The department of Architectural and Interior Design Engineering was established in 2005. Currently the department offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Engineering. With its technology oriented curriculum, the programme is committed to graduate professional interior designers ready to work in practice and pursue further Postgraduate studies in the field of interior design and related disciplines. Our graduates are empowered with the competences and attributes needed for the development of the profession and communities in Bahrain, the region and worldwide.

Prospective students will be interested in art, design and engineering with an aim to develop their knowledge and skills. Students will develop their creative, critical and analytical skills and learn about being life-long learners to enter the profession of interior design and related industries.

The students will be engaged in design projects throughout their study progression reinforced by a wide range of supportive courses to develop their written, verbal, and visual communications skills.  In addition, they will establish a robust understanding of the functional, aesthetic and social roles of interior design. They will broaden and deepen their awareness of construction and rehabilitation technologies, buildings services, and professional regulations implemented in the design and practice of interior spaces and furniture.

The Interior Design Engineering Programme at Gulf University is committed to graduate professional interior designers ready to work in practice and pursue further Postgraduate studies in the field of interior design and related disciplines. Our graduates are empowered with the competences and attributes needed for the development of the profession and communities in Bahrain, the region and worldwide.

The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Interior Design Engineering Programme within the College of Engineering at Gulf University intends to attract students from various backgrounds. Prospective students will be interested in art, design and engineering with an aim to develop their knowledge and skills. Students will develop their creative, critical and analytical skills and learn about being life-long learners to enter the profession of interior design and related industries.

The Programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach in structuring the study curriculum, organizing students’ activities, recruiting academic staff, and engaging with partners from both industry and society. We believe this approach empowers students with the fundamental theoretical knowledge, technological skills, design experience, and professional attributes. The students will be engaged in design projects throughout their study progression reinforced by a wide range of supportive courses to develop their written, verbal, and visual communications skills.  In addition, they will establish a robust understanding of the functional, aesthetic and social roles of interior design. They will broaden and deepen their awareness of construction and rehabilitation technologies, buildings services, and professional regulations implemented in the design and practice of interior spaces and furniture.

The enrolled students work as individuals and in groups in design studios, computer labs, workshops and other university facilities to accomplish their design projects and assignments. Our academic staff members are research active and are keen on encouraging students in engaging in research problems related to the subject matter being taught. They will ensure that students will have access to library resources and e-learning materials to understand different research methodologies and develop their habits of self and independent learning.

As a result, the graduates of the Programme will be confident and responsible designers, who can become significant contributors in the society both as individuals and as team members involved in designing a wide range of interior environments.  Their work will reflect the national and global design approaches, support human activities, enhance people’s health and life style, and function as sustainable and stimulating spaces. The qualification and attributes of the graduates will either enable them to develop a specialized professional career or pursue their studies as postgrad students at national and international institutions.  

We have a team of international academic staff members implementing their experience in collaboration and partnerships with both national and international design schools to explore with the students’ new ways of thinking, practicing diversity, exploring different cultures, and opening new doors for establishing relations.    

The Programme of Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Engineering at Gulf University aims to:

  1. Provide stimulating learning environment where students’ knowledge and understanding of the interior design theoretical background and professional practice will be developed and interrelated.
  2. Introduce and practice the multifaceted nature of art, design and engineering to produce capable graduates to enter the profession of interior design or enroll in further higher educations.
  3. Develop students’ all rounded communications skills needed to conceptualize, develop and present design ideas and projects that facilitate and enrich the interactive dialogues within the design process of interior spaces and products.
  4. Encourage students to the process of exploration, critical thinking and creativity skills through a well-balanced and organized academic progression that enable them to solve design and technological problems while considering social, economic and sustainability aspects in the field of interior design.
  5.  Introduce and engage students in the professional practice of interior design and develop their team working and leadership skills as well as ethical responsibilities and professional attributes that interior designer shall represent at workplace, with clients and professionals from other disciplines.
  6. Build Students’ holistic awareness of their leading role in creating interior design of different types of the built environments within local and global context.
  7. Offer wide range of collaborative activities with partners form the academia, community and industry to reinforce the opportunities for informal leaning and developing interpersonal skills.
  8. Graduate reflective practitioners, contributors and initiators in the development of their societies.

