The professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces to improve quality of life; increase productivity; and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. The Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture offers a rewarding educational experience, preparing you to enter the profession without any prior background or experience. The certificate offers a comprehensive education that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history and develops presentation skills and resource knowledge. Enrich your understanding of architecture and design, learn from industry professionals and build a strong portfolio to excel in the field. This certificate also provides the education and skills needed to qualify for the California Council of Interior Design exam (IDEX) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam (NCIDQ).
This certificate is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in interior design but have no formal prior training. Designers and architects interested in continuting their professional development are welcome to take individual courses in the program.
International students in the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture must have a bachelor's degree.
The curriculum consists of 22 required courses for a total of 61 semester units (933 hours of instruction). Courses may have prerequisites; see course descriptions.
This certficate can be completed in three years.
The table contains the required courses for the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture, as well as the terms they are typically available for enrollment.
|Required Courses (Phase I)||Course #||Units||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|Design Principles and Elements||X475||3||♦||♦||♦|
|Graphic Communication I||X476.1||3||♦||♦||♦|
|Color Theory and Application for Interiors||X412.7||3||♦||♦||♦|
|Graphic Communication II||X476.2||3||♦||♦||♦|
|History of Architecture, Interiors and Decorative Arts I||X412.4||3||♦|
|Digital Presentation Techniques||X481||2||♦||♦|
|Required Courses (Phase II)||Course #||Units||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|Design Studio I||X482.1||3||♦||♦|
|Interior Finishes and Materials||X480||3||♦||♦|
|History of Architecture, Interiors and Decorative Arts II||X412.5||3||♦|
|Fundamentals of Lighting Design||X484||2||♦|
|Design Studio II||X482.2||3||♦||♦|
|Required Courses (Phase III)||Course #||Units||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|Building Components and Systems for Interior Architecture||X483||♦|
|Design Studio III||X482.3||3||♦||♦|
|Business Practices for Interior Designers||X409||3||♦|
|Design Studio IV||X482.4||3||♦||♦|
|New! Advanced Presentation Skills||X433.3||1||♦|
|Designing and Customizing Furniture and Fixtures||X473||1||♦|
|Exploring the World of Textiles||X499.2||1||♦|
|Fundamentals of Interior Design||X474||1||♦||♦||♦|
|New! IDEX Examination Preparation||0.8 ceu||♦|
|Internship in Interior Design||X409.2||2||♦||♦||♦|
|Inside Views of Design||0.4 ceu||♦|
|Portfolio and Professional Presentation||X413.5||2||♦|
|Principles of Sustainable Design||X400.6||2||♦|
Course availability is subject to change. Begin the certificate curriculum by choosing one or more of the Phase I courses.
All students are eligible to join student chapters of the following professional organizations:
To contact Evening Certificate Programs office, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (510) 642-2564 or fax (510) 643-0216.
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.
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