The Interior Design program at Oklahoma State University is housed in the College of Human Sciences, and offers a CIDA accredited four-year Bachelor’s degree program. The department also offers an accelerated 4+1 Master’s degree program for students who are interested. Apart from this the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising offers Masters and Degree programs for graduate education.
Our students are provided with innovative technology training for their future careers. The Mixed Reality Lab provides the students opportunities to use Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Digital Prototyping in their projects. The Mixed Reality Classroom is a state of the art computer lab with twenty-five dedicated Virtual Reality stations for students to use in their design process.
The design studios the students take part in during their tenure in the department, have specialized foci ranging from Residential Design, Small scale Commercial, Contract Documentation, Lighting and Service focused, Large Scale Commercial, and Healthcare focused, that provides a well-balanced design education.
A structured internship program is included in the Interior Design curriculum at Oklahoma State University. Students are required to take a four credit hour course (320 working hours) during the summer of their junior year. Students are provided with the opportunity to work overseas and are often supported through scholarships.
Each summer, faculty-led study abroad experiences in locations such as London, Paris and Spain are offered for course credit. Students gain valueble experience through these excursions.
In a project where students design a house for two older adults, they learn about the empathic design process. They use tools such as the G.E.R.T (age simulation) Suit to develop empathy before designing.
In this project students design and 3D print a Light fixture for a dorm room. Students were exposed to the concept to completion workflow, where they achieved a tangible final outcome of the product they designed.
In these design studios, students use Virtual Reality (VR) for design exploration while designing as well as for design critiques. These allow them the ability to make the reviewer experience the spaces that they designed.
In the past we have looked at how to use Augmented Reality (AR) in design presentations. In this exercise students used a mobile application to visualize a piece of furniture in Augmented Reality.
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