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Environmental + Interior Design (EID)

EID 200 Fundamentals of Interior Design (4)

Introduction to the basic concepts, theories, applications, and practice of interior design; as well as the development of technical skills and design methodologies through several design exercises and projects. Emphasis of the course is on understanding both how building interiors are experienced by its users, and the relationship between the built and natural environments.
Co-requisite: EID 202

EID 202 Introduction to Technical Drawing (3)

Introduction to various types of technical drawing, including orthographic, perspective, axonometric, and field sketching. Emphasis on hand drafting and the knowledge of mechanical drawing tools and techniques used in the fields of architecture and interior design. Students will learn to both read and execute construction drawings such as floor plans, elevations and sections, in order to later apply these skills to translate their own design work.

EID 205 Color for Interiors (3)

Extensive study and experimentation of the use and application of color in interior environments, including color notations, the Psychology of color and human response and application of color.

EID 211 Textiles (3)

Research into fibers, detailed construction methods and the practical application of textiles and their uses in the field of contract and residential environments. Testing methods will be examined to determine the appropriate use of textiles in commercial and residential interiors and furnishings.

EID 216 Design Principles Methodologies for Innovating Problem Solving (3)

This introductory course examines principles of design as a problem-solving medium, employing  design thinking methodologies—the process by which innovative solutions can be optimized—to  address various challenges we face in the world today. 

As global scale problems grow increasingly complex, they cannot be solved within singular or isolated  fields of study. They call for a cooperative, multidisciplinary approach; thus collaboration between students from diverse disciplines is integral to achieving the objectives of the course. To promote  innovation, students will be encouraged to think outside the box, challenge conventional wisdom, and  be bold in their actions. Topics to be addressed in the course will be selected by students as a class. 

The methodologies that will be covered include: multi-perspectival problem analysis, idea generation  (brainstorming techniques), idea translation (visualization techniques), prototype development  (implementation/experimentation), and evolution (iterative modification and future adaptation).

EID 217 Introduction to Computer Aided Design (3)

This course provides skill development for digital construction documentation using AutoCAD software. Students explore 2- dimensional construction documentation (e.g. floor plans, elevations, lighting, detailing and schedules); organization of information; and budgetary issues with respect to material take-offs and specifications.
Prerequisites: EID 200, EID 202 or consent of instructor

EID 220 Building Systems & Components (3)

This course focuses on understanding the different systems and components that comprise a building, how they relate to one another, and how to design within the context of those systems. Students will be introduced to building performance design mandates with emphasis on coordination and integration of the various systems within the building interior. Content includes building codes and life safety; site analysis; fire safety; SMEP systems; acoustics; thermal principles; wall, floor ceiling, and stair assemblies; and various interior building components.
Prerequisites: EID 200, EID 202

EID 271 Materiality in Interior Design (4)

This studio course examines how design concept is translated through materiality, focusing on the integration of appropriate materials, finishes, and products in the design of interior environments. Material characteristics, specifications, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and sustainability features will be explored within the context of a comprehensive commercial design project.
Prerequisites: EID 200, EID 202; EID 217, EID 220 taken previously or may be taken concurrently
Co-requisite: EID 220 taken previously or may be taken concurrently

EID 310 The History of Furniture & Interior Design (3)

A survey of Interior Design from prehistory to the present tracing architectural styles and historical interior furnishings. Prerequisites: EID 200 or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 311 20th Century Architecture & Design (3)

Study of post industrial revolution interior design and architecture in the United States including profiles of architects and designers and their impact on modern interior design and architecture.
Prerequisites: EID 200 or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 312 Presentation Methods (3)

Study of the techniques used in the preparation of presentations for interior design and architectural projects. Perspective drawing, photo editing and digital modeling techniques will be reviewed and utilized with an emphasis on the illustration of three-dimensional space. Conventional sketching skills are explored using various media: graphite, ink and colored pencil. Digital illustration techniques are presented employing an integrated approach. Software such as SketchUp ™, Photoshop ™ and Autocad ™ are used together seamlessly to create and assemble 3D perspective drawings and completed presentations. Graphic layout and the physical assembly of presentation boards will also be examined. (Tech Apps Course- 6 contact hours per week)
Prerequisites: EID 200 , EID 202, EN 102, COM 101

EID 319 Advanced Computer Aided Design (3)

Students are instructed in advanced applications and techniques in computer aided design. Three dimensional drawing and rendering techniques will also be introduced. (Tech Apps Course- 6 contact hours per week)
Prerequisite: EID 202, EID 217, or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 321 Programming & Space Planning (4)

Study of the process of designing an environment beginning with Program analysis and moving to the synthesis of information resulting in a comprehensive Space Plan and support documentation. The process guides students through information gathering and organization, as well as problem identification, providing a framework for problem solving and design decision-making. Research and application of building and fire codes, universal design concepts (including ADA standards) and human factors relative to the designed environment address health, safety and welfare issues integral to best design practices. Through structured exercises and projects, students create commercial and/or residential environments, which fulfill client-generated requirements with creative, innovative and environmentally conscious design solutions.
Prerequisites: passing the CUH-EID comprehensive exam & practicum or consent of the Program Coordinator, EN 102, COM 101

EID 325 Introduction to Lighting Design (3)

