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ID 501 Graduate Precedent Studio I 3 cr.
Precedent building analysis and research remains an integral component of the design profession, as a tool for deciphering architectural and interior design history. This graduate level precedent design studio, along with the co-requisite precedent research seminar, explores design principles and theory through selected readings, discussions, and short studio assignments. The student will develop an understanding of interior design and architectural design analysis through various diagrammatic techniques. It is through precedent studies that designers can develop their identification of themes and patterns that aid in the generation of design form.

ID 503 Graduate Precedent Studio II 2 cr.
A continuation of the Graduate Precedent Studio I course that builds upon analytical and research skills. This graduate level precedent design studio, along with the co-requisite precedent research seminar, explores the maturation of design principles and theory through selected readings, discussions, and short studio assignments. The student will develop a mature understanding of interior design and architectural design analysis through various diagrammatic techniques. It is through precedent studies that designers can develop a refined identification of themes and patterns that aid in the generation of design form. This final studio aims to clarify the link between and beyond the layers of history and design.

ID 505 Concentration Option 3 cr.
Students select a concentration option from Design Studio (Commercial/Institutional, Healthcare, Residential, or Sustainable Interiors Environments), within this advanced interior design studio. Students build upon their knowledge in design theory, and implementation skills through integrated design programming strategies, concept development, schematic design, design development and presentation. Special focus on environmentally responsible design, Universal Design, complex space planning and programming, life safety code integration, is applied to studio based design problems.

IDC 505 Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments I 3 cr.
This commercial and institutional studio focus is on the development of innovative and forward thinking workplace environments. Students apply historical precedent analysis, social, corporate culture, human behavior, and environmental psychology to complex workplace design scenarios confronting contemporary interior designers. Assignments and projects are studio based with emphases on spatial interior zoning, organizational hierarchy, and work styles for the 21st century.

IDH 505 Heathcare Interior Environments I 3 cr.
Evidence based design is applied to develop healing spaces for various medical interior environments. Students undertake an interdisciplinary approach to research multiple aspects of health and healing environments in order to develop working spaces that respond to patient, family, staff, and user physical and psychological needs. The importance of staff efficiency, privacy concerns, and comfort are emphasized. Sustainable design principles are used to establish benchmarks for indoor environmental quality and other health supporting factors.

IDR 505 Residential Interior Environments I 3 cr.
This studio focus is on the social, environmental, economic, and psychological issues confronting the designer of residential environments. Evidence based design is applied to small to mid-size scale projects. Projects, case studies, and related assignments emphasize the design process, precedent analysis, and theory as it pertains to 21st century housing issues.

IDS 505 Sustainable Interior Environments I 3 cr.
Sustainable interior design strategies are applied to multiple small to mid-sized scale projects and assignments. Students apply an interdisciplinary approach to environmental material selection, building systems research, precedent analysis, along with current professional journal publications to inform and guide design decisions. Studio assignments focus on the development of earth and user friendly environmental design.

ID 506 Emerging Materials and Systems 3 cr.
Emerging materials and advanced environmentally responsible building systems are the principle focus of this course. Students explore current and emerging technological advancements and appropriate application of intelligent materials, finishes, and construction. Technical and aesthetic aspects of progressive environmental building systems, intelligent materials, energy efficiency, Zero Energy Building, Renewable Energy Systems, and Lighting (natural and artificial), are covered in-depth along with their impact in our built and natural environments. Pre-requisites: ID 503, ID 504, ID 505, ID 530, or permission of instructor

ID 507 Art & Science of Interior Lighting 3 cr.
The principles of interior lighting are explored through lectures, field trips, testing, and studio projects to develop an advanced understanding of potential design solutions. Through demonstration within the lighting lab and software simulation students analyze and compare luminaries, lamping options, and controls. Participants address the aesthetic, functional, environmental, and regulatory needs of residential and commercial lighting requirements of interior spaces. Topics such as daylight, glare, color rendition, light distribution, control and dimming, energy consumption, energy codes, heat production, light trespass, cost, and light pollution are addressed. Pre-requisites: ID 504, ID 505, ID 506, ID 530, or permission of instructor.

ID 510A Global Studio I (Western) 4cr.
A global look at interior design strategies that are applied to advanced graduate level studio projects and assignments of various size and complexity based on student area of concentration. Students are introduced to advanced integrated design programming, concept development, schematic design, design development, and presentation. Special focus on international environmentally responsible design, universal design, international building codes, environmental assessment tools, and sustainable design rating systems are explored and applied. Student’s select project types based on area of concentration to be further researched and investigated within a studio setting. The “Study Abroad Component” (Western country) of the course includes pre-departure orientation seminars covering all aspects of the tour: opportunities for investigation, group dynamics, problem solving, and team spirit created by cohesiveness within the classroom. Students will participate in a professionally led study and research opportunity in a host country. Students will investigate sustainable design issues, philosophies, and practice of other cultures, as well as historical context.

