Liberal Arts, Art and Design History
NOTE: General Education elective courses denoted with DH satisfy Design History elective requirements
101 HISTORICAL STYLES ILecture credits 2; No prerequisites
This course is an introductory overview of the history of design in furniture, interiors, and architecture from the ancient world through 1820, considered within the cultural context of each period. 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.
102 HISTORICAL STYLES IILecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 101
The second half of the introductory survey, this course focuses on the history of Western furniture, interiors, and architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries, considered within the cultural context of each period. Styles examined include 19th-century revival styles, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, European and American Modernism, and the International Style.
111 MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN ILecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 102, 150, 160
The sources of modern architecture and design are explored from the 18th-century designers Adam, Soane, and Ledoux through the 19th century and the work of the eclectic architects. The course examines how architects used stylistic elements of the past and adapted them to solve modern design problems. Each revival style is traced to the original era to explore the meaning of the adaptations.
112 MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN IILecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 102, 150, 160
The second part of the overview of modern architecture, this course focuses on the period 1890 to the present in Europe and America. Styles and movements covered include the American Beaux Arts, the Chicago School, Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, Futurism, Expressionism, Art Moderne, the Modern Movement, and Post-Modernism.
150 ENGLISH COMPOSITION ILecture credits 3; Prerequisite: NYSID placement test
This course focuses on the development of college-level writing skills. Discussions and coursework include reading assignments, idea development, and sentence structure. By using short essays on current design and other relevant topics as models, students learn to write grammatically correct prose.
151 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I/ESLLecture credits 3; Prerequisite: NYSID placement test
This English writing course has the same focus as course 150 while being specifically designed to meet the special needs and concerns of students whose native language is not English.
160 ENGLISH COMPOSITION IILecture credits 3; Prerequisites: 150 or 151 or NYSID placement test
Students continue to develop their writing skills and learn how to write convincing, well-planned research papers. Students become familiar with the library resources needed to conduct research and learn how to focus on a topic, organize material, write a compelling description, and compare and contrast two objects or ideas.
165 ENVIRONMENT & BEHAVIOR (formerly 165 Environmental Psychology)Lecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 150 or 151
This introduction to environment and behavior studies explores individual and social human interaction with the physical environment. It examines perception and cognition, cultural differences in space use, proxemics, place-making, terntonality, the role of values in the design of the environment, way finding, and other aspects of environment-behavior studies.
171 BASIC MATHEMATICSLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: NYSID placement test
Fundamental concepts of mathematics are introduced through a review of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Emphasis is on topics with particular application to design, such as patterns, perspective, ratio, and proportion, imperial and metric measurement, and the Golden Mean.
175 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 150 or 151
The global diversity of social organization is explored through ethnology, the anthropological study of socioeconomic systems, and cultural heritage. Students will explore cultural aspects such as gender, labor, exchange, and religion though readings and discussions, and examine detailed views of various cultural aspects within a whole culture that ultimately bind a society together.
199 STUDY ABROADLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102 or 502
This two- week study tour will visit significant international sites, examining both historical and contemporary interior design, architecture, and art. Emphasis is on historical and stylistic analysis, within a cultural context. Students will be expected to do preparatory readings and keep a journal/sketchbook; a final research paper is required. Locations have included London, Paris, and Rome, as well as Scandinavia, Istanbul, and Barcelona and their environs.
201 ART AND SOCIETY I: PRE-19th CENTURYLecture credits 3; Prerequisite: 160T
his course examines the development of painting and sculpture beginning from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the masters Bernini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Velasquez, to the rise of Neo-classicism and Romanticism. Characteristics of artistic styles and the changing role of the artist are viewed in a social and historical context.
202 ART AND SOCIETY II: 19th AND 20th CENTURIESLecture credits 3; Prerequisite: 160
This course ranges from Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism to the frontiers of abstraction. The effect of political movements on early 19th century art is examined, as well as the profound impact of the technological revolution at the turn of the century on early 20th-century art movements such as Cubism.
203 HUMANITIES ILecture credits 3; Prerequisite: 160
This course explores the development of Western culture from the Ice Age through the Late Middle Ages by examining philosophy, religion, aesthetic theory, economics, and politics and their ideological, chronological, and technical implications. Students will read texts from leading literary and philosophical works to gain insight into the ancient world.
204 HUMANITIES IILecture credits 3; Prerequisite: 160
The continuation of Humanities I, this course explores the development of Western culture from the Early Renaissance through the present day by examining philosophy, religion, aesthetic theory, economics, and politics and their ideological, chronological, and technical implications. Students will read texts from leading literary and philosophical works to gain insight into the modern world.
