AR292A Interior Design Studio I: VisualCommunications I

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AR 292A Interior Design Studio I: Visual Communications I


FA 2006 HO


Boehr, Kay Miller


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
registered architect
member:  IIDA and IDEC

Office Location


Office Hours

Monday:  1:30 - 4:30 pm; Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 21 - December 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 11:25 AM


Art and Design Core

Credit Hours



Ching, Francis D.K. Architectural Graphics, 4th edition.  New York:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003.

Mitton, Mauren.  Interior Design Visual Presentation, 2nd edition.  Hoboken, New Jersey:  John Wiley and Sons, 2004.

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Ching, Fancis D. K., Interior Design Illustrated.  New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.  1987.

Pile, John.  Interior Design.  3rd edition.  New York:  Harry Abrams, Inc., 2003.

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Course Description:
Students will be introduced to various two dimensional methods of presenting design concepts. Methods will include drafting with tools, freehand drawing, sketching and diagramming techniques, color rendering techniques, presentation board construction techniques and graphic layout of design presentations. Hand drafting will be introduced with emphasis on understanding orthographic drawings and developing line quality and architectural lettering skills. CO-REQUISITE:AR292B 1:5:3

Educational Philosophy:

Design: Design is both creative and meticulous. It is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas before producing the final result.  The steps in the design process are universal and can be applied to any design problem, whether it is a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product. 

Teaching:  As a teacher I articulate what I have learned as a professional, sharing my accumulated knowledge and skills with the students. This information is the basis for a variety of activities that reinforce core learning objectives.  Students observe, evaluate, collaborate and create as they approach each assignment as a design problem. Students communicate design concepts visually and orally using drawing, drafting, board building and modeling techniques.


Class Assessment:

Test covering information in lectures, text and related readings, and discussions. (outcomes 3 - 5)

Participation in studio, including individual and group critiques. (outcomes 1 - 5)

Completion of assignment binder that includes a series of drafting, drawing, rendering, diagramming and board-building exercises. (outcome 1)

Completion of the Core Assessment Project:  a set of construction drawings for a design project in coordination with an interior space deisgned in AR292B, Introduction to Interior Design. (outcomes 2-5)

Application of skills to the visual communication of design projects assigned in AR292B, Introduction to Interior Design. (outcome 1) 



Daily Assignments/binder:                50%

Materials Board:                               05%

Field Measuring Project:                   15%

Drawing and Rendering Exercise:     05%

Construction Drawings:                    20%

Test (final):                                       05%

TOTAL:                                              100%


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will not be accepted without a written excuse attached.  Late work must be turned in (with excuse attached) by the beginning of the next scheduled class or five points will be subtracted for the grade for the assignment, with an additional five points subtracted for each class period that the work is late.  Many assignments have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, and regardless of excuse, the student will not recieve points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

AR292A is a studio class.  The design studio class provides a group setting where students learn by individual as well as group experiences.  Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all.  Feedback from the instructor is an important element of learning. Class periods include lecture/demonstration, discussion and group critiques of work, as well as time to practice visual communications skills and techniques.  Students are expected to come to class with tools and supplies, prepared to work in class.  In addition, students are expected to work a minimum of two hours outside of class for every hour in class. The studio and computer lab will be available for students' use when it is not scheduled for other classes. 

A professional and respectful attitude toward the instructor and fellow students is expected. Tardiness, leaving before class is dismissed, and other class disruptions (i.e. phone calls, etc.) will be noted and reflected in the final grade.


Week 1:
August 22/24

TOPIC:  Methods of Visual Communication/Tools
& Media
READING: Ching, 1

TOPIC: Drawing Lines on Paper
READING: Ching, 2

Week 2:
August 29/31

TOPIC:  Architectural Lettering.
DUE: Line Assignment
READING: Ching,9, pp. 179-180. Mitton, 1, pp. 17,18.

TOPIC:Architectural Drafting Systems.
DUE: Lettering Assignment
READING: Ching: 3 & 4. Mitton, 1

Week 3:
September 5/7

TOPIC: Orthographic Drawing: Plans
DUE: Scale Assignment

STUDIO:  Drafting Floor Plan

Week 4:
September 12/14

TOPIC: Orthographic Drawing: Elevations and Sections
DUE: Floor Plan Assignment

STUDIO:  Drafting Elevation and Section

Week 5:
September 19/21

TOPIC: Graphics and the Design Process
DUE: Elevation/Section Assignment
READING:  Mitton, 2, pp.26-42

TOPIC:  Graphic Diagramming
DUE: Freehand Drawing Assignment
READING:  Ching, 9,pp. 200-209

Week 6:
September 26/28

TOPIC: Rendering
DUE: Bubble Diagram
READING: Ching,7 & 8; Mitton,5

TOPIC: Rendering, continued
DUE: Rendering Techniques Assignment

Week 7:
October 3/5

DUE: Rendered floor plans (pin-up)
STUDIO: rendering elevations

STUDIO:  Catch up and practice.
DUE:Rendered elevations (pin-up)

Week 8:
October 10/12

TOPIC: Materials Boards
READING:  Mitton,7

STUDIO:  Materials Boards
DUE: Assignment Binder

Fall Break:
October 17/19



Week 9:
October 24/26

PRESENTATION:  Materials Boards
TOPIC:  Orthographic Drawings (review) and Field Measuring

TOPIC: Sheet Layout and Drawing Sequence
DUE: Rough F.M. sketches

Week 10:
Week 10:
October 31/November 2

TOPIC: Drafting Conventions:  Symbols, Notes, Dimensions

TOPIC:  Drafting Conventions:  Sections, Details and Millwork.
DUE: Field Measuring Project

Week 11:
November 7/9

TOPIC:  Drafting Conventions: Schedules
DUE: Freehand Drawing and Rendering Exercise

TOPIC:  Drafting Conventions:  Organizing Set of Drawings/Codes and ADA

Week 12:

DUE: Cartoon Set
STUDIO:  Drafting

STUDIO:  Drafting

Week 13:
November 21/23

STUDIO:  Drafting


Week 14:
November 28/30

DUE: 80% Construction Set

STUDIO:  Drafting

Week 15:
December 5/7

STUDIO: Drafting

DUE: Construction Drawing Project (Present to Class)

Week 16: Final:
Thursday, December 14: 8:00 - 10:00 am

NO CLASS: finals week

TEST: During Scheduled Final Time

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Class Attendance is required. An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made. It is the student's responsibility to sign the attendance sheet at this time.  Students who do not sign the attendance sheet will be considered late.  Three late arrivals will equal one absence.
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by leaving an e-mail message.  Each student is allowed three absences, which will be recorded as "excused." The final semester grade will be lowered a full grade for each additional absence from class.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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