Bachelor of Interior Design

  • Total # of Credit hours
    125

Program Overview

The BID program curriculum, policies and procedures reflect the student’s needs. Upon completion of the BID program, students are awarded a degree named Bachelor in Interior Design.

Mission

The Department of Interior Design provides high-quality interior design education to its students by focusing on developing their technical as well as Design and fit-out skills so that they are well qualified for gainful employment in interior design discipline and can effectively contribute to the advancement of the community.

Vision

The vision of the Interior Design department is to be a leader in interior design education by preparing creative, environmentally and socially responsible designers who have a local and global impact.

Goals

All BID program Goals are aligned with the needs of students and alumni so that they are well prepared for gainful employment, continued development in their jobs, engaging with the community in ethical and professional manner, and proceeding to graduate studies if they so desire.  The Program Goals are also aligned with the program’s faculty to fulfill their role in developing and producing graduates who are competent in their profession with theoretical knowledge and practical skills and can contribute in the development of the society. The Program Goals also align with the employers who require knowledgeable and skilled graduates who can contribute individually as well as team members in their professional fields who are capable of updating and adapting their knowledge and skills.

Interior Design Goals

Graduates of Interior Design program shall have:

  • A foundation in basic skills and the ability to apply those skills in their design process and presentation.
  • Skills required for data collection, analysis, design, and evaluation of interior design projects including technical details
  • The ability to utilize up-to-date technology in the field of interior design, for example, computer-aided design and other software applications, and working drawings and presentations.
  • The ability to work as an efficient team member in multi-professional groups.
  • The ability to recognize environmental factors and cultural, traditional and heritage aspects.
  • Critical thinking and life-long learning abilities.
  • Knowledge of the interior environment and furnished space, with the application of lighting, acoustics and human factors.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Interior Design program requires a UAE Secondary School Certificate, or its equivalent, with a minimum acceptable grade of 60 percent (science or literature). For more information, please refer to the university admissions policy

Enrollment and Graduation Data
  Academic Year
Students 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Enrollment 67 73 83 58 46
Graduation 60 57 62 59 64

Career Opportunities

A graduate from the Interior Design program is qualified by education, experience and examination to develop interior designs for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Graduate are eligible to the UAE-Society of Engineers’ Membership. In addition, the department is member in APID (Association of Professional Interior Designer) a member of IFI (International Federation of Interior Design)

A graduate is able to take up a job position in Design Companies, Municipalities, Trade Centers, and Design Department in any private or governmental institutions as an:

  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Retail Designer
  • Hospitality Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Event /Set Designer (TV, Theatre)
  • Lighting Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Design Teachings Assistant
  • Editor in Interior Design Magazines
  • Design Consultant
  • Stylist
  • Shop Visualizer
  • Quantity Surveyor

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor in Interior Design will be awarded upon the fulfillment of the following:

Successful completion of all courses in the program curriculum (125 Credit Hours), including a successful completion of four Credit Hours of Interior Design Training.

A minimum cumulative AGPA of 2.0

Program Learning Outcomes

Alignment of Program Outcomes to QFEmirates

Program Outcomes

Strand 1

Knowledge

Strand 2

Skills

Strand 3

Autonomy & Responsibility

Strand 4

Role in Context

Strand 5

Self-Development

  1. Apply the concepts and principles of interior design drawings and techniques

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  1. Apply a systematic method in data collection in the process in project design and technical details

X

       
  1. Implement broad knowledge in the field of interior design through, construction details, working drawings, technical specifications and project documents

X

       
  1. Communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams and work effectively with other professionals in the ID industry

X

       
  1. Apply and identify the application of chosen interior design product taking into consideration sustainability, culture, tradition, and heritage aspects

X

       
  1. Employ and adjust communication professionally in design, conduct development stages, analyze and interpret satisfactory results

 

X

     
  1. Direct knowledge in practice, through critical thinking and lifelong self-learning

 

X

     
  1. Evaluate, select, and apply modern media as well as software package and information technology

 

