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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Interior Design Department

Sean Stewart, AIA LEED NCIDQ, Chair
Annex South, Room 101F

Department Vision & Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program recalls and reinforces the mission of the Institute by preparing and graduating students with excellent, diverse skills qualifying them for the demands of professional life.

The program recognizes that academic preparation is the foundation of lifelong learning in a dynamic and evolving profession and seeks to develop student fluency and competence in an array of basic skills and processes. More precisely, the program graduates students with a broad overview of the profession by balancing a curriculum equally weighted in creativity—the art of design—and fundamental technical knowledge with an appreciation for the iterative design process required to realize their creative goals.

 The program orientation and the structure of the curriculum rest on a tripartite base: Wentworth’s “Student Learning Goals,” CIDA accreditation standards, and the NCIDQ definition of the professional interior designer. These three standards recognize the specialized and diverse knowledge and skills required in practice, and afford graduates substantial preparation for professional certification (also licensure where applicable). To achieve this balanced orientation, the program seeks to:

  • Foster creativity and artistic vision.
  • Develop fluency with a design process.
  • Broaden intellectual depth.
  • Develop technical skills and the craft of making.
  • Introduce students to the business of design.
  • Offer students the opportunity to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively in teams, and to recognize the broad professional fiduciary responsibilities to the general public including but not limited to ethical practice, regulatory requirements, and resource conservation and sustainability.

Degree Program