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Interior Design

Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-4046
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The notion of place is a core concept for designers. In this course, we build the idea of place by first understanding the historical meaning of being in a geographic location, exploring latitude and longitude, and how they affect choosing the right spot. Through a series of exercises, we analyze different terrain conditions, their cyclical yearly changes and relationship to unforeseen weather patterns, and how closely they relate to the selection of construction materials. Human interaction leaves a mark on the landscape, and we will explore layers of information, transit grids, transportation methods, frequency of use, etc. Toward the end of the course, we'll explore sustainability concepts and their impact on local sourcing of materials, access to local energy, place-as-home and the fulfillment of basic human needs.

Applies to: ID-E

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-4047
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The architectural scale model has a unique function during the design process: It is the most effective tangible representation of a building, allowing both trained and untrained viewers to perceive complex spatial relationships from multiple vantage points. This course introduces students to the design and construction of architectural models used to explore and communicate design concepts. Students learn about the different types of models while considering scale, level of detail, use, budget, construction techniques and materials, including the importance of photographing them, preparing them for travel or for further transformation. Each student designs a simple project, builds a scale model of it and produces photographic material to add to their portfolio. This course is a great complement for anyone interested in architecture, interior design, animation, illustration, scenic design or landscape architecture.

Applies to: AN-E, ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Marcela Staudenmaier (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Apr 7 - May 5 | 1-4pm | No Class: 4/21
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CS-PHO-4154 ( Class is almost Full )
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Interior designers, architects and builders rely on high-quality photographs to capture their work for portfolios and marketing. This course covers the essentials of shooting, including lens choices, perspective, tethering and styling. Discussions include the importance of scouting a project and preparing for an interiors shoot, and students follow along in class with demonstrations on shooting techniques. Demonstration of various post-processing techniques show how to fine-tune the final image. The instructor also shares experiences in the business of interiors photography. Note: Knowledge of digital SLR photography and Photoshop is essential. Please bring to class your digital SLR and tripod for in-class shooting. Also, a laptop with the latest version of Photoshop is needed to follow post-processing instruction.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Photoshop


Instructor
  • Name: Elaine Fredrick (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-INDES-4434
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The bathroom has a daunting risk-to-reward ratio for the designer: When it is done well it is a triumph with a great return on investment (of both time and money). This course makes that space its focus as students first consider the code requirements and safety standards that inform every decision. A design brief is formed that considers mechanical, venting, plumbing and electrical systems. Proper material and fixture selections based on wants, needs and budgets include responsible use and manufacture, along with demolition and installation timelines. The age-old argument of form vs. function is revisited, with specific examples taken from good and bad solutions. Designing for human factors is always relevant as students draw and build physical models to realize their concept in a final presentation made to their classmates.

Applies to: ID-E

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors


Instructor
  • Name: Kellie Suplicki (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-INDES-4440
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

This course introduces you to Autodesk's Building Information Modeling (BIM) application Revit Architecture, to help you design, build and maintain higher-quality, more energy-efficient buildings. Regardless of your depth of exposure to CAD software for 2D and 3D modeling, learning Revit and its tools that support architectural, interior design and other models will help you to be a more productive designer and to effectively convey your plans to customers and architecture professionals. You will learn how to lay out, design, build and render models. We'll also cover customizing family components and creating unique elements. A basic floor plan is imported, scaled and traced into a finished design and rendered as interior and exterior models during the course. Note: Students may load Revit onto their own laptops with Windows capabilities (PC, or a Mac with Boot Camp or Parallels); a mouse is essential. Students may visit the Autodesk student community to download free versions of Revit and other Autodesk products, each with a three-year license.

Applies to: ID-R

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors


Instructor
  • Name: David Paolino (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-INDES-4441
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Before sophisticated machines, buildings and civilizations, humans created textiles. Often overlooked and taken for granted, fabrics are the workhorses of our everyday life: They reinforce our cultural, spiritual and interior identities. This course will focus on interior textiles and their many uses, misuses and applications. From the many plants around us to sophisticated research labs, students will follow along as fibers become yarn and a yarn becomes a textile. Learning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of both the fiber and textile reinforce an interior designer's success.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-INDES-4424
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This introductory course focuses on the process of design as it applies to interior spaces. Students build an acute awareness of core principles -- scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression -- as a means to create visual harmony. Functional, utilitarian, economic and safety requirements of interior spaces in an architectural framework are examined and students develop a process book that is a document of their new appreciation for lighting, acoustics, textiles and materials choices. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.

Applies to: ID-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rina Naik (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-INDES-1056
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The materials that engage our senses play an integral role in defining our interior spaces; understanding the unique characteristics of various materials is an important aspect of selecting and designing with them. This survey course explores a variety of materials used in interior design, including fabrics, wall coverings, paints, wood, stone, metal, glass, laminates, solid surfacing, tile, carpet, resilient flooring and more. The course covers appropriate and creative uses of these materials in commercial and residential applications, in addition to code considerations, specification writing and identification of sources.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kimberley Valente (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 20 - May 11 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEXT-4049
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $5


Description

Join the RISD Museum's textile conservators for an immersive look at the basics of caring for historic garments and textiles. Through discussion, hands-on projects and behind-the-scenes visits to the museum, you will explore how to identify, store, display and prolong the lifespan of these important pieces of our material history. To preserve your own vintage garments and fabrics, you'll learn many effective, free and inexpensive methods and materials to use, including which pieces to hang versus box horizontally, and which home locations have the best environmental conditions for storage. You will also find out which damage-causing materials to avoid (plastic garment bags/wrapping, acidic tissue paper, etc.). You will have the opportunity to work with your own objects or samples supplied for the class. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary; this course is open to anyone with an interest in textiles.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: * Jessica Urick, Anna Rose Keefe (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 22 - 26 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-1739
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $15


Description

How often have you felt the need to create a more useful, pleasing arrangement within your room? Designing interior spaces is a basic desire for all of us. In this course, you'll take on the responsibility of reinterpreting the perfect bedroom for a teenage client not unlike yourself. You'll present a design brief, built around your client's expectations, that illustrates the design challenges that need to be solved. You and your classmates will then work together to develop solutions that are both practical and fantastic. You'll consider materials, colors, textures, fixtures and furniture, and then put it all together in a presentation that clearly illustrates a thoughtful and improved interior space.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Rachel Duchesne (Bio)