AR491 Interior Design Prof Practice

for FA 2009

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AR 491 Interior Design Prof Practice


FA 2009 HO


Boehr, Kay Miller


Assistant Professor of Interior Design/Program Coordinator for Interior Design


Master of Architecture
Professional Memberships:  IIDA, IDEC, registered architect

Office Location


Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday: 3:00 - 5:00 and Tuesday/Thursday: 12:25 - 2:25

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 17 - December 11,  2009

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15

Credit Hours



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

The following books are recommended, and they will be available in the interior design studio for your review and use:
Beacham, Cindy V., Barbara McFall and Shari Park-Gates. Designing Your Future. New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall., 2008.
Eakins, Patricia. Writing for Interior Design. New York:  Fairchild Publications, Inc., 2005.
Kendall, Gordon T.  Designing Your Business.  New York: Fairchild Publications, Inc., 2005. 
Piotrowski, Christine M. Becoming an Interior Designer. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2004.

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
AR 491 Interior Design Professional Practices: Students are exposed to the range of career possibilities in the interior design profession through personal exploration, speakers,lectures and discussion. 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. 3:0:3

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 an interior space or the design of a product.
Teaching:  As a teacher, I articulate what I have learned as a professional designer, sharing my accumulated knowledge and skills with the students.  This infomation 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. 

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)

Class Assessment:



Article reports:  10%
Activities/Reports: 10%
Assignment I: Career Research 20%
Assignment II:  Business Plan 20%
Personal Goal Setting Paper:  10%
Cover Letter and Resume: 10%
Tests:  2 @ 10% each :    20%
Total: 100%
A = 90 -100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work that is not turned in on the date it is due will be accepted at the beginning of the next scheduled class with a legitimate excuse attached.  Work that is more than one class period late will not be accepted.  There will be no make up dates for missed oral presentations, and, regardless of excuse, the student will not receive points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

AR491 is primarily a lecture class, but input comes from a variety of sources including outside speakers.  Much of this class will involve student-led discussions and team work, so attendance and participation are essential.  Students are also expected to work at least two hours outside of class for every hour in class.  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) will be noted and reflected in the final grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK I    
date Aug. 17 Aug. 19
topic/activity Intro and overview Lecture: Career Options
  PART I: The Profession Read: chapter 6
  Lecture: Assign: a. 1. Career Research
  History of Interior Design Profession  
  Read: chapter 1  
WEEK 2    
date Aug. 24 Aug. 26
topic/activity Lecture: Preparation for the Profession: Lecture: Ethics and Legal 
  Education, Professional Org., Licensing Responsibilities
  Read: chapter 2 Read: chapters 3 & 4
WEEK 3    
date Aug. 31 Sept. 2
topic/activity Speakers: professional organizations Speakers: professional organizations
    or panel of professionals
WEEK 4    
date Sept. 7 Sept. 9
  LABOR DAY Career Research due: report to class
WEEK 5    
date Sept. 14 Sept. 16
topic/activity PART II: Starting A Business Lecture: Advisors and Licenses
  Lecture: Business Formations Read: chapters 8 & 10
  Read: chapters 7 & 9  
WEEK 6    
date Sept. 21 Sept. 23
topic/activity Lecture: Organization/Job Descriptions Lecture: Business Plans & Strategic
  Read: Chapters 12 & 14 Planning
  Read: chapters 11 & 13
  Assign: a..2 Design Your Own Business
WEEK 7    
date Sept. 28 Sept. 30
topic/activity Lecture: Legal and Financial Issues Lecture: Marketing and Promoting
  Read: Chapters 15 - 17 Read: Chapters 18 - 20
WEEK 8    
date Oct. 5 Oct. 8
topic/activity Lecture: Selling and Design  Turn in 5 article reports
  Presentations Test #1
  Read: Chapters 21 & 22  
WEEK 9: FALL BREAK October 12 - 16  
WEEK 10    
date Oct. 19 Oct. 21
topic/activity Lecture: How Design Firms Make  Lecture: How Design Firms Make 
  Money, Part I Money II
  Read: Chapters 23 & 24 Read: chapters 25, 26 & 27
WEEK 11    
date Oct. 26 Oct. 28
topic/activity ALUMNI PANEL #1 ALUMNI PANEL #2
WEEK 12    
date Nov. 2 Nov. 4
topic/activity Lecture: Project Management and Lecture: Paperwork for the Design 
  The Project Team Process
  Read: Chapters 28 & 29 Read: Chapters 30 - 32
WEEK 13    
date Nov. 9 Nov. 11
topic/activity A.2: Design Your Business Due VETERANS DAY
  Present plan to class NO SCHOOL
WEEK 14    
date Nov. 16 Nov. 18
topic/activity PART III: Your Career Lecture: Getting the First or Next Job
  Lecture: Personal Goal Setting Read: chapters 33 & 34
  Read: Chapter 5 Assign: a.4 Resume and Cover Letter
  Assign: a. 3. Presume and Career Plan  
WEEK 15    
date Nov. 23 Nov. 25
topic/activity Discuss and Turn in: Presume and 
  Speaker: Layne Prenger Career Plan
  Review draft of resume and cover letter
WEEK 16    
date Nov. 30 Dec. 2
topic/activity Resume and Cover Letter Due Discuss and turn in: Activities Reports
  Present to class Discuss and turn in 5 article reports
FINALS WEEK: DEC. 7 - 11:   Test # 2: Monday, Dec. 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Class attendance is required. An attendance sheet will be circulated 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, or arrive after the sheet is returned to the instructor, will be considered tardy. Three "tardies" equal one unexcused absence.
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by sending an e-mail message. Each student will be allowed three absences, which, if proper notification is sent, will be recorded as "excused." Each of the following will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade:
1. Three "tardies" equalling one unexcused absence.
2. Any absence that is not excused by a written (e-mail) notification.
3. The fourth and each subsequent absence, regardless of excuse.

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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