Interior Design

Interior illustration sketch with material color scheme on white table

The Interior Design Certificate program at Bergen Community College, Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, offers students the necessary credentials, industry knowledge, and hands-on experience to earn their professional certification in interior design. Students receive individualized support and training from experienced faculty, professional designers and industry experts, who provide the technical skills to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality. The Interior Design Certificate requires the successful completion of eight core courses listed below. Students completing this program will have the opportunity to shop and use the Decorator’s Exchange with a discount.

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List of Courses & Programs Currently Open for Registration:

Basic Drafting for the Interior Designer

Learn the basics of drafting and reading construction documents. In this studio, you will learn to use the correct tools for hand drafting. You will complete a series of drafting projects in class, learning as you go. You will survey and document an existing space, and develop your own design project. For the final project, you will prepare a set of construction documents including plans, sections and elevations and associated notes and legends for a residential project. No previous experience necessary. A list of materials will be sent. Register early; space is limited.

Business Procedures

Learn how to start up a design firm, charge for services, develop a company logo, and how to deal with some of the everyday problems associated with the design profession. Discover marketing skills that enable you to reach out to perspective clients. Have fun learning how to achieve goals and how to make a profit.

Color For Interiors

This course is an introduction to theory and application of color. This is a studio class. In addition to color assignments, students make a color wheel that aids them when using color in their work. This course includes an exploration of the effects of color on our psychological and cultural well being. Sessions will focus on: how to create the right “mood” for a home using color; choosing the right color schemes and understanding the language of color.

Interior Design Open House

To find out more information and to meet with instructors please attend our Open House. 

Principles of Interior Design

Learn the principles of art and design that have been developed throughout history and are key to successful interior design practice. This course includes lecture, discussion and preparation of a “personal styles research portfolio.” Sessions include:

  • Understanding the design process
  • Elements of design
  • Design concepts
  • Understanding design drawings
  • Introduction to basic styles in residential interiors

Required text: Interior Design, by John Pile

Visual Concepts

Learn to interpret and organize your own design project. You will select a period and style of furniture that you would like to research. You will put together a portfolio with facts about that style, including draperies, wall treatments, fabrics accessories, furniture and decorative arts of the period. Some independent study is required. After the portfolio is completed, you will make a model of a room. Prerequisites: Basic Drafting (CD 338) and History of Decorative Arts (CD 417)

Please Note: All are welcome to enroll in any class as an elective course for their enjoyment without being part of the certificate program.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please sign up for our Open House on September 17, 2019.

All course for this program are held at our Paramus Campus located at 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. If you have questions, please call 201-447-4788 or email