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Interior Design: Academic-Year Courses

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Fall 2015 Courses | Spring 2015 Courses

SPRING 2015 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 January 16.

Spring schedule at a glance (PDF)

Required courses

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.
IDC1030 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuer
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 23–Mar. 23 (5 sessions)
Natural Sciences, building room 2027 

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 / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Barbara Bell
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 24–Mar. 24 (5 sessions)
Music building, room 0089A 

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 / $350
Discount: $325 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: George Gaspar
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 26–Mar. 26 (5 sessions)
Visual Arts building, room 1021

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 / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuer
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 6–May 4 (5 sessions)
Natural Sciences building, room 2027

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 / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Denise Gianna
Tues., 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
April 7–May 5 (5 sessions)
Music building, room 0089A

Electives

**CLOSED** 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.
Prerequisite: IDC 1000 and 1020
IDC1170 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Dennis Noskin
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 25–Mar. 25 (5 sessions)
Visual Arts building, room 1021

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. Previous AutoCAD knowledge or experience is not required. Suggested material: AutoCAD 2014 for the Interior Designer
IDC1100 / noncredit / $460
Discount: $435 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Robert Fendler
Sat., 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Feb. 28–May 2 (8 sessions; no class Mar. 28 & April 4)
Library, Room 1004D

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.
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1160 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Barbara Bell
Wed., 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
April 8–May 6 (5 sessions)
Music Building, Room 0089A

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.
IDC1140 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Penny Howell
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 9–May 7 (5 sessions)
Music Building, Room 0089A

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FALL 2015 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 21.

Required courses

small star iconNEW! 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. 21–Oct. 26 (5 sessions; no class Oct. 12)
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.
IDC1020 / noncredit / $360
Discount: $335 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Carol Kurth
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 24–Oct. 22 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

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.
IDC1030 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuer
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 24–Oct. 22 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

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. Previous AutoCAD knowledge or experience is not required.
IDC1100 / noncredit / $460
Discount: $435 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Robert Fendler
Sat., 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sept. 26–Nov. 21 (8 sessions; no class Oct. 10)
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.
IDC1000 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Barbara Bell
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 29–Oct. 27 (5 sessions)
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 / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Denise Gianna
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 30–Oct. 28 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

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: Teal Postula
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 4–Dec. 16 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 11 & 25)
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.
IDC1040 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuer
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 5–Dec. 10 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 26)
Room: TBA

Architectural Styles
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 / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: George Gaspar
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Nov. 5–Dec. 10 (5 sessions; no class Nov. 26)
Room: TBA

Electives

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. 9–Dec. 7 (5 sessions)
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.
Note: 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 / $275
Discount: $250 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni, and early registration discount)
Instructor: Lisa McTernan
Tues., 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Nov. 10
Room: TBA
& Tues., 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Nov. 17 & 24
Off campus

Updated April 9, 2015

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