A.    Knowledge and Understanding 
After successful completion of the programme a student will have the knowledge to:

A01: Demonstrate an understanding of spatial design vocabularies and principles required and applied to create and develop interior spaces with physical and aesthetic values.
A02: Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and historical backgrounds in the fields of interior design and architecture and the mutual relations among the design of built environments, individuals, societies, cultures, and natures in local and global contexts. 
A03: Demonstrate in depth awareness of technologies and applications of construction, materials and services that implemented in rehabilitating and founding of interior spaces.
A04: Demonstrate an understanding of requirements of professional practice and responsibilities towards design industry, communities, and environmental sustainability.


B.     Subject-Specific Skills
After successful completion of the programme a student will be able to:

B01: Apply range of design illustrations and documentations techniques required for effective communication of various parties in the design process and execution of built environments.   
B02: Grasp and develop design brief that responses to users’ needs and site demands with consideration of relevant codes and regulations.
B03: Experiment and apply interior construction, technical services and finishing alternatives in design projects of interior environments and products.  
B04: Implement design process and methods to develop integrated and supportive interior spaces and products proposals that encounter aesthetic, socio-cultural and sustainability aspects.

C.    Thinking skills
After successful completion of the programme a student will be able to:

C01: explore sources of information and analyze evidences to solve design problems emerged in all rounded interior design projects.
C02: interpret and examine mutual relations among theoretical, technological, social and economic aspects influence design of interior environments. 
C03: generate concepts and synthesize ideas of designing various types of interior spaces and products.
C04: Evaluate and judge design solutions and alternatives to support decisions making in light of local and global interior design perceptions and industry.

D.    General And Transferrable Skills
After successful completion of the programme a student will be able to:

D01: execute varied research methodologies to produce organized information and convincing arguments to range of parties involved in interior design projects.  
D02: demonstrate effective oral, written and visual communication skills to debate and present design approaches and proposals.
D03: work independently and collaborate efficiently in interdisciplinary teams to design and execute interior design projects.
D04: demonstrate self-evaluation and management skills required for lifelong learning and improvement actions.
D05: demonstrate ethical and professional attributes to engage successfully in the role of interior design practice to develop communities and environment.

  • The applicant must have a high-school certificate or an equivalent according to the regulations of the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • The applicant’s high-school certificate or the certificate of an institute after the high-school must be accepted by the Programme s/he wishes to be enrolled in (arts- science- industrial- commercial) and the GPA must not be less than 60%. Otherwise, the applicant will be enrolled in a preparatory Programme that includes a number of preparatory courses assigned by the relevant college.

  • Admission in College of Engineering is only for applicants who have high-school certificates (Science and Industrial branches), and for applicants who were graduated from Applied Technical or Industrial Institutes. Applicants who have high-school (Commercial branch) certificates can be admitted in Interior Design Engineering Programme.

  • Applicants must sit for placement tests based on the College of Engineering Admission Criteria, as follows:

    o   English Language, Computer Skills, Mathematics and Drawing Skills.

  • If the applicant fails in any of the placement tests, s/he is required to study Preparatory Courses relevant to placement test.

  • Applicants will be exempted from the placement test in English Language if they have a valid acceptable grade in any of the following: TOEFL (550 PBT / 79 IBT), IELTS (6), FCE 60% or an equivalent.

According to the nature of the interior design discipline and profession, the design studio learning environment is considered as a core teaching and learning strategy in addition to lectures, workshops and laboratory based education, seminars, site visits and internship. Students are encouraged to make use of variety of learning resources such as text books, references and online resources, instructors’ presentations and hand-outs, general and specialized software.

