Interior Design Courses

CD-330 | 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. This class maximum is 16 students, so please register early.

Prerequisite: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design

CD-331 | 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

Principles of Interior Design


 

Required Textbook: Interior Design, by John Pile

Course: Principles of Interior Design

Start Date End Date Fee
September 27th, 2022 December 6th, 2022 $399
Course Content
Principles of Interior Design - CD-331 001WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Sep 27th, 2022 Dec 6th, 2022 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Judy Miller Online Synchronous 3

CD-332 | Visual Concepts

This should be your final class. Learn to interpret and organize your own design project. Students will select a period and style of furniture that you would like: to do research on. A portfolio will be put together with facts on that style including draperies, wall treatments, fabrics accessories, furniture and decorative arts of that period. Some independent study is required. After the portfolio is completed, students will make a model of a room.

Prerequisites: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design, CD-349 | Interior, Materials, Finishes, & Sources, CD-338 | Basic Drafting, CD-417 | History of Decorative Arts, CD-330 | Color for Interiors, CD-354 | Interior Lighting, CD-341 | Business Procedures for the Interior Designer

Visual Concepts


This is a hybrid course with online and in-person sessions.

The in-person sessions will meet at TEC-201 on SEP 12, OCT 10, and NOV 14.

Course: Visual Concepts

Start Date End Date Fee
September 12th, 2022 November 14th, 2022 $399
Course Content
Visual Concepts - CD-332 001HY
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Sep 12th, 2022 Nov 14th, 2022 Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mary Brennan Paramus 3

CD-338 | Basic Drafting

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.

Prerequisite: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design

Basic Drafting for the Interior Designer


Supply list

  • Scale Ruler
  • Tracing Paper pad or a roll (white)
  • Drafting Tape or Dots
  • Triangles plastic (30,60,90) and a 45 degree
  • 1/4"Graph Paper
  • Eraser Shield
  • Drafting Eraser white
  • Mechanical Pencils with leads
  • Drafting Pencils 6H, 2H
  • T-square
  • Compass
  • Furniture Templates 1/4"  (Sooez Architectural Templates)

Suggested Books 

  • Architectural Drafting For Interior Designers 2nd Edition by Lydia Sloan Cline
  • Architecture: Residential Drawing and Design by Clois E. Kicklighter

 

Course: Basic Drafting for the Interior Designer

Start Date End Date Fee
October 4th, 2022 December 6th, 2022 $399
Course Content
Basic Drafting for the Interior Designer - CD-338 001
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Oct 4th, 2022 Dec 6th, 2022 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Karen Rapp Paramus 3

CD-341 | Business Procedures for the Interior Designer

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.

Prerequisite: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design

Business Procedures


This class will be available in Spring 2023. Please check our website after September 15, 2022.

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CD-349 | Interior, Materials, Finishes, & Sources

Study materials and sources used in interior design with a focus on their characteristics, performance criteria, fabrication, and installation methods. Guest lecturers from manufacturers and a field trip are included in this course. Topics include: floors, walls, ceilings; moldings, doors, and windows; cabinet construction; and planning your kitchen and bathroom.

Prerequisite: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design

Interior Materials, Finishes & Sources


This course will be available in Spring 2023. Please check our website after September 15, 2022. 

Suggested Textbook: Materials and Components of Interior Architecture, J. Rosemary Riggs, 8th ed., 2008. 

 

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CD-354 | Interior Lighting

This course will provide an exciting Introduction or refresher in the principles of good lighting design. Learn practical information on lamps, fixtures, controls, as well as new developments in lighting technology, including fiber optics and LED’s.

Prerequisite: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design

Interior Lighting


This class will be available in Spring 2023. Please check our website after September 15, 2022.

The course will be comprised of many facets of lighting design and includes:

  • The effect of color and light on human emotions, LRV – Light Reflectance Value
  • Fundamentals of lighting a variety of spaces, Form follows function
  • Survey of a wide variety of luminaries from functional to decorative
  • The role of Daylighting and connections to nature
  • Recent advances in lighting, LED light, controls and the smart home
  • Understanding and creating a reflected ceiling plan
  • Students prepare a lighting plan and presentation illustrating a variety of lighting concepts.

 

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CD-417 | History of Decorative Arts

Students will acquire an understanding of the dominant periods in design throughout history up to and including today’s trends. This is the key to a solid foundation in interior studies. Study works by American and foreign architects and period furniture from 1920s to contemporary.

Architecture, furnishings, ornamentation inherent to each period will be discussed. Students will: prepare a binder relative to each period with the use of pictures and information and analyze and recognize different room styles.

Prerequisite: CD-331 | Principles of Interior Design

History of Decorative Arts


Required textbook: A History of Interior Design, John F. Pile (ISBN: 9780470228883)

 

 

Course: History of Decorative Arts

Start Date End Date Fee
September 29th, 2022 December 8th, 2022 $399
Course Content
History of Decorative Arts - CD-417 001WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Sep 29th, 2022 Dec 8th, 2022 Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Judy Miller Online Synchronous 3