Study Interior Architecture & Design in Boston

Interior designers use their talents and expertise to transform and enhance society. In our Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (formerly titled Interior Design) graduate program, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and passion for interior design that let you influence the way we live our lives – at home, in the office and in our public spaces. Innovation and creative problem-solving, an understanding of human behavior, attention to the rule of law, the protection of natural resources– they all play a role in the work of the interior architect.

The School of Art & Design's undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Our Master of Arts in Interior Architecture program is accredited as a Professional Level Program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the national accrediting body for post-secondary interior design programs.

Interior Architecture Graduate Program Objectives

The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of design theory and history, communication and design skills, sustainable and socially-conscious design, lighting and furniture design, code adherence and professional practices. You’ll also develop fluency in the use of 2 and 3-dimensional design software and computer hardware, essential tools for the contemporary designer.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the master’s degree must complete a course of study consisting of 30 to 99 credits.

Applicants possessing undergraduate degrees in the visual arts (other than interior design) can often be exempted from the Foundation Program (32 credits), thus leaving 35 credits of foundational interior design coursework and 30 credits of graduate study (level 700 or higher) to complete.

Those with undergraduate degrees in a field of study unrelated to the visual arts will generally be required to complete 70 credits of Foundation and foundational interior design study, as well as 30 graduate credits (level 700 or higher).

All graduate students should be aware that the specific courses for which they are permitted to register in any given semester will depend on prior art background, transfer/waived credits, prerequisite requirements, and course scheduling. Therefore, it may not be possible for a student who wishes to take a full course load to do so.


Electives

  • ADI-706 Portfolio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course teaches students how to develop a professional portfolio. Students will investigate overall development of portfolio content, substance, and design through a variety of hands-on exercises including digital and mock-up layout techniques; methods of documenting and archiving work; presentation formats; design influence investigation, and more.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-713 Advanced 3-Dimensional Color

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S143 or ADF S543

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course the student will explore three-dimensional aspects of color theory, including psychology, depth perception, and spatial context. Design elements of light, space, unity, and balance will be covered through lectures, in-class demonstrations, and class exercises. Criteria for color use, including contrast and harmony, will be explored for each application, with emphasis on each student's area of specialization. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S805 Form Study & Model Making

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S551

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course is dedicated to the study of form in the three dimensions: length, breadth, and depth. Students will explore form at a conceptual level that will translate in future studios as it is applied to the built environment. They will look at the role of scale, light, texture, negative space, and proportion, as well as thematic and structural relationships in the creation of forms.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S830 3-D Visualization Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S372/S772. Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will develop a student's ability to visualize their designs through a digital medium. Software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Viz R3, and PhotoShop will be the vehicles used to produce a series of images and animation sequences to illustrate students' designs. This class is lab intensive.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S837 Sustainable Design

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE ADI-S602, ADI-642, ADI-S603, ADI-S604, ADI-S605 ADI-652 AND ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more bio-friendly approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing our own health and that of other species. Design firms are therefore being looked to for expertise in these areas, and educated designers must be conversant with both the design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces. This studio course is designed to acquaint students with the implementation strategies for such design, through a series of lectures, case studies, and projects.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S866 Environmental Graphic Design Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the graduate level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term


Master of Arts Courses (7 courses, 21 credits)

  • ADI-700 Interior Design Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 OR S602 AND ADI S303 OR S603

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    With the assistance of the faculty advisor, each student will identify an appropriate internship site with a local interior design firm. All interns are required to complete 150 hours of work/study within the semester, working a minimum of 8 hours per week under the direction of a qualified Interior Designer. Interns are expected to contribute to the host firm at a high level of design interaction. All interns will meet bi-weekly with the faculty advisor. The classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. A firm site visit, production of firm profile, and participation in a professional organization are required within the seminar.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • ADI-S772 Construction Documents

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S110 or ADI S510, ADI S201 or ADI S601

