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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 while achieving their educational goals. Internships also allow employers to preview prospective candidates for employment, must be paid and are taken for credit.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

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.

Education Abroad

Education Abroad

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.

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 are also knowledgeable in other areas of design including industrial design, sustainable design, interior design, exhibition design, design theory, user experience, and graphic design. 

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Mission

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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History

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.

Curriculum Objectives
The objective of the curriculum of the IAPD is to prepare students to become practicing interior architects and product designers who are fully aware of the impact of the designed environment on human activity, emotion, and behavior, understand the systems involved and achieve educational outcomes that align with the following values:

  • Significant and fundamental to the development of skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary for professional graduate-level education in interior architecture and product design with a strong emphasis in interior design, architectural context, and product design.
  • In accordance with the general recommendations and guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design [NASAD] for degree programs in interior design and product design and the Council of Interior Design Accreditation [CIDA] for degree programs in interior design.
  • Human-centered and innovative.
  • Conducive to the development of creative thinking through exploration, analysis, and synthesis of a variety of ideas, approaches, concepts, and design responses.
  • Furthers the exploration of the professional body of knowledge.

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 2025
The Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design’s mission is to develop a community of learning with a comprehensive and vibrant approach to design informed by the following precepts:

  • The design of the interior has an integral and considered relationship to the building, landscape, and community that provide its context
  • We design for an integrated user-centered whole comprised of varying scales from the interfaces and experiences intimately linked to the human touch-points and the interface between the human body and the near environment to the design of places and spaces in the built and designed environment.
  • The act of “making” is integral to develop a process of understanding.
  • Design inquiry through evidence and design research and analysis are crucial.
  • Haptic experiences foster depth in consideration and design.
  • Insights and opportunities are presented through richly investigated circumstances are fruitful.
  • Learning from and sharing knowledge throughout society and across culture is imperative in addressing significant issues and the betterment of human life through the understanding of health, safety, and welfare of occupants.

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:

  • A strong community of designers with an intrinsic passion for the potential and value of design contributing across culture and socio-economic strata.
  • Actively engaged students in leadership in a global environment/context throughout the department, college, university, and profession.
  • Excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service (including service-learning and outreach) is recognized and rewarded.
  • A culture of inquiry, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary endeavors.
  • A strong network of alumni and friends who are actively engaged in advocacy and support of IAPD.
  • Preparation of exceptional graduates who are nimble and adaptable to change.
  • Enrichment experiences within and supplemental to the curriculum contributing to the breadth and depth of design.
  • Multiple modes of exploration, inquiry, analysis, and synthesis resulting in recognizable and highly sought IAPD graduates.

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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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%.

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%.

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%. 

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