205 ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIESLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent
Illustrated lectures and first-hand observation will provide students with an understanding of how period styles have been interpreted in the decorative arts and have evolved from the Renaissance through the beginning of the 19th century. Course material focuses on objects in ceramic, metal, and glass; lamps and lighting fixtures; and furniture and will demonstrate the importance of these objects in reflecting the forms and ornaments of each particular style. All students meet with the instructor for the first session at NYSID; the remaining classes are held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. DH
208 FURNISHINGS AND INTERIORS IN AMERICA 1700–1810Lecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent
This course examines the origins of design in America in the 18th century, tracing its development from a dominant English aesthetic to the beginnings, after 1776, of an individual national style. It will address the social and cultural context of objects and interiors as well as their visual characteristics. Objects will be examined in terms of craftsmanship and quality of manufacture. The course will address issues of materials and form as well as concepts of revival, reproduction, and restoration. All students meet with instructor for the first session at NYSID; the remaining classes are held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. DH
211 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY AND HISTORY OF DESIGNLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 101, 150, or 151
This course introduces students to ideas and approaches to the study of design history and theories with particular emphasis on the interior environment. Through a combination of in-class lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and numerous site visits and tours, students learn about the wide-ranging nature of the field. Students explore different ways of reading the built environment through firsthand observation and the use of historical documents. Emphasis is placed on methodology, terminology, and understanding of broad historical frameworks. DH
215 THE BEAUX ARTS TRADITION IN AMERICALecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111 or 112
Through a series of lectures and walking tours, this course examines how Beaux Arts architects created both public and private environments in America. Lectures focus on the golden era of American domestic design pioneered by Richard Morris Hunt in the 1870s and ’80s, developed in the interiors of Stanford White and Elsie de Wolfe, and showcased in American mansions like Vizcaya and Beauport. Students will visit both private and public interiors and explore a variety of Beaux Arts building types, including the row house and the department store. DH
216 20th CENTURY DESIGNLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111 or 112
This course will examine the major design movements of the 20th century and the designers and architects who shaped the development of the contemporary modern aesthetic. Beginning with Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement, it will examine such critical influences as the Wiener Werkstatte, the Bauhaus, Midcentury Modernism, Postmodernism, Minimalism, and the global design of the recent avant-garde. DH
222 ARTS OF CHINA AND JAPANLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 102 or equivalent
This seminar broadly examines the arts, design, and culture of China and Japan from ancietnt times to the present, in terms of medium, form, style, historical context and iconography, as well as religious, cultural and social functions. Topics include ceramics, sculpture, painting and calligraphy, furniture, interiors, architecture, and garden design. The interrelationships between east and west, and ancient and modern design will be addressed in depth. Illustrated lectures will be supplemented by museum and gallery visits. DH
225 17th AND 18th CENTURY INTERIORSLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent
This course focuses on French and English design. Furniture styles from shops founded in the reign of Louis XIV and 18th-century products of rare quality and detail still influence design style today. A focus on two centers—London and Paris—helps students gain insight into fashionable design of the period and its enduring influence in the 19th and 20th centuries. All students meet with the instructor for the first session at NYSID; remaining classes are held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. DH
226 18th AND 19th CENTURY CERAMICSLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102
Exploring the broad range of ceramics produced during this period, from hand-formed pots to exquisite tableware and serving pieces, this course will introduce students to the history of porcelain from its origins in China to its discovery in Europe in the early 18th century. It will provide an introduction to the nature of different types of ceramics, how they were formed and decorated, and how they varied according to the material, the country of origin, and the particular style of the time. All students meet with instructor for the first session at NYSID; the remaining classes are held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. DH
270 TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURELecture credits 3; Prerequisite: 160
This course satisfies the advanced writing requirement for students who have met the English Composition I requirement through placement testing (required for B.A.). Changing topics may include contemporary American literature, Shakespeare, literature of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, or significant non-Western works.
271 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCELecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 160, 171
This course deals with issues such as the disruption of basic ecosystems by human intervention; demography, overpopulation, and hunger; and climatic change due to global warming and depletion of the ozone layer; the impact of urbanization on agriculture; the destruction of rainforests and its implication for future systems; resource depletion, energy use, and sustainability; and how public and governmental decisions shape environmental policies.
