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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Students who joined the program prior to Fall 2019 must refer to the BS in Interior Design curriculum here. The BS in Interior Design is no longer offered as of Fall 2019.

Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design is a balanced program that offers students a comprehensive education in the field , based on a four-year curriculum.

Students enrolled in this program are required to first complete the common one-year foundation study program. The program focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profession , which are introduced in the foundation year and then further developed during the following three years.

The curriculum emphasizes the creative process in design, while also covering the basics of technical knowledge required for professional practice. Students are initiated into the design field, through a liberal educational  approach, that encourages personal expression, experimentation, and critical analysis. This program serves also as a major stepping stone for further specialization in interior design or related fields.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is to graduate competent professionals and innovative practitioners in the field of Interior Design.

The program provides a platform for the acquisition of skills and knowledge required for the innovative shaping of the built environment, at different scales.

Grounded in a broad liberal arts and sciences, the program promotes intellectual inquiry and encourages students to explore new ideas and to develop their own personal creative approach to design.

While engaging students into their particular context, the program also provides international exposure through studios and workshops, and collaboration with other schools, as well as community engagement.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design are to:

  1. Provide students with a broad base of theoretical and practical knowledge
  2. Develop the necessary practical skills to practice Interior Design in Lebanon and the region.
  3. Train graduates to practice ethically and participate effectively in the development of their discipline.
  4. Prepare graduates to operate in a multi-disciplinary environment, and to respond to different disciplinary tasks.
  5. Provide a platform for graduate specializations in Interior Design, Furniture Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, or related fields in design.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BFA in Interior Design will have the:

  1. General knowledge that prepares them to be future leaders and decision makers
  2. Skills and knowledge required to practice the profession of interior design
  3. Ability to realize projects in compliance with applicable construction codes and regulations
  4. Capacity to work collaboratively with different specialists for the resolution of interior design problems
  5. Preparation needed for graduate specialization in related fields

Curriculum

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows:

  • Foundation Requirements (25 credits)
  • Program Core Requirements (68 credits)
  • Professional Electives (9 credits)
  • LAS Requirements (18 credits)

Foundation Requirements (25 credits)

Program Core Requirements (68 credits)

Professional Electives (9 credits)

  • INAR442 Textiles for Interiors (3 cr.)
  • INAR441 Lighting Design (3 cr.)
  • INAR591 International Studio (3 cr.)
  • INAR471 Modern Interiors (3 cr.)
  • INAR443 Stage Design (3 cr.)
  • INAR480 Topics in Interior Architecture (3 cr.)

LAS Requirements (18 credits)

Recommended Study Plan

Year One

Fall (13 credits)

  • FND201 Drawing for Foundation (3 cr.) OR FND202 Photography for Foundation (3 cr.)
  • FND231 Design Studio IA (3 cr.)
  • FND232 Design Studio IB (3 cr.)
  • FND235 Shop Techniques (1 cr.)
  • FND251 Digital Media (3 cr.) OR FND281 Design Culture (3 cr.)

Spring (15 credits)

  • FND201 Drawing for Foundation (3 cr.) OR FND202 Photography for Foundation (3 cr.)
  • FND236 Design Studio II (6 cr.)
  • FND251 Digital Media (3 cr.) OR FND281 Design Culture (3 cr.)
  • INAR201 Architectural Drawing (3 cr.)

Summer (6 credits)

  • LAS (3 cr.)
  • LAS (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (16 credits)

  • INAR331 Design Studio III (5 cr.)
  • INAR351 Digital Drawing (3 cr.)
  • INAR371 History of Architecture I (3 cr.)
  • INAR361 Theory I (2 cr.)
  • LAS (3 cr.)

Spring (14 credits)

  • INAR332 Design Studio IV (5 cr.)
  • INAR352 Digital Modelling (3 cr.)
  • INAR372 History of Architecture II (3 cr.)
  • INAR421 Design Technology I (3 cr.)

Year Three

Fall (14 credits)

  • INAR431 Design Studio V (5 cr.)
  • INAR423 Environmental Systems (3 cr.)
  • INAR422 Design Technology II (3 cr.)
  • Professional Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (12 credits)

  • INAR432 Design Studio VI (5 cr.)
  • INAR481 Construction Documents (4 cr.)
  • LAS (3 cr.)

Summer (3 credits)

  • Professional Elective (3 cr.)

Year Four

Fall (15 credits)

  • INAR531 Design Studio VII (6 cr.)
  • INAR541 Furniture Design (3 cr.)
  • INAR581 Professional Practice (3 cr.)
  • LAS (3 cr.)

Spring (12 credits)

  • INAR532 Design Studio VIII (6 cr.)
  • Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAS (3 cr.)