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Certified Residential Interior Designer

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

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Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Certified Residential Interior Designer

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Certified Residential Interior Designer Details + Objective

Course Code: GES515

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
  • This online interior design course is self-paced, so you can fit it into your busy schedule.
  • Upon registering, you receive six months to complete this program.
  • ed2go will provide the textbook via ground shipping upon your registration.
  • You will complete assignments, such as creating floor plans, which will contribute to your portfolio.
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.

Certified Residential Interior Designer Reviews

Certified Residential Interior Designer Outline
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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
Certified Residential Interior Designer Instructors
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.

Requirements / Prerequisites

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. To complete your assignments, you will need access to a digital camera and a basic understanding of how to use it. Access to a digital scanner is also helpful but not required.

The textbook Interior Design, by John F. Pile, is included in your tuition.

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome, or IE 7 and later browsers. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

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Hardware Requirements

For Windows Vista or Windows 7

  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology 

For Windows XP

  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
More About Certified Residential Interior Designer

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 Residential Interior Designer Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs 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 program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need (with the exception of a few very inexpensive items for your project) are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. 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.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs 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 facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator 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.
Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

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 program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. 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 program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

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

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program 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 are the technical requirements for this course?

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome, or IE 7 and later browsers. Adobe Flash Player (download here) and Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here) are required for this program. A high-speed internet connection is also recommended.

You will need to have access to a digital camera and will need to know how to download digital photos to your computer. Access to a digital scanner is also helpful but not required.

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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