THE GOAL OF THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM IS TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO ENTER THE DESIGN PROFESSION OR A CLOSELY RELATED FIELD. AS SUCH, PROJECTS, DEADLINES AND EXPECTATIONS WILL BE CONSISTENT WITH WHAT CLIENT AND EMPLOYER EXPECTATIONS WOULD BE IN THE “REAL WORLD”.
The Interior Design Curriculum is idea driven. The goals of the designer are to create a functional, unified, harmonious space that enhances the lives of the occupants. The products may or may not be a part of the design concept.
The Interior Design Curriculum is designed to focus on learning as a process. The Instructors value the development of learning skills as very important. It is important also to learn content, but choosing to emphasize the development of learning skills is based on the assumption that a student who learns how to learn a subject is far more competent (especially in a career that expands and changes knowledge constantly) than someone who repeats facts or theories verbatim. The instructor is concerned with developing personal “habits of mind.” Students are evaluated by their ability to complete tasks or projects.
The ultimate goal is to make students skilled evaluators of their own learning abilities. Self-assessment is a crucial skill that should be exhibited by each student. The development of a portfolio is a typical self-evaluation tool, which incorporates student reflection on the content, and the processes involved, and the growth that each student makes individually.