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University Bulletin: Graduate Programs The George Washington University  



Associate Professor S. Travis (Director)

Assistant Professors E. Speck, N. Evans, C. Anderson, N. Volchansky

Master of Fine Arts in the field of interior architecture and design—Prerequisite: A bachelor’s degree in a field other than interior design, including a minimum of 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences courses. A portfolio consisting of examples of relevant work is to be submitted with the application to the program.

Required: The general requirements stated under the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and 60 credit hours of course work, including IntD 6200 through 6602. The program is available on a full-time basis only.

Note: Enrollment in interior architecture and design courses requires candidacy in the degree program or permission of the program director (IntD 6800 is excluded from this requirement). A course fee is charged for all interior architecture and design courses.

6200 Studio 1 (6)
  Introduction to the design process through consideration of the theory and application of design principles and elements to specific studies of the built environment.
6201 History of Modern Architecture and Design (3)
  Overview of 20th- and 21st-century architecture, interiors, and furniture of significant and unique houses and smaller commercial buildings.
6202 Sustainability/LEED: Architecture and Design (3)
  Consideration of the process by which structures and spaces can be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and the examination that enables individuals to become LEED-accredited professionals.
6300 Studio 2 (6)
  All phases of design, beginning with development of a concept through producing a complete presentation. How a project evolves from program requirements to a creative and functional interior.
6301 Graphic Communications (3)
  Development of multimedia techniques in rendering. Advanced three-dimensional drawing using rapid visualization techniques, sketching, and constructed drawings.
6302 Digital Drafting and Modeling (3)
  Introduction to CAD technology, two-dimensional drawings, plotting and enhancement of presentations. Use of CAD for the production of construction drawings.
6400 Studio 3 (6)
  Multifaceted and complex problems in commercial design, including codes and regulations pertaining to commercial interiors; development of collaborative learning.
6401 Interior Materials (3)
  All phases of textile production, including standards, testing, and specifications. Properties, regulations, and installation of interior finish materials.
6402 Sketching Architecture and Interiors (3)
  Free-hand sketching developed and applied as a tool in all phases of the creative design process.
6500 Studio 4 (6)
  Continuation and refinement of the design process to further advance conceptual thinking for development of larger-scaled and more complex design problems.
6501 Lighting and Acoustics (3)
  Terminology, concepts, and principles of lighting design. Light and energy, incandescent and gaseous discharge lamps, luminaries, task requirements, measurement and calculations, human factors, and design applications. Acoustic principles as they relate to building design.
6502 Pre-Design for Studio 5 (3)
  Application of advanced topics in design theory; research methodology applied to development of the graduate project.
6600 Studio 5 (6)
  Culmination of skills and knowledge accumulated through the program as demonstrated by development of an interior design project covering all aspects from conception through presentation.
6601 Professional Practice (3)
  Students work with professional interior designers or architects or industry-related professionals, participating in a project-based setting. Roles and responsibilities of the professional interior designer: business procedures, legal implications, ethics, trade relations, designer-client-contractor relations.
6602 Structures and Building Systems (3)
  Organization and preparation of construction documents; methods and materials; and application of codes. Building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) as related to function and design of interior spaces.
6800 Projects in Exhibit Design (3)
  Application of basic and advanced design concepts and processes to exhibit design. Exhibit planning, circulation, graphic communication, human factors, sustainability, and universal design (ADA requirements). New materials and technologies used in the creation of exhibition spaces.

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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.