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ID001: Fundamentals of Design

ID001: Fundamentals of Design

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

ID002: Color Theory

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

ID003: History of Furniture

ID003: History of Furniture

Semester Credits: 4.5
Course Duration: 4 Weeks (96 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

ID004: Textiles

ID004: Textiles

Semester Credits: 3.0
Course Duration: 3 Weeks (72 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

ID005: Business Practices

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