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Interior design is an exciting profession that not only requires designers to be able to think creatively, but also to problem-solve. Interior designers are responsible for creating an environment for a structure, which may include a single-family home, government office, corporate headquarters, and everything in between

In order to create an interior environment, designers need to think about the form and functionality of the space. The form refers to the look and feel. The functionality refers to how they space will be practically used. In order to effectively blend form and functionality, designers need to rely upon many resources, guidelines, and professionals.

Interior designers often tend to be interior decorators. After all, designers are often responsible for all aspects of a project, including the design, development, and finishing touches. However, interior decorators may not necessarily be interior designers; designers need to have more in-depth knowledge than decorators.

While many interior designers are also decorators, designers do not generally take on other professional roles, such as plumber, carpenter, electrician, or otherwise. Therefore, designers must work closely with many other industry professionals.

Interior designers also have the liberty to be self-employed or to work with a firm. Either way, there are some business skills and best practices that every interior designer should use in order to be successful.

This course is designed to teach you how to be an interior designer by focusing on interior design from a macro level. If you decide to pursue an interior design career after reading about everything that will be required of you if you choose to pursue a career in interior design, then you will spend years learning the minute details that are essential to creating a successful design.  

 Note: This course focuses on all aspects of interior design. While interior decorating plays a large role in interior design, it is important to remember that the two are not the same. This course will not go into great detail about interior decorating, but, rather, will provide an overview of the kind of information interior designers will need to know.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Interior Design

Understanding the role of the interior designer and how the designer works with professionals in other disciplines. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Definition of Interior Design; Differences Between Interior Design and Interior Decorating ; Design Specialities
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Evolution of Design

As time has evolved, spaces became not only functionally arranged, but also developed with an increasing focus on aesthetic appeal. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Elsie de Wolfe; Dorothy Draper, History's First True Interior Designer
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Basic Interior Design Decorating Principles

This lesson includes an overview of basic design decorating principles that all designers need to be aware of, including elements of color, proportions, lighting, furniture, accessories, and textures. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: 7 Most Important Interior Design Principles; Common Psychological Associations of Color ; The Important Role of Texture in Interior Design; Top 25 Interior Design and Furniture Blogs ; Design Sponge
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Color

Color can set the tone for an environment and make a design successful. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 9 Articles: Definition of Color ; Color Wheel Primer ; Principles of Color ; Shop for Color Wheel Charts ; Example of a Customized Color Palette; Understanding Color, Value and Hue ; How to Contrast Colors for Decorating ; Examples of Color Finishes; The Craftsman Style
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Major Design Styles

Interior designers must be knowledgeable about the many different design styles that have been used throughout history. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 15 Articles: Example of a Adirondack style ; Example of ArtDeco Style; Art Nouveau Style ; Examples of American Arts and Crafts Style; Baroque Style ; Bauhaus Style; Bungalow Style ; Country French Style ; The Diner style ; Edwardian Style ; Federal Style ; Flea Market Style ; Georgian Style ; Japanese Style ; Log Cabin Style
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Design Codes

Interior design is regulated by local, state, and federal codes that all designers need to be aware of. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 8 Articles: Building Codes; International Code Council; Code Links; NAFFA; American Society of Interior Designers; CCIDC Rules; Building Codes by Location; State Building Codes
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Standards

Interior designers are encouraged to incorporate interior design standards into their projects. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: U.S. Standards; ANSI; Airport Terminal Buildings; American National Standards; Trade Associations
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Licensing and Certification

Interior designers need to learn about the licensing and certification requirements for their particular states. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: CCIDC; GBCI
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Areas of Specialization

Interior designers will often specialize in a particular industry, or type of design. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 35 Articles: IIDA; IFMA; CDF; CoreNet; BOMA; Contract Design; Interior Design; officeinsight; officenewswire; GSA; WBDG; Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings; AMD3; SAGE; Health Design; Facility Care; Healthcare Facilities; Health Facilities Management; Healthcare Design; Praxis One; GGHC; Society for the Arts in Healthcare; ASHE; Hospitality Design; Hotel Online; HD Expo; Furniture Today; Elle Decor; Ava Living; AIA; JCHS; Arch News; VMSD; DDI; Frame Magazine
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: LEED Building Certification

Sustainable design is environmentally friendly design that seeks to minimize a building's impact on the environment. Interior designers can be LEED-certified to show that they are aware of environmentally friendly strategies. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 7 Articles: USGBC; GBCI; Core and Shell; Schools; Retail; Healthcare; Homes
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: LEED Professional Certification

LEED certification is not only one of the most sought-after certifications available for interior designers, it can also increase your marketability within a diverse client or employer base. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Education and Training
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Bodies of Knowledge

Interior designers need to have a wide body of knowledge to have a career in the field. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: 10 Things Every Professional Interior Designer Should Do to Have a Successful Business

Here's an overview of the business side of interior design that designers need to keep in mind. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Careers in Interior Design; Interior Design Canada; Interior Design Educators Council
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Interior Design Associations

Interior design professional organizations help interior designers stay connected, network, and continue their educations in design. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 7 Articles: ANSI; Standards Portal; CID; AIDP; IDS; IRN; Redecorate
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Resources for Interior Designers

As with any profession, interior designers need to have resources available to them that they can use to stay informed about industry news, receive updates about design regulations and codes, connect with other designers, and learn about current events re 234 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 10 Articles: State Laws; Home-Designing; Style Interior Design; Interior Design Styles; HGTV; Get Decorating; Interiordezine; New Homes Guide; Decorating Inspiration; Pinterest
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Interior Design 101
Course Number: 7550453
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what interior design is.
  • Describe evolution of design.
  • Define basic interior design decorating principles.
  • Identify color.
  • Recognize major design styles.
  • Know design codes.
  • Define standards.
  • Know licensing and certification.
  • Identify areas of specialization.
  • Identify bodies of knowledge.
  • Know 10 things every professional interior designer should do to have a successful business.
  • Identify interior design associations.
  • Recognize resources for interior designers, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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