Certificate in Interior Decorating

Register now for the New York Design Center Tour in NYC with Carol Brewer on Thursday, November 13, 2014! This one day tour is an opportunity to become acquainted with the vast array of materials available to the interior designer. Participants meet at the New York Design Center located at 200 Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. Cost is $95.


Upcoming Interior Design Event

mfa_inspired_rinaldi‌Wednesday, December 10 at 7 pm
Sandra Nunnerley

Fairfield University Bookstore - 1499 Post Road, Fairfield

Sandra Nunnerley is one of the most fashionable international interior designers, working with the structural rhythms of interior spaces, furnishings and art works. 

Her company has been featured in the Architectural Digest 100 list of the world's top designers and architects, and she has worked on prestigious residential interior design commissions around the world ranging from urban apartments and town houses to tropical getaways, country homes and estates for more than 20 years. 

View the course list for Spring 2015 (PDF)


The Interior Decorating Certificate program is designed for students interested in the field of interior design but not in the technical aspects of construction and structure. Students pursuing this certificate will develop good decorating skills but are not required to study technical drafting techniques or develop a professional portfolio. However, students will need some basic knowledge of drafting, use of the scale rule, etc. since decorators must be able to do an accurate floor plan. Therefore, basic drafting equipment is required. It is highly recommended that students take Drawing & Presentation for non-credit prior to Interior Design I and Color. Courses are offered for non-credit only and can be taken in any sequence. Students are encouraged to sign up for the guided tour of the D&D building in New York City.

Upon satisfactory completion of the six required courses, students receive a certificate of completion. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible for the Residential or Professional Certificates or ASID student membership.

For those desiring to learn the more technical aspects of construction and structure and to be fully qualified in the field of Interior Design, please visit www.fairfield.edu/interiordesign to see our selection of credit courses for Residential and Professional Certification in the field.

For more information and counseling or to register, contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2911.


The Curriculum

Interior Design I IN 110 ($1,088)
Color Design IN 107 ($1,088)
History of Furniture I IN 113 ($1,088)
History of Furniture II IN 114 ($1,088)
Textiles for Interiors IN 111 ($550)
The Business of Interior Design IN 221 ($425)
Drawing and Presentation IN 119 (optional but highly recommended) ($1,088)

Recommended Elective

Guided Tour of D&D Building in NYC IN 112 ($95)

Faculty Bios

Read about our outstanding faculty!

 Download the brochure

For more information or to register, contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 ext 2911.