Course Code: GES515
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Facilitator was very helpful, greatly and enthusiastically sharing her knowledge and experience."
I appreciated the ease of navigating through course, the depth of info of the course. The facilitator was very helpful, offered advice and feedback that was informative and useful. Great overall experience!"
My instructor was very supportive and kind throughout the program. The course was very instructive and support was always there when I needed it."
Natasha was amazing! I live in Zhuhai, China and she was understanding and helpful the entire way. This is the first time I have taken an online course and I must say I was very lucky to have such a wonderful, caring, supportive facilitator as Natasha. She is a gem!"
The Residential Interior Designer course was a wonderful experience for me. I am a person who already has three years of college in an unrelated area of study and am wanting to enter the interior design field. The instructor, Natasha Lima-Younts, was extremely helpful; she was eager to share her professional knowledge and experience. I greatly appreciate the level of enthusiastic support and the personal and prompt attention offered cheerfully to a student in every turn. I particularly enjoyed the way the course was written -- in a spirit of friendliness and optimism -- and still so informative, yet easy to read. The included textbook serves as a valuable addition to the course, with a vast source of comprehensive information. I would recommend this course to any residential interior designer."
I entered the 13th Annual Northwest Design Awards contest back in the fall sponsored by Seattle Design Center. In the student category I won the 1st or 2nd place! At the award ceremony they will tell me which one. Thank you ed2go!"
Thank you so much for your feedback, it has meant a lot to me, and I'm grateful for the time you have taken to point me in the right direction and encourage me!"
I greatly enjoyed the set up of the program, very easy to understand and follow. I cannot say enough good things about my facilitator, she was absolutely amazing. I have and would recommend this program to many more people in the future. Y'all are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for creating such a great program!"
Yes, since ed2go courses are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
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.
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: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The textbook Interior Design, by John F. Pile, is included in your tuition. We will ship this course material by ground service upon enrollment.
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.