INTR-250: Kitchen Design Studio

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Industrial Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Interior Design
Course Number
Course Title
Kitchen Design Studio
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ACT-110 or ART-181 or INTR-120 or INTR-187 or equivalent
Catalog Course Description

A studio course integrating the interior design process into a large-scale kitchen design project focusing on functional and aesthetic elements and the integral relationship to user needs. Incorporates human factors and Universal Design principles.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
This studio course will consist of a large-scale, barrier-free, residential remodel that meets the physiological and psychological needs of clients with respiratory and accessibility needs. This course will focus on rehabilitating an existing home necessitating critical assessment of existing mechanical and structural systems, the alteration of these systems and their impact on the integrity of the building’s architecture. Materials, products, finish selections and installation of mechanical systems promoting healthy indoor air quality are equally imperative to the success of the project.
Core Course Topics
  1. Space plans for existing and new construction residential interior environments.
  2. Kitchen mechanical plans, floor plans, elevations, cabinetry section cuts, specifications and installation documents
    • Residential building codes for fire, life and safety, ADA guidelines, accessibility and Universal Design Principles
  3. Kitchen cabinetry, countertops, appliances, plumbing and electrical fixtures, finishes, and equipment.
  4. Assess current kitchen design trends and innovations and acquaint students with quality kitchen products and resources though academic internet research and guest speakers.
  5. Universal Design Principles, ADA guidelines, and ageing-in-place.
  6. Develop technical computer drawing skills using state-of-the-art kitchen/bath software.
  7. Calculate and prepare cost estimates, budgets, and kitchen product specifications.
  8. Develop oral, written, and graphic communication skills conveying aesthetic and functional concepts and construction documentation of design solutions for kitchen design projects.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate an ability to solve interior design problems through conceptualization, development and creation of functional and aesthetically pleasing designs for a large-scale kitchen project.*
  2. Create kitchen mechanical plans, floor plans, elevations, cabinetry section cuts, specifications and installation documents that meet basic residential building codes for fire, life and safety, ADA guidelines, accessibility and Universal Design Principles.*
  3. Exhibit technical and graphic communication skills using manual drafted and/or computer generated construction and mechanical plans, floor plans, elevations, specifications and installation documents for a large-scale kitchen using National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) guidelines.
  4. Produce basic residential kitchen construction and mechanical plans incorporating plumbing, electrical, lighting and ventilation systems.
  5. Effectively utilize resources and academic research to assess current kitchen products and design trends.*
  6. Apply Universal Design Principles andADAguidelines to the large-scale kitchen design project.*
  7. Display proficiency in the preparation of hand-drafted or computer generated schematic drawings in compliance with NKBA exam format.
  8. Exhibit basic technical computer skills using current industry standard software.
  9. Accurately estimate costs, budget, and specify kitchen products.
  10. Illustrate proficiency in oral, written, and graphic communication skills in the critical analysis, assessment of user needs, aesthetic and functional concept development, production of construction documents, and presentation of final kitchen  design solutions.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Studio – work-in-progress reviews                
  • Programming Binder 
  • Technical Construction Packet—Schematic Drawings
  • Story and Presentation Boards
  • Written aesthetic and functional design solutions
  • Final Oral Presentation of Semester Kitchen Project
General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Programming Binder

  • Research
  • Concept Development
  • Written Design Concepts
  • Kitchen Design Guidelines and Recommended Accessibility Guidelines

Technical Construction Packet—Hand-Drafted or Computer Generated

  • Schematic Drawings using Industry Standard Graphic Presentation Format

Storyboards and Presentation Boards


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
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date