The Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design at Ahlia University aims to attract imaginative students from varied study backgrounds, ages, gender, and nationalities to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes transform them into professional innovators in the interior design of built environments. The programme introduces an integrated de-sign approach of the interior space as a holistic environment composed of physical space, along with the people and the surrounding furniture, objects, activities & inter- actions within this space.
In stimulating studio-based educational environments, students are taught, learn, and work collaboratively to gain the design experiences of several types of interior environ- ments. In the studios the students are supported by theoretical, historical and tech- nical knowledge and practice; in a teamwork environment the students cultivate their oral, written and visual communication skills.
In order to meet the industry demands, our students are empowered by problem solv- ing, critical intellect and futuristic thinking skills. Associated with self-development, teamwork and leadership, our graduates are resourceful in a wide spectrum of design fields including interiors architecture, furniture, gardens, T.V & theater set design, exhibitions & event planning. Additionally, their awareness on sustainability and the socio-cultural issues on Green Design can qualify them to deal creatively with the challenges of human health, lifestyles and communities’ development in Bahrain and beyond.
The aim of the programme is to:
Graduates from the department of Interior Design have the opportunity to work in the interior design, interior architecture and architecture offices. They can either establish their own offices or work in the private and public sectors conducting design, implementation and commercial activities. Besides, they have the opportunity to become instructors in universities after continuing their higher education.
The curriculum for the Interior Design programme includes study of space, form, colour, and light in collaboration with the pragmatic investigation of building codes, materials, finishes, construction methods and business practices. An important focus is on the history of interior environments. This four-year, undergraduate programme is for the student interested in becoming a professional interior designer. The professional interior designer is a person qualified by education, experience, and examination.
In year two students develop knowledge and skill bases in interior design that will prepare them for upper level interior design studio courses (IDES 301, 302, 400 and 401) to enable successful entry into the interior design profession.
In year three the students will further their studies to gain greater knowledge and skill bases in interior design that will prepare them for upper level interior design studio courses (INTD 300 and 310) and so help students to progress to the final year.
The senior year culminates with a thesis project which requires students to develop a body of research on a particular issue of interior design , which they then develop as a design project at the end of fall semester.
To be eligible for consideration for admission at the undergraduate level, an applicant should normally hold a recently issued recognized secondary school certificate or its equivalent. The requirements for admission stated by the University are in all cases the minimum demanded for admission, and their fulfilment by a candidate does not automatically ensure his /her selection. Prior to enrolling at Ahlia University, citizens of non-GCC States should secure residence permits in the Kingdom of Bahrain; otherwise, their admission will be conditional and subject to being rescinded at the discretion of the University
Applicants must demonstrate a level of English proficiency consistent with the demands of an academic programme taught and assessed almost exclusively in the English language. This can be done in one of the following ways:
The applicants who meet the following programme specific admission requirements will be admitted to the programme:
Academic Score in the Secondary School Certificate (Tawjihia) or its Equivalent
The estimated duration for completion of a Bachelors Degree at Ahlia University is 4 years. This is structured around 134 credit-hours covering 45 courses.
The duration of study for each course is fifteen weeks, covering approximately 45 study hours.