Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT

Interior Design

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Interior Design curriculum at PCA is designed to prepare students for this professional life, and to provide the necessary training through a combination of education and employment opportunities. Our courses are not only practical, but also help students prepare for the professional licensing exams.* )

The National Council of Interior Design Qualification states: "The Professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces… improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. (He/she) analyzes the client's needs, goals, life and safety requirements; integrates findings with knowledge of interior design; formulates preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and aesthetic; develops and presents final design recommendations through appropriate media; prepares working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment; collaborates with licensed practitioners who offer professional services in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval; prepares and administers bids and contract documents as the client's agent; reviews and evaluates design solutions during implementation and upon completion."

The relationship between interior design and architecture is strongly emphasized. Basic structural principles & construction methods are introduced. Studio courses incorporate programming, conceptual design & development, and presentation skills. Guest juries of architects & design professionals regularly critique student presentations. Courses such as ID Business, Materials, Kitchen & Bath, and History of Interiors provide students with the tools and critical thinking needed to succeed. Special consideration is given to new "green" and "sustainable" codes & regulations.

Instructors include licensed architects, interior designers and specialists in relevant fields. Our program prepares students for employment in residential, hospitality, contract & commercial, transportation, and retail & health care, where job opportunities are numerous. Graduates include practicing interior designers & architects, interior decorators, kitchen designers, sales representatives, and retail business owners & employees.

PCA is recognized as a leader in interior design education in Connecticut by national businesses in the ID community (i.e., Kimball Office Furniture, Corporate Express, CTKBA), which sponsor juried competitions where students can form long-lasting professional relationships. Paier students also have the opportunity to join campus chapters of NKBA, ASID and IIDA. Positions vary from entry to intermediate level and self-employment.


Interior Design Programs:

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design | Diploma in Interior Design | Certificate in Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Interior Design
Foundation Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID116 Interior Design Drafting 2/3/45
ID111 Interior Design Drawing 2/3/45
ID273 Interior Design Perspective 2/3/45
ID120 Intro to Form & Space 2/3/45
AS101 English I 3/3/45
ID116 Interior Design Drafting 2/3/45
Social Science Elective 3/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 17/21/315
     
ID117 Interior Design Concept Presentation 2/3/45
ID274 Interior Design Rendering 2/3/45
ID121 Intro to Interior Design 2/3/45
ID330 Materials I 3/3/45
AS102 English II 3/3/45
Academic Elective 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 15/18/270
Foundation Year Totals 32/39/585
Second Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
CG150 AutoCAD LT 2/3/45
ID368 Furniture Design & Theory 2/3/45
ID227 History of Interiors I 3/3/45
AH105 History of Western Art I 3/5/75
ID228 Interior Design Study Models 2/3/45
ID216 Residential Design 2/3/45
AS231 Mathematical Ideas 3/3/45
  Studio Elective 2/2/45
  Fall Semester Totals 16/21/315
     
ID225 Additions, Renovations, and Reuse 2/3/45
ID245 Construction I 2/3/45
ID229 Model Making of Interiors 2/3/45
ID217 Residential Planning 2/3/45
CG151 Technical Drafting on CAD 2/3/45
AS205 Intro to Philosophy (Human. Elec.) 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 16/21/315
  Second Year Totals 32/42/630

Third Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID344 Construction II 2/3/45
AH305 History of Modern Art 3/3/45
ID417 Intro to Contract Design 2/3/45
ID444 Kitchen and Bath Design I 2/3/45
ID381 Lighting & Mechanical Systems 2/3/45
ID430 Textile Science 3/3/45
ID323 The Corporate Building 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 16/21/315
     
ID426 History of Interiors II 3/3/45
AH106 History of Western Art II 3/3/45
ID445 Kitchen and Bath Design II 2/3/45
ID331 Materials II 2/3/45
ID324 Special Problems in Architecture 2/3/45
ID432 Textile Applications & History 2/3/45
AS210 General Psychology (Social Sci. Req.) 3/3/45
AS267 Effective Speaking (Humanity Elective 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 17/21/315
  Third Year Totals 33/42/630

Fourth Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID442 Advanced Contract Design 4/6/90
ID450 Business Management 3/3/45
AS355 Introduction to Biology 3/3/45
ID495 Presentation Techniques 3/5/75
  Studio Elective 3/3-5/45-75
  Fall Semester Totals 16/20/300
     
AH406 History of Contemporary Art 3/3/45
ID475 Introduction to Ornament 3/3/45
ID443 Senior Projects 4/6/90
  Physical Science Elective 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 17/21/315
  Fourth Year Totals 33/41/615
  Program Totals 130/164/2460
SH represents Semester Hours (credits) per semester CHW represents
Clock Hours (contact time) per week
CHS represents Clock Hours per semester (15 Weeks)
Total Semester Hours: 130
184 Total Clock Hours x 15 weeks
per semester: 2460

