Study Abroad in London

Interior Design

Department Dean: Axel Griesinger, RIBA III

Degrees:
  • Post-graduate Diploma, Garden Conservation, Architectural
  • Association School of Architecture, London, 1994
  • Part III, Studies in Architecture, Architects Registration Council of the UK, 1990
  • Diploma in Architecture, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany,1984
  • Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne Diploma, Sorbonne, Paris, 1980
  • Abitur with Merit, Humboldt-Schule, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1976
Still a practicing architect/interior designer himself, Prof. Griesinger knows how difficult making it in the design business can be, and that makes him even prouder of his students. He says the majority of his students do end up with successful careers in design after graduation. And why shouldn't they when they have all of the real-world experience he shares in the classroom, as well as department-organized, industry-associated extra curricular activities such as a student chapter of BIDA (British Interior Design Academy), workshops, site visits, tradeshows, and exhibitions to draw from? "We like nothing more than to see our students succeed."

AIU London Interior Design Courses*

London Interior Design Syllabi

INT 104 TEXTILES FOR INTERIORS

Prerequisites: None
This course is a study of the characteristics, functional applications, and care of textiles, including fibers, yarn construction methods, and codes/legislation that regulate the use of textiles in interior spaces. Students are expected to design their own textile as part of this course.

INT 105 INTERIOR DRAFTING

Prerequisites: None
In this course, students are introduced to manual drafting fundamentals and the tools used in this technique. Some of the goals are to learn basic interior drafting vocabulary, line quality, lettering, and drafting conventions for a floor plan, furniture plan, interior elevations, building sections, and reflected ceiling plans. This course involves presentation techniques including models and axonometric drawings. Anthropometrics and ergonomics will be introduced.

INT 107 INTERIOR DESIGN ELEMENTS

Prerequisites: INT 105
This foundation course focuses on the theory of twodimensional design, critical analysis and the development of a design vocabulary. This is accomplished through an understanding of the basic elements used in the creation of space. Students can learn to recognize the elements of design, which include space, shape, form, mass, line, texture, pattern, light and color.

INT 108 INTERIOR DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Prerequisites: DES 102, INT 107
This is a foundation course that introduces the principles of interior design, including unity, balance, proportion, scale, rhythm and emphasis. Students can learn their definitions and practical applications through related assignments. In addition, students are introduced to basic color psychology, client analysis, finish selections, and mood and sample board presentation techniques. Anthropometrics and ergonomics will be reviewed and an orientation to the profession at local and national levels will be achieved.

INT 204 PERSPECTIVE AND SKETCH RENDERING

Prerequisites: DES 103, INT 105
This course introduces students to multiple interior illustration techniques from rapid-visualization and thumbnail sketching to the formal composition of one- and two-point perspectives. Students explore rendering of three-dimensional forms, shapes and objects and learn the basics of black and white rendering techniques.

INT 206 VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Prerequisites: INT 204
In this course, students can learn multiple methods of color rendering in various media. The rendering techniques vary from initial sketches to a full-color, high standard of presentation.

INT 261 HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN I

Prerequisites: DES 103
This course is a survey of interior design development from the Egyptian to the Classical Revival period. Knowledge of the terminology and recognition of period styles is expected to be attained through lectures, slide presentations, field trips, research and analytical assignments.

INT 262 HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN II

Prerequisites: DES 103
This course is a survey of interior design development from the Classical Revival period through to the present. Knowledge of the terminology and recognition of distinct identifiable styles are expected to be attained through lectures, slide presentations, field trips, research and analytical assignments. Emphasis is placed on recognizing masters of contemporary design.

INT 263 LIGHTING DESIGN

Prerequisites: INT 105, MTH 111
This course introduces students to interior lighting design fundamentals, light sources and systems, and light measurement and calculation. Students can learn to analyze the spatial requirements for light, proper system selection, lighting level calculations, reflected ceiling plans, lighting legends and lighting schedules. Emphasis is placed on communicating a design solution by accomplishing projects that are application-oriented.

INT 266 RESOURCES AND MATERIALS

Prerequisites: INT 104
This course introduces students to the recognition and specification of appropriate resources and materials. The student can learn the application techniques and code regulations that influence a designer's selection. Preliminary cost estimating is also introduced.

INT 268 COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN I

Prerequisites: CIS 101, CIS 103, INT 105
In this course, students are introduced to computer drafting fundamentals and the tools used in this technique. Students can learn basic computer drafting vocabulary, line weights and values, as well as the skills necessary to produce floor plans, furniture plans, interior elevations, building sections and reflected ceiling plans.

INT 272 HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF LONDON

Prerequisites: None
This course is a study of architecture and interior design development in London from the Roman era to the present. Slide presentations, lectures and field trips are part of this course. Emphasis is placed on recognizing, recording and researching these different identifiable styles present in London.