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Building on the curriculum of Orthogonal Drawing, this course will explore in more detail the features of CAD and BIM software. Programs will be used as tools to draft, organize, and produce a set of construction documents. Students will complete a full set of contract documents.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-784 Interiors Marketing & Contracts

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 or ADI S601 Intended for majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will cover the business aspects of interior design, including management, client, and contractor relationships, project management, proposal writing, and market resourcing. In addition, students will be exposed to career planning practices, such as portfolio development, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques. Tour of architectural and interior design firms will also be included.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-835 History & Theory of Interior Architecture

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 621 OR ADI 221 AND ADI 222 OR ADI 622

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements, and individual artistic contributions. It also reflects the influence of international, political, and social developments. A basic understanding of this history is important for the professional designer who often looks to the past for inspiration. This class will involve a study of historical interiors, styles and theory from several different viewpoints, examining their inherent qualities and contributions in order to better understand what constitutes a sense of place in the interior. Beginning with the Shaker movement and proceeding through the 20th century, the class will look at specific buildings, styles, movements, products, and materials that came to influence the interior space. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-840 Interior Design Thesis Research

    Prerequisites:

    ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are expected to identify a thesis topic, conduct research, interpret it abstractly, identify an appropriate design vehicle that will prove the thesis, program the project, select a site, and begin pre-schematic design. The course is conducted in seminar format and is dedicated to self-directed independent research. Students learn research techniques, fact finding, scholarly writing conventions, and information organization, and are exposed to philosophical arguments that attempt to establish rules of language regarding design and art. Aesthetic theory, research, abstraction and programming are addressed as the basis for design. During class discussions, close attention is given to the construction of a thesis, preparation of its argument, and its justification.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S842 Interior Design Thesis Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;ADI 840

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The NESADSU MAID thesis follows completion of Thesis Research (ADI 840) and comprises an independent project executed by each student working with a team of advisors. Realization of the thesis project includes schematic design to detailing and must demonstrate the student's understanding of the historical, technological and aesthetic parameters of interior design. The final thesis project is comprised of an interior design project and a written statement. Students must demonstrate independence in relationship to their own design process and ability to realize an interior design project. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-844 Interior Design Thesis Documentation

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S842 Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course represents the final phase of the thesis process and constitutes the conclusion of the Master's program sequence. Having defined the design problem, and completed the research and design portions, the student will then document the project in written and visual form. The components will include construction documents and specifications, as well as a book in which the thesis proposal and results are composed in both text and images. The MAID thesis document serves as an exposition of the process and nature of the thesis program and ultimately serves as a resource of interior design research for the greater design community. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring


Professional Track Courses (3 courses each, 9 credits)

Prior to enrollment in Thesis Research (ADI 840), MA candidates must choose one of the following professional tracks:


Healthcare/Institutional Track

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S837 Sustainable Design

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE ADI-S602, ADI-642, ADI-S603, ADI-S604, ADI-S605 ADI-652 AND ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more bio-friendly approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing our own health and that of other species. Design firms are therefore being looked to for expertise in these areas, and educated designers must be conversant with both the design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces. This studio course is designed to acquaint students with the implementation strategies for such design, through a series of lectures, case studies, and projects.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term


Commercial Track

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S815 Human Factors & Universal Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI 242 or ADI 642 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI S304 or ADI S604 and ADI S305 or ADI S605 and ADI 352 or ADI 652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The physiology and psychology of the client/user is one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This studio will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the studio design problem(s). Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user's culture, genre, stage of life cycle, and physical capabilities. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term


Hospitality/Retail Track

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S866 Environmental Graphic Design Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the graduate level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S825 History & Style Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 221/621, ADI 222/622, ADI S303/S603, and ADI S305/S605. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Interior design does not exist in a vacuum, but is embodied in the historical agenda of its time. In History & Style Studio, we will explore the catalysts of style and design throughout particular periods of modern design history and will analyze those movements' influences through readings, discussions, slide lectures, films, and design projects. Projects dealing with residential, hospitality, and retail environments as well as the purely conceptual, will deal with stylistic and influential issues and solutions and will draw on precedents of style for inspiration. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Summer


