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Interior Design: Academic-Year Courses

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Academic-Year Courses (Fall, Spring)
About the Instructors


FALL 2016 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 19.

Syllabi and course material lists can be found under Course Descriptions.

AutoCAD for Interior Designers I
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 / noncredit / $460
Discount: $435 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Robert Fendler
Sat., 9:30 a.m.–noon
Sept. 10–Oct. 29 (8 sessions)
Room: To be announced

Materials and Finishes for Interior Design
Discover various materials and finishes, their properties, functions, and aesthetic qualities. Explore their use in interior applications through lectures, demonstrations, and/or field trips. Learn methods of working with a variety of materials and finishes and understand how to use them effectively in the interior design field.
IDC1190 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Dennis Noskin
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 19–Oct. 31 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 3 & 10)
Room: To be announced

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.
IDC1000 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: To be announced
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 20–Nov. 1 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 4 & 11)
Room: To be announced

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 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Denise Gianna
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 20–Nov. 1 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 4 & 11)
Room: To be announced

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.
IDC1040 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuern
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 21–Oct. 26 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 12)
Room: To be announced

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.
IDC1020 / noncredit / $360
Discount: $335 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Emilia Ferri
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 22–Oct. 20 (5 sessions)
Room: To be announced

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 / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Denise Gianna
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 2–Dec. 7 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 23)
Room: To be announced

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.
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1130 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Esther Gale
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 3–Dec. 8 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 24)
Room: To be announced

small star iconNEW! Introduction to SketchUp
Learn the basics of creating digital 3-D models for the purpose of producing and communicating real world designs. Acquire the skills to make a model from hand-drawn or CAD-generated plans. Review the fundamentals of this software program, plus numerous short cuts and “tricks of the trade” to become efficient in its use.
IDC1075 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: To be announced
Sat., 9 a.m.–noon
Nov. 5–Dec. 10 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 26)
Room: To be announced

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.
IDC1110 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Dennis Noskin
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 14–Dec. 12 (5 sessions)
Room: To be announced

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.
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1090 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Emilia Ferri
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 15–Dec. 13 (5 sessions)
Room: To be announced

Posted April 12, 2016

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