The most important course in interior architecture/interior architecture and environmental design departments is the course which is included in the curriculum with various names such as ‘project, interior studio, interior design studio, design atelier, interior design project’, where solutions for space design related problems are produced with an interdisciplinary approach and the learning outcomes of all auxiliary courses are practiced on design. In general, within the scope of the course, the student is expected to identify, analyse the spatial/ functional/ structural/ physiological/ psychological/ social and aesthetic etc. features, requirements and actions and to present with a new design. However, it is equally important for the student to develop two and/ or three dimensional visual content for this design process and the final product and to present it as a detailed project, to convey the design ideas to lecturer which can also be considered as the employer/ user/ customer and to convince him/her to apply it. At this point, obtaining composition/ expression skills in order to realize project expression on any size surface makes the accumulation of knowledge about graphic design mandatory.
The aim of the research is to make current determination about graphic design based courses in the curriculum of interior architecture/ interior architecture and environmental design departments and to present a complementary ‘elective/ compulsory elective’ course proposal/ weekly plan for Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture, which started to accept students in the 2018-2019 Academic Year/ Fall Semester. In this regard, universities are tabulated primarily based on 2020-Higher Education Programs and Quota Guide, the courses related to graphic design in each department are listed and with these acquired knowledge it has been prepared a construction of a course within the framework of ‘content, objectives, goals, learning outcomes’ that can be added to the curriculum. It is anticipated that the course with improved content will help students to develop a consistent presentation technique and board in all major area courses with strong graphic expression, unique design, understandable written and visual symbols, high legibleness. Also, it is thought that it will be beneficial to put a board layout which appropriate with the identity and character of design to capture an architectural language at the national/ international level and to transfer design ideas and strategies directly to the other.
Keywords: interior architecture, education, graphic design