Residential Track

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S815 Human Factors & Universal Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI 242 or ADI 642 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI S304 or ADI S604 and ADI S305 or ADI S605 and ADI 352 or ADI 652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The physiology and psychology of the client/user is one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This studio will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the studio design problem(s). Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user's culture, genre, stage of life cycle, and physical capabilities. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S825 History & Style Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 221/621, ADI 222/622, ADI S303/S603, and ADI S305/S605. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Interior design does not exist in a vacuum, but is embodied in the historical agenda of its time. In History & Style Studio, we will explore the catalysts of style and design throughout particular periods of modern design history and will analyze those movements' influences through readings, discussions, slide lectures, films, and design projects. Projects dealing with residential, hospitality, and retail environments as well as the purely conceptual, will deal with stylistic and influential issues and solutions and will draw on precedents of style for inspiration. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Summer

Thesis

The master’s program culminates in a final thesis project, based on an original idea associated with a student’s selected program track. The thesis project explores the idea through the venue of an interior architecture building project that is focused by an aspect of design theory and aesthetics. Thesis Research (ADI 840), Thesis (ADI S842), and Thesis Documentation (ADI 844) are intended as the final three courses in the master’s program curriculum sequence. Successful completion of Thesis Research is a prerequisite for enrollment in Thesis. Successful completion of Thesis is likewise a prerequisite for enrollment in Thesis Documentation.

Portfolio Review

MA candidates who need to complete Foundation or foundational interior design coursework will be subject to the same policies regarding regularly scheduled portfolio reviews as are undergraduate students.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admission in the fall. You may study full- or part-time. Merit-based scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • International applicants: Successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic
  • Portfolio required (12-15 pieces of recent original artwork)
  • Portfolio submitted through online process with Slideroom.com

For full details, please visit Graduate Admission.

Gateway Summer Program

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Courses

  • ADI-621 History of Furniture & Architecture I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The goal of this course is the enhancement of the student's critical comprehension of historic styles and the impact they have on contemporary design solutions. The survey begins with the Egyptian period and provides an overview of the history of furniture and architecture through the mid-1700s, including ancient Greece and Rome, the Gothic and Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. Emphasis will be placed on chronological periods, the visual characteristics of each style including regional idiosyncrasies, and the terminology germane to a study of furniture and architecture.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-622 History of Furniture & Architecture II

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 221 or ADI 621.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of History of Furniture & Architecture I, this course will extend the investigation of furniture and architecture into the 20th century, while addressing issues concerning preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use. Drawing on the vast resources of the city of Boston and its environs, students will become actively involved in stylistic progression, local living history, and the benefits of preserving our past for future generations. Field trips will include visits to restored Federal, Victorian and Contemporary venues.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-642 Interior Codes & Construction

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: ADI S110 or S510

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines various interior construction assemblies of non-load-bearing walls, load-bearing walls, floors, stairs, elevators, fireplaces, ceilings, doors, interior windows, frames, millwork and fire-related construction. Emphasis will be placed on building codes including state, BOCA, Underwriters Laboratory, ASTM, state and federal accessibility codes and construction materials. Students will also be introduced to basic structural concepts and characteristics of structural materials.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-644 Interior Materials & Finishes

    Prerequisites:

    Intended for majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students will study the visual qualities, technical characteristics and applications of the common materials and finishes used in interior installations. These materials include floor coverings, wall coverings, textiles, ceiling and sustainable materials. Related fire, health and safety codes, as well as maintenance and life cycle costs, will be discussed. Class material will be presented in the form of lectures, guest speakers and a tour of the Boston Design Center. Students will learn to analyze, select and specify materials and finishes for the appropriate applications, write specifications, and prepare a resource notebook.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-652 Environmental Systems

