College of the Extended University

Curriculum

The MIA program requires 63 quarter units of academic work. The primary educational goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter the profession of interior architecture and design with a high level of creativity and critical thinking along with requisite technical knowledge and communication skills.

Registration for courses is split between Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA. Please refer to the quarterly schedule for offerings each quarter.

Graduation Writing Test (GWT) Information:

All persons who receive undergraduate, graduate, or external degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  If you are unable to pass the test after two attempts, you may apply to enroll in CPU401, a class in which your writing is assessed on a portfolio basis. Students enrolling in CPU401 will be charged the state graduate level tuition fees for this course.  Please visit the links below for more detailed information.

State Tuition Fee Information for CPU401

Graduation Writing Test (GWT) & CPU 401 Information

Students are required to complete these 63 units of core classes. 

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Sustainable design and the processes and tools for implementing changes in the use of our planet’s limited resources. Green philosophies, systems, and building products and an extensive compilation of current green literature and resources.

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Introduction to building and life safety regulations and code literacy. Code compliance by phase of construction-from design development through construction administration. Topics include code analysis, interpretations, and special applications.

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Space planning in commercial design. Design concepts for complex multilevel project requirements. Circulation and spatial adjacencies, and individual offices and workstations. The design presentation combines three-dimensional model-making with a range of line drawing representations (interior perspectives, plans, sections, material, and furnishing boards). Emphasis on space planning strategies, issues of social and environmental sustainability, and code requirements (including exiting and handicap accessibility).

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Studio focused on development of abilities to solve design problems of a complex nature. Issues of client analysis, programming, space planning, design and selection of interior components, and lighting are presented in a logical sequence building on previous concepts. Instruction emphasizes the three-dimensional possibilities of multilevel projects through the design of stairs, elevators, and mezzanines.

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The fundamentals of the decorative arts from ancient Egypt to the Industrial Revolution are explored. Basic historical understanding of forms and social forces, as well as an enhanced awareness of styles. Topics include traditional techniques and innovations utilized by artisans on a range of media (wood, silver, ceramics, etc.) and basic connoisseurship.

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Introduction to the business procedures encountered in the practice of interior design (both residential and commercial). Strategies for marketing and selling design services, ethics, business management in the design office, programming cost and fee structures, client agreements, client job files, and understanding overhead costs for a profitable business

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Exploration of the various phases of an interior architecture project, distinguishing between residential and commercial as well as differing methods relating to small and large offices. Designer/client contract, construction/implementation process, estimating, scheduling, risk avoidance, and staffing issues. Individual and team work to create standard documents and checklists.

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Independent research and design development of an individual Master’s project description and building program. A complete design presentation is required incorporating all the skills and methods the student has developed through previous design studios.

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Development of a set of construction documents with specifications and a range of drawings required to obtain complete and accurate cost estimates. Design details, methods of integrating architectural and interior design, and mechanical and electrical elements and systems are required. Demonstration of ability to be an effective entry-level member of any design firm.

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The folowing list is for Specialization Studio, Internship, and/or Professional Electives

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Basic drafting skills, fundamental floor plans and interior elevations, standard architectural symbols and conventions, lettering, line quality, and dimensioning. Students produce and organize a basic set of interior and exterior architectural drawings.

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Basic home lighting design concepts, such as lighting tools, lighting layers, and the practical applications, to create a lighting plan. Budget concerns, basic energy code issues, and the specific light requirements for different rooms, landscape lighting and specialty lighting, including home theaters, are covered.

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Basic elements to be considered in planning a kitchen, including space planning, function, cabinetry, countertop materials, floor coverings, appliances, lighting, ventilation, plumbing, electrical, structural, and economic factors. Instruction includes lectures, films, student projects, and guest speakers.

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Challenges and pitfalls of residential remodeling. Potential resale value; remodeling cost and financing; architectural planning and design household safety considerations; geologic, site, and structural engineering; resistance to earthquake damage; home mechanical systems (electrical, plumbing, heating, and cooling); building department procedures and limitations; and residential construction. Space planning to redistribute existing space to meet household and lifestyle needs: kitchens, family rooms, baths, and master suites.

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The art of furniture design, emphasizing the knowledge about materials and construction necessary for the generation of a personal style. The design process is analyzed in concept sketches and finished drawings, including a set of working drawings. Common and unusual materials and finishes are discussed, as well as construction technology. Architectural drafting background required.

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Introduction to tools and techniques used in photographing architecture, interiors, renderings, plans, design boards, and scale models. Digital and film-based cameras, and the use of Photoshop in manipulating photographs and the Internet in disseminating imagery. Location shoots, lectures, and informal discussions with interior design, architecture, and publishing professionals.

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Study, research and/or design investigation proposed by the student and approved by a supervising faculty member.

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Consideration of selected issues, programs and/or themes in interior architecture chosen according to the needs and interests of students and faculty. Seminar, 1 to 4 hours.

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The incorporation of green building principles with innovative design solutions. Schematic design concept and interior building plans for a commercial space. Sustainable material selection, natural lighting techniques, and passive solar technologies expressed in models, plans, interior elevations, daylighting sections, 3D sketches, electrical plans, and details

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Historic building measurement, documentation and AutoCAD representation. Research and development of design concept, drawings and presentations to local government agencies to obtain approvals and other professional entities as required.

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Installation of design proposal including soliciting furnishings and fabrication, selection and purchase of materials, meeting with vendors, and project oversight. Creation of purchase orders and invoices, and coordination of pick ups and deliveries. Participation in public viewings, docent activity and public speaking about design and restoration concepts and practices.

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Comprehensive design for a specialty hotel working with the principals and staff of an international hospitality design firm. Development of designs for resort public spaces, function and meeting rooms, and guest rooms and suites. Conceptual design and planning for a complex range of client needs and user expectations involved in a high-level hospitality design project.

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An opportunity for interior architecture students to acquire appropriate hands-on experience. Qualified students are placed in job settings for a minimum of 136 hours of experience relevant to coursework in which familiarity with the day-to-day operation of an interior architecture firm is introduced. Students currently working in a design office may petition for work experience to be validated as an internship. Enrollment by Program Advisor permission only.

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