Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
If you see an empty room as a blank canvas, then why not look into a career in interior design? The Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College can help turn your passion into a rewarding career.
Whether you want an education and training for a new career or skills that will enhance your performance in your current career, the Institute of Interior Design has a skilled team of professionals and tailored interior design programs that are suited to meet your needs and the needs of the industry.
To learn more about Interior Design, call us today at (888) 279-2342 or visit our website at http://www.instituteofinteriordesign.com!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
"The school’s overall 28 percent increase compared to last year is spread across all of its divisions," said Dr. Stephen Calabro, Executive Vice President for Southwest Florida College.
The most significant increase came at the combined Southwest Florida College Fort Myers campus and Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College in Estero, where 1,573 students enrolled this term, compared to 1,269 last year. The second largest enrollment spike came at the six-month-old Port Charlotte campus, where 197 students enrolled, compared to just 31 during its opening term in February. The Tampa campus swelled to 505 students, compared to 495 in the fall term last year. And the Southwest Florida College online division enrolled its 200th fully online student.
Program enrollments are especially strong in health care, which enrolled 821 students this year compared to the 573 that entered last year. Other programs that have shown considerable growth include Legal and Information Technology, which gained an additional 45 and 33 new students respectively.
The new Southwest Florida College bachelor’s degree program in Health Care Administration has gained traction and has enrolled 20 students in its first term being offered. Other new programs have been added to the Port Charlotte campus offerings and include a Crime Scene Investigation Diploma, and three new associate degree programs in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood and Management and Marketing. The Port Charlotte campus is expanding. Construction is expected to be completed by the Winter Term and will include added classroom space and laboratories.
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning centrally located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and includes the Institute of Interior Design located within the Miromar Design Center in Estero. The College offers programs in Allied Health, Business, Design, Education, Information Technology and Legal Studies. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for rewarding careers in fields with high growth potential. For more information, call toll free 888-526-7973 or visit www.instituteofinteriordesign.com.
"This is the first competition our students have been entered in, and the first of many they will win," said Linda Petersen, Program Manager of Interior Design for the Institute of Interior Design.
The competition was open to all interior design students in the state of Florida. Contestants included students from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Miami International University, American InterContinental University, International Academy of Design, Ringling College of Art and Design and Florida State University.
Contestant’s work consisted of client profiles and design concepts. Students of the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College submitted projects that were completed in their Sophomore Project class, which consisted of an all inclusive design job. Students met with clients, presented their scope of work, provided contracts and budget requirements then completed their jobs by providing architectural changes and drawings, lighting plans and design and decorating specifications.
First place winner, Tina Spaulding, from the Institute of Interior Design earned a check for $750. Sandra Dressler, also from the Institute of Interior Design, received a check for $500. Third place winner was Maria Martinez DeCampo, from Florida State University, who received a check for $250. All winners were presented with their checks and certificates of achievement by Susan Morgan, President of the ASID. The winner’s work will be published in the national ASID magazine.
Petersen said she was proud to be associated with the "visionaries" at the International Design Center, where the Institute of Interior Design campus is located. "Our students are truly inspired every day, and they are showing it."
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning centrally located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and includes the Institute of Interior Design located within the Miromar Design Center in Estero. The College has been providing post secondary education to Floridians since 1974 and offers programs in Allied Health, Business, Design, Education, Information Technology and Legal Studies. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for rewarding careers in fields with high growth potential. For more information call toll-free 888-526-7973 or visit http://www.instituteofinteriordesign.com/.
With the addition of Revit ®, Southwest Florida College can now provide students with greater marketability in the fields of computer-aided drafting and design and interior design.
"There is no one else around here that’s teaching Revit," said Paul Engler, program manager of Computer Aided Drafting and Design at Southwest Florida College. "There is a tremendous amount of versatility with Revit that makes for a whole different routine than what architects and designers have done in the past."
Smith has begun his career with BSSW Architects. The firm is helping him through the Intern Development Program, IDP, which is required for initial registration by all US jurisdictions with the exception of Arizona, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The comprehensive training program requires over 5,000 hours of experience in the core competencies of design, construction documents, contract administration, project management, office management and professional and community service.
"We’re very proud of Zach’s professional accomplishments," said Ron Weaver, AIA President of BSSW Architects. "He is an integral part of our team and will undoubtedly be influencing the architectural landscape of Southwest Florida for years to come."
Revit ®, which boasts the ability to revise designs instantly, is a 3D modeling and BIM, or building information management software, created by Autodesk ® and used by architects and designers across the nation and it is becoming the state-of-the-art standard in the industry.
"If I change my model, Revit will change the floor plan and other reference drawings too," said Scott Aly, a student of SWFC. Aly plans to graduate in 2010 with a double major in Computer Aided Drafting and Design and Computer Animation. "Revit is a big time saver, it results in much higher productivity by avoiding having to go back to change all reference views as is the case in Auto CAD," Aly said.
Autodesk describes Revit Architecture 2010 ® as software that "works the way architects and designers think." Revit Architecture helps professionals on the job capture and analyze early design concepts and accurately maintain a concept and vision through all phases of preliminary design, documentation, and construction. Changes are automatically updated throughout the project, so design and documentation remain coordinated and reliable. While Auto CAD ® is readily available and widely taught, SWFC is positioning its design graduates for the next generation for computer-aided design.
