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What does it take to be an FIU Interior Design student?


Students in the Department of Interior Design recently put aside their design tools and tested out their filmmaking talents to produce a series of short films that showcase what it means to be an interior design student at FIU.

A short-film competition was held in the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building on April 1 to determine who captured the experience the best. Lauren Shepard and Yamile Leon were named the winners and received a gift certificate for Texas de Brazil.

As part of the friendly competition, 10 teams wrote, filmed and produced a series of shorts intended to show future students what it takes to be an interior design student at FIU. Most videos showcased photos of students’ many fieldtrips and long-night stays in the studios in the Cejas building at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Unlike traditional student life, design disciplines require students to spend most of their academic life in a studio. The studios at MMC are modeled after the Walter Gropius Bauhaus idea, where work space functions not only as a studio space but as a workshop, a classroom and a laboratory as well. This environment allows students to share ideas and learn from one another. Students use the studios to work on projects that range from creating habitable environments to making lamps and building furniture.