275 THE DWELLING FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVELecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111 or 112
This course concentrates on the history of shelter outside the Western mainstream. Students will have the opportunity to study typical examples from prehistoric times through the present, including residences found in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, establishing the evolution of shelter to permanent dwellings. Lectures will focus on specific geographic areas, their houses, and interiors, as well as the cultural forces that determine their form. DH
276 THE DWELLING IN THE WEST: A SURVEYOF VERNACULAR TRADITIONSLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111 or 112
Students will consider the evolution of the vernacular dwellings in North America and Europe beginning with the Renaissance. Lectures will cover a broad range of urban and suburban forms, from the town house to the apartment building, as well as farm dwellings, rural cottages, and tract houses. Class discussions will explore the importance of industrialization, mass production, and the role played by commercial developers and the media. DH
287 HISTORY OF AMERICAN BUILDING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGYLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 111; Corequisite: 112
This course surveys the evolution of materials and techniques used in the production of American interiors, including architectural detailing and decorative elements, from colonial times to the present. Each major building technology is explored using a historical perspective, from its pre-American roots to its further development in America. Through this course students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of interior construction terminologies, historical methods of interior construction, and a detailed understanding of interior construction and finish materials that have been used. DH
299 DOMESTIC STUDY TRAVELLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102 or 502
This two-week study tour will visit significant sites within the United States, looking at both historical and contemporary interior design, architecture, and art. The emphasis is on historical and stylistic analysis. Students will be expected to do preparatory readings and keep a journal/sketchbook; a final research paper is required. Destinations have included Southern California and south Florida. DH
305 INTENSIVE FRENCHLecture credits 4; No prerequisites Intensive French begins with basic vocabulary and grammar and continues through more advanced communication skills. Conversations use professional design terminology and references, enabling students to become familiar with significant developments in French art, architecture, and design. No prior knowledge of French is required.
307 INTENSIVE ITALIANLecture credits 4; No prerequisites
Intensive Italian begins with basic vocabulary and grammar and continues through more advanced communication skills. Conversations use professional design terminology and references, enabling students to become familiar with significant developments in Italian art, architecture, and design. No prior knowledge of Italian is required.
315 HISTORY OF BUILDING TYPESLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111, 112This seminar will investigate the development of one or more building types and their interiors. Semester topics may focus on libraries, clubs, museums, hotels, or government buildings. Each building type is examined in depth through lectures and site visits. DH
316 GREAT WOMEN DESIGNERSLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111, 112
This course explores the significant contributions of women to the fields of architecture and design. Important contemporary and historical figures such as Edith Wharton, Elsie de Wolfe, Eileen Gray, Julia Morgan, Andrée Putman, Gae Aulenti, and Denise Scott Brown will be discussed. DH
317 TOPICS IN NON-WESTERN ART AND DESIGNLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111 & 112 or 211
This course introduces some of the significant traditions of art, architecture, and design in the non-Western world and their influence on Western architecture and design. It will provide students with an understanding of the historical background of each culture, major building forms, types of furnishings and interiors, and distinctive forms of ornament. Changing topics may include Islamic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mayan, and Native American arts and design. DH
318 DESIGN HISTORY SEMINARLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111, 112
This seminar is an indepth study of a special topic related to the history of design and decorative arts. The course is structured around a set of lectures, class discussions, core readings, and field trips. Students are required to develop a creative project or write a research paper related to the seminar topic. DH
325 LANDSCAPE DESIGN IN HISTORYLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111, 112
This course explores the concepts, principles, and methods of landscape design in a historical perspective with special focus on the relationships between landscape and interior and exterior architecture. The shape and meaning of gardens in each society will be examined as well as analyzing what they say about each era’s philosophical and spiritual concepts of nature. DH
326 HISTORY OF URBAN FORMLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111, 112, 211
This course analyzes ideal cities and surveys urban form from its origins in the ancient world to present day urbanism. Architecture, public space, city planning, and public works are considered in relation to the social, political, economic, and religious context of the city. DH
355 DESIGN THEORYLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 111, 112, 386
This seminar is an in-depth analysis of the relationship among theory, practice, and socio-historical considerations in architecture and interior design. Beginning with a discussion of the various approaches to and functions of “theory,” both traditional and critical, the course focuses on a close reading of major primary texts by design theorists from Claude Perrault to Le Corbusier. These theories, and the built works they inform, will be analyzed in their appropriate historical and critical contexts. Through lecture and discussion of assigned readings, the course will stress the importance of theory for the achievement of a socially appropriate and responsible design.
114 INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITYAND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENTLecture credits 2; No prerequisites
This survey course introduces students to the principles and concepts of sustainability and provides the context for design decisions for the 21st century. Students will develop an understanding of why current and future makers of the built environment must think differently than in the past and the reasons for both historical and current concerns about resource limitations. Class lectures will explore differing interpretations of the concept of sustainability and the broad range of factors contributing to a sustainable society, including health, productivity, biomimicry, passive design strategy, material re-use and resource conservation. Guest lecturers will include experts in the field of sustainable softgoods, hardwoods, lighting, daylighting, environmental systems, LEED and BIM.
