Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Course number: FCS 246
Course title: Visual Communication for Interior Design
Semester credits: 2 hours
Semester/Year: Spring 2020
Instructor: Lee Lim
Studio: TUR 141
Class Time: TuTh 12:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
Office Hours: TuTh 11:00 a.m. to noon and by appointment
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in FCS 104 and 242
(Optional) Hand Drawings for Designers , Douglas R. Seidler and Amy Korte, Fairchild: New York
(Required) 2 Sketch books
Refer to Media and Materials.
Presentation techniques using various materials/methods for communication of interior design solutions. Emphasis on volumetric space and building enclosure. Lecture and lab.
The course will consist of lecture, studio, and student presentations.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
· Think visually and volumetrically
· Apply 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design elements
· Communicate 3-dimensional space and form
· Perceive interior space
Upon completion of this studio the following CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) standards will be met:
Standard 5. Collaboration
d) the dynamics of team collaboration and the distribution and structure of team responsibilities.
Standard 8. Design Process
a) Student work demonstrates the ability to apply space planning techniques throughout the design process.
Student work demonstrates the ability to apply knowledge and skills learned to:
e) use precedents to inform design concepts or solutions.
f) explore and iterate multiple ideas.
g) design creative and effective solutions.
h) execute the design process: pre-design, quantitative and qualitative programming, schematic design, and design development.
i) Students understand the importance of evaluating the relevance and reliability of information and research impacting design solutions.
Standard 9. Communications
Students are able to effectively:
b) express ideas and their rationale in oral communication.
c) express ideas and their rationale in written communication.
d) express ideas and their rationale developed in the design process through visual media: ideation drawings and sketches.
Standard 11. Design Elements and Principles
Student work demonstrates the ability to:
b) explore a range of two- and three-dimensional design solutions using a variety of media.
Students effectively apply the elements and principles of design and related theories throughout the interior design curriculum to:
c) two-dimensional design solutions.
d) three-dimensional design solutions.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to
1. Sketch free-hand illustrating visually accurate 2 and 3 dimensional design drawings.
2. Design orthographic drawings of objects and floor plans into 3 dimensional perspective sketches.
3. Set up and execute 1 point and 2 point perspectives proficiently.
4. Utilize photography and tracing techniques to effectively create 3 dimensional drawings.
5. Manipulate surface textures and materials, i.e. reflections, wood grain with appropriate drawing media.
6. Approach solving complex design problem systematically.
7. Develop design solutions in appropriate, professional, quick sketch format.
8. Communicate final design solutions in clearly organized, graphically unified presentation including study and final models.
Understanding spatial relationships and a deep familiarity with interior two and three-dimensional visual communication is intrinsic to design and a basic requirement for the professional interior designer. It will be a study of visual communication techniques used for presentation of interior projects. Assignments will cover basic application of drawing, sketching and describing architectural interiors and furnishings to communicate design concepts. This course will develop and utilize skills through a variety of drawing assignments that include plan sketching, information recording, design sketching, 1 and 2-point perspective drawing and model building. Perspective drawing, orthographic and volumetric drawing techniques will be reviewed and exercised with an emphasis on the illustration of three-dimensional space. Sketching skills are developed using various media including drawing papers, graphite and ink. Techniques of shade, shadow and reflection will be emphasized.
The course will include one hour per week of lecture and/or demonstration with the remainder of the time devoted to studio time. Studio or laboratory hours will be spent working one-on-one with students, participating in student critique and feedback and student self-managed project development.
Departmental Policy on Academic Dishonesty
“If a student commits academic dishonesty, a final grade of “F” in the course is recommended.”
1st Sketches 20 points
2nd Sketches 20 points
3rd Sketches 20 points
4th Sketches 20 points
5th Sketches 20 points
Assessments 50 points
Project: Tiny House
Precedent Group Study 15 points
Conceptual Diagrams 30 points
4 Final Elevations 30 points
2 Final Perspectives 40 points
Assessments 50 points
2 Study Models 20 points
1 Final Model 30 points
Final Quiz 25 points
Slide Presentation 20 points
Drawings improvement 5 points
No Final Exam - Final Project due on the Final date and time assigned
Total Points 425 points
All projects, including schematic studies, sketches, perspectives, and presentation (digital) boards, must be completed by the due date to earn a passing grade in the course. Other essential factors, such as attendance, studio participation, attitude, overall development or improvement, consistency, motivation, will also be taken into consideration in determining the final grade for the course.
General criteria for the assignment of a letter grade are as follows
A Student’s work is of exceptional quality and the solution shows a depth of understanding of the program requirements. The project is fully developed and is presented well, both graphically and orally (if applicable). The student has developed a strong, appropriate concept, which clearly enhances the overall solution.
B Student’s work shows good understanding and clear potential. All program requirements are fulfilled and are clearly and concisely presented.
C Student’s work meets minimum requirements. Work demonstrates adequate understanding and sufficient effort. Quality of the project as well as the development of knowledge and skill is average.
D Student’s work shows limited understanding and/or effort. Minimum requirements have not been met. Quality and performance are below average.
F Course or project requirements have not been met or are incomplete.
All projects and assignments must be submitted at the required date and time. No late assignments will be accepted.
Students are required to sketch a page of an assigned project in each studio time and date it accordingly. Sketch book must be completed and turned in, in order to pass the course. Students also must bring her/his sketch book to every studio.
Attendance is mandatory. Students are required to attend each studio classes, scheduled presentations and be on time. Two or more unexcused absences are grounds for lowering a final grade a full letter grade, at the instructor’s prerogative. Please provide doctor's letter if you are sick and can't attend the class.
The earliest a student can leave the studio is at 1:30 p.m. unless under special circumstances and approved by the instructor.
Disability concerns statement
Any student needing to arrange a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability and/or medical/mental health condition should contact Student Access and Accommodation Services at 350 Fell Hall, (309) 438-5853, or visit the website at StudentAccess.IllinoisState.edu.
Absences due to Student Bereavement. Students who experience the death of an immediate family member or relative as defined in the University Student Bereavement Policy will be excused from class for funeral leave, subsequent bereavement, and/or travel considerations. Students are responsible for providing appropriate documentation to the Dean of Students office and for contacting the instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements for completing missed work. More information is available in the Student Bereavement Policy at http://www.policy.illinoisstate.edu/2-1-27.shtml