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Study Interior Design Online Course and Acquire the Knowledge You Need to Design a Room from Floor to Ceiling

Interior design takes training as well as talent, and this Certificate in Interior Design Online Course 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 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.

What you will learn with our Interior Design Online Course

  • Develop practical interior design skills

  • Comprehensive 12 module Certificate in Interior Design

  • Study along with simple instructions & Demonstrations

  • Written and developed by interior design industry experts

  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time

  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline

  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Interior Design Online Course - Requirements

The Interior Design Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources

  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)

  • Be a self-directed learner

  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension

  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Interior Design Course

  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device

  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace

  5. Start dates are entirely up to you.

  6. Student success: All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

If you have any questions or concerns, view our frequently asked questions. You’ll be able to find out about payment options, course registration, financial aid or financial assistance and you’ll also find out contact information should you wish to get in touch with one of our helpful staff to request information. We can provide online degree program information and admissions requirements so you can get started right away.


Interior Design Online Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Vast World of Interior Design


This interior design program is one of our fantastic courses for beginners and will provide insight into the designer's experience and the behind-the-scenes side of design that is rarely seen on glamorized television shows or glossy magazine photo sessions. The interior design schools course will show you how to master the one aspect of a project that, if done incorrectly, can wreck a great design.

Chapter 1: What Is Interior Design?

Interior design is the art of creating both aesthetically pleasing and functional places. Residential designers are those that specialize in building personal living environments. Others, known as commercial designers, specialize in designing public places such as retail, professional, and industrial environments.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Influence of Design

  • The Function of Design

  • Interior Design versus Interior Decoration

  • A Day in The Life…The Realities of Being an Interior Designer

  • Working with Clients

  • A Real World Design Story

  • The Planning Phase

  • The Design and Decorating Phase - Interior Architecture

  • The Construction Phase and Home Staging

Chapter 2: Careers in Interior Design

Topics to be discussed in these interior design classes:

  • Residential and Commercial Design

  • Industry Partners

  • Professional Design Organizations

  • Residential Design

  • What Does a Residential Designer Do?

  • Many Homes, Many Styles

  • What’s Your Style?

Chapter 3: Commercial Design

This online interior design class focuses on equipping you with the skills you’ll need to be a successful domestic decorator. You’ll learn everything you need to know about designing attractive homes for yourself or others. However, we’ll discuss the business side of design to familiarize you with the various types of jobs and projects that professional interior designers work on.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Hospitality Design

  • Retail Design

  • Corporate Design

  • Healthcare Design

  • Institutional Design

  • Multifamily Design

  • Aviation Design

  • Industry Partners

Lesson 2: Tools of the Trade


The ability to hand-draw on the spot is one of the most crucial skills a skilled interior designer may have. When something needs to be modified on site or an alternative solution for a finicky client, designers are frequently called upon to provide a sketch on demand for a general contractor. This session will help you get started on improving these abilities.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Real World Design Story

Chapter 1: The Power of the Pen

This course isn't about teaching you how to draw or requiring you to invest hundreds of dollars in expensive art tools or computer software. In fact, you'll only need a pencil or a pen to complete this course.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Real World Design Story

  • Hand-Drafting Tools

  • Triangles

  • Drawing Utensils

  • Paper

  • Scales and Templates

  • Drawing With Color

  • Computer-Aided Drafting

  • Graphic and Presentation Software

Chapter 2: The Elements of Design

When designers talk about the elements of design, they're talking to the most fundamental aspects that go into their creations. Consider them as many types of building blocks for constructing a structure. Each constituent, or block, will be examined independently. How well you master and use these components in your designs will determine how successful you are as a designer.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Space

  • Point

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Size

  • Color

  • Texture

  • Value

Chapter 3: One More Look at the Elements

Principles of Design

The course will teach you how to modify the elements presented in the previous chapter to construct compositions using design principles. It may appear difficult at first, but once you've gone through them, you'll realize how important—and how simple—they are.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Balance

