About ID Program

Program Mission

The program exists to provide an educational experience that develops the ability to think critically, creatively, and ethically. It fosters an atmosphere of respect for the environment and all individuals towards bringing them to their fullest potential. It is dedicated to instilling character, integrity, compassion, diligence, and a lifelong pursuit of learning and professional excellence. 

  • To prepare students to be responsible and competent entry-level interior design professionals.
  • To provide students maximum opportunity for intellectual growth and creative expression.
  • To instill in students an enduring respect for humanity and the environment.
  • To imbue students with a sense of service and social obligation.
  • To serve as a socially responsive educational resource for the larger community.

Educational Goals

The interior design program built its original educational goals upon the definition of the professional interior designer in conjunction with the CIDA Standards in order to achieve its mission.

  • Educate toward understanding the physical, psychological and social nature of design users to assess and meet their needs, goals and health-safety requirements.
  • Develop student facility in graphic, spatial, and technical thinking.
  • Provide a foundation that combines both critical and integrative thinking and the design process with that of basic knowledge and cutting-edge innovation in design, science, and technology.
  • Teach problem-solving skills and encourage creativity toward formulating design concepts that are humane, aesthetic and responsive to the design program.
  • Equip students with a fluent visual and verbal vocabulary to effectively and efficiently communicate design  concepts and implementation to clients, colleagues and fabricators.
  • Situate learning experiences to emulate the professional world as closely as possible in assessment, specification, management, collaboration and computer-aided activities.
  • Afford ample opportunity to raise community, social and environmental consciousness in classes, projects and organizational activities.