X

     
  1. Communicate effectively, visually, orally and in written format, and deploy up-to-date presentation techniques to present and explain project

 

X

     
  1. Evaluate the theories and design development of the interior design products that reflect the critical thinking

 

X

     
  1. Work independently as well as part of a team in a variety of design project process

   

X

   
  1. Take responsibility for developing appropriate resolutions to any interior design outcomes

   

X

   
  1. Demonstrate professional quality appropriate to the design project

     

X

 
  1. Manage the achievement of desired outcomes individually or within the teamwork

     

X

 
  1. Express the ability to follow contemporary issues and describe the impact of different interior design solutions in local and international community frameworks

     

X

 
  1. Find out from credible resources as well as from experiences earned in various circumstances, and thus enhance their knowledge and skills throughout their professional career

       

X

  1. Apply and analyze ethical standards in professional practice

       

X

Courses Descriptions

Introduction to Interior Design Course Code: BID 111

Credit Hours: 3Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: None

Co-Requisite: BID 112 & BID 113 & BID 116

This course aims to introduce students to the basic elements of design, its principles, visual aspects with their perception, design vocabulary and their application in design. It also familiarizes the students with the implementation of fundamental concepts and elements of Interior Design.

Engineering Graphics for Interiors Course Code: BID 112

Credit Hours:3Cr. Hrs.:Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite:None

Co-Requisite:None

This course aims to familiarize students with basic drafting skills and essential fundamental concepts of interior design drafting by introducing the principle of parallel- line drawings, orthogonal projections, and rendering techniques. It enables students to understand the use of 2-D, 3-D parallel and orthographic projections in interior design projects.

Freehand Drawing I Course Code: BID 113

Credit Hours: 3Cr. Hrs: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: None

Co-Requisite: None

This course aims to introduce a solid grounding in the principles of freehand drawing. The emphases are on teaching basics of drawing and composition, including how to create sketch perspectives, assume scale, and introduce textures and tones into their illustrations of interior spaces. It enables students to conceptualize their imagination in the field of interior design.

Materials Construction Course Code: BID 245

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Engineering Graphics for Interiors (BID 112), Materials Technology (BID 114)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design III (BID 246)

The aim of this course is to provide the interior design students the necessary information related to the materials selection, technology, specifications and their use in interior environment, their forms, characteristics, and effect on human health and environment. Also focusing on the details needed to describe the interior finish materials and the types of their applications and their design context. They will identify the elements of interior construction materials for interior spaces by using the graphic material symbols in their drawings.

Technical Writing for Interior Design Course Code: BID 115

Credit Hours: 3Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: None

Co-Requisite: None

This course intends to develop interior design students’ proficiency and communicative competence in technical/professional writing and oral presentation skills.

Following the statement that “Write to communicate,” in Design should be focused on showing rather telling, students learn how to organize and express facts and ideas about their profession through written words. Coursework focuses on the production of technical and research documents used in industry for possible audiences, simultaneously practical and interactive assignments designed specially to improve their verbal communication.

Interior Design I Course Code: BID 126

Credit Hours: 4Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (6 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Interior Design (BID 111)

Co-Requisite: BID 232 , BID 121

This course introduces the students to residential interior design and its requirements, including interior space planning, furniture arrangements, and design treatments. Students should be introduced to the basics of interior design concept, gathering data of several client's needs and types. Classify the residential activities and functions to arrange the elements of interiors, like furniture, accessories, and floor wall ceiling materials, in a unified design.

Color in Interior Design Course Code: BID 116

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hrs.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: None

Co-Requisite: Introduction to ID (BID 111)

This course provides students with a background in color theories as it relates to interior design including color schemes. The class consists of lectures, discussions and in-class exercises through individual and group work. Lectures explain the physics of color, color theories, physiology of color, the psychology of color, color in art and practical assignments focusing on the application of color in residential design project in the design studio.