ID 510B Global Studio II (Non-Western) 4cr.
A global look at interior design strategies that are applied to advanced graduate level studio projects and assignments of various size and complexity based on student area of concentration. Students are introduced to advanced integrated design programming, concept development, schematic design, design development, and presentation. Special focus on international environmentally responsible design, universal design, international building codes, environmental
assessment tools, and sustainable design rating systems are explored and applied. Student’s select project types based on area of concentration to be further researched and investigated within a studio setting. The “Study Abroad Component” (non-Western country) of the course includes pre-departure orientation seminars covering all aspects of the tour: opportunities for investigation, group dynamics, problem solving, and team spirit created by cohesiveness
within the classroom. Students will participate in a professionally led study and research opportunity in a host country. Students will investigate sustainable design issues, philosophies, and practice of other cultures, as well as historical context.

ID 511 Graduate Student Forum I 1 cr.
Part 1 of a 4 semester continuing course studying the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice as it relates to architecture, interior design, and the designer. It looks at theory not as a specialized discourse related only to design, but touches upon many broader issues, whether they are cultural, aesthetic, technological, philosophical, or professional. Topics, readings, and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today, as well as from many complimentary issues related to creating a multi-disciplinary approach to design. This course provides a forum for discussion and exploration.

ID 512 Graduate Student Forum II 1 cr.
Part 2 of a 4 semester continuing course studying the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice as it relates to architecture, interior design, and the designer. It looks at theory not as a specialized discourse related only to design, but touches upon many broader issues, whether they are cultural, aesthetic, technological, philosophical, or professional. Topics, readings, and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today, as well as from many complementary issues related to creating a multi-disciplinary approach to design. This course provides a forum for discussion and exploration.

ID 515 ID Concentration Option 3 cr.
Students select an advanced studio concentration option from, Design Studio (Commercial/Institutional, Healthcare, Residential, or Sustainable Interior Environments) within this advanced interior design studio. Students further develop their design theory, knowledge, and implementation skills through integrated design programming strategies, concept development, schematic design, design development and presentation. Special focus on environmentally responsible design, Universal Design, complex space planning and programming, life safety code integration, is applied to complex design problems.

IDC 515 Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments 3 cr.
This studio continues the investigation and design of commercial and institutional design. Students will further the advancement of their design research through integrated historical precedent analysis, social, corporate culture, Business Communication Issues, human behavior, and environmental psychology as related to complex workplace scenarios confronting contemporary interior designers. Assignments and projects are studio based with further emphasis on spatial interior zoning, organizational hierarchy, and work styles for the 21st century. The studio will also explore the coordinated and integrated relationships between interior designer, architect, and contractors, as well as issues related to budgets and scheduling.

IDH 515 Healthcare Interior Environments II 3 cr.
Students undertake complex healthcare and healing interiors and components, applying evidence based research and current published studies to design solutions. Case studies are examined and tested within studio assignments focused on the development of patient and family friendly, staff supportive healing interiors.

IDR 515 Residential Interior Environments II 3 cr.
This studio continues the advanced investigative research and study into residential interior environments through the development and application of forward thinking design solutions, individual and group studio based projects and research assignments emphasize the integration of social, psychological, and global issues within the design of residential interior environments.

IDS 515 Sustainable Interior Environments II 3 cr.
Sustainable interior design strategies are applied to large scale complex building type within this advanced interior design studio. Students build upon their knowledge in sustainable design theory, and implementation skills through sustainable integrated design applied to programming strategies, concept development, schematic design, design development and presentation. Studio based design problems focus on environmentally responsible designs related to complex space planning and programming.

ID 517 Theory, Criticism, & Methodology 3 cr.
Through the careful consideration of key philosophical and theoretical texts, this course offers a forum for discussing contemporary and historical doctrine. This course is dedicated to exploring the ideas that lie behind the appearances of buildings and interior design, that is, architectural theory. In general, theory is the province of ideas that precedes action. Theory and practice are inseparable. This course aims to explain, traditional conventions, environmental concerns, experimental structural concepts, or aesthetic judgments. Likewise, theory relies ultimately on practice to test its hypotheses and assumptions. Therefore, the course will primarily focus on the development of contemporary literary examples related to design and theory, through a semester long reading intensive course of far reaching ideas, on analysis and critique of written doctrine relevant to interior design and architecture. Of interest is the articulation of philosophical and contemporary design issues, from as early as LeCorbusier's Towards a New Architecture to the most recent literary examples of Zaha Hadid's Randomness vs. Arbitrariness.

