Interior Design and Architecture Studies

  • Interior design and architecture studies courses develop students' sensibility in space design; decorative arts history courses introduce them to antiques and furnishing.

    Interior Design Certificate Requirements

    • Interior Design Basic Core OR Color Theory, Basic Interior Space Planning, and Basic Drafting
    • Interior Rendering, Perspective Drawing, and Interior Design (or Residential Interior Design) OR History of Interiors, 1400 to 1800; History of Interiors, 1800 to 2000; and Antiques Connoisseurship
    • Two (2) elective* courses

    *Electives are Parsons courses that meet for (9) nine or more sessions on campus or online. Courses meeting for fewer than (9) nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. 

    Note: Core classes are offered only in the fall and spring.

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    Interior Design Basic Core

    Learn drafting, rendering, space layout, interior materials, and methods. Study in the philosophy, art, and science of constructing interior spaces. Taught by two instructors, the program begins with basic drafting and rendering exercises while students explore the fundamentals of interior construction. As students progress, they are expected to engage in critical analysis. The goal is for students to gain a solid skill set with which to address more complex problems and professional information. No previous experience in interior design is necessary.

    Color Theory

    Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations. Online students must have access to a scanner.

    Basic Interior Space Planning

    This is an introduction to planning interior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be an interior designer and conceptual approaches to interior design problems. Through sessions on color, scale and proportion, lighting, furniture arrangement, floor and wall treatments, and client psychology, learn to conceptualize and plan creative solutions for interior spaces. Master freehand drawing of floor plans. Complete one interior design project, from beginning concept through finished visual and verbal presentation. Learn about use of equipment, tools, and scale drawings.

    Basic Drafting

    An introduction to the preparation of drawings for architectural and interior design purposes. Topics covered include identification and use of drafting equipment, drafting in scale, basic lettering, line weights, and standard notation conventions. The emphasis is on orthographic projections related to floor plans, elevations, and ceiling plans. Trade information related to the practice of architectural and interior design is integrated throughout the curriculum. Gain the skills and techniques necessary to express any design concept graphically. Drafting tools are required. Materials cost approximately $100.

    Interior Rendering

    Learn about rendering materials, methods, and techniques. Use watercolor, marker, pencil, ink, and mixed media to learn color mixing and color theory, as well as shade and shadow. Apply rendering techniques to room drawings, plans, and elevations. Make media comparisons to determine the best use for each finish on the basis of your abilities. Use what you’ve learned to create presentations using color and materials boards.

    Perspective Drawing for Interiors

    Learn the mechanical skills needed to visually communicate spatial concepts. Develop the ability to translate floor plans into three-dimensional interiors by exploring the principles of one- and two-point perspective drawing. Learn about isometric views, plan and section perspective, introductory pencil rendering, and concepts of light and shadow.

    Interior Design

    Explore the design process by developing a commercial or residential project in a studio environment. Begin from a concept and develop your idea into a coherent interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Present your final project, complete with rendered drawings and a materials board. Prerequisites: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.

    History of Interiors, 1400 to 1800: From the Medicis to Louis XVI

    In this course, you acquire a basic understanding of the development of decorative arts in Europe from the 15th to the 18th century. Focusing on the cultures of Italy, France, and England, you explore objects and environments drawn from public and private life. Furniture, textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics, interiors, and architecture are examined in relation to style and meaning, with special consideration given to the cultural, social, and political contexts in which they were designed and used.

    History of Interiors, 1400 to 1800: From Napoleon to Michael Graves

    The decorative arts produced after World War II reflect the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the social and economic changes it gave rise to. In this course, you investigate furniture, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles of the modern era. Subjects covered include the arts and crafts movement, art nouveau, art deco, the Bauhaus, the Victorian era in the United States and England, 19th-century revival styles in architecture and the decorative arts, functionalism, and the relationship between design and technology.

    Antiques Connoisseurship 

    Is it an antique or a reproduction? Learn the essential criteria for collecting and evaluating antique furniture. Study quality, craftsmanship, condition, and design in historical context. Learn how to judge articles in terms of excellence and success as works of art. Develop an eye for good design, proportion, and authenticity. Study English, French, and American pieces. Field trips include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, fine furniture galleries, and conservation studios. A guest speaker from Sotheby’s speaks on validity and criteria for collecting.