Maseno University Interior Design

By | April 25, 2019

Maseno University Interior Design, Interior design involves a range of related projects that are involved in making any interior space into an effective setting for whatever variety of human activities that are to take place there. It involves the design and construction of building interiors including homes, commercial and retail office space, laboratories, hospitals, computing areas, hotel and resort developments, restaurants, theatres, museums and gallery exhibitions and displays.

The programme emphasizes design process, technical skills development, problem solving, and the management skills needed to work in collaboration with the allied design professions.  Special attention is given to preparation in building bridges between the academic world, the professions, and industry.  Students are expected to integrate aesthetic values into the spaces they design and consider aspirations of the world in which they live.  The goal is to create quality environments for human use.

Fostering an intellectual environment in which the spirit and skill of the creative individual will thrive and the artistic, educational and business needs of the nation be served.

Finding creative solutions to problems relating to the function and quality of people’s built environment and integrate aesthetic values into the spaces built for human use by graduating professionals who understand the current built environment needs of the society.


The programme is designed to:
1.0    Provide the necessary educational background and training for those wishing to enter interior design profession.
1.1   Help the student acquire inter-disciplinary knowledge and techniques in addressing interior design issues of concern to the community.
1.2    Develop ability in the student to investigate, analyze and present research findings on interior design projects.
1.3    Assist the student in developing creative and innovative skills that will contribute to their professional folio of work.
1.4    Assist to student in synthesizing and expressing original ideas on design styles and procedures that contribute to their imaginative growth and aesthetic wellbeing.
1.5    Acquaint the student with varied materials, media and designs that are available in our society.
1.6    Prepare students for postgraduate studies.

YEAR 1: First Semester
ADI 101    History of Art and Design                
ADI 102*    Art and Design Concepts                
ADI 103**    Freehand Drawing and Illustration            
ADT 141*    Apparel Design and Construction I            
ADT 143*    Color Theory and Technology                
SCS 101    Introduction to Computers

Year1: Second Semester
ADI 104    Design Communication and Aesthetics            
ADI 105*    Technical Drawing                    
ADI 106*    Graphic Design and Illustrations                
ADI 107*    Free Hand Drawing and Illustration II            
ADI 108    Communication Skills II                
ADT 144    Apparel Design and Construction II            
SCS 114    Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases        
SCS 112     Desktop Publishing

YEAR 2: First Semester
ADI 201    Ergonomics                        
ADI 202**    Technical Drawing & Architectural Graphics        
ADI 203    Principles of Economics                    
AD1 204    History of Interior Design                
AD1 205*    Interior Design Materials and Components        
ADT 243:    Print & Design I                    
SCS203    Information Systems Analysis and Design        
SCS 207    Web Design and Publishing

Year 2: Second  Semester
ADI 207*    Basic Photography                    
ADI 208*    Environmental Design and Psychology            
ADI 209*    Flowers and Plants for Interiors                
ADI 210*    Interior Architecture, Space Design & Planning    I    
ADT 248:    Print & Design II                    
SCS 214    Management Information Systems            
SCS 212     Database Systems

YEAR 3First Semester     
ADI 301*    The Extended Environment                
ADI302**    Socio-Cultural Aspects of Design            
ADI 303    Structures                        
ADI 304**    Furniture Design and Construction             
ADI 305    Lighting and Acoustics for Interior Design        
ADI 306**    Multi-Media Crafts                    
SCS 306    Internet Computing                    
SCS 309    Computer Aided Design

Year 3: Second Semester
ADI 307    Research Methodology & Project Development        
ADI 308**    Computer Aided Design for Interiors            
ADI 309    Law and Interior Design                    
ADI 310    African Art in Interior Design                
ADT 345*    Textiles for Interiors                    
SCS 324     Statistical Analysis with SPSS                
SCS 322    Electronic Commerce                    

ADI 320    Industrial Attachment (12 Weeks)           

YEAR 4: First Semester
ADI 401    Design of Enabling Environments            
ADI 402**    Computer Aided Design Project                
ADI 403     Design Service Marketing                
ADI 404    Professional Practice for Design                
ADI 405**    Design Project I                        
ADI 406*    Exhibition and Display Designs                
SCS 409    IT and Society                        
SCS 402    Software Engineering

Year 4: Second Semester
ADI 408**    Design Studio Practice                    
ADI 409+    Computer Aided Design II Design            
ADI 410**    Fabric and Print Design    III                
ADI 411*    Packaging and Advertising Design            
ADI 412**    Design Project II                    
SCS 416    Human Computer Interaction                
SCS 433    Advanced Database Systems                
APH 409    African Aesthetics                    


Candidates wishing to join any degree programme in FASS, must meet the general University entry requirements set out in the Maseno University statutes. In addition, applicants must fulfill specific requirements as may be stipulated by respective departments with respect to the field of study.

Duration of the Programme.
The duration of the programme shall normally be four academic years.

Course Structure:

  1. Unit is defined as the equivalent of one lecturer hour per week per semester, or (2) hours tutorials per week per semester or three (3) hours practical per week per semester.
  2. In the first two years of their study at the university, each student shall take approved combination of courses offered in the department, other faculties and the common university courses to minimum of 42 units each year.
  3. The last two (2) years will be concentrated in the main area. Students will take a minimum of 42 units per year in the third and fourth years of study.
  4. Elective units are offered in all the years of study. Students must take 1 elective information technology courses in each semester in addition to the core courses.
  5. In addition, all students are required to take the normal twelve weeks of industrial Attachment at the end of the second semester of the third year of study. For the purpose of examination, Industrial Attachment will be six (6) units.
  6. Examination Regulation:
  7. The University Common Examination Regulations shall apply.
  8. Practical courses (indicated by *) will be examined on a final two-hour paper that will constitute 50% of total marks, continuous assessment tests will be 20%, and the practical will be 30%.
  9. Field courses (indicated by +) will be assessed as follows:
  10. University Supervisors……………………………….    50%
  11. Students’ written report……………………………….    40%
  12. Assigned task (Challenge activity)……………………    10%
  13. Total……………………………………………………    100%
  14. Seminars and Group studies will be assessed as follows:
  15. Student(s) Oral Reports………………………………..    50%
  16. Student (s) or Group written paper……………………    50%
  17. Total…………………………………………………..    100%


The University and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences examination regulations shall apply.
6.2    All courses shall be examined during the semester in which they are offered.
6.3    Continuous assessments will be based on practicals, project presentations and written tests.
6.4    The end of the semester examinations and continuous assessment shall comprise 70% and 30% respectively.
6.5    Industrial Attachment will be assessed as follows:
Field Assessment        50%
Student’s Written Report    40%
Assigned Task            10%
6.6    Practical Courses will be examined through a two-hour written paper that will constitute 50% of total marks, continuous assessment will be 30% and weekly practical work will be 20%.
6.7    Projects will be written up as a dissertation and also be presented orally.
Project assessments will be graded out of a maximum of 100% (Seminar orals 30% and dissertation, visual display or exhibition 70%).