ID 518 Scandinavian Architecture and Interior Design: Design History Elective 3 cr.
This course will survey the architecture of the Scandinavian countries, in terms of history, culture, design (interior design and architecture), building technology, and the environment, in relationship to Western Architecture. This course will explore various periods of design and construction from the Viking Age settlements in the North Atlantic, the towering stave churches in Norway, and the modern architecture of Sverre Fehn. This course will include discussions of select Scandinavian influenced works in New England and a visit to examples by Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, and Steven Holl works located in Cambridge. Our focus will be on the development (past and future) of Scandinavia, in the context of History, Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, and Culture. The course will also allow for exploration of individual architectural and theoretical interests.

ID 519 Modern Furniture Classics: Design History Elective 3 cr.
An in depth look at the development of modern furniture design, beginning with the early precursors of the mid-19th century through to future classics being designed today. While the artifacts under scrutiny will be furniture, their stylist expressions illustrate the technical, aesthetic and social contexts of their time.

ID 520 Advanced Electronic Media 3 cr.
Electronic Media covers the full set of skills and strategies for efficient workflow in the interior design profession. Software selection and implementation are reviewed with an emphasis on an efficient design process, and high quality and flexible documentation at all stages.

ID 530 Psychology of Place 3 cr.
This course examines the interplay between humans and their interior environments. Through historical precedents, current academic theories and scientific research students will study the psychological affects interior environments have on human behavior and perception. Students investigate both simplistic and complex interior environments and components such as volumetric space, color, texture, art, furniture, artificial light, and natural light to acquire practical design approaches that can be incorporated into professional practice. Pre-requisites: ID 503, ID 504, ID 505 and or permission of instructor.

ID 535 Literature and Theory in Sustainable Design 3 cr.
This course focuses on historical and contemporary sustainable design theory through analyzing written works of leading scholars, theorist, scientist, and environmentalist. Issues about the built environment are investigated to better understand historical precedents and contemporary trends. Students will gain a global understanding the impact design has on our planet.

ID 545 Universal Design for the Built Environment 3 cr.
The focus of this course is on the examination of the universal design of buildings, spaces, products, and programs. Students will be prepared to creatively respond to the built environment, relevant to the psychological, physical, political, educational, sociological impacts in the areas of interior design. Universal Design is important as a means to make the components of our built environment accessible to all ages and abilities.

ID 575 Interior Design Firm Management 1 cr.
This seminar examines "best practices" and current trends in Interior Design firm management. Students will be exposed to current business methodologies, philosophy, finance and accounting principles necessary to transition and advance from an employee to associate, principle, or sole practitioner. The seminar targets strategic topics such as business development, project management, business communication, ethics, human resource administration, and organizational behavior.

ID 580 Education Practicum I 1 cr.
This course is Part 1 of a 3 part intensive investigation into interior design education techniques, teaching effectiveness, and curriculum development. Assigned to a full-time faculty member and assisting in classroom critiques and lecturing affords students first-hand teaching experience. Participants attend weekly seminars covering topics such as public speaking and communication, interior design accreditation requirements, curriculum development, online course delivery, teaching effectiveness strategies, and current instructional models. Weekly meetings provide a forum for discussion and mock presentations.

ID 588 Masters Thesis I (Seminar) 3 cr.
Thesis I is the first stage of a three semester thesis sequence, which allows students an opportunity to focus on an area of inquiry relevant to interior design. Through library research, precedent analysis, and methodology this seminar provides direction and techniques needed to conduct academic research on any aspect of interior environments, occupant comfort, design theory, or the impact on the designer. The seminar is a comprehensive entry point into investigations for the three stage sequential thesis.

ID 589 Masters Thesis II (Written Defense) 3 cr.
Thesis II is the second stage of the three semester sequence, which requires students to prepare a comprehensive literature review and submit a written defense on their area of inquiry relevant to interior design. The course builds upon research methods and standards discussed in the Thesis Seminar and are now applied to their critical position.

ID 590 Masters Thesis III (Scholarly Defense) 3 cr.
Thesis III is the final stage of the three semester sequence, which requires students to prepare a comprehensive visual defense on their area of inquiry relevant to interior design or practice. The course builds upon research methods and standards discussed in the previous Thesis stages and are now applied to visually defend the student's critical position, through a professionally applicable hypothetical design problem.

