The Art Institute of Houston

Memorandum of Understanding
Bachelor of Fine Arts-Interior Design
The Art Institute of Houston
and
El Centro College
of the Dallas County Community College District

The intent of this agreement between the Art Institute of Houston and El Centro College (ECC), of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), is to increase the number and quality of students matriculating from ECC into interior design disciplines at the Art Institute of Houston.  Concomitantly, this agreement is designed to foster enhanced transfer processes for ECC students pursuing a bachelor degree in Fine Arts.

This agreement recognizes the following terms and conditions:

  1. Representatives from the Art Institute of Houston and ECC admission’s staff, academic advisors, and the Interior Design department will collaborate to select students for the program and will provide advising to students in the program.
  2. The Art Institute of Houston faculty and staff will provide support to the Interior Design faculty at ECC through the sharing of course syllabi and other pertinent material.
  3. Students who successfully complete the ECC Associate in Applied Sciences program will be able to transfer a block of at least 78 credit hours into the Art Institute of Houston degree.  The transfer courses must meet the Art Institute of Houston required GPA and the minimum grade for transferring to the Art Institute of Houston.  The Art Institute of Houston will accept all courses as outlined in the Art Institute of Houston/ECC Transfer Guide.
  4. ECC students successfully completing the Associate in Applied Sciences program according to the Art Institute of Houston/ECC Transfer Guide will gain automatic admission to the Art Institute of Houston.
  5. The Art Institute of Houston/ECC Transfer Guide, attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit A, will be reviewed and updated by ECC and the Art Institute of Houston faculty and advisors at least annually.  The Office of Transfer Services/Articulation and University Relations at DCCCD, Dean of Fine Arts at ECC, and the Dean of the Interior Design department at the Art Institute of Houston will approve changes.
  6. The progress of this program will be monitored by both the Art Institute of Houston and ECC and may be revised by mutual agreement at any time.  Either party may terminate this agreement at any time when the said party believes that termination is in the best interest of all parties concerned.  Those students already participating in the program at the time of termination will have their coursework honored.
  7. A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding and Articulation Agreement along with the Art Institute of Houston/ECC Equivalency Transfer Guide will be kept in the Office of Transfer Services/Articulation and University Relations at DCCCD, the Fine Arts office at ECC, and the Office of the Dean of Interior Design at the Art Institute of Houston.
  8. Annually, the Art Institute of Houston and ECC will share data related to the enrollment, scholastic progress, and academic performance of former and active cooperative students in order to evaluate opportunities for improvement and the overall status of this program.
  9. The Art Institute of Houston and ECC will collaborate on the design of marketing materials, which will be distributed to current students, potential students, or the community at large to publicize this agreement.
  10. The faculty and administrators from the Art Institute of Houston and ECC will meet annually to assess and develop program offerings; to schedule student and faculty class visits; and to explore potential joint grant funding. 

Longevity of the Agreement 

This MOU is in perpetuity or until it is discontinued by either educational partner by submitting written notification to the other partner one year prior to the identified cancellation date in order to protect all students transferring between these institutions.


Dallas County Community College District

______________________________________
Dr. Michael Jackson
Interim President, El Centro College

_________________________
(date)

The Art Institute of Houston:

_____________________________________
Larry Horn
President

________________________________
(date)


Contact Information at DCCCD:

Gregg Williams
Transfer Services/Articulation and University Relations Office
701 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(Tel) 214-860-2185 or 214-860-2424
(Fax) 214-860-2677
g.williams@dcccd.edu

 

Contact Information at The Art Institute of Houston:

John Willis
Asst. Dean of Academic Affairs
1900 Yorktown
Houston, TX 77056
(Tel) 713-353-4115
(Fax) 713-966-2786


Exhibit A
The Art Institute of Houston - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interior Design)
DCCCD Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) Interior Design
2006-2007 

DCCCD Courses

Hours

The Art Institute of Houston

General Education Core (24 hours)

ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

ENGL 1301 Composition I

ENGL 1302 Composition II

3

Humanities elective (English)

SPCH  1315

3

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

MATH 2342 Intro Statistics or
MATH 1332 College Mathematics I

3

MATH 1314 College Algebra

PSYC 2302 Applied Psychology

3

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

ARTS 1303 Survey of Art History
ARTS 1304 Survey of Art History

6

ARTS 1303 Art History I
ARTS 1304 Art History II

Humanities/Fine Arts*

3

Humanities Elective (TBD)

Courses for Major in Interior Design (48 hours)

INDS 1341 Color Theory & Application

3

ART 114 Color Fundamentals

INDS 1301 Basic Elements & Design

3

ID127 Design Basics 2D

INDS 2313 Residential Design I

3

ID 220 Residential Design

INDS 2321 Presentation Design I

3

ART 111 Perspective Drawing

INDS 1319 Technical Drawing for Interior Designers

3

ID 125 Design Drafting II

INDS 1315 Materials, Methods & Estimating

3

ID 253 Interior Products I

INDS 2335 Residential Design II

3

ID 308 Interior Design Studio

INDS 2317 Rendering Techniques

3

ID 129 Rendering & Sketching for Interior Design

INDS 2307 Textiles for Interior Design

3

ID 133 Textiles for Interiors

INDS 1370 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting for Interior Designers

3

ID 130 Intro to AutoCAD

INDS 1351 History for Interiors I

3

ID 144 History of Architecture and Furniture I

INDS 1345 Commercial Design I

3

ID 300 Commercial Design

INDS 1352 History of Interiors II

3

ID 243 History of Architecture and Furniture II

INDS 2315 Lighting for Interior Designers

3

ID 320 Lighting for Interiors

INDS 2305 Interior Design Graphics

3

ID 135 Digital Presentation Techniques

DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting

3

ID 103 Design Drafting I

Courses needed for The Art Institute of Houston BFA - not required for AAS at DCCCD

ARTS 1316 Drawing I

3

Art 108 Observational Drawing

COSC 1300 or higher

3

CS 108 Computer Concepts

Total credit hours taken at DCCCD

78

 

*Elective must be selected from any three-credit hour course in the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.