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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
617-989-4213
coenm@wit.edu

Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115

Department of Design & Facilities

Suzanne Kennedy, Department Head
Annex South Room 101
Phone: 617-989-4050

Faculty

Professors

  • Herbert Fremin, AIA, IDEC, NCIDQ
  • Suzanne Kennedy, IFMA, CFM
  • Frederick Kuhn, ISDA
  • Rachel G. Pike, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ

Associate Professors

  • Robert Meszaros, AIGA
  • Sam Montague, IDSA
  • Jeffrey Michael, IDSA

Assistant Professors

  • Peter Greenberg, AIA, LEED AP
  • Nick Ortolino, CAA
  • Sean Stewart, AIA
  • Simon Williamson, IDSA

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science: Facilities Planning & Management
  • Bachelor of Science: Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Science: Interior Design

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Design & Facilities is to offer programs and instruction for the novice in its three areas: Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Facilities Planning & Management, which reflect the integrated nature of today’s built environment. Since our complex built environment requires art, technology, and business, our students are instructed in design, building technologies, business, and management principles.

Facilities Planning and Management (BFPM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Facilities Planning & Management (BFPM) program aims to develop in its students recognized management skills along with knowledge concerning current technologies that are necessary for entry-level professional practice. Facilities Management practice can be regarded as the management of a company’s or institution’s physical assets. The management of these assets involves long-term, as well as short-term, planning for physical facilities and real properties that integrates the organization’s strategic business plan and the technical components for that plant. The quality of work life and cost effectiveness of the organization’s environment are the goals of the facilities manager.

Building on a practical core of oral and written communications, mathematics, science, and design principles, the Facilities Planning & Management (BFPM) program introduces students to a wide range of facilities and management issues including space utilization, project management, space planning, energy management techniques, building management, facility assessment, and real estate principles. An integral aspect of the program is the experience students gain through two semesters of cooperative employment in facilities management offices.

The Facilities Planning & Management (BFPM) program is accredited by the International Facility Management Association as having met the highest standards of professional education in this discipline. The program is one of only four undergraduate programs in the United States to achieve this status.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

DSGN105

Drawing I

0

6

3

DSGN130

Design I

1

6

4

DSGN135

Introduction to Computer Graphics

1

2

2

ENGL100

English I

4

0

4

MATH211

Plane and Solid Geometry

4

0

4

Total

10

14

17

Spring Semester

Course R L C

DSGN165

Design II

1

6

4

ENGL115

English II

3

0

3

INTD155

Technical Drawing I

1

6

4

INTD225

Technical Studies I

3

0

3

PHYS211

Conceptual Physics

3

2

4

Total

11

14

18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

General Elective

-

-

3

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science Elective

3

0

3

INTD211

Interior Studio I1

1

8

5

INTD275

Technical Studies II

3

2

4

INTD285

Technical Drawing II

2

4

4

Total

-

-

19

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science Elective

3

0

3

ELECTIVE

Technical Elective2

-

-

3

ENGL350

Writing Competency Assessment

0

0

0

INTD325

Technical Studies III

3

2

4

INTD301

Interior Studio II1

1

8

5

COMM270

Business Communications

2

2

3

Total

-

-

18

Summer Semester

Course R L

C

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

Junior Year3, 4

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

MGMT390

Financial Accounting

2

2

3

MGMT505

Principles of Management

3

2

4

FMGT405

Facilities Management I

3

2

4

FMGT410

Facility Space Utilization and Management

3

2

4

FMGT415

Project Management for Facility Managers

4

0

4

Total

15

8

19

Spring Semester

Course R L

C

COOP400

Co-op Work Semester I

0

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

MGMT450

Financial Management

4

0

4

FMGT420

Facility Development & Planning Seminar

3

2

4

FMGT500

Computer Applications for Facility Managers

2

4

4

Total

13

6

16

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course R L

C

COOP600

Co-op Work Semester II

0

Spring Semester

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

FMGT450

Facility Assessment and Forecasting

3

2

4

FMGT550

Energy Management and Building Operations

3

2

4

FMGT590

Directed Studies Research

3

0

3

MGMT462

Business Law

3

2

4

Total

16

6

19

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

FMGT610

Principles of Real Estate for Facility Managers

4

0

4

FMGT620

Facilities Directed Studies

2

4

4

MGMT625

Business Negotiation Principles

2

2

3

Total

12

6

15

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1The Design Studio Grade Requirement must be satisfied.
2Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor’s approval to complement and to broaden the student’s educational experience.
3Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have successfully completed 65 of 72 credit hours of prerequisite work with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 out of 4.0 or have received permission from the department to enroll in these courses.
4Students from other programs seeking admittance into the program at the junior year will be evaluated based on the following prerequisites:
Seventy-two (72) semester credit hours successfully completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 in the categories listed below:
Liberal Arts - 13 credits
-English Composition (3)
-English Literature (4)
-Humanities/Social Science (6)

Mathematics and Sciences - 10 credits
-Algebra and Trigonometry (or Plane and Solid Geometry) (4)
-Physics (with laboratory) (4)
-Computer Graphics (2)

Technical Discipline - 23 credits
-Design Studio and Technical Drawing (16)
-Materials and Construction (3)
-Interior Systems (4)

Approved Technical Requirements - 26 credits
Approved Technical Requirements are selected by the BFPM Program Coordinator from the student’s major courses.

