Chaminade University of Honolulu
3140 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96816
Joan D Riggs, ASID.IIDA.IDEC.CAPS
Chaminade University offers the only degree-granting Environmental + Interior Design program in the state of Hawaii, and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the body that oversees and evaluates academic standards for baccalaureate institutions. Our comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program prepares students to embark upon a successful career in interior design, environmental design, and other design-related fields. The degree satisfies the educational requirement for professional licensing through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), as well as prepares students for post-graduate studies and entry-level positions in the field.
Our E+ID program is unique from other academic programs, in that it extends beyond the traditional scope of interior design by encompassing the broader aspects of the environment into the design process. The curriculum addresses the symbiotic relationship between the indoor (built) and the outdoor (natural) environments by cultivating a design approach that integrates rather than compartmentalizes the spaces and places humans occupy. Aspects of this expanded perspective include: the influence of site conditions (climate, sun, wind, views, natural amenities) on the interior; the relationship of interior spaces to their exterior surroundings; landscaping considerations; ecologically sound design; and building facade design. Also emphasized throughout the curriculum is the knowledge and application of sustainable design and universal design principles, which speak to the issues of personal and corporate stewardship, as well as the health, safety and well-being of the public we serve.
In the CUH tradition of ‘service learning’–an essential theme of the school’s pedagogy and mission–students participate in real-life projects working in partnership with non-profit organizations in order to help give back to local communities in need. Students learn to embody altruistic values in professional practice and experience first-hand how design can contribute to society. They are also afforded the opportunity to be involved with a ‘live’ project in which they see their design proposals realized, and accrue invaluable experience working with real clients and challenging constraints.
In the spirit of camaraderie, students are also encouraged to enter design competitions, participate in local design events, and become involved in leadership opportunities in IDpro (Interior Design Professional Resource Organization)–our on-campus club affiliated with the student chapters of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association).
Students take a range of courses including lecture courses in design theory and art history; technical courses for developing skills in drafting, CAD, and presentation software; and studio courses which focus on universal, residential, commercial, and sustainable design. These courses help students develop the essential practical, creative, and communication skills necessary for the design profession.
Required EID courses in the four-year program sequence are as follows:
- EID 200 Fundamentals of Interior Design
- EID 202 Introduction to Technical Drawing
- EID 205 Color for Interiors
- EID 211 Textiles
- EID 216 Design Principles & Interior Composition
- EID 217 Introduction to CAD
- AR 201/202 Survey of Art I/II
- EID 220 Building Systems
- EID 271 Materiality in Design
- EID 310 History of Furniture & Interior Design
- EID 311 20th Century Architecture & Design
- EID 312 Presentation Methods
- EID/GE 335 Socio-Cultural Design
Milestone: Comprehensive written exam and practicum
- EID 319 Advanced CAD
- EID 321 Programming & Space Planning
- EID 325 Introduction to Lighting Design
- EID/AR 355 Sculpture
- EID 370 Universal Design – Inclusive Environments
- EID/ENV 384 Sustainability in Design
- EID 414 Portfolio Preparation
Milestone: Professional juried portfolio review
- EID 410 Design Business Principles & Practices
- EID 415 Professional Practice Internship
- EID 470 Senior Studio (Residential)
- EID 471 Senior Studio (Commercial)
- EID Elective
Milestone: Public portfolio exhibition