BSc in Interior Design

Four years $4,000 per academic year

Overview

BSc in Interior Design aims to graduate Designers who are strongly related to rich local heritage and are able to create attractive interior spaces that communicate with society and meet the international expectations of the 3rd decade of the 21st century. The World Commission on Environment and Development has put forth a definition of sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, the growing understanding of the negative impact that buildings have on the environment and made interior designers seek new approaches and techniques to make buildings more energy efficient. In this very old part of the world where the first traces of built environment were found, local inhabitants managed to find sustainable ways for survival for thousands of years. UKH programme, BSc in Interior Design endeavours to improve the education and training of future interior designers to enable them to meet the expectations of 21st century for sustainable interior spaces. The UKH vision for Interior Design is based on the conception that the interior designers are concerned for the future qualitative development of the interior of the built environment in a fast-changing world, and the belief that interior design involves everything that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used, furnished and maintained. Interior design is a challenging, but rewarding profession which requires well-educated, young men and women with multi-disciplinary approaches. Especially in the era of information technology revolution and role of material selection in a way which leads to less energy consuming indoor environments and smart interiors.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma: Secondary school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high school score of 70% and above.
  • Minimum Grade in Related Subjects: Minimum high school education score of 60% in Mathematics and Physics. Accumulative subject grades for (physics or chemistry) and math = 120
  • English Language Proficiency: Minimum English Language requirement is 45 in PTE, 5.5 in IELTS, 64 in iBT-TOEFL or 95 in Duolingo.
  • Equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions.
  • Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.

  • Application Form: Online application is required.
  • Official transcripts: A copy of an official transcript(s) (for applicants who graduated from international institutions, an equalized transcript is required).
  • Certification Letter from High School: Provide an official letter from your High School Confirming your High School Average.
  • A copy of Passport/ID

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to include the materials related to the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), and the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) definition of an interior designer, that specifies interior designers responsibilities to be –

  • Identifying, researching and creatively solving problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment;
  • Performing services relating to interior spaces including programming, design analysis, space planning, aesthetics and inspection of work on site, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building regulations, equipment, materials and furnishings;

Prepare schematics, drawings and documents relating to the design of interior space, in order to enhance the quality of life and protect the health, safety, welfare and environment of the public”.

Structure:

The programme is designed to go with other local interior design programmes that consists of 4 year curriculum, concentrating on developing students thinking skills, discovering how to transform interior spaces and reimagine the future of retail, leisure, workspaces and all interior environment beyond domestic.

The theoretical part of the programme covers principles of history and theory of art and architecture, principles of geometry and engineering, and social, economic, and political principles for planning sustainable built environment. While in design studios students practical training is given on how to apply the theoretical background to create attractive forms and spaces that can fulfill functional requirements in a sustainable manner.

The training starts with simple abstract forms in year one and ends with passing a full graduation project at year four with various interior spaces types like, simple sheds, dwelling units, schools, creation centres, hotels, hospitals and well-being projects.

Modules:

The modules are designed to gradually pass from abstract principles to concrete cases and project designs. In the four-year programme, with 45 modules and 600 credits, sequencing mainly depend on prerequisites of interior design studio at first hand, on second hand the hierarchy of history, interior spaces planning and interior finishes details.

The programme, in addition to interior design modules, consists of six university core modules of Math, Computer Skills, and English (70 out of 600 credit hours).

The average weekly hours of theory and studio (lab) teaching for each semester is 22 hours, the credit hours for five years are 120 credit hours, which equals 600 UKH credits.

The programme targets developing students interior sustainable creative design skills supported with oral and written capabilities and a background regarding standards, regulations, ethics and moral of the profession of interior design, architecture and engineering locally and internationally.

Skills Development

UKH Interior Design programme graduates are prepared to comply with the local professional requirements, be able to join the business market of interior design, and to apply for the membership of international professional bodies such as The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). This will be achieved through introducing students during their four years of study to virtual design projects and compulsory summer training programmes at local Interior design firms and companies. Some students may also be able to enhance their skills by joining elective students exchange programmes and internship courses. Upon graduation it is expected that UKH Graduate Interior Designers are able fulfil the IFI definition of an Interior Designer who “maintains that quality design requires consideration of evolving factors such as technological innovation, globalization, economic and political instability and social inequality, as well as holistic consideration of the environmental and sustainability factors”.

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