119 TEXTILES FOR INTERIORSLecture credits 2; No prerequisites
This course is a survey of the history and science of fabrics through lectures on major decorative arts periods as well as textile design, fibers, methods of weaving, dyeing, flammability, finishes, and trims. Properties, code requirements, and maintenance of contract and residential fabrics and their application are covered as well as estimating yardage. Also included in the course are lectures on the history of wallpaper and carpeting and their application to today’s interiors.
166 ART AND ANTIQUE APPRAISING ILecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 102
his course provides an invaluable approach to determining quality and value of fine and decorative art in the marketplace. Students learn to recognize and research porcelain, glass, silver, prints, and other collectibles found in estates, private collections, and auction rooms. Technique and authentication problems are stressed by slide presentations, items brought in by students, and field trips to museums.
167 ART AND ANTIQUE APPRAISING IILecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 166
Participants are given an opportunity to appraise typical contents of a residence, including special consideration of insurance and estate valuation. Problems of equitable distribution of personal property when the appraiser is called upon to analyze furnishings for liquidation is also discussed. Other topics include the valuation of donated fine and decorative art to a tax-exempt institution in accordance with IRS guidelines and the valuation of architectural or attached art found in landmark buildings, such as stained-glass windows and stonework.
168 ECONOMICS OF TASTE AND STYLELecture credits 2; Elective; No prerequisites
International political and environmental factors influence trends in interior design, architecture, and the world of fine and decorative arts. This course is an introduction to the market in the fine and decorative arts. Students will learn the differences between cost, value and quality in period furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles, and will gain insight into the range of factors that influence purchasing or collecting these objects; such as, changing fashions, scarcity, mass-market adaptations, provenance and condition.
187 MATERIALS AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTIONLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 128
Properties and appropriate uses for interior construction and finish materials are explored. Through lectures, presentations, and the preparation of construction details, students become familiar with the application of a wide variety of building materials.
206 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGNLecture credits 2; requisite: 286 or 608
Environmental graphic design includes the design and planning of exhibit and interpretive design, wayfinding and signage programs for buildings and interiors, visual communication of corporate identity and branding, information design, and signage for entertainment, retail, and institutional settings. Through lectures, field trips, and short-term graphic exercises, this course will give students a thorough understanding of the intersection of interior design and graphic design.
228 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ILecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 160, 171, 234
The course introduces students to the business practices important to entry-level designers. Students are introduced to the role and responsibilities of a design assistant, with special emphasis on ethical considerations. Topics include developing and maintaining a design resource library, interacting with vendors and contractors, researching the design market, preparing purchase orders and specifications, and developing a decorative budget. Discussions will also address assisting in developing design schemes, preparing for client presentations, and tracking orders through installation.
230 CODESLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 128
This class is an introduction to building codes and legal regulations as they relate to interior design work. Discussions cover building codes, the process of code development and revision, and the responsibilities of interior designers in incorporating code requirements in their work. Essential sections of the building code, such as egress, occupancy levels, regulations for the handicapped, general accessibility requirements, finish, and material specifications and fire ratings, are included.
244 BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHYLecture credits 2; No prerequisites
This course is an overview of the basic technical skills necessary to take photographs with either a digital or film camera. Students will learn how to use the manual controls on a camera and to understand the workings of the digital point-and-shoot. This course is designed for beginners and students with some experience in photography, and is designed to build a groundwork of understanding and skills for more advanced pursuits in photography.
245 PHOTOGRAPHY FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERSLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 180
This course is an introduction to the history, language, and techniques of architectural and interior photography. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of photographic vocabulary, learn how to evaluate photographic images, and become familiar with traditional and digital photographic equipment and techniques. Discussions and assignments will also explore composition, styling, and lighting.
288 BUILDING SYSTEMSLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 187
This course covers the materials and methods of plumbing, HVAC, fire protection, lighting, and electrical systems in relation to interior architecture and design.
289 STRUCTURAL CONCEPTSLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 171, 182, 187
Structure and structural expression are among the most important elements contributing to the character, form, and meaning of interiors, from furniture to architectural elements. This lecture course examines the principles and techniques of post and beam, bearing wall, arch, vault, dome, and truss design in wood, concrete, masonry, and steel construction. Cutting edge materials and systems, such as structural glass, ceramics, plastics, and tensile structures are also addressed.
328 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IILecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 228; Corequisite: 417
This advanced professional practice course focuses on the business, legal, financial, and managerial considerations of interior design practice. A case study is used to explain the formation, structure and operation of a design business, designer/client and designer/vendor relationships, contract formats for residential and commercial projects, and various forms of compensation. The course will also address project management including programming, budgeting, scheduling, bidding, contract administration, and post-occupancy evaluations; government and statutory rules and regulations; insurance and disputet resolution. Students are also introduced to the issue of legal recognition of the profession and licensing.
