Undergraduate Programs
BA in Arts & Interior Planning

AUST offers students the opportunity to study Arts & Interior Planning in a multi-disciplinary context. Students in this major are furnished with solid foundation in the fine arts, are introduced to other available design programs, and are exposed to issues that deal with environmental design, industrial and product design, and graphic design. The program’s main focus is to provide students with a solid grounding in design methodologies as well as exposing them to current theoretical design issues. This integration of creative abilities with technical skills enables students to develop their concept-design work. The rich program is apt to widen the students’ horizon, enabling them to realize their capabilities, and motivating them to reach for what is beyond. The program does not only furnish students with the skills needed to excel in the design profession, but encourages them to dare to experiment!


 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (105 credits)
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 000
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
3
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology ENG 001
3
MAT 260 Geometry For Arts ENG 001
3
FREE ELECTIVES (3 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ENG 200 Writing Skills ENG 001
3
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ART 200 Theories Of Art ENG 200
3
ART 260 Painting I DES 210
3
DES 210 Design Studio I ENG 001
3
DES 221 Design Studio II DES 210
3
DRA 201 Drawing I ENG 001
3
PHO 215 Photography I ENG 200
3
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (54 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
AIP 200 Interior Design Project I MAT 260 & DES 210
5
AIP 210 History of Interior Design ART 200
3
AIP 300 Interior Design Project II AIP 200 & DES 221
5
AIP 310 Computer Graphics I AIP 200 & CSI 200
3
AIP 325 Construction & Finishes Technology I AIP 310 & AIP 300
3
AIP 340 Computer Graphics II AIP 310
3
AIP 350 Interior Design Project III AIP 300 & DRA 201
5
AIP 355 Product Design, Target & Methodology AIP 350
3
AIP 365 Digital Rendering Studio AIP 310
3
AIP 400 Interior Design Project IV AIP 350 & AIP 310 & PHO 215
5
AIP 410 Furniture Design & Textiles AIP 350 & AIP 325
3
AIP 415 Internship in Arts and Interior Planning AIP 400
1
AIP 427 Construction & Finishes Technology II AIP 325 & AIP 400
3
AIP 430 Architectural Animation AIP 350
3
AIP 498 Senior Project Proposal AIP 400 & ART 260
4
AIP 499 Senior Project AIP 498
5
AIP200L Interior Design Project I Lab CO. AIP 200
1
AIP300L Interior Design Project II Lab CO. AIP 300
1
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (3 credits)
To be selected from courses of numbers 300 and above offered by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
FURNITURE DESIGN & MANUFACTURING EMPHASIS (9 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
AIP 370 Materials & Textiles AIP 325 & AIP 350
3
AIP 413 Digital Manufacturing& Prototyping AIP 410
3
AIP 416 Advanced furniture design AIP 410
3
RESTORATION & CULTURAL HERITAGE EMPHASIS (9 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
AIP 216 History of Regional & Vernacular Architecture AIP 210
3
AIP 366 Restoration Design Methods &Technologies AIP 216 & AIP 350
3
AIP 426 Contemporary Integration within Tradition AIP 216 & AIP 350
3
VIRTUAL MERCHANDISING & LIGHTING EMPHASIS (9 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
AIP 356 Lighting Design & Technology AIP 350 & AIP 325
3
AIP 406 Detailing Techniques & Materials for Temporary Structures AIP 350 & AIP 325
3
AIP 455 Display & Exhibition Design AIP 400 & AIP 325
3
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 000
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: ENG 001
MAT 260
Geometry For Arts
This course covers the fundamentals of geometry. Contents include geometry in space, perspective drawing, sketching techniques, and geometrical applications in graphic and interior design.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ENG 200
Writing Skills
This course covers the major components of effective communication in English. Students practice paragraph and essay writing and go over the main grammar rules. In addition, they are expected to participate in oral debates and presentations.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ART 200
Theories Of Art
This is a theory course that introduces students to art definitions and concepts and to the major aesthetic theories known throughout history. The elements and principles of design of each of the major fields of art are addressed in this course, mainly: the visual arts, graphic design, sculpture, architecture, and the arts and crafts in order to teach students to evaluate and analyze art masterpieces critically and intelligently.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ART 260
Painting I
This course that introduces students to the basic principles and techniques used in painting through the use of various art media. Subjects suggested are still life compositions, landscapes, portraits, and figure forms in a classical, realistic, expressive and creative approach.
Prerequisite: DES 210
DES 210
Design Studio I
The course is the first course in Foundation studies that introduces the principles and elements of design in a two-dimensional format coupled with color theory. Each practical step applied is a conceptual, technological and manual process that enables the student to cohesively start and finish a project.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
DES 221
Design Studio II
This is the second course in Foundation Studies that applies the principles and elements of design in a three-dimensional format. In this course students explore a variety of techniques with mixed media as they develop conceptual and manual skills.
Prerequisite: DES 210
DRA 201
