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About This Certificate

Critically explore and create stunning interior environments. The courses in this certificate program will develop a student’s basic understanding of spatial and structural design through two and three-dimensional drawing and sketching, basic hand drafting, and the introduction to the computer modeling programs Rhino, SketchUp, and AutoCAD. Fundamental interior design principles including, scale, spatial relationships, light and circulation build foundational skills, along with the study of color, floor and wall treatments and client psychology. Faculty provide field trips to design showrooms, professional interior design studios and important interior and architectural sites, providing learning opportunities for students taking courses on campus. Students can pursue electives in other art and design courses within Parsons at Open Campus.

Timeline to CompletionMost courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. This certificate must be completed in two years.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit

Number of Courses: 8 required courses, including 2 electives

Format: Online, on-campus or a combination of both

Course Sequence: To earn this certificate students, must complete all required courses. We suggest taking courses in the recommended order. Prerequisites will be enforced. 

$814 per course; $5,890 – $6,512 total 


Start by completing the following foundational course options:

After you complete your foundational courses, your next step will be to enroll in the following courses:

Commercial Interior Design
Online | On campus  
Explore the design process by developing a commercial or residential project in a studio environment. Begin from a concept and develop your idea into a coherent interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Present your final project, complete with rendered drawings and a materials board.

Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.


Residential Interior Design
Online | On campus   
Explore the possibilities of architectural design of interior space for the private home and apartment. Participate in exercises geared to finding viable and interesting solutions to design problems such as window, ceiling, doorway, floor, and wall treatments. Review drafting techniques that allow you to present projects in a professional manner. Concentrate on space planning, furniture, color, and lighting. Explore materials, methods, and professional practices.

Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.


Two Electives
Electives can be of your choice. Choose from our offerings in graphic design, digital design, fashion design, fashion business, interior design, and fine arts. 

What You’Ll Learn
  1. The ability to develop solutions that meet functional and decorative requirements
  2. An understanding of the effect and relationship of color, texture, and materials in spatial planning and interior space design
  3. Proficiency in hand drafting as you create a full set of formal drawings, including a floor plan, elevations, and reflected ceiling plans
  4. An understanding of the core elements of design — scale, proportion, and balance — and (of especial importance for interior designs) — of ambiance
  5. The ability to use industry software tools, Rhino and AutoCAD
  6. An understanding of trade information and the sequence of design and construction
Who Should Enroll
  • Creatives interested in developing professional skills that can be applied to either space planning or decorative arts.

  • Architects who want to expand their portfolio with interior space planning.

Jobs in Interior Design:

  • Residential Designer/Commercial Designer
  • Stylist or Stager
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Project Designer
  • Technical Designer/CAD Designer
  • Facilities Planner
  • Visual Merchandising Designer
  • Signage & Wayfinding Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Drafter
  • Design Field Assistant
  • Fabric/Finishes and Fixtures Specialist
  • Resource/Shopping Assistant 
  • Many More. 

How to Enroll

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