Certificate in Interior Design

 

INTERIOR DESIGN OPEN HOUSE - Wednesday August 20, 2014

Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 10am-1 pm

Fairfield University Campus, Aloysius P. Kelley Center from 5 pm to 7 pm

Meet Rob Hardy and the Interior Design team to learn more about the program, discuss your interior design career plan and see the course offerings for the fall semester.

RSVP to Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu

 

 

View the course list for Fall 2014 (PDF)

Fairfield University’s Interior Design program, begun in 1976, is many things to many people, but ultimately, it provides students with a solid foundation in history, hands-on design experience and training that enables certificate-bound students to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality.  Students receive either a residential and/or professional certificate and enjoy the flexibility of the program with offerings during the day and evening to suit their demanding schedules.

Those students receiving a professional certificate satisfy the minimum education requirements to obtain National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and a future in the Interior Design field.  Fairfield University also maintains a strong relationship with The American Society of Interior Designers  (ASID).  With our own Fairfield University ASID chapter, students and alumni are able to stay connected after completing a Professional Certificate program.

Three programs to choose from...

I. Interior Design Commercial Certificate - 60 credits*

This program provides a hands-on design experience, plus training that enables students to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

The 60 credit Commercial Certificate satisfies the minimal educational eligibility requirements for The National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and state licensure (2 years of full-time work experience, 1 year of which may be gained prior to graduation is required for students with a previous degree in any field) Credit students may join the Fairfield University ASID student chapter, become Allied ASID members upon completion of 40 credits and become full professional ASID members upon passage of the NCIDQ exam. Courses may also be taken for non-credit but this option will not satisfy NCIDQ or ASID eligibility requirements.

Upon satisfactory completion (B average or better) of the required courses, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

‌The Curriculum

Introductory Level

Drawing & Presentation (3)
History of Furniture I (3)
History of Furniture II (3) 
History of Architecture (3)
Business of Interior Design (1)
Textiles (3)

Level 1:

Interior Design I (3)
Color Design (3)
Perspective Techniques (3)
Lighting for Interiors (3)
Sustainable Design (2)

Level 2:

Interior Design II (3)
Kitchen & Bath Design (3) 
Rendering (3)

Level 3:

Interior Design III (3)
Basic CAD (3)

Level 4:

Interior Design IV (3)
CAD 3-D Architectural (3)

Level 5:

Interior Design V part 1 (3)
Commercial Design (3)

Level 6:

Interior Design V part 2 (3)

*Credits earned in this program are only applicable for interior design certification and cannot be used as credit towards an undergraduate degree.

 

II. Interior Design Professional Certificate - 40 credits*

This program provides the same foundation for hands-on training as the 60 credit Professional certificate but is geared to the student who is interested in ASID allied membership but not in NCIDQ certification. Students may join the Fairfield University ASID student chapter which will lead to Allied membership upon completion of the 40 credit certificate. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

Upon successful completion (B average or better) of 12 required courses and 1 elective, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

The Curriculum

Introductory Level:

Required:  
Drawing & Presentation (3)
History of Furniture I (3)
History of Furniture II (3)
Business of Interior Design (1)  
History of Architecture & Interiors (3)
Textiles (3)

Level 1:

Required:   
Interior Design I (3)
Color Design (3)
Perspective Techniques (3)
Lighting for Interiors (3)

Level 2:

Required:
   
Interior Design II (3)
Rendering (3)

Elective:     
Kitchen & Bath Design (3)

Level 3:

        Required:  
        Interior Design III (3)

Elective:       
Basic CAD (3)

Level 4:

Elective:     
Interior Design IV (3)
Commercial Design (3)

*Credits earned in this program are only applicable for interior design certification and cannot be used as credit towards an undergraduate degree.

 

III. Interior Design Residential Certificate - 30-31 credits*

This Program provides the same foundation for hands-on design experience and training as the professional certificate, but is geared to the student who wishes to specialize in residential design only and is not interested in certification or ASID membership. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

Students may at any time choose to pursue either of the two professional certificates; however, courses taken for non-credit will not apply toward National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification or ASID membership.

Upon satisfactory completion (B average or better) of 10 required courses and one elective, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

The Curriculum

Introductory Level:

Required:
Drawing & Presentation (3)
History of Furniture I (3)
History of Furniture II (3)
Business of Interior Design (1) 
Elective: 
History of Architecture & Interiors (3)
Textiles (3)

Level 1:

Required: 
Interior Design I (3)
Color Design (3)
Perspective Techniques (3)
Lighting for Interiors (3) 
Elective: 
Sustainable Design (2)

Level 2:

Required: 
Interior Design II (3)
Elective: 
Kitchen and Bath Design (3)
Rendering (3)

Level 3:

Required: 
Interior Design III (3)
Elective: 
Basic CAD (3)

Level 4:

Electives: 
Interior Design IV (3)
Commercial Design (3)

*Credits earned in this program are only applicable for interior design certification and cannot be used as credit towards an undergraduate degree.

 

Courses are offered on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Additional electives, seminars, and lectures are frequently offered.

Faculty Bios

Read about our outstanding faculty!

Fees

Credit courses: $2,175 per course ($725 per credit) plus a $30 registration fee
Non-credit fees: $1,088 per course

Contact Us

For more information or to register, please contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2911