AR491 Interior Design Prof Practice

for FA 2012

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AR 491 Interior Design Prof Practice


FA 2012 HO


Boehr, Kay Miller


Associate Professor of Interior Design/Program Coordinator for Interior Design


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

Office Location


Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. -12:00  p.m.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14,  2012

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15

Credit Hours



Required: Piotrowski, Christine M. Professional Practice for Interior Designers, 4th 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:
Asay, Nancy and Marciann Patton.  Careers in Interior Design.  New York:  Fairchild Books. 2010.
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.

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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:


  • Research paper analyzing and evaluating career options in interior design (Outcome 1)
  • Development of a plan to market oneself, including career plan, cover letter and resume (outcomes 1 and 2)
  • Report on personal exploration: involvement in the professional community (outcomes 1 – 4)
  • Participation in class discussions
  • Completion of core assessment project as part of a team, “Design Your Own Business”



Design Career Research                   15%

“Marketing Yourself” project                20%

“Design Your Own Business”             35%

Events and Activities Report               05%

Discussion/participation                     05%
Mid-term and final quizzes                  20%


A = 90 -100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:


  • All work must be turned in during class on the day that it is due. If the assignment must be printed or copied, be sure to allow time before class begins to do these tasks. Keep your own supply of staples, paper clips, white out, etc. so you don’t have to search for them before turning in work.
  • With a legitimate written excuse, late work will be accepted at the beginning of the next scheduled class after it is due. Do not attempt to give me work outside of class. Do not e-mail the assignment unless directed to do so.
  • Work will not be accepted more than one class session late.
  • If extraordinary circumstances occur that result in a student needing additional time to complete assignments, arrangements must be made to make up work prior to or at the time it is due. Make these arrangements either in person during office hours or via e-mail.
  • 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 receive points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


·         AR491 is primarily a lecture class, but the format will include lecture, discussion, group and individual discussion

·         Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all. Feedback from the instructor is an important element of learning, and whether in lecture class discussion or a studio setting, the feedback may be given to one student and the resulting information shared with all.

·         Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate with books as supplies as needed. The studio and computer lab will be available for students' use when the rooms are not scheduled for other classes.

·         Students are expected to work a minimum of six hours a week outside of class, in addition to making full use of class time.

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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

A schedule of class topics, activities, and assignments is attached to this syllabus.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
•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. Do not hold the attendance sheet for fellow classmates who are late.
•Students who do not sign the attendance sheet, but arrive after it is distributed, will be considered tardy.  Three late arrivals will equal one unexcused absence.
•In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified before noon on the day of the absence. Notification must be in writing and sent via e-mail. Each student will be allowed three absences, which, if proper notification is sent, will be recorded as "excused."
•Thus each of the following will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade:
1. Three late arrivals, equaling one unexcused absence.
2. Any absence that is not excused by sending 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: .

Fall, 2012 schedule, Professional Practice


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