348 INTRODUCTION TO ARTS MANAGEMENTLecture credits 2; Prerequisites: 160, 171
This course explores the world of arts organizations, including galleries, museums, research institutions, and curated collections. Students study issues relevant to the management of arts organizations, including organizational structures, operations, budgeting, community relations, grants, fundraising, marketing, and ethics.
357 RETAIL DESIGNLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 286
This course introduces students to the factors important in the successful design of stores and boutiques in urban, suburban, and shopping mall settings. Students learn about space utilization, fixtures, and display as well as the role the interior designer plays in branding and the selling of a product.
358 HEALTHCARE FACILITIESLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 286
Through lectures, field trips, and short-term graphic exercises, this course presents an overview of the special issues related to the design and construction of long- and short-term healthcare facilities.
370 HISTORIC PRESERVATIONLecture credits 2; Prerequisite: 111 and 112 or 601 and 602
The goal of this course is to familiarize designers with the individual character, workmanship, style, and integrity of the historic or older building interior, and to the standards and regulations which may bear upon work within these buildings. Course lectures, field trips, assignments, and projects will explore historic preservation as it relates to a variety of project types including period rooms, museum installations, historic sites, and adaptive re-use.
415 SENIOR PROJECT PREPARATIONLecture credits 2; Corequisite: 348T
his research-based course for students in the BA program lays the foundation for the senior project course to be taken in the following semester. In consultation with the faculty, and through guided research, students will select an appropriate topic for their senior project. Students will write a research proposal summarizing their preliminary research, articulating a research question, and describing the scope of their senior project.
485 SENIOR PROJECTLecture credits 4; Prerequisite: 415
The senior project is the culmination of the BA degree program. Students implement the project identified and researched in the Senior Project Preparation course. Students must present their work to a committee of professionals and all projects are exhibited in a poster display in the annual student exhibition in May.
113 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF GRAPHIC DESIGNStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 128, 141 and 180, or517, 541, and 526
Visual communication is integral to many interior design-related fields: healthcare environments, retail design, education, and publishing, and print and social media. Through lectures and studio projects, students will learn the history of graphic design, and explore and apply the basic principles of design to visual communications projects, using typography, color, and composition.
128 BASIC DRAFTINGStudio credits 3; No prerequisites
The course is an introduction to the tools, techniques, and principles of architectural drafting, graphic conventions, and lettering. Students will measure actual sites and study the use of dimensional orthographic and three-dimensional paraline drawing types.
132 CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS IStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 187, 171
This course introduces students to the preparation of construction documents using Autodesk AutoCAD. Students obtain an overview of construction drawing formats and principles while learning to develop the plans, elevations, sections, and details that will form part of a set of working drawings for a small commercial or residential interior project.
134 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN IStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 101, 128, 141, 180
Through studio projects, lectures, and discussions, this course provides an introduction to the design of the residential environment. By focusing on the design of a traditional, transitional, and contemporary room, students learn how to arrange furniture successfully and select fabrics, finishes, and accessories. Exercises in room design and character are supplemented by sessions assessing client needs, developing a written program, and preparing a professional design presentation.
135 PERSPECTIVEStudio credit 2; Prerequisite: 128
Drawing in perspective is a primary form of communication for all designers. It enables one to illustrate creative ideas in three-dimensional terms and is the foundation for design and architectural presentation drawings. Students learn to construct one-point and two-point perspective drawings through grid, measured, and plan projection methods.
138 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUESUSING POWERPOINTStudio credit 1; Elective; No prerequisites
PowerPoint business presentation graphics software integrates text, graphics, audio, and animation. Students will learn to insert images, attach sound, and animate a multipage presentation.
139 INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOPStudio credits 1; No prerequisites
Adobe Photoshop is an image-editing, photo retouching, and composition program used by design professionals across all disciplines. This course will introduce fundamental tools and techniques including selections, layers, basic image retouching, masks, filters, paths and integration with other Adobe Creative Suite programs.
140 INTRODUCTION TO WEB PAGE DESIGNStudio credit 1; Elective; Prerequisite: 132
Interior designers increasingly use the internet to market their firms and services. This course will introduce students to the basics of creating a web page. Lectures and demonstrations will cover issues of layout and media, and launching a site. Each student will create their own page for the web.
