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Interior Decorating course curriculum

Our Interior Decorating course curriculum includes lessons on the practical, professional, and creative skills you’ll need to develop your career. You’ll start with basics for small business management, visit a day in the life of an interior decorator, explore design fundamentals, and dig into everything from space planning to materials. Then you’ll apply everything you’ve learned in a final project that can double as the launch of your design portfolio.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson Group 2: Interior Decorating Basics

A Day in the Life of an Interior Decorator  

Characteristics of an interior decorator; furniture showrooms and home studios; allied professionals; working with clients; client files and purchase orders.

Measuring a Room  

Measuring tools; wall terminology; the measuring and scale-drawing process; widths, depths, and heights; considering electricity and heating; drawing the floor plan.

Placing Furniture in a Plan  

Using an architect’s scale; placing furniture; using furniture templates; creating a presentation plan; measuring a floor plan and explaining its contents to clients.

“To the Trade Only”  

Businesses and markets available to the trade; vendor pricing methods; gaining access to resources; creating a resource library.

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Program Description

Students learn how to transform residential and commercial interiors into aesthetically pleasing, personalized spaces. Focus is on creating complementary color schemes, arranging furniture, selecting flooring, fabrics, and finishes, and placing accessories. Other program topics include construction components and codes, space planning, and lighting and electrical requirements. Program graduates are prepared to take the Certified Interior Decorators International (CID) review course and entrance exam, leading to the Certified Interior Decorator designation.

Program Objectives

After completing the Interior Decorating program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the personal and professional characteristics of the interior decorator, outline the career opportunities available to those with appropriate training in the field, and identify typical job responsibilities.
  2. Explain and apply general design theory fundamentals, such as design elements and principles, color theories and principles, and theories of composition, as well as human factors and functional considerations that come into account when designing living and working spaces.
  3. Describe the difference between two- and three-dimensional design elements and principles and explain how to successfully apply both when planning and working with spaces.
  4. Explain how to plan, design, and manipulate an interior layout, select interior finishes and materials, choose furniture and fixtures, and select decorative elements such as hardware, trim, art, and other accessories.
  5. Describe the interior decorator’s responsibility to clients, including ethical responsibilities, and explain how to communicate successfully and professionally with both business and residential clients in order to ascertain client needs and help clients design spaces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Tools for designing your career

Ensure your coursework leads to opportunities by making the most of the many Career Tools we make available to you through our Career Services department. Resume writing assistance, one-on-one interview training, and networking can make all the difference while you’re a student and after graduation.

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