Certificate in Interior Design

Program Information

Fairfield University’s Interior Design program, begun in 1976, is many things to many people, but ultimately, it provides students with a solid foundation in history, hands-on design experience and training that enables certificate-bound students to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality.  Students receive either a residential and/or professional certificate and enjoy the flexibility of the program with offerings during the day and evening to suit their demanding schedules.

Students receive a professional certificate, satisfying the minimum education requirements to obtain National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and a future in the Interior Design field. Fairfield University also maintains a strong relationship with The American Society of Interior Designers  (ASID) and has its own chapter in the organization. 

Registration for spring 2018 courses begins on December 1, 2017.

Faculty Bios: Read about our outstanding faculty!

Fees:
Credit courses: $2,175 per full-semester three credit course ($725 per credit); $1,450 for IN 121 Sustainable Design 8 week two credit course; $725 for IN 221 Business of Interior Design one credit course. In addition, there is a $35.00 registration fee per semester.

Non-credit courses: $1,088 per full-semester course; $725 for IN 121 Sustainable Design 8 week course; $363 for IN 221 Business of Interior Design course.

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

Three programs to choose from:

  1. Interior Design Commercial Certificate
  2. Interior Design Professional Certificate
  3. Interior Design Residential Certificate

Interior Design Commercial Certificate - 60 credits*

This program provides a hands-on design experience, plus training that enables students to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

The 60 credit Commercial Certificate satisfies the minimal educational eligibility requirements for The National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and state licensure (2 years of full-time work experience, 1 year of which may be gained prior to graduation is required for students with a previous degree in any field) Credit students may join the Fairfield University ASID student chapter, become Allied ASID members upon completion of the Professional Certificate and become full professional ASID members upon passage of the NCIDQ exam. Courses may also be taken for non-credit but this option will not satisfy NCIDQ or ASID eligibility requirements.

Upon satisfactory completion (B average or better) of the required courses, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

The Curriculum

Introductory Level

  • Drawing & Presentation (3)
  • History of Furniture I (3)
  • History of Furniture II (3)
  • History of Architecture (3)
  • Business of Interior Design (1)
  • Textiles (3)

Level 1:

  • Interior Design I (3)
  • Color Design (3)
  • Perspective Techniques (3)
  • Lighting for Interiors (3)
  • Sustainable Design (2)

Level 2:

  • Interior Design II (3)
  • Kitchen & Bath Design (3)
  • Rendering (3)

Level 3:

  • Interior Design III (3)
  • Basic CAD (3)

Level 4:

  • Interior Design IV (3)
  • CAD 3-D Architectural (3)

Level 5:

  • Interior Design V (3)
  • Commercial Design (3)

Level 6:

  • Interior Design VI (3)

*Credits earned in this program are only applicable for interior design certification and cannot be used as credit towards an undergraduate degree.

Interior Design Professional Certificate - 42-43 credits*

This program provides the same foundation for hands-on training as the 60 credit Professional certificate but is geared to the student who is interested in ASID allied membership but not in NCIDQ certification. Students may join the Fairfield University ASID student chapter which will lead to Allied membership upon completion of the Professional Certificate. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

Upon successful completion (B average or better) of the required courses and 1 elective, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

The Curriculum

Introductory Level:

Required:

  • Drawing & Presentation (3)
  • History of Furniture I (3)
  • History of Furniture II (3)
  • Business of Interior Design (1)
  • Textiles (3)

Elective:

  • History of Architecture & Interiors (3)

Level 1:

Required:

  • Interior Design I (3)
  • Color Design (3)
  • Perspective Techniques (3)
  • Lighting for Interiors (3)

Elective:

  • Sustainable Design (2)

Level 2:

Required:

  • Interior Design II (3)
  • Rendering (3)

Elective:

  • Kitchen & Bath Design (3)

Level 3:

Required:

  • Basic CAD (3)
  • Interior Design III (3)

Level 4:

Required:

  • Interior Design IV (3)

Elective:

  • Commercial Design (3)

*Credits earned in this program are only applicable for interior design certification and cannot be used as credit towards an undergraduate degree.

