International Journal of Art & Design Education

Interior Design Supports Art Education: A Case Study

Volume 25.3   2006



Interior design, as a field of study, is a rapidly growing area of interest – particularly for teenagers in the United States. Part of this interest stems from the proliferation of design-related reality shows available through television media. Some art educators and curriculum specialists in the nation perceive the study of interior spaces as a “practical application” of the arts.

This paper discusses an experiential design problem, originally used in higher education interior design studio courses that was modified and shared with students in third grade to address national academic standards. Later, this same project was modified for use with high school students in the educator’s community and with international design students in South Korea. Lastly, the project was presented in a workshop to art education students at a higher education institution. The project was modified to address 1) the age group level and 2) a topic relevant to the audience. Goals of the design project were: 1) to explore creative problem solving, 2) to explore the application of design elements and principles, and 3) increase student understanding of spatial relationships within an interior environment. Findings indicate that the project supported several visual art standards, including perception and community. This project may be of interest to current and future art educators and others interested in the potential of interior design content supporting art education.