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Interior Design: Academic-Year Courses

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FALL 2014 Certificate Courses

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by August 22.

Fall schedule at a glance

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
/ noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: TBA
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 17–Oct. 22 (5 sessions; no class Sept. 24)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $350
Discount: $325 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: George Gaspar
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 18–Oct. 23 (5 sessions; no class Sept. 25)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Denise Gianna
Sat., 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sept. 20–Nov. 1 (5 sessions; no classes Oct. 4 & 11)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: George Gaspar
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 22–Oct. 27 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 13)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Lisa McTernan
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 23–Oct. 21 (5 sessions)
Visual Arts building, room 1021 

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 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Dennis Noskin
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Oct. 28–Dec. 9 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 4 & 11)
Room: TBA

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.
Syllabus
Prerequisite: IDC 1000 and 1020
IDC1010 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Denise Gianna
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 3–Dec. 1 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: TBA
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 5–Dec. 10 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 26)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $350
Discount: $325 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Jaclyn Tyler
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 6–Dec. 11 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 27)
Library, room 1004C 

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 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: To be announced
Sat., 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Nov. 8–Dec. 13 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 29)
Room: TBA

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 / noncredit / $250
Discount: $225 (Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Lisa McTernan
Tues., 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Nov. 18 (first session)
Music building, room 0089A 
Tues., 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 & Dec. 2 (second & third sessions)
Off campus

Updated Aug. 22, 2014

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