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Partnerships

Partnerships with industry continue to become an integral part of our students’ experience. We have established relationships with OFS, Sloan, and Scott Rice Group among others. These collaborations expose our students to experts in the interiors, furniture, and product design fields. They give our students the opportunity to grapple with real-world issues and see their design reach the marketplace.

Internships

Internships

3rd and 4th-year students may gain professional experience in addition to achieving their educational goals while allowing employers to preview prospective candidates for employment. Internships must be paid and taken for credit.

Field Trips

Field Trips

Students in their 3rd and 4th years have the opportunity to go on field trips that promote professional development. Traditionally, the destinations of these trips have been Dallas, Denver, Chicago, and Grand Rapids.

Education Abroad

Education Abroad

During the students' 3rd and 4th years, they have the option to diversify their curriculum and education by traveling abroad. Destinations may include Panama, Italy, Germany, Spain, England, Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Australia.

Facilities

The College of Architecture, Planning, and Design combines Seaton Hall and Regnier Hall to provide students and faculty with state-of-the-art studios, labs, and workshops for comprehensive 21st-century learning and teaching.

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Faculty

Our award-winning faculty prepares students to transform society and is also knowledgeable in other areas of design including industrial design, sustainable design, interior design, exhibition design, design theory, user experience, and graphic design. 

Faculty

Message

The Interior Architecture and Product Design is a unique degree program. We believe that designers should be makers, that it is not enough to just have an idea; through prototyping and proof of concept, the vision can become reality.  We seek to design and make.

Tell Me More

Our faculty has crafted a degree that places the student squarely in front of three scales of design: product design, furniture design, and interior architecture. At these three scales, our students are empowered to explore how design matters in making our world a better place and understand how the making of architecture, furniture, and product delves into real issues facing our world. Sustainability, aging in place, wellness, connection, affordance, ergonomics, aesthetic delight — these are meaningful and powerful words that form the heart of our degree. If these things are also important to you and spark curiosity in what you might want to learn, then welcome to IAPD. The home of our faculty and students where they create products, furniture, and interior architecture for a better future today. In keeping with the designer + maker philosophy, I would like to share a forecast of my vision. The major aspects that will become the foundation of this vision are fostering the department's growth, technology, and partnership.

Growth
We have a strong department but, as anyone in the design profession understands, change is always necessary to stay current and relevant. As part of a transformation of the department, I aim to create a second track for our students — a degree in Industrial Design. The design emphasis of interior architecture, furniture design, and product design makes our degree unique. However, to continue to leverage the globally growing maker culture, our product design program must adapt to this trend. This second degree will take some time to implement, but I will keep you posted as we progress through the steps to make this a reality. This degree will not diminish our current degree in IAPD, but instead, let us further augment the IAPD curriculum regarding a design + make culture. 

Technology
Finally, Virtual Reality (VR) has arrived! The siren of VR has been teasing us for decades but now the technology has caught up to the dream. The effect of walking through one’s design cannot be overstated. I see this as a necessary tool to not only more fully understand the effect of the design but as a way of investigating various options in real-time at full scale. Once again, I find myself envious of current and future students. The design tools that will soon become ubiquitous in our new building is astounding.

Partnerships
If you have been keeping up on Insight, you know of the success that Professor Neal Hubbell’s Contract Furniture class has had in working with OFS. Two of the projects — Lotiv and Roo — designed by the student teams in 2017, have become a part of the OFS line of furniture. Both have become award-winning designs, and the design professionals — former students — receive royalties for their great work. With this successful result, we are now looking at alternatives for how this experience can grow and become a more integral part of our student curriculum. We are now also working with Sloan, a domestic plumbing fixture company based out of Chicago, IL. This new partnership affords our students to work with another family-owned company that has led their industry and is looking at the academy to help in product development.These are just the initial projects of what I have envisioned for IAPD. There are other partnerships, growth and technologies I and the faculty are considering, and I will let you know as they develop. This is an exciting time for our design degree and potential new degree. As we get to know our new building and all that it offers I am sure we will discover other alternatives to teaching, learning and serving the larger community with great design.

Best,

Howe  

Nathan Howe

Interior Architecture & Product Design
Department Head
1087 Seaton Regnier Hall
Kansas State University
nhowe@ksu.edu

Accreditation 

Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design
The Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design non-baccalaureate track and post-baccalaureate track are accredited by CIDA and approved by NASAD.

The interior design program leading to the Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The  Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design granted by Kansas State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

Master of Industrial Design
The Master of Industrial Design non-baccalaureate track is approved by NASAD. 

Assessment & Retention

Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design

2015 — 2016

  • Job Placement: 13 of 15  May 2016 graduates were employed in the field by January 1, 2017. No data was collected for the remaining 2.
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: The MIAPD program includes application and acceptance to the K-State Graduate School prior to the beginning of the fourth year (out of five years) of study for non-baccalaureate students. 100% of students from the May 2016 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted. No students from this class applied to other graduate programs.
  • Graduation Rates: 71% of these students graduated in 5 years.
  • Retention/Attrition: Retention for the same cohort from 2nd to 3rd year was 71%. Attrition was 29%. 

2016 — 2017

  • Job Placement: 18 of 18 May 2017 graduates were employed in the field by January 1, 2018. 
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: The MIAPD program includes application and acceptance to the K-State Graduate School prior to the beginning of the fourth year (out of five years) of study for non-baccalaureate students. 100% of students from the May 2017 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted. No students from this class applied to other graduate programs.
  • Graduation Rates: 95% of these students graduated in 5 years.
  • Retention/Attrition: Retention for the same cohort from 2nd to 3rd year was 95%. Attrition was 5%.

2017 — 2018

  • Job Placement: 18 of 23 May 2018 graduates were employed in the field by January 1, 2019. No data was collected for the remaining 5. 
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: The MIAPD program includes application and acceptance to the K-State Graduate School prior to the beginning of the fourth year (out of five years) of study for non-baccalaureate students. 100% of students from the May 2018 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted. No students from this class applied to other graduate programs. The MIAPD post-baccalaureate program acceptance rate for students in the 2017-2018 academic year was 70%.
  • Graduation Rates: 80% of these students graduated in 5 years.
  • Retention/Attrition: Retention for the same cohort from 2nd to 3rd year was 97%. Attrition was 3%.
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Department of Interior Architecture & Industrial Design | College of Architecture, Planning & Design

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