Drawing I
A studio course in which students are expected to learn how to draw, shade, and sketch (using the six different types of line sketching). Line, Form, Composition, perspective, value and proportions are considered. Subjects include: still life compositions, landscape, natural forms, interiors and exteriors. Students are introduced to the use of various art media and techniques.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
PHO 215
Photography I
This course is an intensive study of black and white photography as an essential tool for communication arts. The course covers both the theory and practice of both camera and darkroom. Students explore the principles and techniques of developing, printing, and camera mechanism. Students also explore photography as a basic form of visual communication, and learn about the parallelism between still photography and both cinema and video.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
AIP 200
Interior Design Project I
This studio course is about Space Perception. It introduces students to the notion of architectural space and its components. Basic requirements of technical drawing and design methodology are explored, with emphasis placed on spatial analysis and understanding through research work, concept generation and application of the design process.
Prerequisite: MAT 260 & DES 210
AIP 210
History of Interior Design
The creation of an interior, although working in conjunction with existing spaces, is quite different from the process of making architecture where the primary form of spatial expression is done. This course outlines the history of interior architecture and design since 1900.
Prerequisite: ART 200
AIP 300
Interior Design Project II
This studio is about Space Elaboration. It is a thorough examination of the essential criteria for the design of residential space, including anthropometric standards and spatial requirements for circulation and furniture. Students will develop their research skills and perfect their architectural drawing techniques to define their own conceptual approach to design.
Prerequisite: AIP 200 & DES 221
AIP 310
Computer Graphics I
This course covers the specific application of technical drawings using AutoCAD 2D and Revit I. on site drawings, plans with sections, elevations and 3D views. It is a course that prepares the students for more advance techniques that are to be given in Computer Graphics II (AIP 340); it also includes sessions to introduce AutoCAD 3D, 3dsMax and Fusion.
Prerequisite: AIP 200 & CSI 200
AIP 325
Construction & Finishes Technology I
The first of the two courses that introduces students to the technical aspects building. It includes basic construction techniques and the production of complete execution files. The course also exposes students to the characteristics of building materials (concrete, masonry, wood, metals) and various aspects of construction used for interior spaces.
Prerequisite: AIP 310 & AIP 300
AIP 340
Computer Graphics II
This course teaches digital 3D modeling of geometric and organic forms; it teaches students to give presentations using a package of software: AutoCAD 3D, 3dsmax design I, Fusion 360-1, Revit II, Vray I, Lumion I, and Photoshop.
Prerequisite: AIP 310
AIP 350
Interior Design Project III
This design studio is a Process-Based Design course that focuses on building a unique methodology that incorporates human interactions into a sense of place. It consists of form-generating exercises as a conceptual basis for the design of public and commercial spaces, helping the student to develop a sensitive and rational approach that emphasizes personal expression.
Prerequisite: AIP 300 & DRA 201
AIP 355
Product Design, Target & Methodology
This studio course teaches processes and strategies of designing an object intended for commercial production, taking into account physical, physiological, and psychological considerations. Students will apply two- or three-dimensional designs in full scale or model scale prototypes that are to be executed at the department's workshop.
Prerequisite: AIP 350
AIP 365
Digital Rendering Studio
This is an intermediate level course that aims at introducing 2D rendering techniques of architectural plans with varying degree of complexity and using computer software. The course exposes students to techniques in page layout design, basic 2D rendering of plans and image and retouching of 3D renders. Compositing is covered as well, along with techniques of incorporating real photos into 3D renders. Digital portfolio design using the latest software technologies is also covered.
Prerequisite: AIP 310
AIP 400
Interior Design Project IV
This studio, an Issue-Based Design course, incorporates real-world limitations and restrictions, requiring the student to contend with existing building plans, client needs, limits in program, municipal codes, etc. Building types addressed include larger scale retail and hospitality projects.
Prerequisite: AIP 350 & AIP 310 & PHO 215
AIP 410
Furniture Design & Textiles
A combined theory/practice course that provides both the theoretical foundations and the practical skills needed to design and build furniture, from conception through execution. The course surveys issues of concept, function, form, and materiality across trends and throughout history. In the workshop component, students explore materials and upholstery and learn to use the basic tools and techniques of carpentry in order to execute an original design.
Prerequisite: AIP 350 & AIP 325
AIP 415
Internship in Arts and Interior Planning
This course introduces students to the professional world of design practice.  Students are to acquire practical experience by working in a design firm approved by the department. At the end of the semester and after covering 120 hours of training at work, students are to submit a documented report to their instructor.