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242 or ADI 642.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course studies mechanical, electrical, and plumbing technology and systems commonly employed in residential and commercial interiors. It will introduce students to the vocabulary, concepts and basic components of these fields of engineering. This will enable students to integrate these building systems in their design work and communicate ideas effectively with project engineers and contractors. The course will include commonly used heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing piping and fixtures, fire sprinklers, electrical supply and distribution, smoke detection and fire alarm systems. Related mechanical, electrical and plumbing codes will also be discussed.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-654 Lighting

    Prerequisites:

    Prior drafting or CAD experience recommended

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the art and technology of lighting and explores the use of lighting as a design element in the interior environment. Class material will be presented as a series of lectures, readings and demonstrations. Students will learn to analyze interior lighting installations, calculate lighting levels for interiors, select appropriate light fixtures and prepare a lighting plan based on one of their studio projects.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-700 Interior Design Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 OR S602 AND ADI S303 OR S603

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    With the assistance of the faculty advisor, each student will identify an appropriate internship site with a local interior design firm. All interns are required to complete 150 hours of work/study within the semester, working a minimum of 8 hours per week under the direction of a qualified Interior Designer. Interns are expected to contribute to the host firm at a high level of design interaction. All interns will meet bi-weekly with the faculty advisor. The classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. A firm site visit, production of firm profile, and participation in a professional organization are required within the seminar.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • ADI-706 Portfolio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course teaches students how to develop a professional portfolio. Students will investigate overall development of portfolio content, substance, and design through a variety of hands-on exercises including digital and mock-up layout techniques; methods of documenting and archiving work; presentation formats; design influence investigation, and more.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-713 Advanced 3-Dimensional Color

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S143 or ADF S543

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course the student will explore three-dimensional aspects of color theory, including psychology, depth perception, and spatial context. Design elements of light, space, unity, and balance will be covered through lectures, in-class demonstrations, and class exercises. Criteria for color use, including contrast and harmony, will be explored for each application, with emphasis on each student's area of specialization. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-784 Interiors Marketing & Contracts

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 or ADI S601 Intended for majors only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will cover the business aspects of interior design, including management, client, and contractor relationships, project management, proposal writing, and market resourcing. In addition, students will be exposed to career planning practices, such as portfolio development, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques. Tour of architectural and interior design firms will also be included.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-835 History & Theory of Interior Architecture

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 621 OR ADI 221 AND ADI 222 OR ADI 622

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements, and individual artistic contributions. It also reflects the influence of international, political, and social developments. A basic understanding of this history is important for the professional designer who often looks to the past for inspiration. This class will involve a study of historical interiors, styles and theory from several different viewpoints, examining their inherent qualities and contributions in order to better understand what constitutes a sense of place in the interior. Beginning with the Shaker movement and proceeding through the 20th century, the class will look at specific buildings, styles, movements, products, and materials that came to influence the interior space. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-840 Interior Design Thesis Research

    Prerequisites:

    ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are expected to identify a thesis topic, conduct research, interpret it abstractly, identify an appropriate design vehicle that will prove the thesis, program the project, select a site, and begin pre-schematic design. The course is conducted in seminar format and is dedicated to self-directed independent research. Students learn research techniques, fact finding, scholarly writing conventions, and information organization, and are exposed to philosophical arguments that attempt to establish rules of language regarding design and art. Aesthetic theory, research, abstraction and programming are addressed as the basis for design. During class discussions, close attention is given to the construction of a thesis, preparation of its argument, and its justification.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-841 Thesis Research Continuation

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    Students are expected to identify a thesis topic, conduct research, interpret it abstractly, identify an appropriate design vehicle that will prove the thesis, program the project, select a site, and begin pre-schematic design. The course is conducted in seminar format and is dedicated to self-directed independent research. Students learn research techniques, fact finding, scholarly writing conventions, and information organization, and are exposed to philosophical arguments that attempt to establish rules of language regarding design and art. Aesthetic theory, research, abstraction and programming are addressed as the basis for design. During class discussions, close attention is given to the construction of a thesis, preparation of its argument, and its justification. Normally offered each semester.

