Synthesizing critical thinking, theory, creativity, and process in a design studio: A need for a new computer-learning tool for interior design

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Brunner, Lori
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Stone, Lori
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Art and Design (1919–2012)

The Department of Art and Design offered the degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in three curricular areas: Graphic Design, Integrated Studio Arts, and Interior Design. The department also offered the degree Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design. The department also participated in the undergraduate minor in design studies.

The department offered the degrees of Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Integrated Visual Arts and Interior Design, and Master of Arts in Art and Design, with degree specialization in interior design, graphic design and environmental graphic design. Graduates have a broad understanding of visual communication, problem solving, and interdisciplinary studies.

The Department of Applied Art was first recognized as a department in the Division of Home Economics in 1919. The department was incorporated into the College of Design in 1978. The name was changed to the Department of Art and Design in November 1978. In 2012, the Department of Art and Design was divided into four departments Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Integrated Studio Arts.

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  • Department of Domestic Art

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Design students may be obtaining a broad range of knowledge in their university experience, but there needs to be a more explicit integration of their growing knowledge base with a systematic method of thinking, understanding, exploring and applying in the interior design studio. Thus, the design studio provides a venue and an instructional technology tool provides the means of integrating these activities. The purpose of this presentation is threefold. First, to lay the foundation for this hypothesis and provide guidance for developing an instructional tool, a brief overview of interior design trends, systems thinking and design process paradigms are outlined. From this investigation a list of objectives for a proposed computer tool is presented. Second, examples of instructional technology and business information systems pertinent to the design studio tool are discussed. The third purpose is to discuss how these computer tools could be translated to the interior design education setting. The issues to explore are 1) is there a need for a new computer, learning program for the interior design environment, and 2) what might be the hurdles to overcome or the points to address in development?

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