Industrial Design (BIND)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Professional industrial designers work at the intersection of art, business, and technology. Through research and experience, designers enrich the lives of those around us, by interpreting our psychological and social desires/aspirations into the objects we interact with daily. They help provide order and structure for the companies they serve, as well as empathy for environmental and social issues, and enjoyment of our world.

Much of your education will be studio based projects as well as courses in drawing, model making, manufacturing technologies (such as computer-aided design and rapid prototyping), user research, design history, and the successful completion of two co-op work semesters beginning in the junior year. Co-op experiences are designed to complement the studio curriculum.

As a graduate you will have opportunities to create for the mass and private markets. Areas of possibility include, consumer electronics, education, toys, sports, and medical equipment, footware, house wares, furniture, and exhibit design. Many graduates begin their careers immediately, designing either as a consultant, or as an in-house designer for some of the nation’s leading brands. As they continue to grow, graduates often end up in leadership roles within their respective companies, making top-level decisions as a design director, or creative manager.

Wentworth’s Industrial Design program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. It is a fully accredited four-year program by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Industrial Design educational experience includes a cooperative work program in which students are required to spend two semesters working as an intern in the professional design field.

Advancement into the junior year of the BIND program is based on a student’s past performance and demonstrated skill level to succeed in the more advanced courses offered in the junior and senior years. The Design Studio Grade Requirement must be satisfied. Approval to advance into the junior year will be determined by the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 63 earned credits with an overall 2.0 GPA in their first two years of study
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA for all first- and second- year INDS prefixed courses
  • A successful portfolio review of studio design projects and assignments created in related disciplines (completed and in progress). All first- and second- year requirements must be completed before the start of the fourth year.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

DSGN105

Drawing I

0

6

3

DSGN130

Design I

1

6

4

DSGN135

Intro to Computer Graphics

1

2

2

ENGL100

English I

4

0

4

INDS150

Design History I

4

0

4

Total

10

14

17

Spring Semester

Course R L C

DSGN165

Design II

1

6

4

ENGL115

English II

3

0

3

INDS205

Design History II

4

0

4

INDS215

CAD I

2

2

3

INDS222

Visualization I: Perspective Drawing

2

4

4

Total

12

12

18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science Elective

3

0

3

INDS265

Modeling Techniques I

2

4

4

INDS275

Industrial Design I: Studio

1

6

4

INDS280

Visualization II: Ideation

0

6

3

MATH211

Plane and Solid Geometry

4

0

4

Total

10

16

18

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ENGL350

Writing Competency Assessment

-

-

0

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science Elective

3

0

3

INDS300

Industrial Design II: Studio

1

6

4

INDS310

Visualization III: Rendering Techniques

2

2

3

INDS325

Modeling Techniques II

2

4

4

PHYS211

Conceptual Physics

3

2

4

Total

11

14

18

Summer Semester

Course R L

C

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

Junior Year1

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

INDS330

Materials & Manufacturing

4

2

4

INDS405

Visualization IV: Information Architecture

2

2

3

INDS415

CAD II

2

2

3

INDS420

Industrial Design III: Studio

0

8

4

INDS440

Human Factors in Design

4

0

4

Total

12

12

18

Spring Semester

Course R L

C

COOP400

Co-op Work Semester I

0

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

ELECTIVE

Technical Elective2

-

-

4

INDS500

Industrial Design IV: Studio

0

8

4

INDS515

CAD III: 3-D Modeling

2

2

3

Total

-

-

15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course R L

C

COOP600

Co-op Work Semester II

0

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

COMM270

Business Communications

2

2

3

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

INDS565

Design Perspectives: Topics of History

4

0

4

INDS575

Industrial Design V: Studio

0

8

4

INDS580

Directed Studies Research

2

0

2

Total

12

10

17

Summer Semester

R

L

C

INDS600

Professional Practice

4

0

4

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

INDS625

Directed Studies Studio

0

8

4

INDS635

Senior Seminar

2

0

2

Total

10

8

14

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed the requirements listed here.

2Courses selected with the faculty advisor's approval to complement and to broaden the student's educational experience.

Interior Design (BINT)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Interior Design program recalls and reinforces the mission of the Institute by preparing and graduating students with excellent diverse skills qualifying them for the demands of professional life.