Interior Design Residential Certificate - 30-31 credits*

This Program provides the same foundation for hands-on design experience and training as the professional certificate, but is geared to the student who wishes to specialize in residential design only and is not interested in certification or ASID membership. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

Students may at any time choose to pursue either of the two professional certificates; however, courses taken for non-credit will not apply toward National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification or ASID membership.

Upon satisfactory completion (B average or better) of 10 required courses and one elective, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

The Curriculum

Introductory Level:

Required:

  • Drawing & Presentation (3)
  • History of Furniture I (3)
  • History of Furniture II (3)
  • Business of Interior Design (1)

Elective:

  • History of Architecture & Interiors (3)
  • Textiles (3)

Level 1

Required:

  • Interior Design I (3)
  • Color Design (3)
  • Perspective Techniques (3)
  • Lighting for Interiors (3)

Elective:

  • Sustainable Design (2)

Level 2:

Required:

  • Interior Design II (3)

Elective:

  • Kitchen and Bath Design (3)
  • Rendering (3)

Level 3:

Required:

  • Interior Design III (3)

Elective:

  • Basic CAD (3)

Level 4:

Electives:

  • Interior Design IV (3)
  • Commercial Design (3)

*Credits earned in this program are only applicable for interior design certification and cannot be used as credit towards an undergraduate degree.

Interior Design & Decorating Events

Spring 2018: New York City Interior Design Tour - dates and building location to be announced.

Course Descriptions

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 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 taking this course should note that the class will be taught using the Windows PC operating system. For home computer use during the course, Windows 7 or later and Internet Explorer 11 or later are required.

 

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 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.

 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

 

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 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 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-219 - Interior Design VI

Through lecture, reading and a series of design problems, students will continue to increase their skill in the application of the many aspects of contract design. The semester will culminate in the execution of a large- scale commercial space planning project.

 

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

 

Additional courses and tours offered

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

 

Guided Tour of D & D Building (or A & D Building; New York Design Center) 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 (or A & D; New York Design Center) building in Manhattan for a one day tour.

Spring 2018 Courses

IN 107 (01C) (CRN 35756) Color Design

3 Credit Course
1/24/18 - 5/9/18
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Richard Killeaney

 

IN 107 (01N) (CRN 35757) Color Design

Non-Credit Course
1/24/18 - 5/9/18
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Richard Killeaney

 

IN 109 (01C) (CRN 34982) Basic CAD

3 Credit Course
1/25/18 - 5/10/18
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Haralampos Moisiadis
Students taking this course should note that the class will be taught using the Windows PC operating system. For home computer use during the course, Windows 7 or later and Internet Explorer 11 or later are required.

 

IN 109 (01N) (CRN 34983) Basic CAD

Non-Credit Course
1/25/18 - 5/10/18
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Haralampos Moisiadis
Students taking this course should note that the class will be taught using the Windows PC operating system.

 

IN 111 (01C) (CRN 34984) Textiles for Interiors

3 Credit Course
1/24/18 - 5/9/18
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Richard Killeaney

 

IN 111 (01N) (CRN 34985) Textiles for Interiors

Non-Credit Course
1/24/18 - 5/9/18
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Richard Killeaney

 

IN 119 (01C) (CRN 34986) Drawing & Presentation

3 Credit Course
1/23/18 - 5/8/18
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Patrick Kennedy

 

IN 119 (01N) (CRN 34987) Drawing & Presentation

Non-Credit Course
1/23/18 - 5/8/18
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Patrick Kennedy

 

IN 121 (01C) (CRN 35758) Sustainable Design

2 credit Course
2/13/18 - 5/8/18
Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Hollis Sutherland

 

IN 121 (01N) (CRN 35759) Sustainable Design

Non-Credit Course
2/13/18 - 5/8/18
Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Hollis Sutherland

 

IN 211 (02C) (CRN 34990) Interior Design II

3 Credit Course
1/25/18 - 5/10/18
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Hollis Sutherland

 

IN 211 (02N) (CRN 34991) Interior Design II

Non-Credit Course
1/25/18 - 5/10/18
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Hollis Sutherland

 

IN 218 (01C) (CRN 35961) Interior Design V

3 Credit Course
1/16/18 - 5/14/18
ONLINE
Instructor: Rob Hardy

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.

 

Bobby (Haralampos) 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.

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