Interior Design students carve pumpkins

October 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Interior Design students carve pumpkins

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Jeff Fulton’s textile class had a little fun for Halloween.

As a bonus project, Fulton assigned his students a project to create a design on a pumpkin.

Students had to work on the design outside of class and were not allowed to carve a typical jack-o-lantern.

The students then carved their pre-thought, creative designs during lab.

Fulton’s Design I class also enjoyed this project.

MSU offers interior design dual enrollment course at Jackson Prep

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU offers interior design dual enrollment course at Jackson Prep

Nearly 20 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Digital Design for Interiors dual enrollment course at Jackson Preparatory School learned about the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s diverse curriculum and programs during a recent visit to Mississippi State University. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

Nearly 20 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Digital Design for Interiors dual enrollment course at Jackson Preparatory School learned about the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s diverse curriculum and programs during a recent visit to Mississippi State University. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nearly 20 juniors and seniors at Jackson Preparatory School in Flowood are participating in an interior design dual enrollment course offered by Mississippi State University.

Taught by 2009 MSU interior design graduate Swayze Neyland Pentecost of Jackson, the course provides an introduction to innovative software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Such programs may be used to create graphic presentations, portfolios and digital illustrations of interior elements.

“Overall, the class is going wonderfully,” said Pentecost, a Jackson Prep alumna who also holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Tulane University.

As part of the class, students recently took part in a daylong field trip to the Starkville campus. They enjoyed the opportunity to interact with university officials, including Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert; Jason Keith, dean of the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering; Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and Naron Remillard, director of student recruitment.

The students also toured the Interior Design Program, School of Architecture, Department of Art, and Building Construction Science Program facilities, where they received information about the diverse curriculum and programs available through the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

“It was great for the Jackson Prep students to be able to observe classes and ask our students questions, so they could learn more about majors here on campus,” said Beth Miller, professor and director of the university’s interior design program. “The students are really enjoying the course at Jackson Prep, and I think we have a lot of interest in it for next year.”

Jason Walton, Jackson Prep’s Head of School, recently challenged Pentecost’s students to a billboard design competition. The winner of the competition was Mary Dunbar, whose winning design currently is displayed on two billboards in the Jackson Metro area.

“The students loved the opportunity to have a real life ‘client,’” Pentecost said.

Accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program is the largest of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Providing students with a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experience in the business of interior design is its primary mission.

For more information about the interior design program and its Digital Design for Interiors course, contact Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU interior design major receiving major scholarship

October 16th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU interior design major receiving major scholarship

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Anna Strohm

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State interior design major from Tennessee is receiving another highly coveted national scholarship.

Senior Anna L. Strohm of Gallatin is a new Celia Moh Scholar. Given by the Lexington, North Carolina-based Celia Moh Scholarship Foundation, her 2015 award covers most costs in her final year at the university, including tuition, room, board, books and fees.

The scholarship was established in 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh in his wife’s honor. Recognizing and supporting outstanding students in home-furnishing academic programs, it is considered among the most prestigious honor for U.S. undergraduates planning careers in the industry. For more, see www.mohscholarship.org.

Candidates for the honor must be enrolled fulltime in interior design, furniture products or other approved academic programs, and have completed an extensive questionnaire and personal essay. Faculty recommendations and demonstrated superior academic achievements also are criteria for evaluation.

An MSU President’s List Scholar, Strohm was one of two students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design who received a major scholarship in 2013 from the American Home Furnishings Alliance, also based in North Carolina.

AHFA is the world’s largest and most influential trade organization serving the home furnishings industry.

MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute manages the MSU scholastic awards program, as well as the application process. For complete information, contact institute director Bill Martin at 662-325-3348 or wmartin@cfr.msstate.edu.

Color and Lighting class analyzes lighting qualities

October 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Color and Lighting class analyzes lighting qualities

(Via Robin Carroll)

Robin Carroll’s Interior Design Color and Lighting class recently analyzed and documented the lighting qualities of accent lighting in the Curtis Stout Inc. Lighting Application Center.

Students determined the best color rendering of the object/artwork by the color qualities of the lamp source.

They also learned to operate a light meter and evaluate the proper footcandles for the accent lighting.

King discusses portable lamps with color and lighting class

October 12th, 2015 Comments Off on King discusses portable lamps with color and lighting class

 

(Via Robin Carroll)

Aaron King with Aaron King Studios in Brandon recently spoke to Robin Carroll’s Interior Design Color and Lighting class about building artisan lamps.

King discussed the basics of how he creates his designs and how to be inspired in different ways by different things.

He showed his examples of inspiration that influenced several of his lamp designs.

He also discussed with students how to design with the components in mind such as the lamp (bulb) base sizes and wiring connections plus the safety of building the portable lamp.

Interior design students volunteer at career expo event

October 8th, 2015 Comments Off on Interior design students volunteer at career expo event

Students from the Mississippi State University Interior Design Program participated in “Imagine the Possibilities,” a career expo. for Northeast Mississippi 8th graders sponsored by Create’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.

The event was held Oct. 6-7 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, and the MSU students volunteered in the interiors booth within the Architecture and Construction Pathway, one of 18 pathways at the event.

At the Architecture South-sponsored booth, 8th grade students drew a type of space out of a bowl, such as a library, high-end restaurant, etc. Then, they were challenged to select finishes to try to depict that space.

Interior design student volunteers were: Joy Bottom, Daniella Bower, Staci Dorsey, Liz Grantham, Victoria Owchar and Martina Walker.

MSU-sponsored projects included:

  • Listen with Legos
    Goal: To show the importance of teamwork and communication between architects and construction professionals
    Task: One student served as the architect and had the directions and diagram. The other student served as the constructor and had to listen to the architect’s instructions to put together the set as quickly as possible.
  • Giant Jenga
    (A big hit!) Built by Building Construction Science students at Mississippi State University … because, why not?!
    “It’s the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA! How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses? If it is, you’ll win at JENGA!”
  • Pop-up Houses
    Students were given a house “plan” and were tasked with putting together the house. They were sent home with the challenge of putting together a pop-up MSU Chapel of Memories designed by an architecture professor at MSU.
  • Sharpen Your Sketchup Skills
    Students were allowed to try their skills at Google Sketchup with some help from MSU volunteers.

See more about the event and photos at designbuildimagine.wordpress.com or on social media with the hashtag #itp2015.

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