In a recent class, we undertook a quick charette to generate contemporary suggestions for interior design undergraduate curriculum. The student suggestions for courses were really intriguing. Rather than suggesting design studio after design studio like most of us undertook as undergrads. The students focused more on integrating design studios with other courses that focused upon skills needed to stay ahead in today’s job market.
Course requirements suggested included lecture courses on sustainability, international design perspectives and practices, business management, project management, and interpersonal / presentation communication. Hands-on workshop classes included web-design, integrative marketing, evolving technologies, daylighting, lighting, acoustics, and emerging materials. A broad spectrum of classes currently rarely offered in today’s BFA in Interior Design Programs.
There were other suggestions as well, such as developing sustainability-based schools where sustainability permeated everything from operations to assignments. Students suggested service-oriented learning where students engaged in design activities through pro-bono projects or applied course work to community service projects.
With really intriguing ideas such as these emerging from a short class charette, I will be curious to see what emerges in Interior Design Education in the future.