Associate of Arts in
Associate of Arts (AA) in Interior Architecture and Design Academy of Art University
The School of Interior Architecture & Design's AA program is designed to provide students with a foundation in design theory, technique, and technical skill in line with today's industry standards. Graduates of the program are equipped for a seamless transition into the school's BFA program.
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Interior Design Skills
- Demonstrate creative approaches to spatial organization, use of material, and lighting
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the laws, codes, and standards that impact fire and life safety by correctly applying professional standards to space planning and layouts
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of ADA and Universal Design principles in interior design solutions
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of human factors and behavior in the built environment by creating informed design solutions
- Create construction drawings and documents
- Demonstrate an understanding of movements and traditions in interior design, architecture, and furniture by applying precedents design solutions
Problem Solving Skills
- Present design solutions by creating ideation sketches, bubble diagrams, and preliminary drawings
Technical Design Skills
- Effectively apply principles of two and three-dimensional design through both traditional and digital media
- Effectively apply color in all aspects of visual communication
- Visualize basic concepts through sketching and space planning
- Communicate design ideas using accurate design vocabulary
- Demonstrate an understanding of both basic construction and non-structural systems such as ceilings, flooring, and interior walls in design ideas
- Demonstrate an understanding of social, economic, and cultural influences in interior designs
- Produce basic materials required for an entry-level job search
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
- Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
- Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
- Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
- Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
- Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
- Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
- Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
Academy of Art University offers some of the best training and hands-on experience to help accelerate in various careers in interior architecture. We pride ourselves in doing an exceptional job preparing you to excel in your future profession through degree programs that equip aspiring professionals with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills, leading to a successful career.
Plan, program, and generate construction documents that accurately represent design intent. Plans, sections, details, elevations, and schedules are all a part of design documents.
Focus on Furniture. Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E) selections. specifications. and material sourcing. The overall design concept established by the team is represented throughout all FF&E presentations. All members of the design team are expected to have strong leadership, organization, communication, and relationship management skills.
As a job captain, you'll collaborate with project managers to develop solutions to problems and coordinate the design through the entire process. Work with fabricators, contractors, and regulatory agencies to bring the project to life on time.
Coordinate both the FF&E and AutoCAD/BIM design deliverables to ensure that efforts are streamlined and consistent. Determine the feasibility of design details and manage the overall set of design documents to make sure they meet the requirements of the project team as well as industry standards.
A visualization specialist works with the design team to create representations of project development. You'll use hand renderings, sketches, or 3D renderings to communicate design concepts in this creative field.
- A minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilangual Artist or LA 108, IAD 230/LA 226, & IAD 231/229
- Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
- 1 Written Communication: Composition
- 1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
- 2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
- 1 Employment Communications & Practices
After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
- FND 113: Sketching for Communication (Core)
- FND 149: Introduction to Design Thinking (Core)
- IAD 210: Digital Imaging (Core)
- LA 101: Freshman Symposium: Artistic Resilience (Liberal Arts)
- FND 122: Color Fundamentals (Core)
- IAD 140: Introduction to Construction Documents (Core)
- IAD 245: Materials (Core)
- LA 108: Composition for the Artist (Liberal Arts)
- LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century (Liberal Arts)
Recommended for summer
- LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument (Liberal Arts)
Recommended for summer
- FSH 274: Applied Textiles 1 (Major)
- IAD 200: Spatial Development Studio (Core)
- IAD 230: Survey of Traditional Interior Architecture (Major)
- LA 254: Human-Centered Design (Liberal Arts)
- LAN 375: Sketching for Idea Development (Core)
- IAD 231: Survey of Contemporary Interior Architecture (Major)
- IAD 240: Building Codes & Systems (Core)
- IAD 280: BIM & Design Graphics (Core)
- IAD 330: Introduction to Lighting Design (Core)
- IAD 345: Color Rendering Techniques (Major)
- LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century (Liberal Arts)
Recommended for summer
- LA 291: Designing Careers (Liberal Arts)
Recommended for summer
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
Since Academy of Art University’s art scholarships program was founded over 40 years ago, we have helped over 45,000 aspiring artists and designers pursue their educational goals. Academy of Art University offers a number of innovative and inexpensive ways for first-time students, high school students, and teachers to improve their skills and experience all that we have to offer.
English Language Requirements
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