This program meets the needs of individuals seeking new career opportunities or fulfilling a personal interest in interior design. Participants are prepared for a range of business possibilities that include working in a retail setting and starting their own practice. Emphasis is on problem solving, space planning, and communication/presentation skills needed to serve clients. The curriculum develops professional competencies for creating and implementing all phases of an interior design project, as well as the discipline and organizational skills that are the foundation of a successful business. Design studios focus on the complex functions of the interior environment, the general principles of interior design, and the proficiencies to transform that information into a design solution. A project-based hands-on approach in a supportive environment throughout the program leads to the development of a professional portfolio.

The certificate path is ideal for someone seeking a structured program or a credential representing completion of a rigorous course of study from a prestigious professional college of art and design. To earn the certificate, courses must be taken for credit.


Depending on your needs and interests, courses may also be taken individually for credit or noncredit.


REQUIRED COURSES                         To register

Drawing for Interiors                                     Credit          Noncredit
History of Furniture & Decorative Arts                                     Credit          Noncredit
Principles of Interior Design                                     Credit          Noncredit
Color Design for Interiors                                      Credit          Noncredit
Materials for Interiors                                     Credit          Noncredit
Lighting Techniques                                     Credit          Noncredit
CAD for Drafting                                     Credit          Noncredit
Interior Design Studies: Advanced Projects                                     Credit          Noncredit

Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met.



Each course meets once a week in the evenings for ten weeks. Students taking one course each quarter complete the program in two years. Students taking two courses each quarter complete in one year. It is recommended that students who wish to complete the program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses.




Drawing for Interiors

This course introduces drawing skills essential for successfully delineating interior design concepts and communicating projects to clients. Participants learn basic drafting and rendering techniques including space planning, elevation drawings, 1- and 2-point perspective, and depicting finish materials. A variety of media for representing light, texture, color, value and form are explored. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of spatial relationships intrinsic to interior design. It is intended for students with no previous drawing experience and should be taken as one of the first three courses in the program. No prerequisites.


History of Furniture & Decorative Arts

This course provides an overview of the styles, movements, and major figures in the history of interior design and furniture. Participants explore important interiors as they trace stylistic developments in furniture, furnishings, and decorative materials through slide-illustrated discussion. Topics include the influence of technology, as well as cultural and social factors. Emphasis is on major contributions to shaping architecture and interior design today. This course may be taken at any point in the program. No prerequisites.


Principles of Interior Design

This studio course focuses on the fundamental principles of interior design, as well as the responsibilities and business aspects of the profession. Hands-on projects for both residential and commercial spaces develop skills in applying visual design schemes that integrate color, materials, and textures. Topics include using core elements (scale, proportion, light, and the interdependence of space and form) to translate functional, aesthetic and expressive objectives into creative design solutions. Developing insight into environmental factors such as location and culture and other methods for meeting client needs are explored. No prerequisites.


Materials for Interiors

This course surveys surface materials, finishes, and products integral to defining interior spaces. Participants explore characteristics of a wide range of fabrics, wall coverings, paints, wood, ceramic, metal, glass, plastics, carpet, and more to learn about their suitability for specific applications and their economic and ecological impact. Topics include availability, installation, transition, substructure, and code considerations. Hands-on design projects focus on gaining technical knowledge for creative usage based on appropriate selection and methods for evaluating the sustainability of the built environment. Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors and Principles of Interior Design or equivalent experience.


Color Design for Interiors

This course addresses the dimensions of color and the principles of color relationships that are fundamental for creating interior design solutions. Through designing comprehensive color schemes for residential and commercial settings, participants explore how the effective use of color is integral to purpose. Projects include a wide range of approaches and practical applications to develop a thorough understanding of color’s relationship to form, space, and light, as well as its expressive possibilities. Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors and Principles of Interior Design or equivalent experience.


CAD for Drafting

Designed for participants with no previous CAD experience, this intensive course introduces the general concepts and applications of two-dimensional computer-aided drafting. Participants learn the process for drafting interior rooms, elevations, floor plans, furniture plans, sections, and details. Step by step instruction is given for developing skills in AutoCAD commands, mode settings, drawing aids, shortcuts, dimension drawings, plotting, and printing. Projects focus on the fundamental requirements of interior designers for using AutoCAD software as a basic tool for design and drafting. Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors and Principles of Interior Design or equivalent experience and basic computer skills using the PC operating system are required.


Lighting Techniques

This course introduces the tools, techniques, and principles of lighting design that are basic to all interiors. Participants investigate materials, color, lighting fixtures, lighting selection, layout, and systems for establishing function and atmosphere. Specific topics include lamping, beam spread, color effects, illumination and calculation, and light manipulation. Projects focus on developing creative, functional lighting plans that meet the requirements for a range of interior spaces. Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors and Principles of Interior Design or equivalent experience.


Interior Design Studies: Advanced Projects

This course focuses on the development of a complex interior design project specific to each student’s interests. Projects incorporate the full range of interior design components and processes from needs assessment and concept development to professional presentation techniques and review. Business methods, budgeting, and client record-keeping systems are included. Topics include professional standards and practices, including client relationships and marketing. Prerequisites: 6 courses in Interior Design Studies or equivalent experience.



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