Parsons

Interior Design and Architecture Studies

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    Certificate Requirements

    • Course requirements: 6-8 online and/or on-campus courses, 4-6 required courses, and 2 electives. You may enroll in Interior Design Basic Core OR Color Theory, Basic Interior Space Planning, and Basic Drafting as your first required course(s). You may enroll in 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 as your next required courses.
    • Timeline to completion: Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. The certificate must be completed in two years.
    • Cost: $776 per course ($1,734 for Basic Core).

    Critically explore and create stunning environments. This certificate features two tracks that students may choose from, depending on their goals: Interior Space Planning and Decorative Arts. Courses in the Interior Space Planning track develop students’ understanding of spatial and structural design through sketching and drafting and build foundational skills in interior design. The Decorative Arts track offers courses that introduce students to the history of interiors, antiques, furnishings, and connoisseurship. Visits to design showrooms and important architectural sites provide learning opportunities for students taking courses on campus.

    On-Campus Certificate

    Required Courses

    Foundational Courses

    Option 1

    1) Interior Design Basic Core

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    Learn basic drafting, rendering, and space layout while studying interior materials and professional practices and methods. Explore the philosophy, art, and science of constructing interior spaces. Taught in separate studio sections by two instructors, the course begins with basic drafting and rendering exercises and the fundamentals of interior construction. Through coursework and pinups, students engage in critique and critical analysis. Students acquire a basic skill set with which to address more complex problems.

    2) Drawing Interiors: Perspective and Rendering
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    This course teaches students the mechanics of visual representation, the use of drawing and two-dimensional media to observe, document, and reimagine interior spaces. You learn to read and to draw plans, sections, and elevations as well as one-, two-, and three-point perspectives. You learn to observe space, material, light, and shadow as they exist in the built interior and develop techniques for representing these qualities in two-dimensional drawings.

    Option 2

    1) Color Theory

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    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. There are no prerequisites.

    2) Basic Interior Space Planning

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    This is an introduction to planning interior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be an interior designer and apply 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 the use of equipment, tools, and scale drawings. No previous experience in interior design is necessary.

    3) Basic Drafting

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    An introduction to the preparation of drawings for architectural 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. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to express any design concept graphically. Drafting tools are required. Materials cost approximately $100. 

    4) Drawing Interiors: Perspective and Rendering
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    This course teaches students the mechanics of visual representation, the use of drawing and two-dimensional media to observe, document, and reimagine interior spaces. You learn to read and to draw plans, sections, and elevations as well as one-, two-, and three-point perspectives. You learn to observe space, material, light, and shadow as they exist in the built interior and develop techniques for representing these qualities in two-dimensional drawings.

    Track Options

    Option 1: Space Design


    1) Interior Design: Commercial

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    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. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.

    2) Residential Interior Design
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    Explore the possibilities of architectural design of interior space for the private home and apartment. Participate in exercises geared to finding viable and interesting solutions to design problems such as window, ceiling, doorway, floor, and wall treatments. Review drafting techniques that allow you to present projects in a professional manner. Concentrate on space planning, furniture, color, and lighting. Explore materials, methods, and professional practices.

    3) Two electives of your choice


    Option 2: Decorative Arts

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

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    This class offers a critical survey of the decorative arts of Europe and America, with a focus on the key stylistic movements of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassicism. Special topics include the Palace of Versailles and the history of dining culture. Furniture, architecture, textiles, metalwork, glass, and ceramics are examined in relation to style and function, with special consideration given to the social contexts in which they were designed and used. Students acquire the design vocabulary and analytical skills necessary to identify and discuss the many traditional forms, ornamental motifs, and architectural elements that continue to be relevant in contemporary design.

    2) History of Interiors, 1800 to 2000: From Napoleon to Michael Graves

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    This course provides a foundational understanding of developments in European and American decorative arts from the turn of the 19th century to the end of the 20th. Particular attention is given to the complex design trends and the expressions of the 20th century as the foundation of interior design today.

    3) Two electives of your choice


    (NEW) Online Certificate

    Required Courses

    Foundational Courses


    1) Basic Interior Space Planning
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    This is an introduction to planning interior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be an interior designer and apply 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 the use of equipment, tools, and scale drawings. No previous experience in interior design is necessary.

    2) Basic Drafting
    ENROLL NOW

    An introduction to the preparation of drawings for architectural 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. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to express any design concept graphically. Drafting tools are required. Materials cost approximately $100. 

    3) Color Theory
    ENROLL NOW

    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. There are no prerequisites.

    4) Drawing Interiors: Perspective and Rendering
    ENROLL NOW

    This course teaches students the mechanics of visual representation, the use of drawing and two-dimensional media to observe, document, and reimagine interior spaces. You learn to read and to draw plans, sections, and elevations as well as one-, two-, and three-point perspectives. You learn to observe space, material, light, and shadow as they exist in the built interior and develop techniques for representing these qualities in two-dimensional drawings.

    Track Options

    Option 1: Interior Space Planning Track

    1) Residential Interior Design
    ENROLL NOW

    Explore the possibilities of architectural design of interior space for the private home and apartment. Participate in exercises geared to finding viable and interesting solutions to design problems such as window, ceiling, doorway, floor, and wall treatments. Review drafting techniques that allow you to present projects in a professional manner. Concentrate on space planning, furniture, color, and lighting. Explore materials, methods, and professional practices.


    2) Interior Design: Commercial
    ENROLL NOW

    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. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.


    Option 2: Decorative Arts Track

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

    ENROLL NOW

    This class offers a critical survey of the decorative arts of Europe and America, with a focus on the key stylistic movements of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassicism. Special topics include the Palace of Versailles and the history of dining culture. Furniture, architecture, textiles, metalwork, glass, and ceramics are examined in relation to style and function, with special consideration given to the social contexts in which they were designed and used. Students acquire the design vocabulary and analytical skills necessary to identify and discuss the many traditional forms, ornamental motifs, and architectural elements that continue to be relevant in contemporary design.

    2) History of Interiors, 1800 to 2000: From Napoleon to Michael Graves

    ENROLL NOW

    This course provides a foundational understanding of developments in European and American decorative arts from the turn of the 19th century to the end of the 20th. Particular attention is given to the complex design trends and the expressions of the 20th century as the foundation of interior design today.


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