ID 611 Graduate Student Forum III 1 cr.
Part 3 of a 4 semester continuing course studying the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice as it relates to architecture, interior design, and the designer. It looks at theory not as a specialized discourse related only to design, but touches upon many broader issues, whether they are cultural, aesthetic, technological, philosophical, or professional. Topics, readings, and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today, as well as from many complementary issues related to creating a multi-disciplinary approach to design. This course provides a forum for discussion and exploration.

ID 612 Graduate Student Forum IV 1 cr.
Part 4 of a 4 semester continuing course studying the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice as it relates to architecture, interior design, and the designer. It looks at theory not as a specialized discourse related only to design, but touches upon many broader issues, whether they are cultural, aesthetic, technological, philosophical, or professional. Topics, readings, and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today, as well as in many complementary issues related to creating a multi-disciplinary approach to design. This course provides a forum for discussion and exploration.

ID 617 Contemporary Architectural Icons 3 cr.
Architectural icons, whether they are design firms, individuals or projects , will be examined with a critical eye: The "Bird's Nest" of the Beijing Olympics, The Guggenheim at Bilbao, Spain, The Burj Al Arab Hotel at Dubai. Through extensive readings by and about recent icons of the design world we will try to answer questions like: Have they met the standard of "firmitatis, utilitatis, venustatis"? Does it matter? Icons are by definition, popular. How does "popularity" fit into criticism? Can critical standards be applied uniformly? Do only wealthy and powerful clients build icons?

ID 620 Global Sustainable Interior Design Studio 3 cr.
A global look at sustainable interior design strategies that are applied to advanced graduate level studio projects and assignments of various size and complexity based on student area of concentration. Students are introduced to advanced integrated design programming, concept development, schematic design, design development, and presentation. Special focus on international environmentally responsible design, universal design, international building codes, environmental assessment tools, and sustainable design rating systems are explored and applied. Student's select project types based on area of concentration to be further researched and investigated within a studio setting. The "Study Abroad Component" of the course includes pre-departure orientation seminars covering all aspects of the tour: opportunities for investigation, group dynamics, problem solving, and team spirit created by cohesiveness within the classroom. During the March spring break students will participate in a professionally led study and research opportunity in a host country. Students will investigate sustainable design issues, philosophies, and practice of other cultures, as well as historical context.

ID 630 Special Topic Studio 3cr.
This elective studio provides graduate students an opportunity to focus on particular issues and components within the built environment. The studio includes lectures on focused area, group discussions, individual and/or group projects. Students advance their theory, knowledge, and design expertise within topic focus.

ID 680 Education Practicum II 1 cr.
This course is Part 2 of a 3 part intensive investigation into interior design education techniques, teaching effectiveness, and curriculum development. Assigned to a full-time faculty member and assisting in classroom critiques and lecturing affords students first-hand experience. Participants attend weekly seminars covering topics such as public speaking and communication, interior design accreditation requirements, curriculum development, online course delivery, teaching effectiveness strategies, and current instructional models. Weekly meetings provide a forum for discussion and mock presentations. This practicum reinforces the concurrent learning mission of the College.

ID 681 Education Practicum III 1 cr.
This course is Part 3 of a 3 part intensive investigation into interior design education techniques, teaching effectiveness, and curriculum development. Assigned to a full-time faculty member and assisting in classroom critiques and lecturing affords students first-hand experience. Participants attend weekly seminars to advance their skills in such topics as public speaking and communication, interior design accreditation requirements, curriculum development, online course delivery, teaching effectiveness strategies, and current instructional models. Weekly meetings provide a forum for discussion and mock presentations. This practicum reinforces the concurrent learning mission of the College.

ID 688 Masters Dissertation I (Seminar) 3 cr.
Dissertation I is the first stage of a three semester sequence, which allows students an opportunity to focus on an area of inquiry relevant to interior design. The seminar provides direction and techniques needed to conduct academic research on any aspect of interior environments, occupant comfort, design theory, or the impact on the designer. The first seminar is a comprehensive entry point into investigations for the three stage sequential dissertation.

ID 689 Masters Dissertation II (Written Defense) 9 cr.
Dissertation II is the second stage of the three semester sequence, which requires students to prepare a comprehensive written defense on their area of inquiry relevant to interior design. The course builds upon research methods and standards discussed in the Dissertation Seminar and are now applied to defend their critical position.

ID 690 Masters Dissertation III (Visual Defense) 9 cr.
Dissertation III is the final stage of the three semester sequence, which requires students to prepare a comprehensive visual defense on their area of inquiry relevant to interior design. The course builds upon research methods and standards discussed in the previous Dissertation stages and are now applied to visually defend the student's critical position, through a professionally applicable hypothetical design problem.

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