Introduction

The program of Bachelor in interior design at Kingdom University attracts imaginative students from varied study backgrounds, ages, gender, and nationalities to develop their knowledge, multi-disciplinary design skills, and attributes. program teaching and learning transform the students into professional innovators in the Interior Design of built environments with a focus on one of the three sub-specializations of Scenography Design, Furniture Design, and Adaptive Design, taking into consideration the local, regional, and global contexts.

The program offers three options of Career Path for the Graduates through career focus electives courses, Internship course, and Graduation Project Courses. 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, considering cultural and psychological factors.

Program Aims

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

 

  1. Learning environment:

    • Provide a recognized 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, critical thinking and life-long learning skills to create interior designs for different types of spaces.
    • 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.
  2. Students’ awareness and knowledge:

    • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background and technical specifications in the fields of interior design and the manner in which these are applied practically when implementing the spatial design of existing and predictable projects.
  3. Students’ practical skills:

    • Develop students’ practical skills to conceptualize, create a holistic design and communicate projects with professionals and 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 postgraduate studies.
  4. Students’ employability:

    • Develop students’ teamwork and interpersonal communication skills through involving them in KU design society to operate in the challenging employment market and when interacting with clients.
    • Develop students’ awareness of the professional interior design standards in which the interior design engineers operate their responsibilities toward the profession the wider society and the environment.
    • Develop students’ understanding of ‘real life’ work within the profession by providing opportunities for professional experience through internship, internal and external collaborative activities.
    • Develop the students’ ability to respond to global issues such as climate change and the 4th industrial revolution when developing their design work.

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 values, vocabulary and design principles including physical, aesthetic, contextual and environmental considerations for human-centered design approaches.
  • A02: Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of creative precedents works, history and theories of architecture, design and art with emphasis on the impact of these in a contemporary technological context.
  • A03: Demonstrate in depth knowledge of construction technologies, systems, materials, technology, demolition, rehabilitation, and services to achieve sustainable, healthy, comfortable, and safe interior spaces.
  • A04: Demonstrate an understanding of the professional context of designers and construction industry, including interior design codes, regulations, management, and construction techniques.

 

    B. Subject-Specific Skills

 

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

  • B01: Survey and record detailed site measurements; review and produce scaled technical documentations for spatial design projects based on decision of “design-freeze” stage to facilitate communication with different designers’ context.
  • B02: Derive Design Theories and histories and implement a systematic design process that respond to design brief, users’ needs, and site constrains harmonized with aesthetic and considering socio-cultural aspects.
  • B03: Experiment and integrate technical details, construction and finishing solutions in interior design projects Experiment and integrate technical details, construction technology, expertise, finishing materials, codes and regulations that are required to develop effective sustainable design solutions of interior spaces and products.
  • B04: Observe, investigate, and inquire information to develop design brief and ideas making connections between concepts, process, context, and design approaches.

 

    C. Thinking skills 

 

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

  • C01: Analyze, interpret information and materials relevant to contextual, technological, and sustainable aspects to solve problems as design briefs’ response.
  • C02: Generate innovative design ideas and concepts of interior spaces and products within various types of built environments.
  • C03: Set criteria and evaluate interior design proposals and alternatives to make reasoned decisions which consider a global perspective and cultural, economic, professional, technological, environmental, industrial, and legal context.
  • C04: Appraise existing buildings in term of environment, function, psychology, economy, technology and buildings’ codes and regulations to develop a design brief of spatial design projects that meets users’ needs.
  • C05: Judge design presentations and communications for professional and lay audiences through peer-review and assessment.

 

    D. General and Transferable Skills

 

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

  • D01: conduct various types of research by applying appropriate methodologies with respect of professional ethics and formulate argumentative decisions aligned with design theories, principles, context and construction laws, regulations, and codes.
  • D02: communicate and debate design proposals and final projects’ documentations via effective written, verbal, and visual media for designs’ reviews, juries, and portfolio presentations.
  • D03: work independently and cooperatively with multi-interdisciplinary professions in different contexts including teamwork, leadership, and collective presentation.
  • D04: demonstrate self-management, lifelong learning and professional development skills based on identifying and addressing their own strengths and needs.
  • D05: demonstrate professional responsibility and ethics towards the enhancement of life quality and development of communities within environmental and smart design approach.

Program Philosophy

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 up-to-date theoretical, historical, and technical knowledge and practice through a “student-centered” learning approach; in a teamwork environment the students cultivate their oral, written, and visual communication skills.

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.

 This Program is designed in alignment with international accreditation standards which enable the graduates to stand and compete locally, regionally, and internationally as creative professional Interior Design Engineers. 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, 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 interior design.

Distinctive Features of the Bachelor in Interior Design at Kingdom University:

 

Distinctive program outcomes:

In general, interior design programs are aligned with two disciplines either ‘art’ or ‘architecture’. The interior design program at Kingdom University associated the learning facilities and resources with architecture program but with its distinctive program outcomes focus on interior design, technical competency and sustainability of interior, transformable and theatre spaces. Therefore, interior design and architectural programs are overlapping in several courses. In Addition, the students of both programs could 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. Moreover, the college of architecture and design has multidisciplinary faculty members with art, environmental design, architectural design, and civil. This kind of integration ensure achieving distinctive program learning outcomes associated with Interior Design profession.

 

Scenarios based Design studios:

Innovation starts by setting the scenarios of both real life & imaginable scenarios and events: where 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 and principles in a wide range of spaces like residential/commercial, private/public, and ephemeral/permanent.

 

Employability & Entrepreneurship:

Global Interior Design Engineers ready for a local, regional, and international markets are graduating from Interior Design Program at Kingdom University. It also offers successful Designers skilled in multi-disciplinary design fields. For instant the stenography design, furniture design and transformation design.
The Interior Design Program of Kingdom University can be described as the students’ vast knowledge about the variety of interior environments; therefore, design studios introduce mixed-used projects including residential, commercial, healthcare, educational, cultural, and performance functions.

Career Opportunities

The graduates are eligible to work in governmental and private sectors and our program prepares, trains, and encourages them to have the collaborative skill when working in a design and construction firm and to have the leadership skill when establishing their own startup, business, or design freelance practice after developing fieldwork experience, also it offers them the opportunity to continue in the academic field by proceeding with postgraduate studies. Therefore, a clear policy and procedure based on international design accreditation bodies (e.g. CIDA, SBID) permit the evaluation of design standards to be implemented in the student’s capstone project allowing in-depth research, independent learning, self-confidence, development of comprehensive working drawing documents of design projects, professional commitment, client networking, in-depth study of the needs and psychology of spaces’ users, awareness of the budget limitation of design projects.

Interior Design Study plan 

Courses Description