141 COLOR FOR INTERIORSStudio credits 2; No prerequisites
This studio course concentrates on the study of color theory and color schemes for interiors. Compilation of the Munsell Color Charts is the basis for a series of projects which lead to the development of complete color schemes. Psychological and practical influences affecting the choice of color are studied. Using gouache paints, colors for walls, floor coverings, window treatments, upholstery, accessories, and accent areas are selected and applied to a variety of room settings.
142 GOOGLE SKETCHUPStudio credits 1; No prerequisite
sThis course provides students with the ability to explore and express design ideas in three dimensions using Google SketchUp, a quick, easy-to-learn 3D image modeling program that is compatible with AutoCAD. Students will learn how to enhance their drawings with shadow, light, textures, and other advanced digital rendering techniques.
145 INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE INDESIGNStudio credits 1; No prerequisites
Adobe InDesign is the design industry’s standard layout program. This course will introduce fundamental tools and techniques including basic layout, text and graphics manipulation, drawing tools (bezier curves), color creation and application, master pages, multiple pages and integration with other Adobe Creative Suite programs.
148 INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATORStudio credits 1; No prerequisite
Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based image creation program used in illustrations, technical drawings, animations, special effects, logo design, and motion graphics. Topics covered in class include Bezier curves, the pen tool, color and gradients, type vs. rasterized type, gradient mesh tool, live trace, and integration with other Adobe Creative Suite programs.
149 INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE FLASHStudio credit 1; Prerequisite: 148
Adobe Flash is a vector based animation program allowing you to create both raster and vector animations in a timeline. Students will create various Flash animations which get progressively more difficult and complex. Discussions will address sounds, buttons and basic Action Script which is the programming language of Flash. Students will ultimately create a 6 – 10 second Flash animation final project which will be demonstrated and critiqued in the final class.
180 VISUAL CONCEPTSStudio credits 2; No prerequisites
Students are introduced to the language and principles common to all visual activity. Through freehand drawing exercises and study models, the abstract elements of design—point, line, plane, shape/form, value, color, and texture—are examined, along with the principles which unify these elements in a clear visual conceptual organization. Discussion and critique of assigned projects enable students to develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design composition.
182 DESIGN PROCESSStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 101, 128, 180
This course is an exploration of formal design principles and their application to the built environment. Students gain an understanding of geometric order and the articulation of enclosures as defined by base, vertical, and overhead planes, and become familiar with the process of designing interior space, including concept development, programming, diagramming, and schematic planning. The principles of sustainability and universal design and their impact on design thinking are introduced.
189 DECORATIVE PAINTING I: FAUX FINISHESAND GILDINGStudio credit 1; No prerequisites
An introduction to the techniques and history of decorative painting with an emphasis on faux finishes, glazes and gilding. Students will produce sample presentation boards, while exploring the creative possibilities of decorative painting as it relates to classical and contemporary interiors.
190 DECORATIVE PAINTING II: STENCILS AND PATTERNSStudio credit 1; No prerequisites
A further exploration of the techniques and history of decorative painting with an emphasis on painted pattern and stenciling for interior embellishment. Students will develop hand-painted project boards based on historical or contemporary designs.
195 DECORATIVE PAINTING III: MURALS AND GRAPHICSStudio credit 1; No prerequisites
An exploration of the history and techniques of decorative painting with an emphasis on large-scale murals and graphics for contemporary interior embellishment. Students will develop their ideas on canvas, scaling and transferring their designs while learning the basic methods of mural painting.
196 DECORATIVE PAINTING IV: DECORATIVE OBJECTSStudio credits 1; No prerequisites
The focus of this course is painted finishes for decorative objects. Centuries of craftsmanship in the decorative arts will be explored in the course including the preparation of surfaces and the basic tools, techniques and methods used in creating the painted finish. Students will apply this knowledge to create samples of tortoise shell, bamboo, malachite and patina for leaf.
200 DECORATIVE PAINTING V: TROMPE L'OEILStudio credits 1; No prerequisites
In French, trompe l’oeil means ‘to fool the eye’. Throughout history, artists have conquered the third dimension, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to the masters of deception of the 21st century. In this studio class, students will paint portions of historical architectural elements using highlights and drop shadows to mimic reality.
197 THE GOLDEN MEAN AS A DESIGN TOOLStudio credit 1; Elective; No prerequisites
The Golden Mean stands alone among mathematical expressions of proportion. Its appearance in nature, design, and architecture is universally recognized, from Egyptian pyramids and the Greek Parthenon to Le Corbusier, and from sunflowers to spiral shells from the sea. The Golden Mean principle is explored in lectures, and practical studio workshops teach students how to draw the Golden Mean proportion and use it as a design tool.
