Interior Design Studies
This popular hands-on program will help you develop professional competencies for creating and implementing all aspects of an interior design project, as well as the discipline and organizational skills that are the foundation of a successful business. You will learn how to create a range of residential and commercial spaces that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. In addition to credit and noncredit coursework, we offer a certificate program in Interior Design Studies.
“ I learned a great deal from this class. [My instructor] was very encouraging and knowledgeable in various subject matter. There was a lot to cover, but I felt challenged and excited to come to class every time!”
— 2019 Adult Continuing Education Student
INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIES
Master the space that surrounds you. Our in-depth studios, taught by industry professionals, focus on important fundamentals for entering the field. Be prepared for a range of business possibilities, including starting your own business. Please note: courses should be taken in the approximate order they are listed below.
Credit: EVIDC201 | Noncredit: EVIDCA201
This introductory course is designed for aspiring, professional, and enthusiasts drawn to Interior Design and Architecture who want to refresh or improve the foundation of their perspective drawing skills for the purpose of interior planning.
In this course, you will learn traditional drafting and rendering techniques, including space planning, elevation drawings, 1- and 2-point perspectives, and depicting finish materials. With your classmates, you will explore a variety of media for representing light, texture, color, value, and form while developing an understanding of spatial relationships intrinsic to interior design. Throughout this course, you will gain the skills necessary to draw key portfolio pieces and commissioned works for interior designers, design magazines, and architectural firms.
Please note: this course is intended for students with no previous drawing experience and should be taken as the first or second course in the Interior Design Studies Certificate sequence.
Credit: EVIDC203 | Noncredit: EVIDCA203
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.
Credit: EVIDC200 | Noncredit: EVIDCA200
This studio course focuses on the fundamental principles of interior design, as well as the responsibilities and business aspects of the profession. Throughout the course, students will engage in hands-on projects for both residential and commercial spaces and develop visual design skills, such as integrating color, materials, and textures into their designs. Topics in this course include using core interior design elements, such as scale, proportion, light, space, and form, to create functional and expressive spaces with creative design solutions.
Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors or equivalent knowledge.
Credit: EVIDC302 | Noncredit: EVIDCA302
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 Interior Design Principles or equivalent experience.
Credit: EVBA104 | Noncredit: EVBAA104
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 Interior Design Principles or equivalent experience (Principles may be taken concurrently).
Credit: EVID355 | Noncredit: EVIDA355
Please note: the tech requirements for this class require the use of a PC computer.
Designed for participants with no previous CAD experience, this intensive course introduces the general concepts and applications of two-dimensional computer-aided drafting (CAD). Autodesk AutoCAD is the industry-standard software used worldwide by professional Interior Designers to create computer-aided designs (CADs), 2D and 3D models, architectural drafts, and technical drawings. Gaining experience with AutoCAD is an important step towards your future as an interior designer, engineer, architect, 3D visualizer, or project manager.
AutoCAD students will learn the process for drafting interior rooms, elevations, floor plans, furniture plans, sections, and details with step-by-step instruction. Throughout this course, you will develop proficiency in AutoCAD commands, mode settings, drawing aids, shortcuts, drawing basic and complex shapes, dimension drawings, plotting, and printing. Class projects will immerse you in a designer’s world as you use AutoCAD software to draft imaginative spaces.
Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors and Interior Design Principles or equivalent experience. Basic PC computer and internet navigation skills are a must for this course.
Credit: EVID417 | Noncredit: EVIDA417
Good lighting is everything. While sometimes overlooked, thoughtful, creative lighting design can make a portfolio shine. In this comprehensive course, aspiring and professional Interior Designers will learn varied lighting techniques to strike the balance between artificial and natural illumination.
Throughout this course, students will 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 will focus on developing creative, functional lighting plans that meet the requirements for a range of interior spaces.
Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors and Interior Design Principles or equivalent experience. SketchUp Modeling (noncredit elective) is encouraged, but not mandatory. Intermediate computer and internet navigation skills are a must for this course.
Credit: EVIDC208 | Noncredit: EVIDCA208
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 or more courses in Interior Design Studies or equivalent professional experience. Intermediate design and computer skills are required for this course.
NONCREDIT ONLY: EVID097
In this hands-on Interior Design course, you will learn how to build 3D models using SketchUp. Learn the fundamentals of digital 3D modeling using one of the most flexible and intuitive programs in the industry. Basic modeling and modification tools will be taught; along with how to organize and control your model for easy design revisions and client presentations. This course will give you the tools to design in 3D with creativity and confidence. This course is designed for beginners and no prior experience with SketchUp is required.
Prerequisites: Drawing for Interiors. Intermediate computer and internet navigation skills are a must for this course.
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Moore’s BFA graduates are entitled to a 20% discount. Discounted registrations cannot be made online.
Act 48 Credit
All courses offer Pennsylvania-certified art educators the option to earn Act 48 credit in addition to credit.