  • ADI-844 Interior Design Thesis Documentation

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S842 Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course represents the final phase of the thesis process and constitutes the conclusion of the Master's program sequence. Having defined the design problem, and completed the research and design portions, the student will then document the project in written and visual form. The components will include construction documents and specifications, as well as a book in which the thesis proposal and results are composed in both text and images. The MAID thesis document serves as an exposition of the process and nature of the thesis program and ultimately serves as a resource of interior design research for the greater design community. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-900 Interior Design Graduate Directed Study

    Prerequisites:

    Open to graduate students only. Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Directed study allows students to pursue an in-depth research project in an area of particular interest, directed by a qualified graduate faculty member. Program Director and Chairman consent required. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered each semester.

  • ADI-S506 Interior Design Communications

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101 or ADF S501; and ADI S108 or ADI S508 or ADI S205

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Interior Design Communications teaches students how drawing media, observational drawing, perspective theory, color and design graphics can be integrated into the designer's process. In addition to exploring contrast, accent, reflection, shade and shadow, the course underscores the importance of freehand sketching as a tool to foster intellectual inquiry and convey design concepts to a wider audience. The course introduces students to manual and digital methods for composing work for presentation and portfolio purposes.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S508 Perspective Principles

    Prerequisites:

    Prior or concurrent drawing experience

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the systems of perspective developed during the Renaissance as a means of creating the illusion of 3-dimensional space on a 2-dimensional surface. Using 1-, 2-, and 3-point perspective, students will learn to effectively render the illusion of space. Students will learn a variety of creative architectural drawing techniques using various media, and both free-hand sketching and technical rendering methods will be emphasized.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S510 Digital Orthographics

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADI-S108 or ADI-S508 OR ADI-S205;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    To make ideas become reality, designers must create drawings that accurately communicate the finished project. This course will enable the student to produce 2-dimensional drawings that accurately depict the length, width, breadth, and height of the interior space, object, or project. Students will acquire the skills necessary for measured plans, elevations, and sections as well as isometric and axonometric drawing types. Both hand drafting and digital drawing techniques (CAD) will be included. Projects will be organized in increasing complexity as skills are mastered.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S601 Interior Design Studio I

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADF S552 and ADI S510; Take ADF S543 or ADF S166; Take ADI S506 or ADI S205

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio introduces students to basic design principles, design theory and concept development. Emphasis will be placed on design process, problem solving, spatial organization, anthropometrics, universal design awareness, and presentation techniques. Students will be given a series of projects of increasing complexity, utilizing and building upon the skills developed in the Foundation courses. Students will be expected to produce process diagrams, plans, elevations, models, and finish boards.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S602 Residential Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 or ADI S601 AND ADF S102 OR ADF S502

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses residential interior environments on a large scale. Students will develop client contact and programming skills. Emphasis will be placed on residential precedents, design process, human factors, accessibility, building codes, diagramming, spatial organization, detailing, presentation techniques, furnishings, finishes and lighting.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S603 Contract Design I

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102 or S502, ADI S201 or S601, ADI 242 or 642, and ADI S264 or S664

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This commercial design studio focuses on the design of work environments. Students will develop programming and space planning skills unique to these environments through a series of small- to medium-sized projects. Emphasis will be placed on commercial precedents, programming, design process, human factors, building codes, ADA, spatial organization, detailing, presentation techniques, office furniture systems, equipment, finishes and lighting.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S604 Furniture & Detailing Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 or S601 and ADI S264 or S664.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the design process as it applies to furniture, addressing furniture ergonomics, materials, construction techniques, manufacturing and design. Students will research selected topics, and design seating, work/service pieces and cabinetry. Emphasis will be placed on furniture precedents, research, the design process, human factors, accessibility, detailing, documentation and presentation techniques.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S605 Contract Design Studio II