Prerequisite: AIP 400
AIP 427
Construction & Finishes Technology II
This is a course that exposes students to an understanding of materials and finishes used in interiors and construction.  The course covers the characteristics and uses of finishes such as glass, floor finishes, plastering techniques, wall coverings, cabinetry details, lights and design, textiles and upholstery fabrics, polymers and composite materials.
Prerequisite: AIP 325 & AIP 400
AIP 430
Architectural Animation
Prerequisite: AIP 350
AIP 498
Senior Project Proposal
This research course will result in the production of a complete design proposal and preliminary architectural drawings on a theme of the student's choice, including a conceptual basis founded on proper academic research. A meticulous site analysis, a thorough study of the program, and a proposed design methodology are also required, before the student can move on to Senior Project.
Prerequisite: AIP 400 & ART 260
AIP 499
Senior Project
Full development of the project proposed in AIP 498 is carried out over an entire semester, resulting in a comprehensive design, a complete set of architectural drawings, selected details, 3D renderings, and a presentation model. The Senior Project is intended to prepare the student for the demands of the professional market.
Prerequisite: AIP 498
AIP200L
Interior Design Project I Lab
This course builds upon the technical skills acquired in the course MAT 260 Geometry for Arts with direct focus on architectural vocabulary related to Interior Design. At the conclusion of this lab course, students would comprehend and are able to construct architectural drawings with detailed emphasis on 2-D (plans, sections, elevations) and 3-D representations (axonometric, perspective, shades and shadows).
Prerequisite: CO. AIP 200
AIP300L
Interior Design Project II Lab
This lab course emphasizes visual perception and presentations in terms of sketching and rendering skills; students are exposed to different mediums and techniques. Presentations and workshops along with practical application will allow students to skillfully demonstrate their ideas and present their projects.
Prerequisite: CO. AIP 300
AIP 370
Materials & Textiles
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various materials, finishes and technologies used in furniture design. Students will become familiar with material details, product specification and cost, durability and other factors that affect the design of interior spaces. Through theory-based lectures this course will explore materials contained within the advanced manufacturing and 3D printing domains.
Prerequisite: AIP 325 & AIP 350
AIP 413
Digital Manufacturing& Prototyping
This course will guide students through the process of using rapid prototyping and CAD/CAM devices in a studio environment; it nurtures the students' ability to efficiently translate ideas and concepts into digitally physical objects. Theoretically, it focuses on machine use within the process of design. It is also a hands-on exploration and apprenticeship of the art and process of digital fabrication.
Prerequisite: AIP 410
AIP 416
Advanced furniture design
This course investigates furniture construction by examining and deconstructing the design process through drawing, computer rendering, and model making. Critiques take place at all stages of the design process. The class also examines current designers and their processes in addition to in-class discussions and lectures given by visiting professionals in the design field.
Prerequisite: AIP 410
AIP 216
History of Regional & Vernacular Architecture
Students in this course are given a chronological description of the different styles and languages. Its aim is to study the transformation and influences of cultures and be aware of our heritage; aspects that are to be preserved.
Prerequisite: AIP 210
AIP 366
Restoration Design Methods &Technologies
This course is based on the understanding of our heritage and the possibility of attaining knowledge that would help students to save it. It addresses the different ways that are implemented to restore a heritage site; these different methods are explained through tangible examples.
Prerequisite: AIP 216 & AIP 350
AIP 426
Contemporary Integration within Tradition
This course covers the addition of new structures or elements within an existing one with specific values. It addresses how students can enhance a given space by integrating some contemporary gestures without disrupting or ruining it.
Prerequisite: AIP 216 & AIP 350
AIP 356
Lighting Design & Technology
In this course, students study the principles of lighting design. Concepts, nomenclature and equipment are defined. Lighting theory and principles are applied to various public interior environments.
Prerequisite: AIP 350 & AIP 325
AIP 406
Detailing Techniques & Materials for Temporary Structures

This class introduces the student to different building materials, their properties and characteristics. Through a series of full-scale construction projects and material making processes, the student will be able to explore these materials and their potential in the design of interior temporary structures.
This lecture course is designed to familiarize students with structural principles and systems as they relate to the study of interior architecture. The course will examine the performance and composition of various structural systems, including wood, lightweight metal, steel.

Prerequisite: AIP 350 & AIP 325
AIP 455
Display & Exhibition Design
This visual merchandising course introduces students to the basic principles that lay the foundation for effective visual merchandising for effective display design presentation and styling used in retail, exhibitions and museums as well as fashion styling environments.
Prerequisite: AIP 400 & AIP 325

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