The Interior Designer works on design projects in different environments: first and foremost is the domestic household area, private and collective living spaces, public spaces (airports, ports, stations), public service areas (banks, post offices, hospitals, schools, museums and exhibition spaces); places for consumers (shops, bars, hotels) and lastly open spaces (squares, courtyards, and playgrounds).
Professional Profiles: The career potential of an Interior Designer includes: the design of furniture systems; interior home decorating; interior public spaces dedicated to social, cultural, education, care and hospitality centers; urban furnishings, preparing fairs and temporary events; exhibit design. The Interior Designer can also propose to work as a general designer, CAD designer of interiors, or as a technician in the physical and virtual modeling of spaces.
Interior Design is an articulated system where design elements such as space, the lighting design, materials, color schemes and furnishings all work together.
Its necessary that the Interior Designer takes into consideration all the elements of design according to the specific space in question, the level of living standards and sales goals, of the lighting and furnishings, sectors which are undergoing major adjustments following changes in behavioral habits and environmental considerations.
During the first year the student acquires knowledge of the tools used to perceive changes in objects and the capacity to generate a design project: the preliminary ideas are put on paper, verified using the computer and three dimensional programs, according to the model. In addition, he gains understanding of the historical context of the project, relations across different fields of art, fashion, communication, and architectural design. Regarding the technological area, the student learns about materials, both natural and artificial, and the finishing processes used, with particular attention given to the perception of the surface material.
The second year involves a deeper understanding of the instrumental issues, cultural and technical, developed during the first year. In addition, new areas of investigation and know how are introduced in order to complete and expand the students horizons. Students apply their knowledge and skills through the design of an industrial project, spacial systems and services, in both the private and social areas, experiencing at the project level all the areas in which a designer is required to operate.
The third year concerns delving further into cultural aspects of increasing complexity, and one becomes familiar with the latest tools for working with and communicating about the project with others. The project design portion becomes the main theme and the students learn to manage independently the development of a project. The students are pushed to become independent operators, to be able to make choices rationally and coherently, to relate their work before a committee and to assume precise responsibilities.
The course is recognized by MIUR as an Academic Diploma Level I
In order to be eligible for admission to a 1st Level Academic Diploma*, leading to an academic degree awarded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) students must:
• hold a Secondary School Diploma that:
a. satisfies the requirements to enter university education in the awarding country
b. was conferred on completion of min. 12 years of previous global schooling**
• be proficient in the language of the chosen course (Italian/English);
• not be enrolled to any other course in any other Academy or University;
• be 18 years old by the end of the year in which the course starts***;
• comply with Admission and Enrollment procedures;
*Equivalent to a three-year Bachelor of Arts course.
**Students who do not comply with the minimum 12 years of previous global schooling may apply to the chosen course and obtain a IED Diploma. BA H courses validated by University of Westminster do not require 1.b.
Students attending the last year of Secondary School must provide an attendance certificate while waiting for the original diploma.
Courses in Italian
BA / IED Diploma courses
To get the most out of the courses that carry accreditation from the MIUR/AFAM Italian system a level B2 of language proficiency in Italian (as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages-CFRL) is recommended.
To prove the necessary language proficiency the applicant has to present a language certificate issued by authorised bodies or undergo a language assessment test (please see point 2.2).
Moreover in some Non-EU countries, Italian Authorities may ask international students to fulfill a minimum Italian language requirement, including a minimum number of hours of Italian language studies, in order to issue a Visa. Students who wish to access a BA Course in Italian should therefore investigate in their home country about this requirement and how many hours of Italian language study they need.
They are generally 160 hours for Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries; 360 hours for Eastern Europe countries; 500 hours for Far East and Middle East countries.
Courses in English
BA / IED Diploma courses
To get the most out of the courses that carry accreditation from the MIUR/AFAM Italian system a level 5.5 IELTS (68 TOEFL IBT or equivalent) of language proficiency in English is recommended. To prove the necessary language proficiency the applicant has to present a language certificate issued by authorised bodies or undergo a language assessment test (please see point 2.2).
BA H validated by Westminster
For Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree courses that carry accreditation from the University of Westminster, a level of language proficiency in English of IELTS 6.0 (or TOEFL IBT 79-80) is required. To prove the necessary language proficiency the applicant has to present a language certificate issued by authorised bodies and undergo a language assessment test (please see point 2.2).
*This section does not apply to mothertongue students.
2.1. IED LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS*
IED believes that the proficiency language level should be reached by all students, at the latest, before the beginning of the 2nd year of the course. IED allows admission to the first year of the course to students who can demonstrate a A2/B1 level of proficiency provided that there is a serious commitment to reach the B2 level within the timeframe indicated above.
There are two ways for an applicant to prove that he or she has the necessary language proficiency and learning capacity:
a. present a language proficiency certificate;
b. in case of absence of a certificate, take the IED online Language Assessment Test.
The Language Assessment Test will evaluate the feasibility of the above opportunity and the amount of academic debits, if any, that the students will have to fill:
• Level B2 or higher, student will be directly accepted;
• Level A2/B1 student will have to attend the mandatory Prerequisite Language Course.
The Prerequisite Language Course aims at enhancing conversation and vocabulary skills with a focus on design specific terms to allow a better participation to the classes. If they do not reach Level B2 at the end of the first module, they will continue with the extracurricular language module achieving the targeted language proficiency level within the timeframe indicated above.
The cost of the Prerequisite course and of the extracurricular language courses are not included and must be added to the Course Enrolment and Tuition Fees.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility and/or language entry requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact your Advisor.
*This section does not apply to mothertongue students.
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