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Interior Environmental Design

School of Media and Design

The Profession
A professional interior designer is one who is qualified by education and experience to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of man’s proximate environment.  His or her competency includes fundamental design, design analysis, space planning and programming, the design of all interior spaces and an understanding of other and related aspects of environmental design.  An Interior Designer is recognized professionally after having completed accredited education and/or a minimum requirement in practical interior design or a related field and having passed the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification ) exam.

Career Opportunities

  • Interior Design Studios
  • Architectural Firms
  • Home Builders
  • Display
  • Retail (Department Stores & Furniture Stores
  • In-House Designers (Corporations, Hotels, Department Stores)
  • Hospitality Design
  • Health-Care Facilities
  • Industrial (Aircraft Interiors, Private Yachts, and Cruise Ships)
  • Sole-Proprietorships
  • City Departments for Urban Renewal
  • Facilities Designer for Military and Government Structures
  • Showrooms (World Trade Centers)
  • Furniture and Material Representatives
  • Furniture Byers

Interior Environmental Design Program
The Program prepares students in both residential and commercial design.  It will provide students with the skills and tools necessary for a career in the field or interior environmental design, either as an employee of design firm or as a self-employed designer.  Students will study architectural skills and will learn how to relate structure to substance to make the living or working environment both more esthetically pleasing and user-friendly.  The program is accredited by CIDA (Council for interior Design Accreditation).

Program of Study

  • Intro to Architectural Design I
  • Intro to Architectural Drawing & Illustration
  • Architectural Drawing I & II
  • Construction, Architectural Components, Systems and Codes
  • Architectural Graphics I & II
  • Color Theory
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Business Interiors
  • Interior Materials
  • History of Architecture and Furniture I & II
  • Interior Design I thru IV
  • Architectural Design II
  • Work Experience in Interior Design
  • Environmental Controls
  • Lighting Design
  • Space Planning
  • Professional Practice and Portfolio
  • Art History I: Ancient Through Medieval
  • Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Project Management

Interior Design Faculty
John Lodek, IDCE Associate Professor
Judy Broughton, ASID Associate Professor

The faculty are all practitioners with many years of experience which enhances the learning process.  All faculty hold professional registration or licensing in their respective field of design or architecture.  Classes are small and individual instruction is stressed.  Students are encouraged to join the University’s ASID Student Chapter, which aids them in networking with the local and national ASID Professional Association.

John Lodek, Department Coordinator
JB 216
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: 210-829-3859


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