INTR-181: Principles of Design

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Interior Design
Academic Level
Course Subject
Interior Design
Course Number
Course Title
Principles of Design
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

An introduction to the principles and elements of design that provide the foundation for aesthetic concepts in the interior design profession. Development of professional visual presentation techniques through the creation of interior design boards and models. Introduction to the design process and aesthetic conceptualization techniques.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To introduce students to design principles and elements as they relate to interiors. The course will also instruct students in the design process and techniques used in creating and presenting aesthetic concepts. Students will acquire technical and artistic skills necessary to produce quality presentation boards and models.

Core Course Topics
  1. Interior design profession and career options.
  2. Design vocabulary; written aesthetic concept statements and professional presentations
  3. Principles and elements of design as they relate to interiors
  4. Examination of acclaimed interior designers, architects and their work for the enhancement and development of students’ personal style, sophistication and creativity.
  5. Eight-step design process
  6. Visual presentation techniques
  7. Interiors sample boards, quality craftsmanship and proficiency in graphic presentation.
  8. Scaled models of residential structures.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify various career options, educational requirements, certifications, licensing, organizations and associations for interior design professionals.
  2. Employ strong design vocabulary and communication skills as they pertain to interiors, including presentation outlines and concept statements in written, oral and visual presentations.
  3. Assess and critique photographs of residential and commercial interiors in professional design magazines or in digital format, identifying the elements and principles of design used by the interior designer or architect.
  4. Exhibit an enhanced level of personal style, sophistication and creativity developed through critiques of a broad range of interior environments.
  5. Define the eight phases of the interior design process.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to create innovative, professional quality presentation boards conveying aesthetic concepts.
  7. Employ craftsmanship and professional graphic composition in the construction of presentation boards.
  8. Construct a scaled model residential structure.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Mid-Term and Final Exams
  • Exercises and Assignments
  • Concept and presentation boards
  • Model building


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2020