The Certificate Course may be taken for personal enrichment and to learn to design one’s own home. You’ll tour Southern California’s
hottest design centers with people in the know as your guides.
Guest speakers offer first-hand knowledge with inside tips
and personal experience. This fun and exciting Course is
one you won’t want to miss.
The Course introduces the student to the planning of interiors
through drafting the space on paper and final concepts.
The student is taken through the steps of designing a home
from initial spaceplanning, furniture selection, window treatments,
fabrics and flooring materials. The Course takes 11-12 weeks to complete and is avocational.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate Course, the
student will receive a Certificate in
Interior Design. The
Course totals 100 class hours and 10 quarter credit units.
A student must have at least a 2.0 grade point (C) in both
the lecture and studio portions of the Course to receive a Certificate.
Students taking only the Certificate Course should not expect to become employed as interior designers.
The Certificate Course is comprised of both the Lectures
and the Studio Workshops listed as follows.
LECTURES (5.0 Units total)
Instruction in the steps to remodeling a kitchen or the designing of a kitchen in a new home. Materials used in kitchen design from wallcoverings to laminates are reviewed. Included in the discussion are how to work with a kitchen design consultant and the costs involved.
THE LUXURY BATHROOM
Remodeling and designing of both new and old bathrooms are reviewed. Materials, costs, estimates and spaceplanning are also discussed. A discussion of the pros and cons of using a bathroom design consultant is included.
EFFECTIVE NETWORKING - MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT
Students will learn techniques to enhance their lives socially and to market themselves in any lifestyle.
ACCESSORIZE YOUR HOME
Accessorizing the home through the use of lamps, pillows, area rugs, mirrors, garden ornaments and antique accessories. Class will concentrate on style, appropriateness and sources for these accessories.
GREAT WINDOWS AND WALLS
Study both modern and traditional window treatments, including architectural and fabric window treatments. Explore the vast variety of wall coverings available on the market. Papers, upholstered walls, reflective surfaces and other wall surfaces are discussed.
FIELD TRIP–WORLD FAMOUS PDC
Tour the Pacific Design Center to study sources of purchase. Students will tour sources for furniture, floorcoverings, wallcoverings, etc. Also, time is allocated for students to visit showrooms of their choice. Tour will be outside regular class time with date to be announced.
FIELD TRIP–LAGUNA DESIGN CENTER
Tour the design center in Laguna Niguel to study sources of purchase. Students will tour sources for furniture, floorcoverings, wall-coverings, etc. Also, time is allocated for students to visit showrooms of their choice. Tour will be outside regular class time with date to be announced.
MAGIC OF COLOR
Study various color schemes and color psychology used in designing a home. Color trends in the market and materials used are discussed.
The Natural and Healthy Home
Designing sustainable and healthy interiors that are good for our environment and allergy and toxin free. Students will learn what makes a healthy and natural home, as well as materials and design resources used in the process.
HISTORY OF THE CHAIR
Slide presentation and discussion of historical and contemporary styles of chairs from the1900’s to current. Emphasis is placed on the primary furniture styles used in today’s interior design.
Designing the new outdoor room and how to bring the indoors out. Emphasis is on creating a warm ambiance by selecting the right furniture, accessories, lighting and materials. Use of fireplaces, fire pits and cooking centers are included.
THE HIGH-TECH HOME
A family's lifestyle at home is enhanced by the benefits of technology. Students will learn how to weave the latest technology into the home for entertainment, lighting, automated window coverings and communication. Whether for a home theater, family room, home office, kitchen or patio, students will learn how to personalize these spaces with innovative and unique automated systems.
Plants are an integral part of the home. Selection of plant types, containers and plant size are all part of this class. Use of healthy indoor plants to create an allergy-free and greener interior environment are discussed.