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Environmental Design/Interior (BFA)

The Environmental Design program focuses on preparing designers with the critical thinking and technical skills that integrate architecture/interior architecture, environmental graphics, furniture/casework and product design with traditional interior design practice for the design of the total built environment. This ENVD program is NASAD accredited as are all of the programs in the Design Department. This accreditation has full functional equivalency to CIDA accreditation for educational consideration in all of the 22 state jurisdictions with professional interior design licensing legislation.

The environmental design education is built on the understanding of design content and the context, how the users interact with the built outcome, how clients participate in the design process itself, and how best to create places and spaces that enhance and expand the user experience. The end results of design process are not only that the client’s problems are solved and the budget and deadlines were met but that the potential inherent in the project is realized. Students are taught to envision a project solution that considers the future and how that will actualize the clients’ aspirations, make the end user’s job or life better for years to come. Critical to accomplishing these goals is to prepare students to design toward, and in keeping with the standards for sustainability.

We are concerned with domestic issues as well as exploring global issues that deal with different cultures and populations. In studios, students explore new planning directions, new ways to use materials or furniture, integrate up-to-date technology to enhancing user experiences, simplifying inventories and reducing long term replacement and operational costs. Students are also prepared to be responsible designers through understanding of manufacturing processes and promote the use of sustainable materials and products that they specific.

Studio project experiences may include simple residential, retailing, hospitality, health care, as well as complex corporate offices functional types. The program provides for collaboration through teamwork opportunities in which students work on joint projects with other disciplines within the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.


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