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
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 20, Oct 25, and Nov 22.

Course: Visual Concepts

Start Date End Date Fee
January 24th, 2022 April 4th, 2022 $399
Course Content
Visual Concepts - CD-332 002HY
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Jan 24th, 2022 Apr 4th, 2022 Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mary Brennan Hybrid 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

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


Course: Business Procedures for the Interior Designer

Start Date End Date Fee
March 2nd, 2022 May 11th, 2022 $399
Course Content
Business Procedures for the Interior Designer - CD-341 002
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Mar 2nd, 2022 May 11th, 2022 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Joyce Thomas Paramus 3

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


Suggested Textbook: Materials and Components of Interior Architecture, J. Rosemary Riggs, 8th ed., 2008. Available at the BCC Bookstore.

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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


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


The required textbook is A History of Interior Design, John F. Pile (ISBN-13: 978-0470228883).

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