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Certified Residential Interior Designer Program

Interior Design Course

If you love coming up with creative designs and interior decorating that will turn a house into a home—or add a unique touch to a commercial space—and want to make those dreams a reality, this is the program for you. Our residential interior design course is perfect for both aspiring and current designers who want to increase their education, career opportunities, and professional status in the interior design industry. Take the first step toward a fulfilling career in this creative industry today with our comprehensive Certified Residential Interior Designer Program.

When you’re looking for interior design classes, you want to make sure you’re getting the best education possible. Our Certified Residential Interior Designer Program will not only teach you the fundamentals and ethical practices involved in becoming a residential interior designer, but also provide you with invaluable insights on running your own design business and building your client base. Your interior design coursework will also include useful documents and exercises to help you practice and develop your skills. By the end of the program, you will be able to use your design concepts in a portfolio to present to potential clients.

We include even more value in our interior design courses. Upon the completion of the course curriculum, you’ll be prepared to sit for the Residential Interior Designer Exam (R.I.D.E.) through the Designer Society of America (DSA). Once you achieve certification, you can qualify for a free one-year DSA membership, and you may be able to participate in an optional 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet certain eligibility requirements. The R.I.D.E. credential will increase your status with potential clients and make you a stronger candidate in the industry.

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

George Mason University

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Finance Options Available

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

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Certified Residential Interior Designer Program

Interior Design Course

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

Contact Us

Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES515

What You Will Learn
  • What a residential interior designer does.
  • The major design styles and movements throughout history.
  • How to manipulate the basic elements involved in residential interior design projects.
  • The steps required to work as a residential interior designer and start your own design business.
  • How to create a design concept and floor plan.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Create a portfolio throughout the course you can use to gain employment.
  • Be ready to take the Residential Interior Designer Exam.
  • Qualify for a free one-year DSA membership.
  • Participate in an optional 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet the eligibility requirements.
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Program Details
  1. Getting Started 
    1. Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design
    2. Design Basics
    3. Space Planning
  2. History of Styles and Furnishings
    1. History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I: Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages
    2. History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II: The Renaissance to the 20th Century
    3. History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III: Modernism, Non-European Influences, and Furniture Styles 
  3. Elements of Design
    1. Materials
    2. Color
    3. Textiles
    4. Lighting Fundamentals
    5. Accents and Accessories
  4. Working as a Residential Interior Designer
    1. Industry Regulations
    2. Putting It All Together
Instructors & Support
Natasha Lima-Younts

Natasha Lima-Younts has worked in interior design for more than 20 years. She graduated from Bauder Design College and went on to found Gables Interiors in Miami, Florida and Gables Plantation Designs in Albany, Georgia. Her work has been featured in magazines including Florida Architecture and Spectacular Homes, as well as on “The View,” and she was chosen as Miami’s "Designer for the Stars" seven years in a row. In 1999, she founded the Designer Society of America (DSA) to create a sense of community and help aspiring designers achieve their goals.

Prerequisites / Requirements


You do not need any interior design experience to participate in this program. You should, however, have a strong interest in interior design and a desire to learn.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • A digital camera and a basic understanding of how to use it.
  • Access to a digital scanner is also helpful but not required.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 
    • Interior Design by John F. Pile
More About

Our interior design program will give you the basic skills and background you need to start working as an interior designer. Whether you want to work as a home decorator or find employment in office design, this field offers a lot of opportunities. You will explore the cornerstones of professional design, discover how to plan both visually appealing and functional spaces, and study how interior design has evolved throughout history and how historical design styles influence design choices today. You’ll then investigate the elements of interior design such as materials, color, textiles, lighting, and accessories, and discover how to combine these elements to create the type of atmosphere that your clients desire.

This program will also provide helpful information on establishing your business, networking with contractors and vendors, marketing, meeting with clients, and managing projects in an ethical and professional way. You’ll gain skills that will prepare you to seek out clients and help them transform their interiors into satisfying spaces. Finally, you’ll learn about ethical standards that you can apply to your own practice.

Certified By

Designer Society of America

The Designer Society of America (DSA) strives to provide a welcoming environment for all interior design professionals. Residential and retail, industrial and corporate, all interior designers can benefit from the DSA’s guidance, professional development, and resources. The DSA has created the Residential Interior Design Education (R.I.D.E.) program for aspiring interior designers who want to advance their knowledge and gain professional recognition in the industry. They also offer resources such as newsletters, style guidelines, and more. If you’re interested in a career in interior design, the Designer Society of America can help you get there.


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Yes, since ed2go courses are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:


What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go courses will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our instructors and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Instructors will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the course. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with a facilitator or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

How will I submit my family room project?

Your project is to complete the floor plan and design concept for a family room. You do not need to actually execute your concept in a real interior. When you're ready to complete the program, you will follow the detailed instructions for completing your family room project presentation board. You will submit a written portion as well as several photos of your presentation board to your instructor. You may need to purchase some inexpensive supplies (foam core and mat boards, a cutting tool, and mounting materials such as foam tape or Velcro) to put your board together. You will not need to send the presentation board itself to your instructor—this will be yours to keep.

What does my free one-year membership in the Designer Society of America entitle me to?

Membership benefits include:

  • Design News Flash and Support, an all-member communication concerning the interior design industry, practice issues, and trends, sent every three weeks via e-mail.
  • Invitations to chapter and region meetings, special events, and activities.
  • DSA Web site access, with information and online versions of past DSA newsletters and publications.
  • DSA's online membership directory.
  • Discounted prices on national product lines and resources, with direct links (for members in U.S. and Canada).
  • Invitation to DSA annual celebration, which features winners of the Interior Design Competitions and member awards.
  • Reduced member rates for DSA-sponsored competitions and Residential Design Competition.
  • Free membership in Pier 1 design concepts, Designer Trade Market, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, program for DSA members.
  • Chapter-level CEU programs.
  • Tele-seminar and webinar annual schedules.
  • DSA logo upload (member-only section) and appellation.
  • Use of DSA professional designation.
  • DSA Membership Card.
  • Discounted advertising rates in DSA publications and on the DSA Web site.
  • Networking opportunities through chapter and motivational task forums.
  • Personal 80-page portfolio for designers to exhibit their work.
  • Trade center locations and information in resources.
  • Locate-a-designer program for consumers.
  • National recognition.
  • Hotel and resort discounts during meetings.
  • Member advantage program to promote members’ success.
How can I get more information about this course?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Please note: Once the course curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your course has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your course on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

What interior design books are required for this course?

The textbook Interior Design, by John F. Pile, is included in your tuition. We will ship this course material by ground service upon enrollment.

What does an interior designer do?

Interior designers do a lot of different things! Overall, you’ll be responsible for creating functional, beautiful spaces that your clients will love. You’ll read and draw diagrams, select colors, lighting, and materials, and ensure your design is up to building and inspection codes. You may work for an interior design firm or be self-employed. This is a flexible and rewarding career with many different possibilities.

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