: IAR 202, or permission of instructor]
IAR 333 Interior Architecture Construction and Building Systems
Study of interior architecture construction methods, structural systems, and building mechanical systems[Prerequisite: IAR 202 or permission of instructor]
IAR 334 Light and Sound
Study of light and sound as potential creative mediums to meet functional, sensory, and behavioral needs. Emphasis placed on experimentation with light and sound in relation to other design elements (Fall or Spring or Summer) [Prerequisite IARc majors; IAR 301 or equivalent; or permission of instructor]
IAR 451 Professional Practice in Interior Architecture
Investigation of business, legal, ethical aspects of professional practice in interior architecture and design by students, staff, and guest speakers. [Prerequisite: IAR 202]
Courses Taken Fourth Year
IAR 411 Interior Architecture III
Studio investigations of multi-function environments incorporating understanding of light, color, materials, structure and technology. Emphasis on individual competence with respect to design process. [Prerequisite: IAR 302]
IAR 412 Interior Architecture IV
Studio explorations encompassing the full range of interior architecture scale and complexity. Emphasis on individual competencewith respect to design process.
[Prerequisite: IAR 411]
IAR 452 Internship in Interior Architecture
Design-relevant internship experiences in off-campus organizations and professional settings. Approved learning plan required prior to beginning experience. [Prerequisite: Third year standing and permission of instructor]
Courses Available for IARc Experience
IAR 432 Special Problems in Interior Architecture
Independent study of topics of special interest. Conference hours to be arranged.
IAR 493 Honors Work
Disciplinary Honors work providing students with advanced study of the primary literature in their area of specialization. [Prerequisite: 3.3 GPA in the major, 12 hours in the major]
IAR 499 International Field Studies in Interior Architecture
Investigation of international design contexts to be formulated in collaboration with faculty and undertaken through study abroad program.
Elective Courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
IAR 500 Supervised Professional Experience
Supervised professional experience in selected commercial or industrial organizations, public or private agencies.
IAR 501/502 Advanced Interior Architecture I/II
Advanced design problems having complex functional, social, and economic implications, with emphasis on problem identification, formulation, and design development.
IAR 527 Problems in Interior Architecture
IAR 531 Design Seminar
Investigation of current research and subjects of topical interest in environmental design. May be repeated for a total of 4 hours credit. [Prerequisite: consent of instructor]
IAR 535 Architectural Lighting Design
Study of architectural lighting design: Uses in control of lighting fixtures and lighting installation of lighting for desired effect.
IAR 536 History of Decorative Arts
Study of stylistic and cultural developments in the decorative arts with special concentration on America.
IAR 540 Evolution of Furniture
A study of basic furniture forms—chairs, stools, tables, beds, chests—that follows a chronological route from Ancient Egypt to 21st-century Minimalism and examines changes in each historic period.
IAR 541 Contemporary Trends in Interior Product Design
Focusing on furniture, lighting, and textiles, the course studieschronological route from trade events, showrooms, retailers, designers, and trade and consumer media all as forces shaping 21st-century trends.
IAR 543 Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice
Change in historic preservation theory and practice since the 1800s with emphasis on preservation of built environment, and development of philosophical approach for designers to contemporary preservation projects. [Prerequisite: IAR 222, or permission of instructor]
IAR 545 Southern History and Southern Material Culture in Museum Context
Combined southern history and material culture with a museum practicum. Students selected by individual application. [Prerequisite: permission of instructor]
IAR 548 Architectural Conservation
Overview of contemporary architectural conservation principles, practice and technology. Field exercises, group projects and investigation of an individual research topic expand upon lectures and readings. [Prerequisite: IAR 301, 332, or permission of instructor]
IAR 560 Advanced Computer-Aided Design and Research Seminar
With specific attention to how computational tools effect interior architectural design decision-making processes, rigourous examination of their origins, evolution, applications, and significance will be undertaken. [Prerequisite: IAR 202, 212, 222, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor]
IAR 565 Methods and Methodologies Seminar
Investigation of materials, methods, and technologies for the design, fabrication, manufacturing, and production of products and components of interior architecture. [Prerequisite: IAR 333, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor]
IAR 578 Research Methods in Historical Archaeology
Training in research methods in Historic Archaeology, involving on-site training in field, laboratory and library components of Historic Archaeology. [Prerequisite: junior, senior, or graduate status]
Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
IAR 501/ 502 Advanced Interior Architecture I,II
Development of undergraduate thesis project: advanced design problems having complex functional, social, and economic implications, with emphasis on problem identification, formulation, and design development.