  • Design Studios: in design studio courses, the instructor introduces a design project to the students according to the course discerption and level of that course. The instructor is keen to give real life design scenarios based on clearly stated briefs and requirements. In the higher level design studios, the students take an active role to participate in the development of the design criteria and requirements. The design studios instructors provide the basic knowledge and understanding required to raise the students’ awareness about the giving projects and they supervise and support the students in the development of the design projects. While working on individual and group projects, the students receive design critiques form their instructor, other staff in the department and whenever possible from external professionals to enhance their design concepts, solutions, technical documentation and presentations. In the design studio learning environment the students develop also their management, professional and interpersonal skills through the progression of the design projects.            
  • Lectures: in this traditional model of teaching, the course instructor introduces specific topics to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding through the use of presentation, hand-outs, video material and other modern tolls. Additionally, the instructors are keen to encourage the students’ participation in class discussion, raise questions, and take an active role to enhance their learning.
  • Workshops: under the supervision of course instructor and/or workshop technician, the students work on giving practical tasks and their design models to develop and enhance the application skills and competences that are required in the field of interior design. Workshops tasks provide opportunities to have hands-on experience of different materials, tolls and machines, where the students work as individuals or in groups to be familiar and experienced in the production of interior design elements and projects.   

 

  • Computer Labs: the computer machines in the design studios and other university labs are equipped with specialized software that serve the design and architecture disciplines such as Auto Cad, Photoshop, 3D Max. The students are introduced to the basic functions and applications of the software and they are guided and supervised by the course instructor to work on design drawings and representation techniques. The development of visual communication skills and competence ensures that the students are confident in developing design documentations and presenting their design project and are able to apply such software after graduation in the practice of interior design and architecture professions.      
  • Case Studies: this method is used to introduce real life scenarios and situations driven from typical and everyday cases, which the student might face in general and specialized, work environments. Active participation and involvement in case studies method as Individuals or group develop the students’ analytical, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills.
  • Seminars: The students are regularly invited to attend and actively participate in seminars, which function as a platform to discuss general and subject specific topics in order to exchange experience between the staff, students and whenever possible external participants from the academic and practice. Such seminars keep the students aware about the updates in their disciplines and professions, also develop and enhance their interpersonal and communications skills. In addition, provide an opportunity to establish commemorations and relations that might support the students in getting internship and embayment.
  • Tutorials and focus group work: in less formal or in informal learning environments, the students with or without their instructors are encouraged to explain and discuss topics relevant to their study and support each other to be more confident about their knowledge and skills.     
  • Field and Site Visits: This learning method aims to expose the students to the real life practice of the study discipline outside the university campus. The students in specific courses or from various courses are taken to visit design offices, buildings where interior design projects are undertaken, public and private spaces, exhibitions, etc. students will be prepared for the field visit and during the site visit they are asked to observe and note the real life cases, professional working conditions and users behaviours, which form a base for further discussion during and after conducting the field visit.    

Guest Speaker: in particular courses or for all the program an external speaker from the industry or the academia is invited to present on his/her area of interest which convey new experience and support the students to expand their knowledge and understanding.

Gulf University is regularly building bridges with industry and professional bodies and always seeks advice from the industry through its industry advisory boards which enables us to continuously develop our graduates’ attributes and ensure that our students graduate possessing the necessary attributes. The graduates of the Interior Design Engineering programme are expected to have a passion for interior design and its engineering aspects, as well as being professional, effective communicators, team players, problem solvers, lifelong learners, sustainability driven, creative and reflective thinkers. All are attributes essential for increasing their employability, enabling them to secure their desired professional position and fulfilling their employer’s requirements. Upon graduation, our graduates can work in a variety of fields and play important roles such as:

  • Opening their own design firm
  • Working for design firms fulfilling many tasks like
    • Design
    • Execution drawings
    • Workshop drawings
    • Using state of the art CAD and BIM packages
    • 3D modelling and presentation; both manual and computer based
  • In the field of construction project management
  • Work as contractors or for contracting companies
  • Supervising construction work
  • And can excel to become consultants

Through our carefully designed internship plan, students get to experience most of the above mentioned professional fields to ensure that they have the capabilities to integrate an implement their skills in the field. 

This design studio introduces the design process and phases as part of problem identification and solving.