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Washington State University Graduate School

Interior Design, M.A.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1.  To prepare graduates to pursue careers as interior design educators, directors of interior design research, and/or practitioners of interior design.
    1.  Provide students with opportunities to explore advanced design theories, problem-solving techniques, methodologies, and individual research and design applications.
    2.  Provide students with opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange.
    3.  Provide students with effective mentoring.
    4.  Provide a variety of experiences designed to help students develop as practitioners in their fields, such as teaching or research assistantships, internships, or other employment that utilizes or improves on professional skills.
    5. Provide a variety of experiences designed to help students develop as scholars in their academic fields, including participation in conferences, workshops, or short courses and formal presentations, such as invited talks, posters, technical reports and  publications.
    6.  Encourage students to join appropriate professional organizations and take active roles in these organizations.
    7. Provide guidance to students in developing a strong ethical sense related to research and practice in their professions.
  2. To contribute to and advance the body of knowledge pertaining to interior design and the built environment.
    1.  Asking research questions that are relevant to the field of interior design.
    2.  Reading and reviewing the literature in an area of study in such a way that reveals a comprehensive understanding of and a critical perspective toward the literature.
    3.  Demonstrating a mastery of research and a variety of methodologies appropriate to inquiry in the field.
    4.  Successfully mastering and applying professional communication skills and appropriate style guidelines.
    5.  Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data in a way that adds to the understanding of the field of study.
    6. Applying a critical perspective to their own research and to that of others, noting strengths and weaknesses of the research.
  3. To establish a graduate program that achieves national and international visibility.
    1. Attracting, securing, and retaining high-quality students.
    2. Graduating students who are satisfied with the professional preparation they have received.
    3. Graduating students who attain licenses or other appropriate forms of credentialing.
    4. Graduating full-students in a timely manner.
    5. Developing and maintaining a graduate faculty who:
      1.  Actively contribute to knowledge production in their fields through publications and oral presentations.
      2.  Participate in service to the department, the university, and the profession.
      3.  Propose and attain funding related to research, teaching, and service.


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