Home Design & Interiors

Second Semester

Prerequisite of Intro to Design

This course provides instruction in the physical, physiological and social influences of housing styles and options; exterior and interior design; selection, use and care of home furnishings and equipment; use of available resources for achieving improved living space to meet individual and family needs; and exposure to careers related to housing and interior design.


Evaluate the influence of architecture, interiors, and furnishings throughout history.

Distinguish characteristics of different styles of architecture, interiors, furniture, and furnishings.

Compare and contrast historical architectural details to current housing and interior design trends.

Illustrate the development of architectural styles throughout history.

Explain societal and technological trends on periods of architecture and interior design throughout history.

Analyze design and development trends in architecture, interiors, and furnishings.

-Evaluate the design and function of interior space.

Evaluate living space needs and apply space management guidelines to interior designs.

Determine traffic flow, activity, and existing architectural features in creating floor/space plans responding to needs of all populations (including the aging and physically challenged).

Critique the arrangement of furniture with reference to design principles, traffic pattern, activities, and existing architectural features.

Evaluate floor plans for efficiency and safety in areas including but not limited to zones, traffic patterns, furniture placement, storage, and electrical, and mechanical systems.

-Investigate emerging sustainability trends in design.

Compare and contrast environmentally sustainable practices in housing.

-Analyze effects of textile characteristics on design, construction, care, use, and maintenance of products.

Evaluate methods of coloring, dyeing, printing, and finishing fabrics.

Explain how fabric selection affects the finish of products.

Explore and identify emerging fibers and fabric technologies (example: antimicrobial, wicking, electronic textiles, performance textiles).

-Analyze components of design for their effect on various products.

Explain how to use elements and principles of design for the best aesthetics.

Analyze garment styles and parts and their effect.

-Utilize technology to design within the design industry.

Create designs using technology commonly used in the apparel industry.

Research technology used with the apparel industry.

Use the appropriate technology tools for conveying information, solving problems and expediting workplace processes.

Use technology appropriately to effectively present information.

Demonstrate the technology skills needed for a chosen career field.

Identify the workplace value of technology tools and applications.

-Evaluate clients’ needs, goals, and resources in creating interior design plans.

Relate how geographic locations, safety, security, energy-efficiency, aesthetic preferences, and required maintenance affect housing choices for individuals, families, and communities.

Assess financial resources need to achieve housing and interior design goals.

Apply adaptive and universal design concepts to meet client needs.

Analyze factors affecting housing alternatives and design when assisting clients.

Evaluate and select furnishings, fixtures, and appliances to meet specific design needs.

Analyze elements of a problem situation to develop solutions.

Use acquired academic and technical skills to improve a situation or process.

Use information, knowledge and experience to generate original ideas and challenge assumptions.

-Apply design knowledge, skills, processes, and oral, written, and visual presentation skills to communicate design ideas.

Prepare visual presentations using a variety of media methods to communicate the design concept to the client.

Prepare an oral presentation of the design concept.

Represent design solutions to clients through concept development, schematic design, design drawing, and design presentation development.

Manipulate design plans based on client input.

Create a design portfolio.

Prepare presentations to provide information for specific purposes and audiences.

Deliver presentations that sustain listeners' attention and interest.

Exhibit professional etiquette in all interactions.

-Analyze career paths within the design industry.

Create an employment portfolio for use with applying for internships and work-based learning opportunities in design careers.

Produce a record of education and work experiences, licenses, certifications and projects/products to include in a portfolio.

Utilize technology to design within the design industry.

Develop an apparel collection based on client interest.

Apply design knowledge, skills, processes, and oral, written, and visual presentation skills to communicate design ideas.

Analyze career paths within the design industry.

Present a professional image appropriate for the job interview.

Communicate experiences, knowledge and skills identified in the resume and portfolio when interviewing.

-Apply business principles in the design industry.

Deconstruct how products are priced for selling (material costs, labor costs, overhead costs).

Apply the basics of the 4P’s of marketing (product, place, price, promotion).

Understand the knowledge and skills required of an entrepreneur.

Describe the opportunities for entrepreneurship in a given industry.

Weigh the opportunities, benefits and risks of entrepreneurship versus employment in a career.

-Analyze professional practice and procedures for business profitability and career success in design industry.

Demonstrate measuring, estimating, ordering, purchasing, and pricing skills for design products.

Analyze personal and employer responsibilities and liabilities.

Examine the progression of ethical practices in the design industry (sustainability--public health, welfare, environment; environmental responsibility; human ethical impact of fibers used in the industry--labor, labeling information).