Bachelor in Interior Design

The all-encompassing discipline of creative arts and artists-craftsmen-builders has engaged humans in the distinct pursuits of visual arts, architecture, interior design, engineering and industry-dependent designs, etc. These pursuits are diverse and well-grounded in their individual capacities; and yet the shared objective of realizing focused, correct and inspired environments that are designed by innovative minds and built by intelligent hands have now developed them into well-established disciplines with building specializations that are now aggressively guarded by respective associations and professional bodies. With ever-growing knowledge in each discipline, and the eventual capacity of each expanding building profession (architecture, engineering, visual arts, interior design, furniture design), it invites attention to an all-inclusive education, getting inspiration from literature to come up with an interior space or focusing on a painting and creating an office space or a furniture piece. Such broad based, diverse and refined programs and projects encourage students and pedagogues to explore strategic and innovative attitudes and approaches when career planning, advancing educational qualification and areas of specialization, and/or increasing professional knowledge.  

Philosophy of the Program and its Specificity

Creativity is an attempt to find and realize what is within. This struggle is a process of clarifying the essence of the opportunity peering down the extraneous notion to reveal inherent relationships. Creativity is the ability to invent rather than imitate.
Creativity is a process of seeking the problem, understanding the situation, finding relationships, visualizing the solutions, testing the consequences and finally solving the problem.  
The process can be summed up as follows:

  • Dissemination and profound insight
  • Becoming one with the idea; Saturation
  • Cohabitation with the idea; Incubation of sensations
  • Enlightenment and nirvana
  • Corroboration, by confirming and verifying

  The BID program entails the holistic (ideation, perception, emotion) conceptualization, technical and economically feasible development, appropriate and optimal specification and finally correct and accurate execution of the design. The scope of BID can include the comprehensive content and quality of interior spaces with a structurally and environmentally adequate exterior shell with all its apertures (doors, windows, skylights). This can entail either the interiors of a new building or the preservation, renovation or more commonly said; adaptive reuse of buildings, and comprises the following elemental ideas that distinguish it as the link between professional practice of architecture and the artistic and holistic (ideational, perceptual, emotional) quality of the experienced interiors

Program Objectives
The Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) is a Degree program at COMSATS Lahore that offers contemporary advancement in concepts and technologies related to the program, and reflect thesocial ideals prevalent in our era, as summed up in the following general objectives:

  • To offer a comprehensive four-year program of Interior Design (ID) that expands itself sequentially, with every aspect of ID: History and theory of Architecture and interiors, drawing skills (both manual and digital), Management and legal awareness about the practice of ID and the professional life of interior designers, and up-to-date addition of computer skills and software applications in the field of ID.
  • To engage students in intensive Studio Projects that enables the future designers not only to connect their creativity to their cultural bases and roots but also to contemporary innovation happening in global ID.
  • To empower our future designers with new and unique ideas about the utilization and application of new materials and technology in a given context.
  • To equip the students with the 3-D technology from foundation year onwards so that they can express their ideas verbally, textually and graphically. 
  • To explore the related areas and research in furniture design, textiles and fiber arts in interiors, interior surfaces and grand family of interior objects artificial lighting and acoustics etc.
  • To initiate and develop the adaptive reuse of buildings to revive our heritage.
  • To embody Semiotics as the central study of every specific space and symbolic value of everything (grand family of interior objects).

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum of the proposed program is developed around the eight elemental ideas listed above. The BID will provide a rewarding and creative career that will enable graduates to bring beauty and function into the lives of others. It will allow individuals to develop a skill set that complements their creative vision as they excel in interior design. The program will introduce students to design principles, color theory, space planning, drafting, industry-standard software, etc. The learning outcomes of the BID program are as follows:

  • Gain a sound understanding of the core concepts and principles of interior design
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of interior design challenges
  • Develop skills for the modelling and application of interior designs
  • Learn to use tools and techniques of the art and design of interiors
  • Create beautiful and effective residential, commercial, industrial and public space designs and layouts.

Scholarships and Financial Assistances

  • COMSATS has a policy to offer merit scholarships to outstanding students
  • Qarz-e-Hasana is provided to students on need/merit basis

Admission Criteria

Intermediate or equivalent with a minimum of 60% marks from an accredited institution. The following procedures are followed for admission:

  • All applicants appear in the entrance test (NTS)
  • All applicants appear in the Creative Aptitude Test conducted by the department
  • A list of selected applicants is prepared observing the following criteria:
    • 30% of General Merit (Matric/O-Levels 03% + Intermediate/A-Levels 12% + NTS 15%)
    • 70% Creative Aptitude Test (Writing 10% + Drawing/Making 30% + Interview 30%)

Important Note: Freehand drawing is a very important component of the Architecture, Communication Design and Interior Design and will be a core component of the degree. It is strongly advised that the candidates applying for the above mentioned programs should partake in freehand drawing classes prior to the admissions test so as to allow them to develop and portfolio/ body of work which can be presented at the time of their interview as well as develop their skills which will be applied during their studies as well.

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