 
Diploma in Interior Design
Foundation Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID227 History of Interiors I 3/3/45
ID116 Interior Design Drafting 2/3/45
ID111 Interior Design Drawing 2/3/45
ID273 Interior Design Perspective 2/3/45
ID120 Intro to Form & Space 2/3/45
AS101 English I 3/3/45
AH105 History of West. Art I 3/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 14/18/270
     
ID117 Interior Design Concept Presentation 2/3/45
ID274 Interior Design Rendering 2/3/45
ID121 Intro to Interior Design 2/3/45
ID330 Materials I 3/3/45
FO141 Three-Dimensional Design 2/3/45
AS102 English II 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 14/18/270
Foundation Year Totals 26/36/540

Second Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
CG150 AutoCAD LT 2/3/45
ID368 Furniture Design & Theory 2/3/45
ID227 History of Interiors I 3/3/45
ID228 Interior Design Study Models 2/3/45
ID216 Residential Design 2/3/45
Studio Elective 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 13/18/270
     
ID225 Additions, Renovations, and Reuse 2/3/45
CG250 Applied Drafting Techniques 2/3/45
ID245 Construction I 2/3/45
ID229 Model Making of Interiors 2/3/45
ID217 Residential Planning 2/3/45
CG151 Technical Drafting on CAD 2/3/45
AH106 History of Western Art II 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/18/270
  Second Year Totals 26/36/540

Third Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID344 Construction II 2/3/45
ID417 Intro to Contract Design 2/3/45
ID444 Kitchen and Bath Design I 2/3/45
ID381 Lighting & Mechanical Systems 2/3/45
ID430 Textile Science 3/3/45
ID323 The Corporate Building 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 13/18/270
     
ID426 History of Interiors II 3/3/45
ID418 Hospitality & Retail Design 2/3/45
ID445 Kitchen and Bath Design II 2/3/45
ID432 Textile Applications & History 2/3/45
ID324 Special Problems in Architecture 2/3/45
  Studio Elective 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/18/270
  Third Year Totals 26/36/540

Fourth Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID442 Advanced Contract Design
4/6/90
ID450 Business Management
3/3/45
ID495 Presentation Techniques 3/5/75
  Studio Elective 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 12/15/225
     
ID331 Materials II 2/3/45
ID475 Introduction to Ornament 3/3/45
ID103 Photo. for Interior Designers 3/5/75
ID443 Senior Projects 4/6/90
  Studio Elective 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/18/270
  Third Year Totals 25/35/525
  Program Totals 105/143/2145
SH represents Semester Hours (credits) per semester
CHW represents Clock Hours (contact time) per week
CHS represents Clock Hours per semester (15 Weeks)

Total Semester Hours: 104
159 Total Mininum Clock Hours x 15 weeks
per semester: 2145

 
Certificate in Interior Design
Foundation Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID368 Furniture Design & Theory 2/3/45
ID116 Interior Design Drafting 2/3/45
ID273 Interior Design Perspective 2/3/45
ID120 Intro to Form & Space 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 8/12/180
     
CG150 AutoCAD LT 2/3/45
ID330 Materials I 3/3/45
FO141 Residential Planning 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 7/9/135
First Year Totals 15/21/315

Second Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
ID450 Business Management
3/3/45
ID417 Intro to Contract Design 2/3/45
CG151 Technical Drafting on CAD 2/3/45
ID430 Textile Science 3/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 10/12/180
     
ID426 History of Interiors II 3/3/45
ID432 Textile Applications & History 2/3/45
ID443 Senior Projects 4/6/90
  Spring Semester Totals 9/12/180
  Second Year Totals 19/24/360
  Program Totals 34/45/675
SH represents Semester Hours (credits) per semester
CHW represents Clock Hours (contact time) per week
CHS represents Clock Hours per semester (15 Weeks)

Total Semester Hours:34
42 Total Clock Hours x 15 weeks
per semester: 675

Interior Design Certificate

Certificate option in Interior Design is a four-semester program offering accelerated preparation for entry-level employment in the interior design field. All courses taken in the Certificate Program may also be applied toward any of the other Interior Design Programs, as well as used as part of the requirements of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (N.C.I.D.Q.) Licensing Examination.** 

* National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Licensing

Examination Requirements (go to www.ncidq.org for more information)

The exam eligibility requirements include interior design educational and actual full time interior design experience.
They are as follows:
• 4/5 years of ID education + 2 years ID experience; or
• 3 years of ID education + 3 years ID experience; or
• 2 years of ID education + 4 years ID experience

The educational requirements are evaluated as follows:
• 5 years: at least 150 credits (of which 90 are ID related)
• 4 years: at least 120 credits (of which 60 are ID related)
• 3 years: at least 60 credits of ID related coursework
• 2 years: at least 40 credits of ID related coursework

The exam is "performance-based and places greater emphasis on practical experience than on academic recall." PCA's ID Four-Year curricula introduce students to all subjects in the examination from ID Sketching and English I to ID Business and more advanced Senior Projects. They include all the design and technical courses required to prepare for the licensing examination. A complete description of the NCIDQ examination's content and structure can be found in the College library.