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Design Theory & Interior Design

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  • Learning the principles of interior design is great. I wanted to be creative but lacked confidence. Knowing the basic principles will give me the tools I was lacking. Pamela D.
  • I had such a great time learning and reading about designing and furnishing. This course has truly opened my eyes to a whole new world of interior design. Overall, this course is educational and very hands-on, which is a great way to learn and show your abilities for design. Aya A.
  • I have used other online course programs, one of which was extremely difficult to the point of frustration in which I was unable to complete it. SMART majority was easy to go through and return to when continuing after a day or two of inactivity it is by far one of the best online course experiences. I have already signed up to tale 3 more online courses on their site. Sharee D. M.

Course Overview

In this course, you will develop a strong design foundation and be introduced to the history and practice of interior design.

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7 Modules

87 Lessons

Knowledge Checks

Digital Workbook

Certificate

Tutor Support

Course Value $600

Course Description

This course starts by diving deep into the design principles and elements that underlie all good design. You will then learn how to apply design theory when completing interior design projects of all shapes and sizes. From space planning to lighting to color psychology to feng shui, there is no project too big nor detail too small that won't benefit from your powerful new design knowledge!

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  • MODULE 1 • 9 LESSONS

    PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN


    • Introduction to Principles & Elements of Design
    • Unity & Harmony
    • Balance
    • Rhythm
    • Scale
    • Emphasis
    • Contrast
    • Proportion
    • Knowledge Check

  • MODULE 2 • 8 LESSONS

    ELEMENTS OF DESIGN


    • Space
    • Form
    • Line
    • Texture
    • Pattern
    • Light
    • Color
    • Knowledge Check

  • MODULE 3 • 10 LESSONS

    HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN


    • Introduction to the History of Interior Design
    • Ancient Mesopotamia & Egypt
    • Ancient Greece
    • Ancient Rome
    • Knowledge Check
    • Middle Ages
    • Renaissance, Baroque & Rococo
    • Neoclassical & 19th Century Revival Styles
    • Bauhaus & 20th Century Design
    • Knowledge Check

  • MODULE 4 • 8 LESSONS

    INTRODUCTION TO APPLYING DESIGN THEORY


    • Space Planning & Design Fundamentals
    • Design Process & Investigation Techniques
    • Anthropometrics
    • Environmental Psychology
    • Color Psychology
    • Creating a Color Plan
    • Using a Color Wheel
    • Choosing a Color Scheme

  • MODULE 5 • 13 LESSONS

    INTRODUCTION TO FURNISHINGS


    • Lighting
    • Flooring
    • Wall Treatments: Paint
    • Wall Treatments: Wallpaper
    • Wall Treatments: Other
    • Plaster & Molding
    • Windows & Doors
    • Fireplaces
    • Types of Fabric
    • Choosing Fabric
    • Soft Furnishings
    • Upholstery & Loose Covers
    • Practicing Green Design

  • MODULE 6 • 18 LESSONS

    DESIGNING & FURNISHINGS SPACES


    • Furniture: an A-Z Style Guide
    • Knowledge Check
    • Arranging Furniture
    • Creating a Focal Point
    • Large Spaces
    • Living Rooms
    • Basements
    • Kitchens
    • Bedrooms
    • Kid's Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms
    • Antiques & Upcycling
    • Blending Old & New
    • Accessories
    • Feng Shui & Creating Calm
    • Candles
    • Creating Space
    • Decluttering Solutions

  • MODULE 7 • 15 LESSONS

    INTRODUCTION TO DECORATING STYLES


    • Introduction to Decorating Styles
    • Georgian
    • Victorian
    • Edwardian
    • Art Deco
    • Shabby Chic
    • Maximalism
    • Contemporary
    • Traditional
    • Eclectic
    • Garden
    • Tuscan
    • Safari
    • French Country
    • English Country Cottage

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