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This course is a survey, or overview, of interior and architectural design, emphasizing design, color and lighting theory and application, artistic visual training, and practical, consumer-based product information for making wise interior design decisions. These combine to form a lifetime of scrutiny in favor of surroundings that are lovely and praiseworthy and where an enhanced sensitivity to the Spirit may be experienced. We encourage living modestly with an LDS provident living perspective.

Human factors, universal design, sustainability, responsible design, lifestyles and financial considerations are coupled with a study of space planning, furnishing and material selection, and historic and contemporary style. These studies result in a well-rounded introductory approach to interior design. Field trip and photo assignments will help you learn to judge with discrimination and thereby select good design in well-made architecture and in furnishing products.

Introduction to interior design covers topics sequenced to train the mind to think like a designer. Slides and explanations enhance understanding of concepts, theory, application, material and product options. Historic or period architecture, interiors and furnishings encompass the last lessons, and are the basis for all interior design styles we embrace today.

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  1. Confidently select materials and furnishings that will accomplish your particular style.
  2. Understand and use valid criteria to judge quality in products and make good consumer decisions.
  3. Gain a broad appreciation for the beauty and cohesiveness of historic style as it relates to our contemporary world of interior design.

As interior design is based on styles of the past, we focus on Historic style. These are all encompassed in Lessons 15 - 27, which presents the following designs: Greek and Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, American Early and Late Georgian, Neoclassic and Federal, Greek Revival and American Empire, Victorian, Shaker, Swedish, German and Dutch, French Rococo, Country French, Italian Tuscan, Spanish Colonial, Mission Southwest Adobe, Beaux Arts, Japanese, Craftsman, Organic Modern, International Modern, Scandinavian Modern, Mid-Century Modern, High-Tech Postmodern, Deconstructivism, and the concepts of preservation, restoration and adaptive restoration.

The exposure to these enduring styles will enable you to:

  1. Identify and understand style and design in the world around you
  2. Increase your appreciation for great interior design today and throughout history
  3. Establish your own style preferences based on exposure to classic styles
  4. Appreciate the beauty and cohesiveness of historic style as it relates to our contemporary world of interior design

BYU Outcomes

  1. Become life-long observers of design and the designed environment.
  2. Develop a basic vocabulary of design through reading, class discussion, class demonstration and memorization.
  3. Increase awareness and synthesize good and poor design on well being and aesthetic response by experiencing design first-hand on campus and in the community and by responding in learning journals.
  4. Develop an understanding of design as a problem-solving process through discussion, first-hand experience, and by responding in learning journals.
  5. Develop a basic vocabulary of architectural stylistic elements and an appreciation for the historic development of the American home through reading, discussion, visual presentation, site visits, and by responding in learning journals.

Course Materials

Our text for this class is Interiors: An Introduction, 5th ed. by Karla J. Nielson and David A. Taylor; McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010. The ISBN is 0073526509.

Recommended Study Habits

Flash cards are highly successful study techniques for tests, especially in learning new vocabulary. Review the virtual lecture presentations so that you can identify the visual characteristics of each style as well. The most challenging aspect of an Independent Study course is the independence—you’ll need to schedule consistent time to work on the course and your assignments.

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Self Check Exercises

Use the Self Check exercises to test your knowledge; you can go through the questions as many times as you need to thoroughly master the material. These exercises do not count toward your course grade, but they will help you prepare for the exams.

Written Assignments

You will complete four written assignments, in this order:

There will be two types of components in the written assignments:

General Guidelines for Written Assignments

Please use these guidelines for your assignments:

Note that writing assignments for this course satisfy university standards for G.E. “Writing Across the Curriculum,” geared to improve student writing as well as material comprehension. Make it your best effort!

Formatting Your Written Assignments

To make sure that I can open and read your assignments and that all the formatting and images come through correctly, please save each assignment as Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX file.

Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, SFL102_JaneSmith_Assignment1.docx.

Directions for All Photo Assignments

You can find photos online or scan them from magazines. Many students feel that magazines offer a greater variety and higher quality of interior design photos, although images on the Internet are continually increasing in design quality. However, we are looking for photos of real rooms where real people live, not advertisements. Do not use captions from the source (there should be no writing on the photo).

Insert the images into your document, and type your analysis and evaluations with them. Title and number each photo, and be sure to include the source (the URL of the website or the title and issue of the magazine). Type your comments in well-written, complete sentences beneath the photo, according to the directions for each assignment.

All photos for the assignments are to be choices you would make for your home and all examples of good design. This means they should reflect style and quality you would live with happily for many years to come, “passing the test of (your) time.” This does not include faddish or “cute/silly” design. It also means that a person who enters this room (virtually) will feel uplifted visually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The goal is to feel “rewarded” for having spent time in this room.

Discussion Board Posts

Note: The discussion-board posts depend on the information you learn in the first 14 lessons. Thus, you will not be able to post to the discussion board until you have completed Assignments 1–4, and are prepared for the discussion.

For the lessons on historical design, you will post specific information and photos to the course Discussion Board. These photos should come from an Internet search and show a contemporary or existing building or interior, with an identification of the item and where it is located. These posts give you the opportunity to see how historical influences continue today—and to refine your ability to identify and appreciate the characteristics of historical styles. Feel free to take a look at others’ posts, to broaden you experience. Do not, however, just take their photos for your own. The idea is for you to have fun and get points by exploring the Internet for contemporary examples.

To post your entries to the discussion board,

  1. Click the Discussion Board Assignment.
  2. Click the New Thread button at the top of the assignment.
  3. Type your comments in the text box and upload your photographs.
  4. When you are finished, click Submit.

You can attach your photographs as separate files or put them right inline with your comments.

To attach your photograph as a separate file,

  1. Click Attach file at the bottom of the comment window.
  2. Click Choose File.
  3. Find the photograph file you previously saved, select it, then click Open.
  4. Click Attach another file if you have more files to attach, and repeat the steps until you have uploaded all your photographs.

To insert your photograph in the text with your comments,

  1. Click where you want the image to appear in the text.
  2. Click the Insert Image button (looks like a tree).
  3. Click the Browse button next to the Image URL field.
  4. Click Choose File.
  5. Find the photograph file you previously saved, select it, then click Open.
  6. Click OK in the Upload File box, then click Insert when you see your photograph in the preview window.
  7. Finish your comments and insert all of your photographs in the correct places.

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There are two exams, a midcourse exam and a (non-comprehensive) final exam. Each covers just one half of the course, and includes 160 questions, which you will answer without using your textbook or notes. Exams contain questions on both written text and drawings or illustrations (no photos) from the textbook. Written questions are multiple choice or matching—no true/false, no essay. You will identify illustrations on exams by selecting answers from matching or multiple-choice lists. Allow at least 2 hours to take the exams at your assigned testing center.

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Here are the assessments that make up your course grade:

4 written assignments 15% each, 60% total
14 discussion-board posts 1% each, 14% total
Midcourse exam 13%
Final exam 13%

Grade Scale

Grades are calculated by percentage according to the following schedule:

A 94%-100% C 74-76%
A- 90-93% C- 70-73%
B+ 87-89% D+ 67-69%
B 84-86% D 64-66%
B- 80-83% D- 60-63%
C+ 77-79% E 59% and below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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