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Interior Design

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Overview

Interior designers have the power to inform, reform, and play a vital role in shaping the society and the built environment. The program exposes  students to diverse contexts and fundamentals of interior design.  This is embedded in the curriculum that provides a deep understanding of space, form, color, material, and light. The curriculum also focuses on multifaceted learning methods including design theory, research, and studios. The variety of projects given to students focus on collaborative and innovative design solutions for a sustainable and healthy environment,  highlighting different aspects of spatial, residential, commercial, and hospitality venues. The program prepares graduates with the set of knowledge and skills needed for the career market aligned with vision 2030.


Program Mission

Graduating professionals equipped with design thinking, leadership, and research skills in the field of interior design to foster creativity and sustainability.​


Program Goals

  • Expose interior design students to the market through a variety of activities.
  • Create opportunities that are geared towards entrepreneurship, the community, and research for interior design students.
  • Provide educational experiences that expand students' understanding of interior design through knowledge of worldwide cultures and their influences on design.
  • Prepare skilled interior design professionals who can successfully contribute to different societies and the unique Saudi Arabian environment.

Why choose this program at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • Acclaimed by national and international evaluators, the program fills the need of the industry with qualified and creative graduates.
  • The international faculty members of the program provide it with a rich multicultural and diverse environment.
  • The program has studio-based learning blended with theory and the latest trends and issues in interior design to foster students' creativity and critical thinking.
  • Research exploration is encouraged through courses and involvement in research forums.
  • The program provides its students with practical and field experiences in the industry.
  • ​Students are provided with local and international exposure through departmental exhibitions, internship trainings, industry guest speakers, participation in local and international interior design expositions and competitions, international trips, and a design symposium every two years.​



​​​​​​Academic Year​​
First-year Students 
Retention Rate ​
Completion Rate ​
Graduation Rate ​​
​Employment rate​
​​​Employment
in related
discipline​
​​Enrolment in 
post graduate​
studies​

Percentage of first-year undergraduate​   
students 
who con​tinue at the program    
the next year to the total number of   
​first-year students 
in the same year​   
Proportion of undergraduate   
students who completed the
program in minimum time in
each cohort (4 years)
Proportion of undergraduate   
students who completed the
program in specified period
in each cohort (5 years)




​​Batch ​Fall
17-18
Graduated
AY 20-21
​from AY 17-18 to 
AY 18-19

98% ​
​93%​ ​
​100%​
​​50%​
​​96%​
​8%
​​​​​​​​​​​​Batch Fall
18​​-19
Graduated
AY 21-22​
​from AY 18-19 to
AY 19-20

91%
​81%​
​Will be available by
end of AY 22-23
​​52%
​​92% ​0% ​
​​
​​​​​
​​​​​ Programs​
​​T​OEFL Score​​
Required ​Certificate Percentage​​
Qudurat Test Score​​​
​Othe Admission Requirement
​Bachelor of Design in Interior Design
​500
​80%
​65%
None


For further details about admissions,​ click here

​​​Learing Outcomes​

    ​On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

    Knowledge

    • ​Recognize design elements, terminology, theories, and principles in various design topics.
    • Identify various design styles, trends and materials related to the field of interior design.
    • Translate research within a historical, socio-political, economic, and cultural context to design opportunities.  

    Skills

    • Integrate critical thinking by identifying, analyzing, and solving interior design problems through completion of design projects.
    • Execute professional interior design drawings, models, and renderings.
    • Implement research findings into complete design proposals in functional and aesthetical aspects with respect to environmental sustainability.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate design solutions verbally and visually using various manual and digital mediums.  

    Values

    • Construct ethical values that are consistent with the profession, cultural diversity, and environmental considerations.
    • Support social responsibility by designing interior environments that improve occupant's quality of life.
    • Monitor the group's success at various stages in design projects.​
​Year One
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

COMM 1301Communication Skills I3COMM 1302Communication Skills II3
ICTC 1301Information and
Communication Technology
3ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies
2
HART 1303Introduction to Art History3FDSI 1306Presentation Skills3
FDSI 1304Drawing for Interior Design3FDSI 1307Drawing for Interior Design II3
FDSI 1305Fundamentals of Interior Design I3FDSI 1308Fundamentals of Interior Design II3
IDSG 2301Introduction to Interior Design3
Total Credit Hours 15 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Two 
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

EMOI 1201Emotional Intelligence2ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3
XXXX xxxxFree Elective3ARTS xxxxArts and Design2
MATH 2302Geometry3HART 2304History of Interior Design and
Architecture II
3
HART 2303History of Interior Design and
Architecture I
3IDSG 2314Assembly and Materials3
IDSG 2312Environmental Behavior and Design3IDSG 2315Digital Visualization I3
IDSG 2313Studio I – Spatial Design3IDSG 2316Studio II – Residential Design3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Three 
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring Semester – Summer

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3ENTR 3301Entrepreneurship and
Design Thinking
3IDSG 3314Internship3
BBBF 1101Basic Body and
Brain Fitness
1IDSG 3203Introduction to
Research Methodology
2
IDSG 3311Studio III –
Retail Design
3IDSG 3312Digital Visualization II3
IDSG 3403Lighting for Interior
Design
3IDSG 3313Business for Interior
Design
3
IDSG 3403Interior Construction and
Working Drawing
4IDSG 3402Studio IV – Hospitality
Design
4
XXXX xxxxSchool/Program Elective3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 15 Total Credit Hours 3
Year Four
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

XXXX xxxxRequired General Ed Elective
(HUMM, NASC, SBSC)
3XXXX xxxxRequired General Ed Elective
(HUMM, NASC, SBSC)
3
LOGC 1201Logic and Problem
Solving
2ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3
ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3XXXX xxxxFree Elective3
IDSG 4401Capstone I: Interior
Design Thesis
4IDSG 4403Capstone II: Interior
Design Project
4
IDSG 4402Studio V -
Office Design
4
Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 13

Career Prospects​​​​


The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, 
but not limited to:

  • Interior design academicians
  • Residential design
  • Commercial design
  • Exhibition design
  • Hospitality and entertainment design
  • Medical and educational design
  • Office design
  • Lighting design
  • Color consultant
  • Furniture design
  • Textile design
  • CAD operators
  • Para design occupations: film, fashion, theatre, public relations, marketing, journalism, and event planners.​

Dr. Alaa Zaher Al- Ban

Chair of Department - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Arwa Yousef Ismail Jan

Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Eman Islam

Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Eman Nizar Nasrallah

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Jumana Ezmirly

Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Oula Georges Aoun

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Key Facts

Program Name

Interior Design


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

130


Program Length

4 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Alaa Zaher Al Ban

Chair, Interior Design Department; Accreditation


PhD, with Honors, Design & Planning, University of Colorado, USA, 2016

MFA, Design, California College of Arts, USA, 2010

BA, Interior Design, Dar Al-Hekma College, Jeddah, KSA, 2005

Associate of Science in Digital Graphic Art, Tampa Technical Institute, USA, 2000

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