Interior Design Certificate Courses

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Program Information

Established in 1976, Fairfield University’s Interior Design program provides students with the necessary credentials, industry knowledge, and hands-on experience to earn their professional certification in interior design. Students receive individualized support and training from an experienced faculty of professional designers and industry experts, who teach them the technical skills to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality.

Over the course of their studies, students are given the opportunity to develop a robust portfolio and qualify to become NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) certified and/or members of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), depending on which certificate track they complete. Fairfield University maintains a strong relationship with ASID and has its own chapter within the organization.

Interior Design certificates are available in residential, commercial, and professional concentrations and offer flexible day and evening courses to accommodate students’ demanding schedules.

Registration is open for Spring 2019 courses.

Three programs to choose from:

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

 

Tuition Fees

Credit courses: $2,250 per full-semester, three-credit course ($750 per credit); $1,500 for IN 121 Sustainable Design 8-week, two-credit course; $750 for IN 221 Business of Interior Design one-credit course. There is a $35 registration fee per semester. Please note, tuition is subject to change.

Non-credit courses: $1,125 per full-semester course; $750 for IN 121 Sustainable Design 8 week course; $375 for IN 221 Business of Interior Design course.

For more information or to register, please contact Elizabeth Hastings at at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2688 or ehastings@fairfield.edu.

 

Upcoming Events

Trip to A&D Building:Kitchen & Bath Design Center
150 East 58th Street, NYC
Tuesday Oct 15
Deadline for registration Oct 1


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 A&D Building in Manhattan. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 18, 2019
Cost: $95.00

Register at: www.fairfield.edu/toursandevents

Commercial 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.

Professional Certificate

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)
  • CAD 3-D Architectural (3)

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

Residential Certificate

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)
  • CAD 3-D Architectural (3)

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

Spring 2020 Courses

Interior Design II IN-211

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1/21/20 – 5/5/20
Instructor: Hollie Sutherland

Basic CAD IN-109

Tuesday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
1/21/20 – 5/5/20
Instructor: Bobby Moisiadis

Textiles IN-111

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1/23/20 – 4/30/20
Instructor: Richard Killeany

Sustainable Design IN-121

Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2/21/20 – 5/1/20
Instructor: Hollie Sutherland

History of Architecture IN-117

Monday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
1/27/20 – 5/4/20
Instructor: Amy Jebrine

Color Design IN-107

Thursday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
1/23/20 – 4/30/20
Instructor: Richard Killeany

CAD 3D Revit IN-209

Thursday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
1/23/20 – 4/30/20
Instructor: Bobby Moisiadis

Interior Design V IN-218 (Online)

Graduate Independent Study
1/21/20 – 5/5/20
Instructor: Rob Hardy

 

Course Registration

Whether you a returning student or brand new to Fairfield University, out Admission Office offers easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to register for courses.

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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