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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.
3rd and 4th-year students may gain professional experience while achieving their educational goals. Internships also allow employers to preview prospective candidates for employment, must be paid and are taken for credit.
Students in their 3rd and 4th years have the opportunity to go on field trips to promote professional development. Traditionally, the destinations of these trips have been Dallas, Denver, and Grand Rapids, among other locations as well.
During the students' 3rd and 4th years, they have the option to diversify their curriculum and education by traveling abroad. Typical destinations include Italy, Germany, Spain, England, Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Australia.
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.
Our award-winning faculty prepares students to transform society and are also knowledgeable in other areas of design including industrial design, sustainable design, interior design, exhibition design, design theory, user experience, and graphic design.
We aim to be an internationally recognized program while preparing design leaders grounded in the process of inquiry and design as well as the making of space and form who rigorously pursue excellence intrinsically and contribute to the betterment of the human condition.
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The year 2014 marked the 50th year our department has been in existence since its creation in 1964 when formal coursework was first offered by our program founder Jack C. Durgan. In 2008, for the first time ever, we conferred the first Professional Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design upon our graduating seniors. This degree was quite likely the very first of its kind to be offered in the United States.
The Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design uses these goals and objectives noted above to guide and influence decision-making, analysis, and planning regarding curricular offerings, operational matters, and resources. Additionally, the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design uses them to create a context in which to consider the extent to which policies, practices, resources, and other curricular program components work together to a positive and productive effect.
IAPD commits to contributing to achieving the aspirations of the University’s and APDesign’s vision for K-State 2025 by having, developing, and reinforcing:
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.
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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.
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.
Interior Architecture & Product Design
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Depending upon the regulations in each state, this combination of an accredited degree coupled with practical experience in the field prepares students to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam as well as other professional examinations (e.g. LEED certification); students are also eligible for certification or licensure in states currently registering interior architects and designers.
Assessment & Retention
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