This course sparked an even stronger desire in me to learn beyond what I learned here, which is the highest compliment I can extend. Sarah's lessons were so informative and never boring. She also gives you strong support and positive encouragement along the way in the discussion area. I recommend this course highly to anyone interested in interior decorating and design, either just for their own personal use or as a career. And I envy you lucky people who will be having Sarah as their instructor in the future! I'll miss her and this course!"
This course was a little bit of work and a lot of fun. I truly enjoyed Sarah's style; her enthusiasm for her profession comes through in the material, assignments, quizzes & discussions. Although I have a lot of experience in interior design (many, many, remodeled homes), I have no formal training. The course fairly devotes time to both residential & commercial and I found myself learning new things and having existing skills reinforced. Great experience and many thanks!"
I totally enjoyed taking this fun class. I will be able to use it in the future when I move into my new home. Sarah was an excellent teacher and I would strongly suggest to anyone to take this class because of her wealth of knowledge in design and her teaching skills."
This class increased my interior design knowledge in important areas of design, architectural language, color, lighting, materials, universal design and more. This is knowledge I can use immediately in my own home. Besides the excellent lesson content, the instructor's discussion area conversation was personable and information-packed too. Thank you so much!"
Sarah, I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful course! You have done such a great job with the information and sharing your experiences. Also, thank you for sharing your resources. I have gained a lot of knowledge and have an idea of how and where to start looking for style, inspiration and furnishings. One of the deciding factors to take this particular course was your reviews from previous students. They were right about how lucky anyone would be to have you as an instructor and that they would miss you after the class was over. They are right! I really appreciate your detailed answers to the questions asked in this class. Your answers have been so helpful! I also have a new appreciation for other styles as the minimal luxe is now very appealing to me!"
Sarah did a wonderful job teaching this class. I really appreciated the way she was very friendly in her answers to students' questions. Also, the thoughtful and detailed explanations to these questions were extremely helpful. Thanks for everything. One of the best classes I have taken through ed2go!"
Course Code: ind
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.