This course introduces the theory, practice, and application of lighting design including the analysis and interpretation of quality of lighting design in an interior environment. History of lighting advancements and industry terminology will be researched and various luminaire products and emerging technologies will be discussed. This course also serves as an introduction to the use of both daylighting and artificial lighting in various functions of interior space. Qualitative and quantitative measures of lighting will be explored as well as effective use of lighting in design problem-solving contexts. Students learn the value of lighting as a key design element in creating functional, safe, environmentally efficient, and aesthetically pleasing interior environments.
Prerequisites: EID 200, EID 202 or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 335 Socio-Cultural Aspects of Design (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a background in cross-cultural aspects of both exterior and interior design. The main emphasis will be on the use of space and symbolism in forms of communication within a cultural and ritual context, often without the conscious understanding of the inhabitants. Areas of discussion will be: symbolic and cultural templates on residential layout; concepts of the home in different societies; geomantic/fengshui logic in exterior and interior layout in different cultures (specifically Hawaii, Japan and China); and cultural aspects to interior design both in layout and furnishings. The major areas of regional emphasis from which examples will be taken from all the Americas (both pre-contact and Euro American), East Asia and the Pacific.
Prerequisites: EN 102, COM 101

EID 355 Sculpture (3)

Intermediate techniques in hands-on sculpture and 3D design, developing structural and perceptual senses with an emphasis on 3D perceptions of space, scale, and environment. Interior Design students may focus on conceiving, producing and justifying 3D conceptual objects within the context of interior spaces. Cross-listed with EID-355. Prerequisites: AR 255 or EID 200, or consent of instructor.

EID 370 Universal Design-Inclusive Environments (4)

Universal Design-Inclusive Environments focuses on the functionality, materiality and designed aesthetic of the built environment and how design decisions affect the quality of life experience of the end-users. This course engages students in better understanding a variety of physical and cognitive capabilities over a life span and how the built environment impacts our quality of life in both public and private spaces. Students also effectively interpret and implement a variety of project- specific codes and regulations that help to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the general public. Prerequisites: passing the CUH-EID comprehensive exam & practicum, EID 321, or consent of the instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 380 Special Topics (3)

Selected topics in interior design to be announce.
Prerequisites: passing the CUH-EID comprehensive exam & practicum, or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 384 Sustainability in Design (3)

This course examines principles of sustainable design from a systemic perspective, focusing on environmental issues and how they relate to economics, social equity, and human health. Topics in the course include: cradle-to-cradle principles, biomimetic design, passive building design, renewable energy, water and waste, sustainable materials, and indoor environmental quality. Course culminates with a review of applications in the building industry.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or ENV 100 or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 410 Interior Design Business Principles and Practices (3)

Basic principles of Interior Design business management, professional ethics and practice and examined to prepare students for the professional working environment. Professional resumes and business cards are also prepared.
Prerequisites: passing the CUH-EID comprehensive exam & practicum or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 414 Portfolio Preparation (2)

This course is designed to assist and mentor students in assembling a comprehensive portfolio of their academic work for entry into the design profession. Students will learn graphic techniques, as well as how to organize and layout their projects  in both book and digital formats. The purpose of the portfolio is to showcase each student’s best technical, creative, and analytical design skills. The end product will be a customizable template that can then be supplemented with new projects as students continue to develop professionally.
Prerequisites: passing the CUH-EID comprehensive exam and practicum or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 415 Professional Practice Internship (3)

This course focuses on preparing students for entry into the design profession upon graduation. Portfolios, resumes and other professional documentation will be assessed to determine readiness to apply for positions, and revised as needed. Professional protocols, ethics, interviewing skills, and business practices will also be covered in the course. Students are required to complete 85 hours of documented internship experience in cooperation with the firm of their choice and under the supervision of a credentialed design professional.
Prerequisites: EID 414 or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 470 Senior Studio Residential (4)

This studio concentrates on the creation and presentation of individualized residential interior design project(s) for the purposes of applying all previous course work and showcasing student’s individual creativity and problem-solving capabilities. Various design scenarios will be addressed to include remodeling and/or renovation of an existing structure and new construction. The culmination of this studio exhibits the student designer’s ability to cohesively and comprehensively express their design solutions thus demonstrating their readiness to enter the Interior Design profession. Prerequisites: EID 319, EID 321, EID 370, EN 102, COM 101 
Co-requisite: EID 370

EID 471 Senior Studio Commercial (4)

This capstone studio course focuses on the execution of a complex commercial project from design concept to design development, and serves as a bridge between academic and professional practice. As a culmination of everything learned in the curriculum, the semester-long interior design project will demand a thorough and in-depth understanding and application of problem-solving skills, technical knowledge, theory, and research. Project deliverables will incorporate oral, written, and various graphic presentation formats.
Prerequisite: EID 319, EID 321 EID 370, EN 102, COM 101
Co-requisite: EID 370

EID 480 Special Topics (3)

Selected topics in interior design to be announced.
Prerequisite: passing of the CUH-EID comprehensive exam and practicum or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 481 Kitchen and Bath Design (3)

Development of construction documentation (including working drawings, finish schedules and material specifications) to complete design solutions for installation in a residential environment.
Prerequisite: passing CUH-EID comprehensive exam & practicum, EID 321, or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101

EID 482 Progressive Technologies (3)

This course provides students with state-of-the-art instruction in design software amidst the constantly changing world of technology related to industry. Independent projects, presentations and peer professional project reviews will assist in preparing students for transitioning to the professional workplace.
Prerequisite: passing the CUH-EID comprehensive exam & practicum or consent of instructor, EN 102, COM 101