Freehand Drawing II Course Code: BID 128

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Freehand Drawing I (BID 113)

Co-Requisite: None

This course is the one built on the knowledge and skills acquired in freehand I. Students continue developing the cognitive process associated with the drawing studies of space in multiple relationships. Variety of assignments emphasize on students learning the development of personal, introspective illustrations and rapid concept development as well as an exploration of various media in experimental applications.

Furniture Design Course Code: BID 129

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Model Building (BID 232)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design II (BID 231)

This course is an introduction to the furniture design process considering all its aspects such as aesthetic design issues, structure, ergonomics, anthropometry functionality, materials technology, and manufacturability. The course also incorporates the study of history and design of residential and commercial furniture styles and periods along with the contemporary design, which leads the Students to utilize the design process to explore and formulate concepts, communicate those design ideas, and fabricate a quality furniture piece based on their research and design solutions.

CAD I for Interiors Course Code: BID 121

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.:Theory (1 hr.), Lab (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: None

Co-Requisite: None

This course aims to introduce students to Computer Aided Design and drafting (CADD) and its application for interior design projects using AutoCAD software. Topics include 2D tool palette, object information, resources and command box windows, dimensioning tool, scale, layers, line weight and symbols. It is also includes file management, printing and plotting methods enable students to demonstrate their understanding, skills and proficiency in producing both "presentation" and "technical" styles of Interior design drawings.

Interior Design II Course Code: BID 231

Credit Hours: 4 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (6 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design I (BID 126)

Co-Requisite: BID 236, BID 129. BID 235

This course introduces students to the factors important in the successful design of retail stores, cafés, restaurants and hair salons in urban and shopping mall settings. Students learning comprises many aspects from interior space utilization, façade design, display fixtures fitting and furniture design, visual merchandising to signage and lighting design principles as well as the role of the interior designer in branding and the selling of a product by understanding customer behavior.

Model Building Course Code: BID 232

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr), Lab(4 hrs).

Pre-Requisite: Engineering Graphics for Interiors (BID 112)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design I (BID 126)

This course is an introduction to understand the way that designers use variety of models to study the interaction of volumes, different viewpoints, or concepts during their schematic Design process. Students are encouraged to construct three-dimensional model to learn scale, proportion, light and shadow, flow, etc. and sketch models (quick, paper constructions) to gauge scale, space flow, by making it from a variety of simple materials, sculpting laser cutting and 3D printing to support design development for their design projects. In addition, an induction lecture helps students to arrange the materials on samples board for their design project

History of Interior Design I Course Code: BID 236

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design I (BID 126)

Co-Requisite: None

This course aims to introduce students a critical overview of the history of interior design, its connection to different periods and cultures, and its integral relationship with the interior, architecture, and decorative arts. Lecture, readings, and field trips focus on the development of major forms, period styles, and ornament from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical eras.

Lighting & Acoustics for Interior Design Course Code: BID 237

Credit Hours: 4 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design I (BID 126)

Co-Requisite: Interior design II (BID 231)

The course aims to introduce interior design students with lighting design system, lighting graphics, the creation of specifications’ legend and basic control systems as well as special topics such as decorative luminaires and energy efficiency. The course explores the physical influence of lighting on color. The course includes in-depth mathematical calculations used to determine the amount of natural and artificial lighting and acoustic treatment required to meet specific codes and clients’ needs. Various factors of sound and vibration control are also included to understand acoustic behavior in interior space.

CAD II for Interiors Course number: BID 235

Credit hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Lab (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: CAD I for Interiors (BID 121)

Co-Requisite: None

Building on the skills from CAD I, this course aims to teach students an advanced three dimensional, rendering and presentation software packages. In addition, students will utilize their learning skills to develop their projects and design analyses outcome, which will enhance their 3D computer visualization skills, as well as generative types of CAD concepts.

Interior Design III Course Code: BID 246

Credit Hours:4 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (6 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design II (BID 231)

Co-Requisite: BID 249

The course aims to introduce students to commercial interior design such as offices’ interiors in the setting of administrative and public buildings. The course contents would then enable the students to design office interiors with emphasis placed on planning, circulation, furniture arrangement, color, lightings and other design treatments. The students can recognize the organizational charts and the nature of the business to provide the successful design.

