About the Certificate Program (main)
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About the Certificate Program
Join the creative world of interior design! For novices and those with experience, this certificate program has been expanded to offer more hands-on training and practical information to prepare you for the real world of interior design. Upon completion of this program, you may qualify to work in design (interior, lighting, drapery, etc.) firms, furniture stores, and more! Please note that this noncredit program does not satisfy NCIDQ, ASID, or CID eligibility requirements.
Earn your certificate in as few as four semesters. Students may take courses individually without commitment to the entire program. Students who successfully complete the required courses and elective course hours are awarded a certificate from the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, reflecting 25 continuing education units (CEUs).
Note: Certificate programs must be completed within three years unless approved by the director of continuing education. Students who began their coursework before the 2015–16 academic year should refer to (PDF).
Suggested substitutions for courses no longer offered are as follows:
IDC1190 Materials and Finishes for Interior Design for Fabrics of Interior Design
IDC1090 Basic Drafting/Graphics and Rendering II or IDC1200 AutoCAD for Interior Designers II for Architectural Blueprints and Basic Building Construction
To qualify for the certificate, students must:
- attend at least 80 percent of the classes in each course
- achieve a “Pass” designation in coursework from the instructors
Required Courses effective Fall 2015
- Interior Design I
- Interior Design II
- Interior Design III
- Basic Drafting/Graphics and Rendering I
- History and Styles of Interior Design and Decorative Arts I
- History and Styles of Interior Design and Decorative Arts II
- Materials and Finishes for Interior Design
- Colors for Interior Design
- Architectural Styles*
*formerly Architectural Styles and Global Dwellings
- AutoCAD for Interior Designers I*
*formerly Introduction to AutoCAD
- Lighting Design
Students may elect to take (a) Basic Drafting/Graphics and Rendering II and (b) Introduction to Sketch-up instead of AutoCAD for Interior Designers I.
Elective Courses (45 total hours) effective Fall 2015–Spring 2016
- Basic Drafting/Graphics and Rendering II (15 hours)
- Architectural Blueprints and Basic Building Construction (15 hours)
- AutoCAD for Interior Designers III (20 hours)
- Business Practices for Interior Designers (15 hours)
- Trade Sources (12 hours)
- Advanced Lighting Design (15 hours)
- Window Treatments and Upholstery (15 hours)
- The Art of Display (12 hours)
- Kitchen and Bath Design (15 hours) (discontinued Spring 2016)
- Kitchen Design (15 hours) (new Spring 2016)
- Bath Design (hours TBA)
- Sustainable Design (15 hours)
- Introduction to Sketch-up (15 hours)
The total full tuition for the required courses is $3, 745. The total full tuition varies for the 45 additional hours required to complete the certificate. In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and students who pay in full by the early registration deadline qualify for discounted tuition.
When available, internships may be pursued independently after all certificate requirements are completed. Recommendations from two instructors are required.