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Interior Design: Course Descriptions

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Interior Design I
Delve into the art of planning interior spaces. Develop the conceptual approaches that solve interior design problems. Understand the design process, elements of design, concepts, and drawings, as well as basic styles in residential interiors. Explore the use of color, fabric, and lighting in successful interior space design.
Materials list (PDF)
IDC1000
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9000.10
GID9000.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Interior Design II
Explore the design process from concept to the finished commercial or residential project. Review spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, and furniture. Learn ways to solve design problems and analyze design styles and needs. Students present their final projects, complete with rendered drawings and presentation boards.
Prerequisite: IDC 1000 and 1020
IDC1010
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
Syllabus
GID9004.10
GID9004.11(Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Basic Drafting/Graphics and Rendering I*
Acquire the necessary skills to express interior design concepts. Learn to draw and create architectural and three-dimensional drawings using the correct tools and techniques. Basic rendered pencil drawings emphasize methods for correct visual clarity and representation of interior spaces.
Syllabus I List of supplies and recommended text (PDF)
IDC1020
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9001.10
GID9001.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)
*formerly Basic Drafting and Rendering I

History and Styles of Interior Design and Decorative Arts I
Explore important elements of interior styles and furnishings from antiquity to the late 18th century. Understand the development of archetypal furniture forms and private interiors, which were increasingly based on living functions. Gain insight into Western civilization’s fascination with ancient Greece and Rome, culminating in neoclassicism as the dominant mode in Europe and America by the 1780s.
Syllabus
IDC1030
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9002.10
GID9002.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

History and Styles of Interior Design and Decorative Arts II
Investigate interior decoration from 1800 to modern times as numerous changes take place, based on evolving social, industrial, political, and technological reform. Learn how the modern movement responded to these changes, creating a full-fledged interior design industry by 1950. Understand why today’s designers acknowledge a continuing social fascination with period styles, modern innovations, and postmodern practices.
Syllabus
IDC1040
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9013.10
GID9013.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Fabrics of Interior Design*
Fabrics are an integral part in interior design: learn how to incorporate them into your design scheme. Explore the use of textiles in upholstery, as window treatments, and as decorative elements. Gain an understanding of measurement requirements for various fabrics. Discover how to select and coordinate different patterns, prints, and colors.
Syllabus
IDC1050
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9006.10
GID9006.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)
*formerly Fabrics for the Interior

Colors for Interior Design*
Learn to design with color—how to develop a color palette and apply it to a well-appointed interior space using fabrics, artwork, accessories, and surface materials. Analyze and create a desired mood using colors. Learn how and why colors can affect a space.
IDC1060
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9009.10
GID9009.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)
*formerly Basic Color for Interiors

Architectural Blueprints and Basic Building Construction*
Learn to take architectural measurements for use in planning, design, and drafting. Understand how to read blueprints, including scale, line weight, and commonly used symbols and graphic representations of materials. Gain a working knowledge of computer-aided drafting (CAD): why it is used, who uses it, and the various programs available.
IDC1070
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9010.10
GID9010.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)
*formerly Architectural Blueprints/Basic Computer Design

Architectural Styles and Global Dwellings
Learn the stylistic, structural, and formal characteristics of major architectural styles, and discover how these styles have been adapted in modern times. Explore the history of shelter outside the Western mainstream, including residences found in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Understand specific geographic areas, their houses, and interiors, as well as the cultural forces that determine their form.
IDC1080
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9011.10
GID9011.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Basic Drafting/Graphics and Rendering II
Continue to harness the necessary skills to express interior design concepts on paper. Hone the techniques needed to draw and create architectural and three-dimensional drawings, using the correct tools and techniques. Take the next step in developing your ability to render pencil, marker, and color drawings that represent interior spaces with visual clarity.
Syllabus, including supplies
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1090
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9017.10
GID9017.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Introduction to AutoCAD
Develop skills in computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), using AutoCAD software. Learn the features and considerations associated with the computer as a drafting/design tool. Receive step-by-step instruction on AutoCAD commands, mode settings, drawing aids, shortcuts, and other valuable characteristics of AutoCAD. No previous AutoCAD knowledge or prior experience required.
IDC1100
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9003.10
GID9003.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Prerequisite (IDC 1010) removed Fall 2014 (4/14/14):
Business Practices for Interior Designers
Learn how to establish your own design firm; create a portfolio; read a client’s taste, personality, and opinion; charge for services; develop a company logo; and address routine issues associated with the design profession. Explore marketing tools that enable you to reach prospective clients. Develop a business plan to capture your goals and make plans to maximize profits.
Note: The last session is held in the New York Design Center; participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the Center.
Syllabus
IDC1110
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9005.10
GID9005.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Trade Sources
Learn about diverse products and services available to the interior designer and their use in home decor. Gain an understanding of trade pricing structures, discounts, insider tips, and market shows. The first session is held on campus. The second and third sessions are located in a New York City trade building. Students are responsible for their own transportation and any expenses incurred.
IDC1120
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9012.10
GID9012.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Lighting Design
Learn the principles of good lighting design and practical information on lamps, fixtures, controls, and how to utilize them in an interior design. Develop lighting plans and specifications and resolve specific residential lighting challenges for bath, kitchens, home offices, and multistory foyers. Work in small groups to solve the various lighting issues.
Syllabus
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1130
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9015.10
GID9015.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Window Treatments and Upholstery
Enhance your knowledge of all aspects of window treatments and upholstery use, design, and fabrication. Work on various stages of window treatments and upholstery projects, including measuring, estimating materials, and line drawings for workroom. Increase your confidence in selecting appropriate fabrics for specific uses.
Syllabus
IDC1140
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9016.10
GID9016.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

The Art of Display
Learn to display tabletop decorative objects, accessories, and prized possessions to their best advantage. Understand how scale, balance, and proportion play into the way separate pieces become one beautiful display.
IDC1150
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9019.10
GID9019.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Kitchen and Bath Design
Gain an understanding of traffic and usage patterns, lighting needs, and solutions to ventilation and storage problems. You will be introduced to available materials, including fixtures, appliances, wall and floor coverings, and cabinetry. Take the first step in designing for these essential household spaces.
Syllabus
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1160
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9020.10
GID9020.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Materials and Methods of Construction
Explore properties and appropriate uses for interior construction and finish materials. Become familiar with the application of a wide variety of building materials through lectures, presentations, and the preparation of construction details.
Syllabus
IDC1170
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9021.10
GID9021.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Legal and Ethical Issues in Interior Design
Explore the professional ethics that are essential for budding design professionals. Gain a deep understanding of the role and characteristics of professionals; categories of professional service; implications of expert, confidential, and unique service; the role of professional societies; steps to encourage expertise, trust, credibility, and objectivity; and the consequences of failures.
IDC1180
Pre-summer 2014 course numbers:
GID9022.10
GID9022.11 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)

Descriptions and course numbers TBA:
Feng Shui
Sustainable Design
Wall and Surface Treatments

Updated April 14, 2014

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