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Interior Design

Support your passion for interior design with knowledge of design techniques, tools, materials and theories. These courses offer a broad spectrum of expertise.

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Courses in Interior Design

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Interior Design

Interior Design: Illustration and Media-Digital (ARTS2145)

Interior Design: Practise using three-dimensional modelling software to create realistic perspectives and rendered floor plans for interior spaces. Topics include: exporting models and perspectives into popular rendering software, adding material and lighting effects to designs, importing drawings into an online world of material samples and furniture, and creating realistic animations that can be exported as movie files and viewed online. You will use a variety of free software and online resources as part of the course.

Interior Materials and Surfaces (ARTS2327)

Flooring, paint, wallpaper, moldings and other materials are the products used to create style and enhance the home. Examine the merits of current products used in different interior environments. What works well in one setting may be a disaster in another. You will learn how to calculate the amount of product needed for a space and how to properly install them. Other topics: ceiling styles, countertops, trim and moldings and the correct tools needed to complete each job. Prior learning highly recommended: Introduction to Interior Decorating; Floor Plans, Space Planning and Presentations.

Introduction to Interior Decorating (ARTS2243)

You will study the basic principles and elements of design, the importance of room decor and the major categories of style types. Discover the types of career options in the field of design, the components of a professional portfolio and client needs assessments. Basic knowledge of floor plans, window treatments, lighting, colour schemes and styles will be examined and implemented in a colour board presentation at the culmination of the course.

Sales & Business Practices for Interior Decorating (BUSN208)

Explore the skills required to successfully operate an interior decorating business. Focus on client consultation, sourcing, selling, operational management and financial management. Learn to develop your own business plan, which provides exposure to market research, marketing strategies and financial planning. Communication and interpersonal skills as well as professionalism are emphasized.

Designing Kitchens and Bathrooms (ARTS2426)

After a look at the history and influence of kitchen and bathroom designs, study the basics of cabinet styles, lighting requirements, appliances and current trends. Through learning minimum space requirements, counter and backsplash options, and work triangles, achieve a practical and functional application to planning these important rooms. Take this course after ARTS2323 (Space Planning and Presentations) and ARTS2147 (Interior Design: Colour and Application) in this series.

Fabrics and Window Treatments (ARTS2328)

Learn to select appropriate and functional window treatments for home decor. You will learn the history of both natural and synthetic fabrics, how they are manufactured and used in today's decorating industry, and understand the pros and cons of multiple kinds of materials available in the current market. You will discuss the trends in both soft and hard style treatments, how to measure and calculate several basic styles to complete particular window treatments to give you confidence to work with clients in this area of decorating.

Floor Plans, Space Planning and Presentations (ARTS2323)

Use methods, concepts and theories of Interior Design to understand and develop floor plans and read blue prints. You will be drawing room dimensions and wall elevations to scale, as well as learning to identify blue print symbols. Through hands on assignments and practice you will be experimenting with furniture layouts, room settings and creating presentation boards that will enhance your knowledge of standard industry measurements and space planning techniques Participants should have taken ARTS2242 (Introduction to Interior Decorating) prior to this or have a strong knowledge of interior design concepts and theories.

Fundamentals of CAD, Interior Design (ARTS2429)

Explore the fundamentals of AutoCAD for Windows. Examine the industry standards of interior design to produce a partial set of drawings of floor plans and elevations. Consider the differences between drawings for client presentations and contractor installations. Through online content, interactive follow-along videos, and practical exercises, students draw, manage, modify, annotate, and export drawings of floor plans and elevations. Software requirement: AutoCAD for Windows.

Fundamentals of Lighting (ARTS2329)

Explore trends and styles for various decor in order to determine minimum lighting requirements in various rooms of the home. Identify options such as florescent, track, halogen and incandescent, and their appropriate uses in relation to room requirements, style and client needs. Examine and discuss a wide variety of accessories and their contributions to decor in specific situations through a variety of design assignments.

History of Furniture and Accessories (ARTS2420)

Study the historical furniture styles of France, England, and Early America influencing the contemporary reproductions and adaptations of furniture styles today. Understanding these styles will help you to competently recommend furnishings for decorating concepts that draw upon them.

Interior Decorating: Advanced (ARTS2425)

This is a culmination of all the knowledge gained in the previous Interior Decorating courses in this series. Code of Ethics, career opportunities, supplier resources, and a professional approach to the decorating industry will be discussed. There will be a review of basic knowledge from previous courses in this series, while adding accessibility considerations to the home. A final project due at the end of the semester will complete a professional portfolio.

Interior Design: Colour & Application (ARTS2147)

Learn about the most influential elements of design, through the use of colour and its application. Study the principles of colour in relation to psychology and design communications and learn how this theory relates to physical space and the world around them. Cover an historical period of colour trends, interior space, pop culture and its political influences, colour is studied from a practical world perspective.

Interior Design: Design Basics for Interior Decorating (ARTS2146)

With an emphasis on interior design, this introductory course presents the foundations of design. Topics include the principles and elements of design and the tools of visual design. Students will learn how to apply the right combination of these to design projects that visually communicate ideas in an effective manner.

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