Interior Design Technical Studies is taught in the first three semesters of the Interior Design program. This body of study aims to develop student’s knowledge of the interaction between design and technology, and to develop specific technical expertise that will support the development of design ideas and their detailed resolution. In each semester the students undertake a specific design project that is intended to introduce them to increasingly complex concepts of Interior Design documentation and detailing.
As students move through the levels of the program they learn more about ways in which interior space might be fabricated, and how designers communicate their intentions to those who will undertake the fabrication. The three courses are structured so as to equip the students with the necessary tools and understanding of the design development process. Through these courses the students develop their confidence and imagination in the technical documentation and realisation of design projects.
Technical Drawing & Materials
This course acts as an introduction to the principles of Technical Drawing that are used in the practice of Interior Design. These skills are developed in concert with the study of materials, structures and construction processes used in the creation of objects and spaces. The course aims to provide a broad base of technical studies relevant to the practice of Interior Architecture and Design and introduce students to industry standards of technical representation of objects and spaces.
Structures, Systems, Services
In this semesters studies the course introduces students to the issues surrounding the construction of buildings. The focusing of the subject through a design project gives the students the scope to research the materials, construction processes, and environmental systems and engage with them in an active way. The subject continues to develop and build upon students’ drafting and documentation skills through the use of the AUTOCAD program and introduces students to three dimensional modeling and rendering of designs through the RHINO program.
The final Interior Design Technical Studies course equips students with the ability to research appropriate technical information relative to a design project and implement that knowledge through the design and detailing of interior space.
The course is presented as four different electives, which bring a particular focus toward a common theme. Each course is run as a small design project which is carefully formulated to expose students to particular approaches to interior technology. While the different classes have specific projects, sites and particular sets of conditions to respond to, it is expected that the students work will embody a professional level of technical knowing and communication.