The profession of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design aims at designing original interior spaces (e.g. residential, historical, and commercial buildings) by using scientific and artistic principles and relevant contemporary technologies, and also considering the issues of comfort, ergonomics, economy, physical, psychological, and social characteristics of users. In other words, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design is a discipline that designs interior spaces in terms of functionality and aesthetics by considering user demands and spatial features. Within this context, the profession of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design improves the life quality of humans and contributes to the artistic and cultural development of a society.
The Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design has been established within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Cyprus Science University in 2020. The main mission of the Department is to educate and train qualified interior architects who are critical thinkers, research oriented, innovative, and creative with a holistic approach to problem solving, and have artistic and the necessary skills in using modern technologies. An integral aspect of this mission is to make sure that the graduates of the program have not only high degree of awareness about the social and environmental issues but also the ethical standards. The language of education is English. The Department of Interior Architecture and Interior Design offers an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree program, which is a 4-years program – consisting of eight semesters. The Department aims at being a centre of excellence and a leading academic institution within the framework of providing a high quality of education and developing strong cooperation in the fields of artistic and scientific practices at national and international level. Graduates of the Department receive a ‘Bachelor’s Degree’ and earn the title of ‘Interior Architect’.
Education Teaching Methods
The Education and Training System of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design follows a holistic approach in spatial design using science, art and technology.
In this context;
The Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design interacts with a number of professional disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture, psychology and sociology.
Therefore, the interdisciplinary approach forms the basis of the quality of education.
Design studios are at the center of the education system.
The design studios that started in the first year continue for four years.
The main purpose of design studios;
It aims to strengthen the educational process of students by developing their own unique projects, taking part in teamwork, and collaborating with other Departments of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (eg Architecture and Urban Design and Landscape Architecture).
In addition, topics such as building materials, drawing and presentation techniques, ergonomics, furniture design and environmental design are some of the courses that shape the course curriculum.
The education system aims to develop students’ professional knowledge and skills within the framework of theoretical knowledge and practical applications.
Graduates of the Department of Interior Architecture can generally work as interior architects/designers in the private sector (eg, in the building sector) and in furniture producing companies, or they can establish their own workplaces.
In addition, they can find opportunities for new business opportunities by participating in national and international design projects.