Corcoran Interior Architecture (CIAR)

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000s to 4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

CIAR 2100. Studio 1. 6 Credits.

Introduction to design through study and application of fundamental design principles and elements to two- and three-dimensional projects. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 2125. Introduction to Graphic Communications. 3 Credits.

Introduction to a variety of techniques used in communicating design ideas; image creation, logo design and branding, rendering, basic layouts, modeling, printed and digital presentation skills.

CIAR 2150. Beginning Sketching for Designers. 3 Credits.

Freehand sketching developed and applied as a tool in all phases of the creative design process.

CIAR 3200. Studio 2. 6 Credits.

All phases of design, from development of a concept through producing a complete presentation; implementing the different aspects of the design process. Prerequisites: CIAR 2100. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 3225. Understanding Materials and Color. 3 Credits.

The visual perception and interaction of color; interior and exterior materials for use in residential and commercial environments.

CIAR 3250. Introductory Digital Design Tools. 3 Credits.

Introduction to CAD technology, two-dimensional drawings, plotting, and enhancement of presentations; using CAD for the production of construction drawings. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 3300. Studio 3. 6 Credits.

Studio course emphasizing continued refinement of the design process as applied to multifaceted and complex problems in non-residential space. Prerequisites: CIAR 3200. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 3325. Concepts in Modern Architecture. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the history and concepts of architecture, interiors, and furniture from the Bauhaus movement until the present; creative thinking and cross-cultural perspectives emphasized.

CIAR 3350. Basic Sustainability Design Strategies. 3 Credits.

Introduction to sustainable design and to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems for Interior Design and Construction.

CIAR 4400. Studio 4. 6 Credits.

Continuation and refinement of the design process to further advance conceptual thinking for development of larger-scale and more complex design problems. Prerequisites: CIAR 3300. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 4425. Fundamentals of Lighting and Acoustics. 3 Credits.

Terminology, concepts, and principles of lighting design; acoustic principles as they relate to building design. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 4450W. Pre-Design for Studio 5. 3 Credits.

Research methodology applied to development of the senior project. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement. Prerequisites: CIAR 3300. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 4500. Studio 5. 6 Credits.

Culmination of skills and knowledge gained through the program as demonstrated by the development of an interior design project covering all aspects from conception through presentation. Prerequisites: CIAR 4400. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 4525W. Professional Practice and Internship. 3 Credits.

Industry professionals provide students with guidance concerning the roles and responsibilities of the professional interior designer; written business procedures and practices, legal implications, ethics, trade relations, and designer-client relations. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 4550. Building Systems: Methods and Processes. 3 Credits.

Organization and preparation of construction documents; methods and materials; application of codes; building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) relevant to function and design of interior spaces. Restricted to undergraduate IA majors.

CIAR 6100. Studio 1 Graduate. 6 Credits.

Introduction to the theory and application of design principles and elements in the built environment and to two- and three-dimensional projects; understanding the design process while adhering to a concept or parti. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6125. Graphic Communications. 3 Credits.

Concepts and techniques used successfully in communicating design; graphic design principles, including hierarchy, emphasis, balance, rhythm and contrast, tools used in creating two-dimensional communication ideas; image creation, logo design and branding, rendering, basic layouts, three-dimensional modeling, printed and digital presentation skills.

CIAR 6150. Sketching Architecture and Design. 3 Credits.

Three-dimensional mechanical drafting and free-hand sketching developed and applied as a tool in all phases of the creative design process; using line value, 2D and 3D representation of the built environment.

CIAR 6200. Studio 2 Grad. 6 Credits.

Application of fundamental knowledge of design to complex three-dimensional projects and small scale interior projects. Prerequisites: CIAR 6100. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6225. Interior Materials and Color Theory. 3 Credits.

Visual perception and interaction of color; interior and exterior materials for residential and commercial environments; interior building methods and materials as they relate to interior build-outs, furniture grade materials, and construction; materials qualities, strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate usage.

CIAR 6250. Digital Drafting and Modeling. 3 Credits.

Introduction to CAD technology, two-dimensional drawings, plotting and enhancement of presentations. Use of CAD for the production of construction drawings. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6300. Studio 3 Graduate. 6 Credits.

Continued exploration of the design process as applied to medium scale projects. Prerequisites: CIAR 6200. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6325. Case Studies: Bauhaus to Bilbao. 3 Credits.

Modern and contemporary architectural ideas and concepts explored through key buildings and interiors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; focus on modernist works in Washington, DC.

CIAR 6350. Sustainability and the Built Environment. 3 Credits.

The application of sustainable design; introduction to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the Living Building Challenge, and the WELL Building Standard.

CIAR 6400. Studio 4 Graduate. 6 Credits.

Continued refinement of the design process to further advance conceptual thinking for development of larger-scaled and more complex design problems. Prerequisites: CIAR 6300. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6425. Lighting and Acoustics. 3 Credits.

Terminology, concepts, and principles of lighting design; acoustic principles as they relate to building design. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6450. Research Seminar for Studio 5. 3 Credits.

Students synthesize knowledge and define an area of interest that is well established or newly emerging within the discipline in preparation for the capstone project in Studio 5. Prerequisites: CIAR 6300. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6500. Studio 5 Graduate. 6 Credits.

Students create and design an individual capstone interior design project that meets the learning objectives, accreditation standards, and requirements of the program. Prerequisites: CIAR 6400. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6525. Practicum and Internship. 3 Credits.

Students work with professional interior designers, 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, and designer-client-contractor relations. Prerequisites: CIAR 6400. Restricted to graduate IA majors.

CIAR 6550. Structures and Building Systems. 3 Credits.

Organization and preparation of construction documents; methods and materials; application of codes; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing building systems as related to function and design of interior spaces. Restricted to graduate IA majors.