Materials Construction Course Code: BID 245

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Engineering Graphics for Interiors (BID 112), Materials Technology (BID 114)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design III (BID 246)

The aim of this course is to provide the interior design students the necessary information related to the materials selection, technology, specifications and their use in interior environment, their forms, characteristics, and effect on human health and environment. Also focusing on the details needed to describe the interior finish materials and the types of their applications and their design context. They will identify the elements of interior construction materials for interior spaces by using the graphic material symbols in their drawings.

History of Interior Design II Course Code: BID 244

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: History of Interior Design I (BID 236)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of this course is to enhance the students’ knowledge of nineteen and twenty century’s factors in interior design and furniture, focusing on their movements and developments through study and analysis.

Psychology of Design Course Code: BID 249

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design II (BID 231)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design III (BID 246)

The course introduces the students to the basic psychology of designing spaces that deals with human occupancy. The study of interaction between human behavior and physical environment enable the students to examine perception and cognition, cultural differences in spatial context, proxemics and the role of values in the design of interior environment. Focusing on socio- psychology and aesthetics, students analyze all other aspects of human behavior in interior atmosphere to design comfortable environment for the end user.

Interior Design IV Course Code: BID 351

Credit Hours: 5 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (8 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design III (BID 246)

Co-Requisite: Interior Construction Details (BID 354)

This course provides students with an introduction to the process of designing hospitality areas specifically hotel interiors. Lectures from guest speakers and industry professionals enable students to gain an overview of all aspects of hotel design including designing for communal areas and understanding room typologies. Students learn how to create a concept based on local culture its influence and how to respond to a brief from a client. Their learnings extended to the field of interior landscape design. The off-site visits take place at a luxury hotel to understand the operation of these hotels that help them to create successful design.

Interior Construction Details Course Code: BID 354

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Materials Construction  (BID 245)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

This course would assist the students exploring the interiors’ structural elements such as load bearing structure, partitions, door construction, ceiling and floor design system including interior furnishing and its construction details, based on information gathered within the previous pre-request course interior construction I. In addition, it improves their understanding of custom design working.

Interiors in the UAE Course Code: BID 353

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design III (BID 246)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of the course is to allow the students to research and study the various UAE, traditional and contemporary residential interiors. This course would then enable students to develop knowledge for the local culture, customs and materials used in UAE constructions, which would help them to utilize this in their current and future design projects.

Interior Design V Course Code: BID 364

Credit Hours: 5 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (8 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: BID 364, BID 366

This course aims to introduce students to design various types of exhibitions areas i.e. Temporary exhibitions, permanent exhibitions, museum and trade shows etc. Students refine their skills and knowledge while designing an exhibition using an existing plan with focus on how the various elements of an exhibition plan (such as architecture, lighting, display furniture, and didactics) aid the audiences’ interpretation of the artefacts. Students learn how to select the appropriate form of documentation for the exhibitions they create for their projects (trade shows and museums).

Working Drawings Course Code: BID 367

Credit Hours:3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Construction Details (BID 354)

Co-Requisite: Interior Design V (BID 364)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to working drawings sets provide dimensioned, graphical information that can be use by a contractor to construct the interiors, or by suppliers to fabricate components of design to assemble or install them as per requirement on site. Focusing on design project detailing, students also learn the construction techniques of their custom design components in this course.

Sustainability for Interior Design Course Code: BID 366

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of this course is tointroduce the methodology of sustainability to the interior design students. The environmental issues are an important part in our life and in our future. The interior design field is concerned about the welfare of the people and their interior, so they need to have a sound knowledge of sustainability and its impact on the individual and society.This course should have as a primary objective to explain and recognize the basic meaning of sustainability as philosophy, concept, and principles to guide our students from the first level of the design to construction as well as post construction phase.