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI 221 or ADI 621 and ADI 222 or ADI 622 AND ADI S110 OR ADI S510.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio focuses on adaptive re-use and renovation of commercial interiors with attention given to historical buildings in the Boston area. Emphasis on creative problem-solving methods and a philosophical approach to medium- and large-scale hospitality and retail design projects. Students will be required to incorporate the skills and knowledge gained throughout their studies to create a comprehensive project, including presentation drawings, models, material and furniture boards, and a set of construction documents and specifications.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S664 Advanced Interior Design Communications

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S110 or ADI S510.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to advance and reinforce presentation techniques and graphic technical skills introduced in Interior Design Communications. Students will continue to develop their proficiency in free hand sketching, rendering and perspective, and will learn various three-dimensional rendering software and other digital imaging techniques.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S772 Construction Documents

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S110 or ADI S510, ADI S201 or ADI S601

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Building on the curriculum of Orthogonal Drawing, this course will explore in more detail the features of CAD and BIM software. Programs will be used as tools to draft, organize, and produce a set of construction documents. Students will complete a full set of contract documents.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S805 Form Study & Model Making

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S551

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course is dedicated to the study of form in the three dimensions: length, breadth, and depth. Students will explore form at a conceptual level that will translate in future studios as it is applied to the built environment. They will look at the role of scale, light, texture, negative space, and proportion, as well as thematic and structural relationships in the creation of forms.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S815 Human Factors & Universal Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI 242 or ADI 642 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI S304 or ADI S604 and ADI S305 or ADI S605 and ADI 352 or ADI 652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The physiology and psychology of the client/user is one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This studio will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the studio design problem(s). Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user's culture, genre, stage of life cycle, and physical capabilities. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADI-S825 History & Style Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 221/621, ADI 222/622, ADI S303/S603, and ADI S305/S605. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Interior design does not exist in a vacuum, but is embodied in the historical agenda of its time. In History & Style Studio, we will explore the catalysts of style and design throughout particular periods of modern design history and will analyze those movements' influences through readings, discussions, slide lectures, films, and design projects. Projects dealing with residential, hospitality, and retail environments as well as the purely conceptual, will deal with stylistic and influential issues and solutions and will draw on precedents of style for inspiration. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Summer

  • ADI-S830 3-D Visualization Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S372/S772. Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will develop a student's ability to visualize their designs through a digital medium. Software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Viz R3, and PhotoShop will be the vehicles used to produce a series of images and animation sequences to illustrate students' designs. This class is lab intensive.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S837 Sustainable Design

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE ADI-S602, ADI-642, ADI-S603, ADI-S604, ADI-S605 ADI-652 AND ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more bio-friendly approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing our own health and that of other species. Design firms are therefore being looked to for expertise in these areas, and educated designers must be conversant with both the design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces. This studio course is designed to acquaint students with the implementation strategies for such design, through a series of lectures, case studies, and projects.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S842 Interior Design Thesis Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;ADI 840

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The NESADSU MAID thesis follows completion of Thesis Research (ADI 840) and comprises an independent project executed by each student working with a team of advisors. Realization of the thesis project includes schematic design to detailing and must demonstrate the student's understanding of the historical, technological and aesthetic parameters of interior design. The final thesis project is comprised of an interior design project and a written statement. Students must demonstrate independence in relationship to their own design process and ability to realize an interior design project. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-S843 Thesis Studio Continuation

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;ADI 840

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    The NESADSU MAID thesis follows completion of Thesis Research (ADI 840) and comprises an independent project executed by each student working with a team of advisors. Realization of the thesis project includes schematic design to detailing and must demonstrate the student's understanding of the historical, technological and aesthetic parameters of interior design. The final thesis project is comprised of an interior design project and a written statement. Students must demonstrate independence in relationship to their own design process and ability to realize an interior design project. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered each semester.

  • ADI-S866 Environmental Graphic Design Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the graduate level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S900 Interior Design Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Approval of Program Director and NESADSU Chairman

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Directed study/studio allows students to pursue an in-depth research project in an area of particular interest, directed by a qualified graduate faculty member. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered each semester.

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