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Learn how to create exciting spaces that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. The Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture offers a comprehensive education that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history. It teaches you manual and digital drawing skills that allow you to communicate your ideas effectively. You learn from industry professionals who help you build a strong portfolio to start your career. The certificate also provides educational credits needed to qualify for the California Council of Interior Design Certification exam (IDEX) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification exam (NCIDAQ).

See Prerequisites for Admission, Curriculum Requirements and How to Register Join our email list to stay informed about this certificate.

Courses

Required Courses (Phase I)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ARCH X475 Design Principles and Elements 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X476.1 Graphic Communication I 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X412.7 Color Theory and Application for Interiors 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X479.1 AutoCAD 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X476.2 Graphic Communication II 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X412.4 History of Architecture, Interiors and Decorative Arts I 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X481 Digital Presentation Techniques 2 Not Available
Required Courses (Phase II)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ARCH X482.1 Design Studio I 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X480 Interior Finishes and Materials 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X412.5 History of Architecture, Interiors and Decorative Arts II 3 Not Available
ARCH X479.2 Revit 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X413.8 Space Planning 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X484 Fundamentals of Lighting Design 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X482.2 Design Studio II 3 Not Available
Required Courses (Phase III)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ARCH X483 Building Components and Systems for Interior Architecture 4 Not Available
ARCH X482.3 Design Studio III 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X414.6 Construction Documents 2 Not Available
ARCH X409 Business Practices for Interior Designers 3 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X482.4 Design Studio IV 3 Classroom Not Available
Electives
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
ARCH X443.3 Advanced Presentation Skills 1 Classroom Not Available
ARCH X485 Advanced Revit 2 Not Available
ARCH X473 Designing and Customizing Furniture and Fixtures 1 Not Available
ARCH X499.2 Exploring the World of Textiles 1 Not Available
ARCH X474 Fundamentals of Interior Design 1 Online, Classroom Available
ARCH 1003 IDEX Examination Preparation 0.8 Not Available
ARCH 1005 Inside Views of Design 0.4 Classroom Wait List
ARCH X409.2 Internship in Interior Design 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X414.9 Kitchen and Bath Design 3 Not Available
ARCH X413.5 Portfolio and Professional Presentation 2 Not Available
ARCH X470.1 Practical Applications of Sustainable Design 2 Not Available
ARCH X411.6 Principles of Sustainability 1 Online Available
ARCH X413.1 Sketching for Interiors 1 Classroom Available
ARCH X402.2 Zero Energy Buildings 1 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

A bachelor's degree (in any field) is required to register for the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture. An exception may be granted based on previous course work, work experience and portfolio review.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 19 required courses (55 semester units) and 6 semester units of electives for a total of 61 semester units. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.85 or higher. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum (domestic students only). To register online for the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

If you are an international student, you must apply to Evening Certificate Programs. Learn more.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $20,500 (not including textbooks, course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-interiordesign@berkeley.edu or call (415) 284-1070. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Special Instructions for International Students

This certificate is approved for international students. International students must be officially accepted into UC Berkeley Extension’s Evening Certificate Programs before enrolling in any courses associated with this certificate. Apply now.

Additional Information

Portfolio and Portfolio Review

Careers in interior design and interior architecture are premised on building a portfolio. Each course in the certificate facilitates producing work for your portfolio. Therefore, we highly recommend that you retain work from previous classes that can be used for your portfolio.

Advisory Board

Pamela Babey
Founding Principal
BAMO

Collin Burry
Design Principal
Gensler

Daniel Huntsman
Founding Principal and President
Huntsman Architectural Group

Gary Hutton
Principal
Gary Hutton Design

Charles Kahn
Principal and Founder
Kahn Design Associates

Lorissa Kimm
Principal
Lorissa Kimm Architect

Steven McCollom
WorkplaceOfferings Space and Design Manager
Intuit

Melissa Mizell
Senior Associate
Gensler

David Oldroyd
Principal
Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates

Barbara Scavullo
President
ScavulloDesign Interiors

Douglas Stead
Executive Vice President
California Council for Interior Design Certification

Jill Stoner
Associate Professor of Architecture
Department of Architecture

UC Berkeley