212 ELEMENTS OF RENDERINGStudio credits 2; Prerequisites: 128, 135
This course builds upon basic perceptual and drawing skills through intensive exercises. Students gain an understanding of various rendering techniques through learning to apply texture, pattern, and color to their drawings.
231 KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 132, 234, 288
This course provides an indepth introduction to the planning and design of kitchens and baths with a focus on residential applications. Design projects emphasize issues of safety, accessibility, modularity, and manufactured products including metric based items, appliances, materials, and industry standards.
234 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN IIStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 119, 134, 182
Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in Residential Design I, this studio focuses on how to design a complete residence. Emphasis is placed on design process, programming, space planning, building codes, and presentation techniques.
236 CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS IIStudio credits 3; Prerequisite: 132
Building upon the skills and concepts learned in Construction Documents I, students will use Autodesk Revit to create a set of integrated construction documents. Simulating a team context, each student will use Revit to create a set of construction documents for a commercial renovation project. Key concepts of Autodesk 3ds Max Design will also be introduced.
238 PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENTStudio credit 1; Prerequisite: 234
This course provides an introduction to various formats and processes used in creating a portfolio. Methods and examples of organization and layout are covered.
247 RENDERING WITH MARKERSStudio credits 2; Prerequisites: 141, 212
This course explores dry and wet marker techniques to delineate forms, textures, and finishes employed in the presentation of design projects.
260 SYSTEMS OF ORNAMENTAL DESIGNStudio credits 2; Prerequisites: 102, 182
This studio course explores the major Western and non-Western styles of ornament that have been employed in architectural interiors. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations, and exercises, students will learn how to apply ornament to a variety of interior spaces using the rules of composition. Styles such as Classical, Gothic, Romanesque, and Modern as well as Asian and Native American are covered.
282 ADVANCED DESIGN PROCESSStudio credits 2; Prerequisite: 182 or 527
Building on the analytical skills gained in earlier courses, students explore the elements and principles of design in visits to significant sites of New York City and environs. Class time will be spent in lectures, discussion, and freehand drawing based on observation, including quick sketching and analytic diagrams.
283 LIGHTING IStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 132, 171
Students are introduced to basic technical and creative concepts in lighting interior spaces, with emphasis on the architectural aspects of lighting design. Human factors, color, materials, and the behavior of light are discussed. Also reviewed are lamps, fixtures, layout, and circuiting. Students work on studio projects and develop interior lighting plans and specifications.
286 CONTRACT DESIGN IStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 132, 212, 230, 234; Corequisite: 283
While providing an overview of contract design, this course emphasizes the elements used by the designer in the development of nonresidential interior spaces such as restaurants and offices. Both conceptual and practical issues are explored relative to site selection, programming, space planning, circulation, volume, furnishings, color, and texture in the design of interior space.
332 ADVANCED GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS IStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 132, 212, 236
This course instructs students in the advanced use of computers and the integration of hand drawing techniques to illustrate interior space through the construction of 3D models. Students will explore qualities of light, materials, and perspective views in order to create compelling and realistic images incorporating both digital and traditional drawing methods.
334 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN IIIStudio credits 4; Prerequisites: 111 or 112, 286, 288
This studio focuses on residential interior projects of increasing complexity and diversity. Emphasis is placed on the development of a comprehensive solution using innovative and appropriate conceptual approaches. The goals of this course include refining the ability of students to express themselves both graphically and verbally, and developing proficiency in handling three-dimensional space using suitable materials and technology.
335 MASTER CLASS: RESIDENTIAL DESIGNStudio credit 1; Prerequisite: 334 or 618
A Master Class offers outstanding students with a minimum GPA of 3.50 the opportunity to study in a small group with a leading residential interior designer. Students will be assigned a small-scale but challenging residentialt design project under the guidance of a professional designer. The instructor will work with each student individually, focusing on detailed design, offering guidance, and noting areas of excellence and those in which improvement is needed. The value of the master class format is that all students benefit from the comments on the work of individuals. The course will culminate in a formal presentation.
340 ARCHITECTURAL WOODWORK DETAILINGStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 231, 286
Wood detailing is explored as applied to architectural interiors. The focus of projects is the development of design and drawing skills related to built-in cabinets, moldings, and other specialties.
364 MIXED MEDIA RENDERINGStudio credits 2; Prerequisites: 141, 212
Students produce renderings and drawings with various media to further develop their individual style in this studio course. Light, material, and surface representations are analyzed on objects, furniture, and spaces.
365 CONCEPTUAL SKETCHING IStudio credits 1; Prerequisite: 212
This advanced freehand drawing course focuses on developing the use of sketching as a design development and communication tool. Using drawings made through observation, students will learn how to refine and develop an idea primarily by means of quick three-dimensional sketching.
