AR491 Interior Design Prof Practice

for SP 2007

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AR 491 Interior Design Professional Practices


SP 2007 HO


Frye, Valerie Harlow


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Architecture, Architecture Management - Kansas University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design - Kansas University
NCIDQ Certified


Class Days


Class Time

12:25 - 1:40 PM

Credit Hours



Required: Piotrowski, Christine M. Professional Practice for Interior Designers, 3rd edition. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2002.
Recommended: Piotrowski, Christine M. Becoming and Interior Designer. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2004.

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Course Description:
Students are exposed to the range of career possibilities in the interior design profession through personal exploration, speakers, lectures, and discussions.  Students will apply this knowledge to an evaluation of personal career goals and preparation of a cover letter and resume.  Students will be exposed to the business structure and internal organization, marketing techniques, fee structures, and project management procedures of both residential and contract/commercial interior and architectural design firms.  Class will include discussions of ethics, education and professional organizations.

Educational Philosophy:

Design is a process that involves generating ideas, editing and refining those ideas to produce the final result.  It is both individual and collaborative.  It is both creative and meticulous.  It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drawing, describing, modeling and drafting.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and analyze the career options in the interior design profession.
  2. Formulate a personal career plan, preparing a cover letter and resume as a step toward meeting career goals.
  3. Explain the structures and processes of the various types of interior design-related businesses.
  4. Analyze and evaluate the state of the profession, especially its ethics, education requirements and professional organizations.

Core Assessment:
  • Tests covering readings in text and professional publications, lectures, discussions and speakers. (outcomes 1,3  and 4)
  • Completion of a personal goal setting paper and career plan (outcomes 1 and 2)
  • Preparation of a cover letter and resume (outcome 1 and 2)
  • Completion of core assessment project: a  report that documents personal exploration: reports on visits to firms, dealerships and showrooms; shadowing a designer, attending meetings of professional organizations. (outcomes 1, 3 and 4)

Article Reports: 10% Professional Activities: 10% Speaker Series Reports: 20% Career Path Plan: 30% Personal Marketing Plan: 20% Take Home Test: 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Nearly all assignments will have a discussion component.  There will be no make up dates for missed discussions, but work may be turned in at the next class period for partial credit if a written excuse is attached.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
AR491 is primariy a lecture class, but input comes from a variety of courses including outside speakers and student discussions.   An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made.  Students who miss the attendance sheet are considered late.  Three late arrivals will equal one absence.   The value of this class is diminished for all when students are absent.  Attendance at all classes is required, but since "things happen", each student may be absent three times without penalty.  The fourth absence whether excused or not will result in the lowering of the final grade by one letter.  Five absences may consitute failure in the course.




Week 1:
January 15-19

Martin Luther King Day


Week 2:
January 22-26

The Profession I
Reading: Chapter 1

The Profession II
Reading: Chapter 1

Week 3:
Jan 29-Feb 2

Career Options
Reading: Chapter 32

Work on Speaker Preparation and Article Reports

Week 4:
February 5-9

Business Structure
Reading: Chapter 6

Discussion: Preparation for Speakers

Due: Career Path Plan Part I

Design Firm Organization

Week 5:
February 12-16

Finance I
Reading: Chapters 15 & 16

Finance II
Reading: Chapter 17

Week 6:
February 19-23

President's Day

Speaker - Working for a Dealership

Due: Career Path Plan Draft - Parts I, II, IV

Week 7:
February 26-March 2

Marketing & Business Development (How Design Firms Get Jobs)
Reading: Chapters 21 & 22

Speaker - Manufacturer's Representative

Due: Article Reports 1-5

Week 8:
March 5-9

Related Professions Panel - Architect, Engineer, General Contractor, Furniture Installer


Week 9:
March 12-16

Spring Break

Spring Break

Week 10:
March 19-23

Getting a Job
Reading: Chapters 26 & 33

Alumni Panel

Due: Take Home Test

Week 11:
March 26-30

Project Management
Reading: Chapter 27

Paperwork and the Design Process
Reading: Chapters 29, 30 & 31

Week 12:
April 2-6

Speaker - Facility Management
Due: Marketing Plan Draft

Good Friday

Week 13:
April 9-13

Starting Your Business
Reading: Chapters 4, 5 & 8

Speaker - Residential Interior Design

Due: Personal Marketing Plan Draft

Week 14:
April 16-20

Reading: Chapter 2

Speakers - Professional Organizations

Week 15:
April 23-27

Design Presentations
Reading: Chapter 25

Due: Article Reports 6-10
Professional Activities Reports


Due: Speaker Series Reports

Week 16:
April 30-May 4  

Working with Trade Resources
Reading: Chapter 28

Final Discussion

Due: Final Career Path Plan and Marketing Plan




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 2006-2007 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

Disability Guidelines:
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Article Reports

Career Path Plan

Professional Activities

Speaker Series

Your Professional Marketing Plan


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