  • Contrast

  • Rhythm

  • Proportion

  • Dominance

  • Harmony

Lesson 3: You Gotta Have Style


You've learnt about all of the opportunities available in the field of interior design so far, and then you've looked at the conceptual aspects and principles of design. You'll now concentrate on interior design styles. You most likely already know what you enjoy and don't like.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Real World Design Story

Chapter 1: Design Through Time

Even though our forefathers had little tools and supplies to create with, they appreciated beauty, as proven by cave drawings, some of which have survived to this day. You won't begin with primitive styles, though, because there are far too many modern ones to consider. Exploring thousands of years of styles would take far too long if we went all the way back to primordial styles.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Renaissance

  • Baroque and Rococo Styles

  • Colonial Style

  • Neoclassical

  • Victorian Style

  • Arts and Crafts Movement

  • Art Nouveau

  • Art Deco

Chapter 2: Modernism and Beyond

In this chapter, you'll learn about current trends in fashion. Designers evidently combine a variety of styles into today's work. Some of them allude to the styles we just discussed, while others forge new artistic territory. You'll concentrate on a few of the more popular trends, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Bauhaus

  • Architectural Tours

  • Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Mid-Century Modernism

  • Styles of Today

  • Minimalism

  • Luxe

  • Eclectic

  • Modern Heritage

Chapter 3: International Styles

In terms of design styles, each culture and location have its own history and trends. Take a look at the themes from each location that are currently incorporated into interiors to get a sense of these trends. There are two caveats, though, before you begin.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Rustic

  • Island Style

  • Southwestern

  • Tuscan

  • Mediterranean

  • Zen

Lesson 4: Colors of the World


Topics to be discussed include:

  • Early Color Preferences, One Designer's Story. . .

  • Color and Emotion

Chapter 1: What Is Color?

The Science of Color

This is due to the fact that color is not a physical entity. Light wavelengths that bounce off an item form color. It's not just that you can't see color when there's no light. It's because it doesn't exist. Because we are designers, not scientists, this course will not go into great detail about the science. In a nutshell, color is built up of light wavelengths.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Why You See Certain Colors

  • Color Vocabulary

Chapter 2: The Color Wheel

There are a variety of color systems that have been developed as tools to aid in the manipulation of colors. The most prevalent color system, the 12-part color system, is the one you'll focus on here. The standard color wheel is another name for it. This tool was created by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, despite the fact that it is frequently credited to others.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Color Schemes

  • Perception. . .Looks Can Be Deceiving

  • Successive Contrast

  • Simultaneous Contrast

  • Reversed Grounds

  • Subtraction of Color

Chapter 3: What's the Color Combo?

Color Psychology

One caveat is that color is perceived differently in different cultures. For example, Western cultures use black to symbolize death and grief. White is the color of sorrow in Eastern countries such as China. White is a symbol of purity in America, and women wear it at weddings.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Warm Colors

  • Red

  • Orange

  • Yellow

  • Cool Colors

  • Blue

  • Green

  • Purple

  • Neutrals

  • Black

  • White

  • Brown

  • Gray

Lesson 5: Plans, Elevations, and Details—Oh My!


Every field has its own lingo. Consider doctors, who use a lot of scientific phrases and hospital codes, or attorneys, who use a lot of legal jargon. Each sector has its own set of acronyms and specialized terms to help expedite communication and ensure that everyone is on the same page. This specialized language is critical because it provides greater precision and specificity than everyday words.

Chapter 1: The Design Process

The design process is a logical sequence and evolution by which these designs are developed. This is a series of steps that interior designers and their collaborators go through when they work on a project. They create a certain type of drawing or a drawing set (a collection of drawings) to be handed to the client at the conclusion of each step.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Design Brief

  • Conceptual Design Phase

  • Schematic Design Phase

  • Adjacency Matrix