Ohio UniversityInterior Architecture 

Winter Quarter 2010

Program Faculty :

Matthew Ziff, M. Arch, Associate Professor, Area CoordinatorDavid Matthews, M. Arch, Associate ProfessorVincent Wojtas, MFA, Assistant Professor Tommy Crane, MFA, Assistant ProfessorProgram Mission Statement

The mission of the Interior Architecture faculty is to provide an educational foundation that prepares graduates for entry level positions in the Interior Design profession as well as preparing them for leadership positions in management and design. The Interior Architecture program's goals fall in line with those listed for the School of Human and Consumer Sciences. Additionally other major goals of the program are to provide learning experiences that enable the individual to solve interior space problems through creative exploration, research, assessment, and understanding of the psychological, sociological, and economic needs of those individuals for whom the project is being designed. The program engages a knowledge base that includes: design fundamentals,design analysis, programming, space planning, materials applications, lighting design, technical information (e.g. building codes and written specifications), the integration of digital technology for both exploration and presentation of ideas, and an understanding of the role of aesthetics in design and related disciplines.



Winter Quarter 2010:  Group Advising Sessions:  Wednesday, February 3 & Thursday, February 4:  5:00pm  W320 Grover Center           

I.            A successful portfolio review requires:

              a student who regularly demonstrates:

                                    intelligent approaches to the academic environmentinterest in design and creative expressioninitiative and self motivationan ability to understand and explore intellectual ideas and issuesa positive and constructive approach to their own learningthat they are a 'teachable' student: someone who is interested in learning


            a portfolio that clearly presents the capabilities of the student

            visual work that is consistently very good to excellent in all regards


Admission into the IA studio curriculum is determined through a holistic assessment of each student.  We are looking for, and admit, what we determine to be the best 18 students each year.

Students with excellent and appropriate characteristics are admitted. 

The portfolio is a component within this process, and is used as a tool in an overall assessment.



2.            All pre-portfolio Interior Architecture majors must have a second academic major as a backup plan for their academic career at Ohio University. 

Last year  38 students   submitted  portfolios in application for a place in the IA professional studio curriculum. From these 38 students the faculty selected 18 students to make up the incoming studio cohort. This means that 20 students were denied admission to the program. 


            To prepare for the possibility of being denied admission, you must have a second major that you are interested in pursuing.


            This requirement also applies to students re-submitting a portfolio. 

          Re- submissions are reviewed with the same criteria as first time submissions. 



3.            Workload and expectations

The amount of work that is required to be done, to do well in interior architecture studio classes, is probably more than what most students are 'used to', because this may represent a student's first encounter with a requirement to 'become good' at a complex activity.  The Interior Architecture major is a time intensive major.  A History major will purchase far more books, and spend more time reading, and writing papers than an IA major, but an IA major will spend far more time in studio making a variety of design world documents, including:  quick sketches, refined hand drawn drawings, physical models, computer based drawings, computer based (digital) models , video presentations, material sample boards, and written specifications.  All of these are familiar and typical in the world of designing. 

            This design curriculum is not much different in this regard from the way that most of life works.  Things take far more time, dedication, and effort, than one might think.



4.            DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)

Read the DARS section by section (block by block)  'NO" means requirements are not yet met.  'OK' means requirements are met.

Hours earned = all course work undertaken.  Hours attempted = courses taken for letter (A-F) grade.



5.           Pre-Portfolio Courses to take Spring Quarter:

            HCIA 181,  HCIA 185, ART 113, 116, ART110 or  IART 117, PSC105L,

            MIS 201B or  HCIA 330 (summer )


6.            Tier II requirements are interwoven with IA major requirements in:

            HCIA 185, HCFN 128, HCRM 250, PSC 105L, ART 110, IART 117, AH 211, 212, 213, 214


7.            HCIA 495 has been approved as a Tier III equivalent.  This means that if you are a student in the IA studio curriculum, when you are a senior you will not have to take an additional course to fulfill the Tier III requirement: the Senior Thesis, HCIA 495, course will fulfill the requirement.


8.      Interior Architecture program study abroad:  Asia Educational and Travel Experience: David Matthews:  Planned for Summer 2011

A three and a half week travel and study experience, in August, with OU faculty David Matthews, Interior Architecture, Sam Girton, Visual Communication, and Vince Wojtas, Interior Architecture. 

Students and faculty go to Japan, and work with students and faculty at Chubu University, to Beijing, and work with students and faculty at the Beijing Institute of Graphic Design, and to Hong Kong where they also work with students and faculty at a design school.