INT 305 INTRODUCTION TO DETAILING

Prerequisites: INT 105, INT 266, INT 269
In this course, the student can develop interior detailing technical skills, with an emphasis on stairways, doors, windows, fireplaces, and millwork (built-in furniture) details for residential and commercial spaces.

INT 350 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN I

Prerequisites: INT 104, INT 108, INT 206, INT 268, INT 269
This is a fundamental studio course in which students are expected to develop a residential interior. The course includes lectures, in-class assignments, on-site investigation, field trips and critiques. The student will be expected to accomplish projects and learn essential skills such as client analysis, programming, space planning, code analysis, furniture and finish selection. In addition, electrical, lighting and plumbing requirements are introduced.

INT 351 FURNITURE DESIGN

Prerequisites: INT 305
This course focuses on the issues related to custom furniture design including construction, styles, function, technical aspects and costs. Through study of the human form and research on appropriate materials and construction techniques, students are expected to develop a furniture prototype from initial concept to construction.

INT 361 COMMERCIAL DESIGN I

Prerequisites: INT 263, INT 266, INT 350
This is a fundamental course in the design of business environments. Through studio projects, lectures and field trips, the student is expected to develop a commercial interior that includes critical client analysis, complex programming, space planning, and the use of open-office systems. Students are also introduced to ADA codes and standard building and fire safety codes as they pertain to commercial design.

INT 364 WORKING DRAWINGS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: INT 263, INT 268, INT 305
In this course, advanced architectural drafting techniques are used to complete a set of working drawings, specifications, and finish schedules for either a residential or commercial project. The principles of interaction with other design professionals and/or team members are emphasized.

INT 365 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN II

Prerequisites: INT 263, INT 266, INT 305, INT 350
Building on the skills and knowledge taught in Residential Design I, this advanced studio course will require students to design more complex residential projects. Through research and analysis, students are expected to design and construct a model of an environmentally-friendly residential interior, as well as explore residential building systems in-depth.

INT 367 INTERIOR ILLUSTRATION

Prerequisites: INT 206
This is an advanced visual communication course. The student can develop illustration skills by applying them to rendered interior spaces.

INT 369 THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE AND ITS LANDSCAPE

Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102
This is a study and research course that requires in-depth research into historic properties and their gardens in the UK. Students will have the opportunity to identify and analyze the predominant style of each property as evidenced by the interior and exterior detailing and conduct on-site investigation and recording. This course includes a written research document and a visual and written record of the visited buildings to be presented at the end of the term.

INT 374 HOSPITALITY DESIGN

Prerequisites: INT 263, INT 305, INT 350
This advanced course emphasizes design needs of the hospitality industry and requires the completion of a project from preliminary programming, space planning, and utilization of anthropometrics theory to the selection of furnishings and finishes that are ergonomically correct. Comparative analysis, code/legislation and other relevant research and presentation will be covered.

INT 375 RETAIL STORE DESIGN

Prerequisites: INT 263, INT 305, INT 350
This is an advanced design studio course that focuses on retail planning and design. Students are required to analyze the product image, research the target market, and generate a design that complements the product lines. Complete presentations include comparative analyses, floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations, details, custom design, and furniture/finish selections and specifications.

INT 452 EVENT DESIGN

Prerequisites: INT 361
This course enables the student to understand the presentation of design elements associated with both ephemeral and transient events such as conventions, displays and set design. Selection of materials, budgeting, construction methods, dismantling, storing and transportation considerations will be integrated into the design process. Presentations include working drawings, models and detailing.

INT 454 UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Prerequisites: INT 263, INT 361
This is an advanced course stressing analytical research, and the practical implementation of principles necessary for the design, health and safety of spaces for special population groups, such as children, the physically challenged, the elderly and the poor. Students will study world-related issues in design, such as low cost housing, recycling of building components and sustainable energy.

INT 461 INNOVATIVE DESIGN

Prerequisites: Four Studio Courses
This is an advanced course that involves the research and application of design theory to a competition project. Students will have the opportunity to prepare competition entries from conceptual diagrams, preliminary design and code analysis to final presentation. Student projects may emphasize "green" design and/or experimental technology and materials.

INT 462 HISTORIC RESTORATION

Prerequisites: INT 261, INT 262, INT 350
This is an advanced design studio course that requires in-depth research of a historic property in need of restoration. Students are expected to identify and analyze the predominant style as evidenced by the interior and exterior detailing and conduct on-site investigation, prepare as-built drawings, and design development drawings and presentation boards. Part of the course includes the preparation of a written research document and the application of the research to the design.

INT 463 COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN II

Prerequisites: INT 268, INT 305
This course continues to build on the fundamentals of Computer-Aided Design I. Students can develop competencies in the production of drawings that require advanced levels of drawing commands and techniques in the manipulation of CAD drawings. Emphasis is given to dimensioning systems, printing techniques, preparation of construction documents, and production speed and efficiency.


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