366 CONCEPTUAL SKETCHING IIStudio credit 1; Prerequisite: 365
Students will advance their individual drawing skills and styles developed during Conceptual Sketching I by focusing on integrating object and spatial sketching, both on the NYSID campus and at selected sites. Elaboration using advanced student projects and integration with digital techniques will be explored.
383 LIGHTING IIStudio credits 3; Prerequisite: 283
The goal of this course is to expand upon the skills and vocabulary of lighting knowledge gained in Lighting I by applying them to solve design problems in architectural lighting projects. Course lectures familiarize the student with lighting design strategies, graphics, and circuiting techniques, creation of specification booklets and basic dimming systems as well as specialty topics such as decorative luminaires and energy efficiency. The influence of lighting on color and related psychological effects is explored.
386 CONTRACT DESIGN IIStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 111, 112, 334
Building on the skills and information gained in Contract Design I, students design projects such as showrooms, corporate offices, or retail environments. Practical issues such as compliance with building codes, sustainability, and use of modular furniture systems are addressed in relation to both high-rise building design and historic contexts.
387 MASTER CLASS: CONTRACT DESIGNStudio credit 1; Prerequisite: 386 or 628
A Master Class offers outstanding students with a minimum GPA of 3.50 the opportunity to study in a small group with a leading contract or commercial interior designer. Students will be assigned a small-scale but challenging contract design project under the guidance of a professional. The instructor will work with each student individually, focusing on detailed design, offering guidance, and noting areas of excellence and those in which improvement is needed. The value of the master class format is that all students benefit from the master’s comments the work of individuals. The course will culminate in a formal presentation.
399 ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPStudio credit 1; Prerequisite: 244 or by portfolio
In this intensive weekend workshop, students will travel as a group to visit iconic buildings and interiors sites in order to explore and experiment with photography in a rich architectural setting. The workshop will culminate in a show of class work at NYSID.
417 THESIS PREPARATIONStudio credits 1; Prerequisites: 486 or corequisites: 328
This research-based course lays the foundation for the thesis project to be executed in the following semester. In consultation with the faculty, students will select an appropriate project type, determine the site to be used, prepare existing condition drawings, and write a project statement and program.
432 ADVANCED GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS IIStudio credits 2; Prerequisite: 332
This course focuses on Autodesk 3ds Max Design and its application in illustrating interior space. Students complete a series of projects exploring qualities of light, materials, and perspective views in an effort to create compelling and realistic images. Adobe Photoshop is also explored as a support tool in the development of these images. In addition, students learn how to translate Autodesk AutoCAD 3D models to 3ds Max Design and to create complex three-dimensional models which otherwise would be impossible to create in AutoCAD.
442 FURNITURE DESIGNStudio credits 3; Prerequisites: 340, 386
This design studio focuses on the aesthetic and functional issues related to the creation of custom, freestanding furniture. The design and production of both hard and soft goods are covered. Special attention is given to anthropometric and ergonomic considerations, as well as the use of the metric system in the design of a furniture piece.
486 CONTRACT DESIGN IIIStudio credits 4; Prerequisites: 332, 383, 386
Students research, develop, and analyze data and design criteria for a substantial project involving diverse populations. This advanced studio requires students to incorporate the skills and knowledge gained throughout their studies to create a comprehensive project, including presentation drawings, models, material and furniture boards, detail drawings and specifications.
487 THESISStudio credits 4; Prerequisites: 417, 442, 486(Must be taken during the last semester of the BFA program)
The thesis is the culminating interior design studio project of the BFA program. Students implement the project identified and researched in the Thesis Preparation course. Students must present their work to a jury of professionals, and all projects are exhibited in a thesis exhibition.
490 INTERNSHIPVariable credit 2 or 3; Elective; Prerequisite: Completion of 90 credits in the BFA or BA degree program
The NYSID internship program offers elective academic credit for college-monitored work experience. Internships for credit are available to students matriculated in the BFA or BA degree program who have accumulated 90 credits or more and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00. It is designed to help students build on skills already learned in the classroom and to acquire new ones. Students have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice and to gain professional experience. An internship for 3 credits consists of 240 hours of contact time at the job placement site. An internship for 2 credits consists of 160 hours of contact time at the job placement site. Students may take no more than one internship for credit towards their degree. Grading is pass/fail only.
500 ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDYVariable credit; Elective; Prerequisite: Approval of the Office of Academic Affairs
This course option allows the advanced student with a 3.50 GPA or better to create an individual program of study with a faculty member. Students are required to present an outline of their intended study to the dean for approval prior to registration and must present their final project to a faculty jury. This study course may be taken for elective credit only.
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