Certificate in Interior Design course descriptions

IN 119 - Drawing & Presentation
An introduction to drafting techniques for the preparation of architectural interior drawings emphasizing drafting and detailing room plans, elevations and sections. Course covers drafting for architectural purposes, drawing for client presentation, techniques of presentation, and board mounting. A final project with finished floor plans, elevations, and sample boards is required.

IN 113 - History of Furniture I
Examines the major styles of furniture from Egyptian through the Renaissance and Baroque (15th-17th centuries) to the Rococo and Neoclassic periods (early 19th century).  Examples will be drawn mainly from Italy, France, England, and Germany, with emphasis on mastering the specific features of each style and on understanding the ideas that influenced the furnishings in each era.

IN 117 - History of Architecture and Interior Design
A survey of architecture and interiors from antiquity to the present, and the cultural factors affecting them. Among the civilizations, periods, and styles to be included are Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and the Modern.

IN 110 - Interior Design I
Develop the judgment and skill needed to conceive and execute a successful residential interior design project. Through weekly design problems, students integrate aesthetics and function. Students experience the issues and difficulties a professional must face, learning the appropriate steps from client interview to presenting accurate scale drawings in plan and elevation. Prerequisite: Drawing and Presentation.

IN 107 - Color Design
Develop proficiency in discerning basic color differences and visualizing color application. Students learn color mixing and identification, color scheme planning, pattern and scale. Prerequisite: Drawing & Presentation.

IN 220 - Perspective Techniques
Existing design projects are turned into three-dimensional interior perspectives, which are invaluable in communicating ideas to the client. Completed drawings will become part of the student portfolio. Prerequisite: Drawing & Presentation

IN 215 - Lighting for Interiors
An introduction to various types of lighting equipment and their characteristics. Students learn how to accurately interpret professional lighting catalogues, to calculate appropriate light levels and to apply this knowledge to a professional lighting plan. Prerequisite: Drawing & Presentation

IN 114 - History of Furniture II
American furniture from 1650-1830 and its relationship to English prototypes. The course covers Victorian furniture styles through contemporary trends in both the U.S. and in Europe. Emphasis is on learning the characteristics of each period as well as a discussion of the materials culture of the time.

IN 121 - Sustainable Design
Simplifying the complex world of sustainable design and how it relates to global environmental issues, climate change, and health. Course topics include: an overview of the big picture of Sustainability, Case Studies, the LEED Rating System - Best Practice Systems and the Integrative Design Team, the impact of design and construction practices and specification of non-toxic materials on the health of occupants and the environment, guest speakers, and field trips for "green resources".

IN 211 - Interior Design II
Building on the design fundamentals of Interior Design I, students continue to practice space planning, and learn to prepare and deliver persuasive presentations. Class covers tools designers have to work with, including color, special finishes, building materials, furnishings, fabrics, window treatments, floor coverings, and accessories, with special emphasis on kitchen and bath design. Creativity is fostered through a series of residential design problems reinforcing the logical nature of the design process.

IN 122 - Rendering
A rendered drawing relies on tone as the basis for the perception of form. Using the media of pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, markers, watercolor and their various combinations, students learn to achieve a higher degree of professionalism in interior design presentations and perspective drawings. Prerequisite: Perspective Techniques

IN 216 - Kitchen and Bath Design
This specialty course addresses the specific principals of kitchen and bath design with emphasis on function, style, health and safety. Attention will be paid to the industry guidelines as established by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. There will be segments on products and materials, lighting and plumbing. Design and drafting principals will be a major emphasis of this overview course and will touch on universal design. There will be an opportunity to design an actual case study of a kitchen/bathroom. This introductory course will expose students to the knowledge and professionalism required to be a successful kitchen and bath designer.

IN 212 - Interior Design III
Document, by blueprint and/or photos, an existing residential space, including complete floor plans, furniture detailing prospective drawing of one space, lighting plans, and detailed presentation boards, showing all fabrics, furniture, wall coverings and rugs obtained solely from New York showrooms.

IN 109 - Basic CAD
An introduction to computer aided drafting and design concepts, methods, and skills used in Interior Design. Students learn to use the basic commands of AutoCAD software to produce architectural and interior drawings including floor-plans, elevations, sections, and details. Students should be familiar with the Windows platform.

IN 213 - Interior Design IV
Through a series of lectures, hands-on developmental planning and individual guidance, students deal with different topics including: major residential/small commercial space planning and remodeling, kitchen and bath design with plumbing and HVAC, architectural and furniture design with detailing and construction drawings, estimating and application of design materials including flooring, wall-covering, window treatments and upholstery. This knowledge will be applied to the renovation of an existing New York City brownstone.

IN 218 Interior Design V
Students begin to deal with the more technical aspects of contract design, commercial design and construction, including: large-scale space-planning, structural coordination, barrier-free design, building codes/regulations and contract documents. This is a web/online course.

IN 214 - Commercial Design
Learn the importance of the surrounding environment in a working situation and professional techniques for planning and executing business interiors. Readings, lectures, project organization, and studio assignments stress the principles of good design and the practical skills needed to function professionally.


Additional courses offered

IN 105 - Photography
Learn to properly document your work so that you will stand out to potential clients/employers. This course covers analog (film) and digital photographic applications. Emphasis is given to making architecturally correct and effective photographs of interior design projects/models, basic color correction and the fine tuning in Photoshop and copying and lighting methods for photographing, flat, two-dimensional work. Students are required to have either a digital and/or analog (film-based) camera. Six sessions

IN 112 - Guided Tour of D & D Building in New York City
This tour is an opportunity to become acquainted with the vast array of materials available to the Interior Designer. Participants meet at the D&D building in Manhattan for a one day tour.

IN 111 - Textiles for Interiors
A survey of textile manufacture from fiber to finished fabric with emphasis on the textile's attributes for determining quality and usage. The student is introduced to construction methods, dyeing, printing, and finishing processed with discussion of various applications. Eight sessions

IN 124 - Beginning Feng Shui
Feng Shui creates, for the individual, an environment of maximum comfort, peace, and health. The history of Feng Shui, the Feng Shui elements and tools used in designing a space will assist students to evaluate both site and dwelling. Six sessions

IN 221 - Business of Interior Design
A series of six sessions, each conducted by a different practicing interior designer who will share his or her experiences in developing a business and dealing with the many practical issues related to the interior design profession. Six sessions