Introduction

The department of interior design at Kingdom University aims to attract imaginative students from varied study backgrounds, ages, gender, and nationalities to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes transform them into professional innovators in the interior design of built environments.

 

Recently, the department team has conducted an extensive review of the B.Sc. in Interior Design Program including an extensive benchmarking exercise and the result is a significantly revised program (2015-2016), which has been aligned with the Professional Standards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in the USA and reviewed and commented upon favourably by professors from USA and Canada. The Revised Programme is offered from September 2015.

 

The Interior Design curriculum is well organized to provide academic progression year on year and course by course, and balance the number of courses and credits evenly over the program as a whole to provide a suitable workload for students.  Students learn in a stimulating studio-based educational environment.  Students are taught, learn, and work collaboratively to gain the design experiences of several types of interior environments. In the design studios the students are supported to gain theoretical, historical and technical knowledge and practice in a teamwork environment in which the students also cultivate their oral, written and visual communication skills.

The breadth and depth of the 142 credits curriculum structure ensures an efficient delivery of the following fields:

  • Interior design
  • Problem solving and creativity
  • Construction and Materials application in interior design
  • Computer aided drafting and design
  • Human Factors and society needs
  • Environmental Sustainability and green design
  • History and theory of architecture, Art and Design
  • Design Professional practice and Management
  • Visual, verbal and written communications
  • Research and lifelong learning

Program Aims

The Program of Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at Kingdom University aims to:

  • Provide an education opportunity for students from different backgrounds to be engaged in an enriching learning experience which develops their knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as their creative, analytical and critical thinking skills to create interior designs for different types of spaces.
  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background and technical specifications in the fields of interior design and architecture and the manner in which these are applied practically when implementing interior designing projects.
  • Develop students’ practical skills to conceptualize, create and communicate design projects with professionals and clients.
  • Develop students’ enthusiasm for learning by providing a stimulating design studio teaching and learning environment where imaginative ability of the students and problem solving skills will be developed.
  • Develop students’ teamwork and interpersonal communication skills to operate in the challenging employment market and when interacting with clients.
  • Develop students’ skills to critically evaluate both their own and other people’s interior design solutions to prepare and motivates them to be reflective practitioners or progress to further higher level studies -appraisal and development skills necessary for joining the interior design practice and for further post graduate studies.
  • Develop students’ awareness of the context in which the interior designer operates and their responsibilities both within the profession and to the wider society and the environment.
  • Develop students’ understanding of ‘real life’ work within the profession by providing opportunities for professional experience thorough internship, internal and external collaborative activities.management, human resource management, strategic management and business decision-making.
  • Inculcate in the students the importance of professional responsibility and ethical behaviour.
  • Empower the students to carry out business research and to provide innovative and creative solutions to business problems.
  • Empower the students in generating strategic and functional/operational plans and monitoring processes.
  • Provide the skill of developing business reports and to communicate them effectively in both written and oral forms.
  • Provide opportunity to learn to work in a team and to lead a team.

Program Learning Outcomes

 

 

   A. Knowledge and Understanding Skills

 

         After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • A01: Demonstrate an understanding of physical and aesthetic design principles and values of spatial design and vocabulary in the field of architecture and design.
  • A02: Demonstrate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture, design and art with emphasis on the impact of these in a contemporary context.
  • A03: Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theoretical and practical mutual influences among human behavior, social context, and cultural considerations and built environments.
  • A04: Demonstrate in depth knowledge of building systems, construction, materials and services with particularly with respect to demolitions and rehabilitation of interior spaces.
  • A05: Demonstrate an understanding of environmental and sustainability factors and their influences on the design of built environments and products.
  • A06: Demonstrate an understanding of the professional context and the practice of management in interior design.