The program recognizes that academic preparation is the foundation of lifelong learning in a dynamic and evolving profession and seeks to develop student fluency and competence in an array of basic skills and processes with equal insight into the artistic, technical, and managerial competencies of practice. More precisely the program graduates students with a broad overview of the profession by balancing a curriculum equally weighted in creativity—the art of design—and rudimentary technical knowledge and business acumen required to realize their conceptions.

The program seeks to portray the practitioner as a multi-dimensional professional with a broad range of responsibilities serving both clients and the public. The program recognizes that art, science, intuition, rational thinking, and common sense all coincide in equal measure and that these accumulated skills and traits acquired over time and experience form the hallmark of the true professional. As an “applied art,” the program recognizes that interior design skills are not of themselves intuitive and as a result the curriculum courses—especially studios—are structured to build student confidence and facilitate learning objectives.

The program orientation and the structure of the curriculum rest on a tripartite base: Wentworth’s ‘Learning and Competency Objectives,’ CIDA accreditation standards, and the NCIDQ definition of the professional interior designer. These three standards recognize the reality of the specialized, diverse knowledge, and skills required in practice and affords graduates substantial preparation for professional licensure.

To achieve this balanced orientation, the program seeks to:

  • foster creativity and artistic vision
  • develop fluency with a design process
  • broaden intellectual depth
  • develop technical skills and the craft of making
  • introduce students to the business of design
  • offer the opportunity to work efficiently both independently and collaboratively in teams
  • recognize the broad professional fiduciary responsibilities to the general public including but not limited to ethical practice, regulatory requirements, and growing public concerns for resource conservation and sustainability.

The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Graduates of the program may seek employment as interior design professionals in interior design and architectural firms, corporations, institutions, and government offices, or as sales professionals for interior design product manufacturers. Some graduates have pursued advanced degrees in interior design, architecture, fine arts, and business administration. After two years of professional experience, graduates may sit for the NCIDQ examination for professional certification.

Advancement into the junior year of the BINT program is based on a student’s past performance and demonstrated skill level to succeed in the more advanced courses offered in the junior and senior years. The Design Studio Grade Requirement must be satisfied. Approval to continue on into the junior year will be based on the following

  • a minimum of 65 earned credits with an overall 2.0 GPA in their first two years of study
  • a 2.5 GPA for all courses completed with the prefix DSGN and INTD
  • successful portfolio review of their related discipline projects (completed and in progress)

All first and second year requirements must be completed before the start of the fourth year

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

DSGN105

Drawing I

0

6

3

DSGN130

Design I

1

6

4

DSGN135

Intro to Computer Graphics

1

2

2

ENGL100

English I

4

0

4

MATH211

Plane and Solid Geometry

4

0

4

Total

10

14

17

Spring Semester

Course R L C

DSGN165

Design II

1

6

4

ENGL115

English II

3

0

3

INTD155

Technical Drawing I

1

6

4

INTD225

Technical Studies I

3

0

3

PHYS211

Conceptual Physics

3

2

4

Total

11

14

18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science Elective

3

0

3

INTD211

Interior Studio I

1

8

5

INTD220

History of Interiors I

3

0

3

INTD275

Technical Studies II

3

2

4

INTD285

Technical Drawing II

2

4

4

Total

12

14

19

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ENGL350

Writing Competency Assessment

-

-

0

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science Elective

3

0

3

INTD230

Presentation Techniques

2

4

4

INTD290

History of Interiors II

3

0

3

INTD301

Interior Studio II

1

8

5

INTD325

Technical Studies III

3

2

4

Total

12

14

19

Summer Semester

Course R L

C

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

Junior Year1

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Design Elective2

-

-

3

INTD401

Interior Studio III

0

12

6

INTD455

Material and Furniture Specifications

2

0

2

INTD485

Behavioral Aspects of Design

3

0

3

INTD500

Construction Documents

2

4

4

Total

-

-

18

Spring Semester

Course R L

C

COOP400

Co-op Work Semester I

0

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

INTD430

Interior Architectural Lighting

3

2

4

INTD501

Interior Studio IV

0

12

6

INTD515

Building Regulatory Requirements

2

0

2

Total

9

14

16

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course R L

C

COOP600

Co-op Work Semester II

0

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE

General Elective

-

-

3

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

INTD460

Textiles

3

2

4

INTD570

Programming for Interior Design

2

0

2

INTD601

Interior Studio V

0

12

6

Total

-

-

19

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

COMM270

Business Communications

2

2

3

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective*

4

0

4

INTD610

Professional Practice

4

0

4

INTD621

Directed Studies Studio

0

12

6

Total

10

14

17

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.
1Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed the prerequisites outlined above.

2Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor’s approval to complement and to broaden the student’s educational experience.

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