It’s been two months since Interior Design Diva published her debut post here at CQC. We had such big plans!
But then life happened. School, actually. Summer schedules are tight for students. Whole semester classes are squeezed into four weeks. She’s had three four-week sessions since early May. Since school needs to come first, we postponed the blog post writing. All in due time, right?
A Little About the Mississippi State University’s Interior Design Program
The Interior Design Department is in The College of Architecture, Art and Design. At the end of the student’s Sophomore year, they submit their portfolio of projects thus far for review. A review board chooses only a few students who will continue in the program. Talk about stress!
Today, I’ll share some examples of ID Diva’s portfolio to demonstrate the scope of their work.
This drawing of lunch bags was done in an early class that teaches them the art side of things, shadowing, reflection, that sort of thing. Notice the reflection on the table top. I’m amazed! Painter Artist Mom says she believes art skills can be trained. I think some natural talent must be present, at least to a small degree.
I never knew lunch bags could be so interesting!
Since Interior Design students are a part of the Architecture school, they draw house plans and elevations. At the beginning, drawings are done by hand. Talk about time-consuming!
Later, they learn to do it all by computer. Each board is submitted to the review committee with an objective, a description, dimensions, and scale.
The entire project consists of 22 boards of detailed architectural drawings, with only 13 boards of actual design examples.
When thinking about an interior design degree, HGTV comes to mind. But it’s much more than that. Much!
I teased in Monday’s DIY Hanging Wall Shelf post that we call the rendering process “coloring” – as if they are first graders using crayons. Far from the truth!
This drawing and “coloring” was traced and rendered from an Interior Design Magazine picture. It looks so much like the original, which, of course, is a photograph.
Early course work is rendered with colored pencils, but the technique of using special markers and blenders showed huge improvement in professionalism within one week of learning how to use them.
This project board is what you might expect from an interior designer, but this one-dimensional picture doesn’t do the 3three-dimensional board justice. Each circle and oval is a cut-out of the actual material proposed to be used in the space.
This next project for a literacy center allowed for complete creativity by taking the strongest element interpreted from a picture (random picture chosen by instructor) and designing the new space with a hint of that element in mind. ID Diva’s first thought when seeing the inspiration picture was the number 96. Notice her design pictures at bottom left and bottom center, and look for the 96.
Do you see it?
This board shows the details of the finished space.
Does this make you want to go back to school? ID Diva is loving this course work, even though it’s stressful and consumes her life right now.
Did you realize interior designers are more than what we see on HGTV? Who knew?