To access Revit training, students from southwest Florida have had to travel to Miami or Tampa. "Now it’s available right at their doorstep," said Engler.
In addition to the state-of-the-art capabilities of Revit, graduates enter the workforce able to create detailing and drafting views of design projects, produce construction documents and use presentation tools for presenting building models. Design students learn through a combination of methods including hands-on training, teacher demonstrations and facilitation.
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning centrally located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and includes the Institute of Interior Design located within the Miromar Design Center in Estero. The College has been providing post secondary education to Floridians since 1974 and offers programs in Allied Health, Business, Design, Education, Information Technology and Legal Studies. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for rewarding careers in fields with high growth potential. For more information, call toll-free 888-526-7973 or visit www.instituteofinteriordesign.com or www.swfc.edu.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The open house is free to the public and offers participants a chance to view students' work, take a tour, learn about your future in design during the informational session and find out more about tuition assistance options, such as the $7,000 Smart Choices High School Scholarship, for those who qualify. You can also hear about the industry firsthand from guest speaker, April Campbell, who has been listed as a Design Visionary and as one of the Top 100 Designers in Florida by Florida International Magazine.
Take the next step and start the new school year off right, come discover if the Institute of Interior Design is the right college for you. The Institute of Interior Design has a skilled team of professionals and tailored diploma and degree programs that are suited to meet the needs of the industry. Learn more about the bachelor degree program in Interior Design, the associate degree program in Interior Design and Decorating, or the diploma program in Kitchen and Bath design, which is designed with NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) guidelines and approved by the NKBA as a supported school.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, September 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Institute of Interior Design, located within the beautifully appointed International Design Center at 10800 Corkscrew Road, Suite 280, in Estero, Fla. Students of the Institute of Interior Design are in direct contact with professional designers and the unparalleled resources that the International Design Center has to offer.
Reservations are required and all are encouraged to attend. To reserve your space, please call Nancy Ashley at 239-221-7249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
The Institute of Interior Design is an accredited private institution located within the Miromar Design Center in Estero, Fla. It offers an unparalleled learning environment by surrounding its students with experienced professional designers, exceptional working materials and the resources needed to realize a future in interior design. For more information, call toll free (888) 526-7973 or visit http://www.instituteofinteriordesign.com/.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
STUDENTS IMPRESS AWARD WINNING INTERIOR DESIGNER IN THEIR FURNITURE DESIGN CLASS AT THE INSTITUTE OF INTERIOR DESIGN
Under the direction of their instructor, Richard Geary, students quickly rose to the challenge and the results were what Geary called “nothing short of amazing.”
“The process of the design was really the most important thing about all of this, since this is what clients will be asking of them once they begin working in the field,” Geary said. “I was interested in the sketching, building, drawing and the process the students went through as they worked their way through the project individually.”
Students were given little direction except to create pieces that were meaningful to them in some way. Their first step was to write a concept statement that explained what they hoped to achieve in their original design and why. Students received constructive criticism and comments from their peers along the way. Since they couldn’t build real pieces due to space and equipment, Geary thought that models were within the scope of what his students could produce.
The cabinets, tables, chairs and chests aren’t ready for customers, yet. They are 1/20 scale models designed as inspired prototypes – early but crucial steps in the design process.
Students got all of the materials on their own, mostly from home improvement stores and used things like coasters, PVC pipe and anything else they could get their hands on to demonstrate their level of ingenuity.
Student Alexandra Hutchinson explained that she wanted to build a table that looked the same as someone walked around it and a floating bed that made a statement saying, “even king size beds can seem light and delicate.”
Other students, like Terry Pfeffer, made model beds with hideaway drawers, roll out benches, and pop-up computer coffee tables complete with a matching wall unit that contained pocket doors and burl veneers for a classic look.
“Their work was very professional done,” Geary said. “It’s incredible to see their process from the beginning of the program to what they have accomplished today.”
Geary is the president of an award winning interior and furniture design firm in Naples, Fla. He has won numerous awards for design excellence in a career spanning 37 years. Recently his firm was a winner in the coveted Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen design competition. The Geary Design firm typically designs more than 75 percent of the furniture, hardware, rugs and lighting used in design projects used in their clients’ projects.
With his strong background in furniture design, Geary introduced his students to professional cabinet makers, upholsters, metal makers and machinists located in the Naples Industrial Park, all of whom he has worked with for years. On their field trip, students learned about joinery, measured drawings, working with metal, woodworking with veneer machines and hardware.
“I got a better appreciation for furniture, its size, how it’s built, how it can be used for multiple functions and how you can display it within a space from taking this class,” Pfeffer said.
The Institute of Interior Design’s Furniture Design and Construction course includes the theory and practice of furniture design and practical methods of construction as well as the preparation of design documentation and specifications of materials and hardware. The course surveys materials and machinery and covers current production methods.
Upon completion of the course, students achieve an understanding of the methods of documentation in furniture design; execute furniture design from concept to working drawings; articulate appropriate material selection, hardware and finishes; exhibit knowledge based on function and end use; understand the functions of the machinery used in furniture construction; know about the processing of wood, metal, stone and glass and how to design with the parameters of the material; comprehend the principles and methods of working with subcontractors and craftsmen to implement their designs; and demonstrate the skills necessary to present and market a furniture design to a client.
For more information about the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College and its classes offered, call toll-free 888-526-7973 or visit http://www.instituteofinteriordesign.com/ today.