 

    B. Subject-Specific Skills

 

         After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • B01: survey and produce technical documentations for the design of built environments to facilitate communication with different parties
  • B02: implement a systematic design process to respond to the design brief, users’ needs and site constrains harmonized with aesthetic and due consideration of socio-cultural aspects
  • B03: Experiment and integrate technical details, construction and finishing solutions in interior design projects
  • B04: Develop effective sustainable design of interiors spaces and products which are compliant with relevant codes and regulations

 

    C. Thinking skills 

 

         After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • C01: analyse and interpret information and materials to solve problems involved in holistic interior design projects
  • C02: associate and evaluate historical and social aspects with environmental and economic factors in response to various design briefs
  • C03: generate innovative design ideas and concepts of interior spaces and products within various types of built environments
  • C04: Evaluate interior design proposals and alternatives to make reasoned decisions which take into account a global perspective and cultural context

 

    D. General and Transferable Skills

 

         After Successful completion of the program requirements, student should be able to:

  • D01: conduct research by applying appropriate methodologies and ethics to formulate argumentative decisions aligned with laws and codes
  • D02: communicate design proposals via effectively using written, verbal and visual media
  • D03: work independently and cooperatively in teams and interact with multi interdisciplinary professions demonstrating leadership skills
  • D04: demonstrate self-management skills to identify and address their own needs and actions for lifelong learning and development
  • D05: demonstrate an understanding of professional responsibility and ethics towards the enhancement of life quality and development of communities within environmental approach.

Program Philosophy

The program of Bachelor of Science in interior design at Kingdom University aims to attract imaginative students from varied study backgrounds, ages, gender, and nationalities to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes transform them into professional innovators in the interior design of built environments. The program introduces an integrated design approach of the interior space as a holistic environment composed of physical space, along with the people and the surrounding furniture, objects, activities & interactions within this space.

 

In stimulating studio-based educational environments, students are taught, learn, and work collaboratively to gain the design experiences of several types of interior environments. In the studios the students are supported by theoretical, historical and technical knowledge and practice; in a teamwork environment the students cultivate their oral, written and visual communication skills.

 

The result of our student-centered program is recognizable on the quality of our graduates who can stand and compete locally, regionally and internationally as creative professional Interior Designers. In order to meet the industry demands, our students are empowered by problem solving, critical intellect and futuristic thinking skills. Associated with self-development, teamwork and leadership, our graduates are resourceful in a wide spectrum of design fields including interiors architecture, furniture, gardens, Dress Design, T.V & theater set design, exhibitions & event planning. Additionally, their awareness on sustainability and the socio-cultural issues on Green Design can qualify them to deal creatively with the challenges of human health, lifestyles and communities’ development in Bahrain and beyond.The graduates of the program are qualified to join postgraduates study in relevant field of Design.

 

Distinctive Features of the B.Sc. in Interior Design at Kingdom University:

 

A. Alignment with Architectural Engineering Program:

Interior Design and Architecture are always interrelated, as these two professions are often cross-referencing each other. Therefore, interior design and architectural engineering programs are overlapping in several fundamental and elective courses. In Addition, the students of both programs have the opportunity to exchange concepts, ideas and experiences while sharing and collaborating productively in the use of the university’s facilities: studios, computer labs, workshops, and library resources.

 

B. Scenarios based Design Studios:

Innovation starts by setting the scenarios of both real life & imaginable happenings and events: this way the space and the interactive scenario between space and users will start forming each other. This concept finds application in the Interior Design Studios, which rest at the core of our curriculum and all students’ academic life. Scenario-based studios promote the student’s design experience of the complex mutual relationship between human beings and the built environment in a wide range of spaces like residential/commercial, private/public, and ephemeral/permanent

 

C. Employability & Entrepreneurship:

The Program aims to graduate Interior Designers ready for a local market inspired by Bahrain 2030 economic vision. We also aim to offer successful Designers in the very fruitful Gulf region and the international Interior Design market. Our graduates can be employed in governmental and private sectors and our program prepares, trains, and encourages them to establish even their own design free-lance practice after developing field work experience. Therefore, a clear policy, progress management and evaluation of design standards are being implemented in the student’s graduation projects allowing: in-depth research, independent work, confidence development, comprehensive design details, professional commitment and client networking.

Career Opportunities

The graduates of the program have promising career opportunities in governmental and private sectors. They are resourceful in a wide spectrum of design fields including interiors architecture, furniture, gardens, T.V & theater set design, exhibitions & event planning. Inspired by Bahrain 2030 economic vision, the program prepares, trains, and encourages them to establish their own design practice after graduation after obtaining the experience from the practice.