Design as a subject of study is relatively recent in world history, and even more so when you think of interior design. Throughout the centuries, the creation of interior spaces was carried out by the same professionals that conceived the building as a whole: interior spaces were thus a consequence of the exterior, not a result of a specific creation process.
In an era of progressive specialization, architecture and general-purpose design are finally being replaced by interior design when it comes to creating environments. Different subject matters are coupled in order to address the specific needs of each space.
The Interior Designer is increasingly a professional who needs to be able to gather knowledge from the most diverse areas, not limited to the organization of space, but rather establishing a link between aesthetic, functional, constructive and legal aspects. These professionals should perform a marriage between aesthetics (using different styles and colors, and developing their ideas both conceptually and creatively) and functionality (arranging not only the space but also the furniture and the different objects to be placed within).
The ability to budget the costs involved in each project is equally important, and the same applies to being able to adequately communicate the ideas to be implemented, not only to the client, but also to all the different partners involved in making the planned ideas become a reality.
All of the aspects mentioned above imply that an Interior Designer is increasingly, more than anything else, an “orchestra conductor”: while he must not be able to play all instruments, he necessarily has to have strong notions of each and every one of them, so as to be able to articulate and coordinate all those that contribute to the process up to the delivery of the final product.
Aiming at preparing, as effectively as possible, qualified professionals that are able to compete in the labour market, this course tries to make the most of the available factors (in terms of time and quality) in order to impart the knowledge that is essential for the correct performance of those professionals.
A theoretical approach is complemented by practical training, namely using digital drawing tools for both technical drawing (2D) and drawing for technical and commercial presentations (3D)
An important goal of the course is to show how to create interior design projects for different spaces with different uses. Students should acquire knowledge concerning the different methodologies for creating a project, as well as the various possibilities of organizing interior spaces.
Students will then be qualified for coordinating interior space rehabilitation processes, as well as contributing to multidisciplinary teams by working out interior design projects, rendering consultancy and coordination services and accomplishing many other related activities.
The methodology of the course consists of a variety of learning strategies, with presentations, group discussions, seminars and modelling and printing workshops.
An ongoing assessment is conducted throughout the year which includes essays, research projects, reports, oral presentations, group projects, laboratory activities and practical work.
Students and professionals of different areas of architecture and interior design, as well as self-taught professionals that want to deepen and develop their theoretical-practical knowledge, an essential foundation that allows them to correctly work out interior design projects.