Interior Design Certificate, Credit Certificate
Interior designers combine problem solving skills and artistic vision to create environments that are safe, functional, sustainable, creative, aesthetically pleasing and enhance the human experience. This degree program prepares students to apply their technical training and study of design fundamentals and concepts for positions in both residential and commercial specialties including interior design firms, architectural firms, corporate and facility planning, the materials, textiles, furniture and furnishing's industries, to-the-trade and retail sales and services, interior design product design and manufacturing, and many other positions in the applied interior design and arts related industries.
Courses may be taken in any sequence as long as course prerequisites are met. Some courses may be offered in alternate semesters only.
Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:
- Apply specialized knowledge, creative and technical solutions to the planning and design of interior environments that promote health, safety, and welfare while supporting and enhancing the human experience.
- Employ the interior design process, which follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including to: analyze, plan, design, document, and manage interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards and regulations.
- Create design intent using a combination of oral, written, and graphic presentation strategies. Create a variety of document types utilizing both manual and computer-aided techniques.
- Interpret specifications for furniture, fixtures, equipment, and material finishes to select the correct product for each residential and commercial application, based on functionality; the aesthetic design concept; applicable building codes; user social, psychological and physiological needs; as well as the environmental impact of the project, such as sustainability, lifecycle performance, lifetime energy costs, and disposal/re-use.
- Coordinate and collaborate in concert within the scope of allied design professionals and consultants, including, but not limited to: architects, mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection engineers and designers, and acoustical, audio-visual, low-voltage, food service, sustainability, security, technology, and other specialty consultants.