This six-week course will give you the know-how you need to design a room from floor to ceiling. You’ll delve into color theory, industry trends, spatial arrangements, floor plans, traditional and modern interior design ideas, and the other basics. In addition, you will explore a range of careers in interior design.
As you master design skills, you’ll complete your first project: a fully developed room design complete with spatial layout, lighting, and finish selections. Your new knowledge and hands-on practice will give you the confidence you need to start creating beautiful residential interiors for yourself and others.
The first lesson will introduce you to all the career possibilities available to you in the world of interior design. You will take a look at the other side of design, the commercial sphere, where interior designers create everything from exclusive boutique hotels to Madison Avenue retail storefronts. You will learn the differences between interior design and interior decoration. Then you will be introduced to the specialized drawing tools interior designers use. You will explore some fundamental concepts-the elements of design-that will serve as building blocks in all the compositions you create. This lesson will give you a checklist to make sure your designs work visually.
This lesson will take you through a plethora of design styles from the Renaissance in Italy, move throughout Europe, from England to Germany, and to its progression of interior spaces to the modern age. You will look at how our global world and unique cultures can help you create unique styles that you can incorporate into homes today. Then you will begin looking at color. You will start out exploring the science behind color. Then you will learn about a tool to help you start building harmonious color palettes. You will see what happens when you put the wrong colors together and learn about how color can influence the mood of others.
This lesson will give you an overview of the kinds of drawings interior designers use throughout the design process. You will learn to identify and read various types of technical drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and details. You will also look at three-dimensions and discuss perspective presentation drawings. Then you will look at scale in architect’s drawing so that you can get all the necessities to fit within a space.
Look at all types of materials available to achieve beautiful interiors. You will be looking at finishes which include natural materials (such as stone and wood), synthetic materials tile, laminate, resilient flooring, etc) and carpet. Then you will be introduced to the various types of fibers available, as well as their various strengths and weaknesses, so you can make the best selections for each application. You will finish up this lesson with window treatments and get pointers on how to successfully design draperies.
This lesson will explain the psychology behind good lighting design and will help you create the right effect in your space. You will become familiar with the various types of light fixtures available and learn to select from the many types of artificial light sources on the market today. Then you will learn to incorporate some of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act into the home. You will also learn how to adapt spaces for users with more specific disabilities to allow them to gain independence through your design choices.
Learn about green design through the efficient use of energy and natural resources. Then you will be given practical advice on how to set up and run your own interior design business. You’ll get suggestions on how to set up your studio, advice on how to look the part, and practical recommendations for outfitting your space. You will be given suggestions on how to market yourself and set your own price structure. Finally you will learn to navigate the construction process with your contractors, clients, and vendors.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.