Interior Design Studies
Please note that courses are offered in alternate quarters with the exception of a few that are offered each quarter.
- FALL QUARTER 2018: October 1 – December 6, 2018
- WINTER QUARTER 2019: January 22 – April 1, 2019
- SPRING QUARTER 2019: April 16 – June 20, 2019 (Registration opens January 30)
- SUMMER 2019: July 8 – September 12, 2019 (Registration opens January 30)
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 enterprise. Taught by industry professionals, the program offers in-depth studios that focus on the important fundamentals to enter the design field. Participants are prepared for a range of business possibilities that include starting their own practice, freelancing in such areas as hospitality, special events planning, real estate staging, and working in a retail setting.
Enroll in individual courses according to your interests or complete all eight to earn the certificate. Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met. It is recommended that students who wish to complete a program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses.
- Drawing for Interiors
- History of Furniture & Decorative Arts
- Principles of Interior Design
- Materials for Interiors
- Color Design for Interiors
- CAD for Drafting
- Lighting Techniques
- Interior Design Studies: Advanced Projects
Each Interior Design Studies course meets from 6:30-9:30 pm once a week for ten weeks. For the specific schedule in a given quarter, please review the appropriate catalog or contact us directly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (Principles may be taken concurrently).
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.
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.
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.