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Introduction to Interior Design

Are you a creative person with an eye for design? If so, this course will show you how to transform plain living spaces into beautiful and functional rooms.  

Interior design takes training as well as talent, and these lessons will give you the know-how you need to design a room from floor to ceiling. You'll delve into color theory, industry trends, spatial arrangements, floor plans, traditional and modern interior design ideas, and other basics. In addition, you'll explore a range of careers in interior design and get insider tips for entering this exciting field. 

Because interior design is constantly evolving, you'll also learn about some of the latest trends affecting the industry. You'll investigate "green" sustainable design, and you'll find out how to modify your designs for people with special needs.  

As you master design skills step-by-step, you'll complete your first project: a fully developed room design complete with spatial layout, lighting, and finish selections. Your new knowledge and hands-on practice will give you the confidence you need to start creating beautiful residential interiors for yourself and others.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Introduction to Interior Design


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Course Code: ind

What You Will Learn
  • Learn to design a room from floor to ceiling
  • Discover how to choose harmonious colors
  • Learn to use scale as you use architectural plans to design your spaces
  • Learn to adapt spaces to accommodate those with specific disabilities
  • Become familiar with textiles, materials and lighting available
  • Learn to create beautiful interiors for yourself or for clients
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Feel confident as you design an interior space in your own home
  • Know what colors to use that are harmonious and set mood
  • Transform plain living space into beautiful and functional rooms for yourself and others
  • Open the door to a career in interior design


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Week 1

The first lesson will introduce you to all the career possibilities available to you in the world of interior design. You will take a look at the other side of design, the commercial sphere, where interior designers create everything from exclusive boutique hotels to Madison Avenue retail storefronts. You will learn the differences between interior design and interior decoration. Then you will be introduced to the specialized drawing tools interior designers use. You will explore some fundamental concepts-the elements of design-that will serve as building blocks in all the compositions you create. This lesson will give you a checklist to make sure your designs work visually.

Week 2

This lesson will take you through a plethora of design styles from the Renaissance in Italy, move throughout Europe, from England to Germany, and to its progression of interior spaces to the modern age. You will look at how our global world and unique cultures can help you create unique styles that you can incorporate into homes today. Then you will begin looking at color. You will start out exploring the science behind color. Then you will learn about a tool to help you start building harmonious color palettes. You will see what happens when you put the wrong colors together and learn about how color can influence the mood of others.

Week 3

This lesson will give you an overview of the kinds of drawings interior designers use throughout the design process. You will learn to identify and read various types of technical drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and details. You will also look at three-dimensions and discuss perspective presentation drawings. Then you will look at scale in architect’s drawing so that you can get all the necessities to fit within a space.

Week 4

Look at all types of materials available to achieve beautiful interiors. You will be looking at finishes which include natural materials (such as stone and wood), synthetic materials tile, laminate, resilient flooring, etc) and carpet. Then you will be introduced to the various types of fibers available, as well as their various strengths and weaknesses, so you can make the best selections for each application. You will finish up this lesson with window treatments and get pointers on how to successfully design draperies.

Week 5

This lesson will explain the psychology behind good lighting design and will help you create the right effect in your space. You will become familiar with the various types of light fixtures available and learn to select from the many types of artificial light sources on the market today. Then you will learn to incorporate some of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act into the home. You will also learn how to adapt spaces for users with more specific disabilities to allow them to gain independence through your design choices.

Week 6

Learn about green design through the efficient use of energy and natural resources.  Then you will be given practical advice on how to set up and run your own interior design business. You’ll get suggestions on how to set up your studio, advice on how to look the part, and practical recommendations for outfitting your space. You will be given suggestions on how to market yourself and set your own price structure. Finally you will learn to navigate the construction process with your contractors, clients, and vendors.

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Instructors & Support

Sarah Smallwood

Sarah Smallwood is a licensed interior designer and design strategist. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a minor in architecture and an MFA in Design Management. Sarah’s passion lies in the area of hospitality design, and her work encompasses a wide range of projects ranging from small independent hotels to large international hospitality chains (such as Marriott International) to the Cosmopolitan casino on the Las Vegas strip. She has worked for leading design and architecture firms in Dallas, Seattle, and New York City, as well as retail clients including Nordstrom. In addition, she has designed interiors for corporations, senior housing projects, and urban condominium projects. She independently works with individuals and families to help them create uniquely personalized homes.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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