Certificate in Interior Decorating

Program Overview

 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 or A&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.

Please visit www.fairfield.edu/interiordesign to view our full list of courses for the fall 2018 semester.


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. 


Interior Design Open House

 Wednesday, August 22, 2018

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT  06824
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.   at the Fairfield University Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT  06824

Hosted by Robert Hardy, ASID, director of the Interior Design Certificate program, Fairfield's annual Interior Design Open House offers new and prospective students the oportunity to learn more about the programs offered on campus, as well as the the steps involved in the registration process. In addition to meeting future classmates and networking with others individuals who share a similar passion for design, prospective students will have the opportunity to have their questions answered one-on-one and learn how an interior design certificate from Fairfield University will give them the knowledge, technical ability, and credentials they need to succeed.

R.S.V.P. to Sandy Richardson, 203-254-4000 Ext. 2911 or arichardson@fairfield.edu


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 ($1,088)
  • The Business of Interior Design IN 221 ($425)
  • Drawing and Presentation IN 119 ($1,088)

Course Descriptions

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 a complete design solution. 12 sessions

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. 12 sessions

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. 12 sessions

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. 12 sessions

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 processes with discussion of various applications. 8 sessions

IN 221 - Business of Interior Design

Each session is 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. 6 sessions

IN 119 - Drawing & Presentation (recommended)

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. 12 sessions

Guided Tour of D&D Building in New York City

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 D&D Building in Manhattan. Also offered periodically are tours to the A&D Building and New York Design Center, located in NYC.


Read about our outstanding faculty!

Trudy Dujardin
B.S., Southern CT State University, Art Education Graduate work at NYU and Parsons School of Design. President and Founder of Dujardin Design Associates, Inc.; Green Advisory Board Member of Traditional Home Magazine and AtHome in Fairfield County. Co-Founder of the first Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design.

Robert Hardy
ASID; NCIDQ certified, University of Massachusetts; New York School of Interior Design. Independent designer and founder of Walls Up; contributor to House Beautiful.

Patrick Kennedy
ASID; NCIDQ certified; Inchbald School of Design, London, England. Independent commercial and residential designer - formerly principal designer and manager for P.S. Design Studio, Inc. from 1995 to 2013. An exhibited artist.

Richard Killeaney
B.A. cum laude, Hobart College; M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design. Print design/quilting/weaving/knitting. An exhibited artist.

Barbara Laux
B.S., College of New Rochelle; Associates degree, Parsons School of Design; M.A., Parsons School of Design/Cooper-Hewitt/National Design Museum; M.A., Columbia University; A.B.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

Bobby Moisiadis
BSME, Fairfield University; MSME, Fairfield University. Professor of drafting and computer aided design at Fairfield University.

Hollie Sutherland
ASID; NCIDQ certified; B.A. Hamilton College; Interior Design Certificate, Fairfield University; A.A.S., New York School of Interior Design; M.F.A., Endicott College. Recipient of the 2013 ASID Foundation's Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Merit Award; LEED AP ID+C; Principal, Hollis Interiors, Fairfield, CT.

Jane Swergold
ASID; B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., New York University. First prize winner, Best Residential Design, Connecticut chapter ASID; contributor to House Beautiful; owner, Loebelson/Swergold Interiors, Westport, CT.

Veronica Whitlock 
ASID; NCIDQ certified; NYS-CID; Licensed in the State of CT and FL; B.A., Duke University; B.F.A., New York School of Interior Design; M.A., Parsons. Independent Residential Designer, V.W. Interiors, LLC, Easton, CT and Jupiter, FL.


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

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