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Interior Design: Academic-Year Courses

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Academic-Year Courses (Fall, Spring)
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Spring 2016 schedule at a glance (PDF)

Spring 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 January 8.

Syllabi and course material lists can be found on the Course Descriptions page.

**CLOSED** 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 / noncredit / $275
Discount: $250 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: TBA
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Jan. 21–Feb. 11 (4 sessions)
Room: TBA

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.
Feb. 22–Mar. 28 (5 sessions; no class Mar. 21)
Music building, room 0089A

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.
Feb. 23–Mar. 29 (5 sessions; no class Mar. 22)
Music building, room 0089A

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 / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuer
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 24–Mar. 30 (5 sessions; no class Mar. 23)
Music building, room 0089A

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
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Feb. 25–Mar. 31 (5 sessions; no class Mar. 24)
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.
Syllabus | List of Supplies (PDF)
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.
Feb. 25–Mar. 31 (5 sessions; no class Mar. 24)
Visual Arts building, room 1021

*CLOSED* small star iconNEW! AutoCAD for Interior Designers II
Continue to develop basic AutoCAD skills with this introduction to Autodesk’s Revit Architecture and the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Expand your basic knowledge and learn the tools and techniques associated with creating 3-D models and views in Revit Architecture. Previous AutoCAD knowledge required.
Prerequisite: IDC 1100
IDC1200 / noncredit / $550
Discount: $525 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Robert Fendler
Sat., 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Feb. 27–April 30 (8 sessions; no class Mar. 19 & 26)
Library, Room 1004D

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 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Penny Howell
Mon., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 4–May 2 (5 sessions)
Music building, room 0089A

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
Tues., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 5–May 3 (5 sessions)
Music building, room 0089A

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 / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Elizabeth Scheuer
Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 6–May 4 (5 sessions)
Music building, room 0089A

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.
Syllabus
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.
April 7–May 5 (5 sessions)
Music building, room 0089A

small star iconNEW! Kitchen 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 this essential household space.
Prerequisite: IDC 1020
IDC1210 / noncredit / $325
Discount: $300 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Barbara Bell
Thurs., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 7–May 5 (5 sessions)
Visual Arts building, room 1021

Updated Feb. 12, 2016

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