Graduation Project I Course Code: BID 471

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (2 hrs.), Studio (2 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design V (BID 364)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of this course is to help the students in the preparation of an analytical and technical report of their individually chosen graduation project, and would be able to gather data successfully of any chosen project, to collect and analyze needed information for the chosen project, develop in aesthetics and functional needs in interior design spaces.

Working Drawings II Course Code: BID 472

Credit Hours: 2 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (2 hrs.).

Pre-Requisite: Working Drawings I (BID 365)

Co-Requisite: None

Follow-up with the course working drawing I, students prepare a complete set of contract documents means by which interior design communicate to the building construction industry, code officials, product manufacturers, suppliers, vendor and fabricators. These documents includes Working drawings, specifications, bill of quantities, work schedule etc. While working on given design project, students will acquire a logical approach of these document preparations.

Graduation Project II Course number: BID 483

Credit hours: 5 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (8 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Graduation Project I (BID 471)

Co-Requisite: None

The course gives the student an opportunity to explore his/her ability and knowledge of dealing with actual existing project in interior design. By using the suitable furnishing requirements, student can create an aesthetic and functional interior design through two main objectives, theoretical and practical to define the different functions applications and its positive and negative points.

Practice in Interior Design Course Code: BID 484

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Working Drawings (BID 367)

Co-Requisite: Graduation Project II (BID 483)

The aim of this course is to incorporate the basic business theories into the practice of Interior Design. It covers the various principles, which constitute the pillars of business science, to the Interior Design professional. The course develop the skills required in the field of interior design marketing and prepares the students both for employment as well as for future opportunities to set up their own design office as a professional business.

Selected Topics in Furniture Design Course Code: BID 501

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Furniture Design (BID 129), Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: None

The aims of the course is to make students more familiar with programming and conceptual design expressed in sketches, and models, as well as withshop drawings and presentation drawings, understanding the aesthetic and functional/ ergonomic aspects of furniture as well as the technological aspects of producing furniture. This course should help students understand some sociological factors that influence the methodologies of educational investigation in interior and furniture design. This project will assess their presentation skill, imagination and creativity.

Islamic Interiors Course number: BID 502

Credit hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3 hrs)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of the course is to allow the students to search and understand the philosophy of Islamic interiors, with emphasis on decorative elements and accessories. At the end of the course students would be able to implement the basic rules of Islamic interiors depend on the chosen style, using basically the decorative components of Islamic interiors such as; pattern, color, trims and accessories.

Theory of Interior Design Course Code: BID 503

Credit Hours:3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (3 hrs).

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of this course is to strengthen the students’ theoretical background throughout analyze, criticize, and methods and discovering the contemporary theories of designing interiors.

Selected Topics in Interior Design Course Code: BID 504

Credit Hours:3 Cr. Hrs.: Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of this course is to enable the students to develop in research, analysis and criticism capability in the interior design project not covered in design courses. It aims also to explore and present selected topics in interior design. Guiding study and exploration of subjects not covered by other courses in the discipline and successfully analyze, criticize interior design spaces through recognize the program design for divers’ project type.

Architectural Design for Interiors Course Code: BID 505

Credit Hours: 3 Cr. Hrs.:Theory (1 hr.), Studio (4 hrs.)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design IV (BID 351)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of the course is to enhance the interior design students’ skills in creating and solving special problem related to the function of interior spaces; re-designing partitions based on structure information, adding new spaces to success the interior design function, to integrate the interior design with the architectural building. As well as to complete the interior design curriculum by designing the landscape spaces with its need of light building structures as an artistically sculpted structures to fit the aesthetical need of this area.

Interior Design Practical Training Course Code: BID 410

Credit Hours: 4 Cr. Hrs.: (2-2 Hrs. External Training)

Pre-Requisite: Interior Design V (BID 364)

Co-Requisite: None

The aim of this training is to enable students gaining basic professional interior design knowledge, such as; interior finishing materials, suppliers, materials specification, bill of quantity, cost estimation.