Course Descriptions


ID001: Fundamentals of Design

Semester Credits: 1.5
Course Duration: 1.5 Weeks (36 hours)

Fundamental elements and principles of design apply to every field of visual expression from sculpture, painting, and architecture, to modern concepts in Interior Design. Students will learn to recognize, evaluate, and discuss the principles and elements of design at work in various interior settings. Students will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of basic design elements in specific instances, leading to a comprehensive analytical approach to design. These fundamental concepts are used by professional designers as the building blocks of every design project and are crucial to evaluating design problems and finding elegant solutions. Students will learn tips and techniques on what specific characteristics make for great interior design spaces. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID002: Color Theory

Semester Credits: 1.5
Course Duration: 1.5 Weeks (36 hours)

Color Theory and its application are critical elements in the visual art of Interior Design. Students will gain a basic understanding of the physics and theory of color, as well as their impact on the overall design solution. Students will become familiar with the color wheel, psychological implications of applying color, as well as color themes used in various interior design settings. Students will participate in a hands-on color mixing project to learn about color blending, color matching, and how to achieve basic tints and shades. A basic understanding of the physics, theory, and application of color are critical building blocks for the confident use of color at every level of Interior Design. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID003: History of Furniture

Semester Credits: 5.5
Course Duration: 5 Weeks (120 hours)

Students will learn about the various architectural and furniture design motifs throughout world history. Course material includes learning about historical events and beliefs that influenced the development of different styles and tastes. Time periods studied include Antiquity, Middle-Ages, Italian / French / English Renaissance, through to Modern Times. This information is crucial to understanding the development of interior design and furniture throughout history and assist clients who will want period styles, reproduction furniture, or use of antiques. The vocabulary and themes learned in this course are essential in communicating design themes within the industry. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID004: Textiles

Semester Credits: 2.0
Course Duration: 2 Weeks (48 hours)

Students will learn to recognize and understand the basic weaves and natural fibers, the application and development of synthetic fibers, and the general history of textiles. Various painting, dyeing, and weaving techniques are experienced through class projects and field trips. Knowledge of textiles and their applications and limitations is helpful to the designer when designing an interior setting. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID005: Business Practices

Semester Credits: 2.0
Course Duration: 2 Weeks (48 hours)

This course touches on the aspects of the business of Interior Design. Students will learn how to market themselves, charge for their services, how to work with clients, as well as the important elements of a design services agreement (contract). Coverage includes entrepreneurship topics such as choosing a corporate structure, tax implications, and contracting with clients. Students are also introduced to sales and marketing principles, from attracting and meeting customers and setting appointments, to making coherent and logical design presentations. Integral elements of personal presentation include: the rules of business etiquette, the psychology of the sale, and establishing rapport with prospective clients. Each of these concepts is incorporated into the curriculum along with letters of agreement, professional resumes, job interviewing and presentation techniques. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID006: Modern Architecture and Contemporary Furniture

Semester Credits: 2.0
Course Duration: 2 Weeks (48 hours)

Students will learn about movements in architecture from the 19th century to present, along with the subsequent development and changes in furniture styles. Material covered includes the works of major architects and designers of the 19th and 20th centuries that influence modern interior design. Students will learn to recognize and identify contemporary furnishings, including the architects and movements with which they are associated. A student’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary furnishings completes the repertoire of historical styles and serves as inspiration in the application of interior design motifs. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID007: Lighting

Semester Credits: 2.0
Course Duration: 2 Weeks (48 hours)

Lighting is one of the most important subjects in modern interior design, and its importance is all too often minimized. Even the best interior designs will fail to amaze if not illuminated properly. In this course, the student will learn different lighting sources and techniques to maximize visual effect of their designs. They will learn about the basic physical behavior of light and the historical development of light fixtures and their applications. Students will gain an understanding of how to use and control natural as well as man-made light, and be able to use lighting terminology correctly. Topics covered include standard lighting and electrical symbols and creation of a blueprint lighting overlay. After course completion, students will be able to analyze lighting situations and be familiar with solutions to typical lighting challenges. Lighting resources and lighting costs are covered in course studies and field trips. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID008: Fabrication

Semester Credits: 5.5
Course Duration: 5 Weeks (120 hours)

The student will learn how to properly measure, calculate, and estimate materials and labor costs for window treatments, bed treatments, upholstery & case goods, wall covering, trims, moldings and mirrors, carpeting, and hard surface flooring. The student learns to distinguish between wholesale and retail prices as well as how to manage profit margins, freight costs, and sales tax. The student will practice generating basic business documents, including invoices, purchase orders, and work orders, all of which are essential to the sale and order of interior goods and furnishings. The student will learn to document the calculation of prices by the use of formula worksheets. These business practices are taught in conjunction with the principles of business: maintaining a profit, wholesale versus retail pricing, freight and delivery procedures, and their associated costs and charges. This course is organized into 5 modules: Furniture, Bed Treatments, Window Treatments, Wall Treatments, and Flooring. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID010: Drafting and Space Planning

Semester Credits: 3.5
Course Duration: 3 Weeks (72 hours)

Drafting and space planning skills are central to the execution of all Interior Design projects. A space must be drawn to scale with all associated design elements, traffic flow patterns, and symbols for effective design communication. In this course the student will learn manual drafting using basic drawing techniques, blueprint reading, and the use of templates and an architectural scale. The student will complete a layout and drawing of a commercial space using their own space plan and interior design scheme. The student will produce finished portfolio quality drawings, an electrical overlay, as well as a color board to document their design. An understanding of space planning, concept development, project requirements, and accessibility codes, coupled with drawing techniques prepares the student to execute large scale projects. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: None

ID011: Final Project

Semester Credits: 2.5
Course Duration: 3 Weeks (72 hours)

This is a 3-week Supervised Lab course consisting of a comprehensive full-scale design project that demonstrates understanding of all concepts studied during the prerequisite courses of the program. The student will incorporate all aspects of the curriculum and apply them to a real-world design project similar to that of a professional designer. The student will be required to space plan an entire house, including room layout, kitchen and bath design, furniture selection and placement, finish selection, flooring, wall coverings, window and bed treatments, and lighting overlay. The project includes a portfolio quality floor-plan, a color board, and a notebook documenting every worksheet, invoice, work order and purchase order for all materials used. The project has a budget cap and the student is required to propose the work within 5% of the budget. *Expectation of outside class work required.

Prerequisite: Completion of courses ID001 – ID010