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!
Course Code: GES515
Lesson 1: Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design
Discover what it means to be a residential interior designer by meeting your instructor, tagging along during a typical day on the job, seeing what it takes to be successful in the field, and finding out how the future looks for interior designers.
Lesson 2: Design Basics
Become familiar with the techniques we use to evaluate design, and explore the cornerstones of good design, including lines and forms; size and scale; proportion, balance, and symmetry; rhythm and emphasis; and texture, pattern, and ornamentation.
Lesson 3: Space Planning
Learn what space planning is, understand why it's important, and explore a four-step space planning method that includes evaluating the space, drawing a floor plan, creating a concept, and selecting and arranging furniture.
Lesson 4: History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I
Explore the architecture, design, and furniture legacy of ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, and Rome; and learn the history of design in Europe through the Middle Ages.
Lesson 5: History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II
Continue discovering the architectural styles and movements of the past, including the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and Art Nouveau styles.
Lesson 6: History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III
Investigate design in the 20th century, including Modernism in America and Europe, the Art Deco style, the Beaux-Arts style, Eclecticism, and the Post-Modern styles, and explore common furniture styles that appear in residential settings.
Lesson 7: Materials
Explore the world of materials that we use in interior design, including natural and synthetic materials, and learn how to evaluate and choose the best materials for each project.
Lesson 8: Color
Discover the role of color in interior design by finding out how color works, how we can talk about it in a scientific way with the help of color systems, what color harmony means, how color affects people psychologically, and how to create pleasing color schemes.
Lesson 9: Textiles
Get familiar with textile construction methods, particularly weaving; explore fabric finishing, coloring, and printing processes; and learn the benefits and drawbacks of various natural and man-made fibers.
Lesson 10: Lighting Fundamentals
Explore lighting decisions that you'll make as an interior designer, including what layers of light you'll need, what types of lamps you have to choose from, and what fixtures are available.
Lesson 11: Accents and Accessories
Learn basic guidelines for choosing and displaying artwork and accessories in interiors, and understand the importance of being tactful when working with clients' existing collections.
Lesson 12: Industry Regulations
Become familiar with the laws regulating the interior design industry, including state practice and title acts, and learn what organizations are working to make interior design an accessible career for all.
Lesson 13: Putting It All Together
Explore the business side of working as a residential interior designer, including how to set up and market your business, network with other professionals, determine billing methods and contracts, manage projects, and follow ethical guidelines.
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. 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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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.
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
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.
Each student is paired up 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.
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
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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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.
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.
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.
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.