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Green Interior Decorating & Design (MD-IDD-01)


Course Description

Interior design and decorating touches the lives of all of us in a very direct way we all live in interiors, and most of us work, study, shop, and travel inside buildings, vehicles, and other enclosures. At one time or another, almost everyone has been an interior designer or decorator on a limited scale, when choosing a painting color or a rug, when buying furniture, or when arranging furniture in a new living place. For these reasons, interior design and decorating is -- or should be -- of interest to everyone. This course helps you understand the basic principles of interior design and decorating to both improve your life, and set you in a new direction for your career!
This Green Interior Design Specialist course covers everything from theory to current practices. It presents the tools and knowledge needed to implement an environmentally responsible approach for any interior design project. The course opens with a broad perspective on global sustainability followed by a timeline of human and environmental interactions. This sets the stage for the course’s coverage of the day-to-day issues of environmentally responsible interior design, including:
• Indoor air quality
• Environmentally responsible lighting design
• Energy and water issues
• Evaluation and specification of interior finishes and furnishings
As a Green Interior Design Specialist you will examine a variety of essentials design standards and philosophies. The final part of this course includes in-depth case studies that demonstrate how the principles and practices can be successfully put into action.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Identify the steps making up the design process
• Comprehend the use of various mediums in interior design
• Identify various technical issues that the interior designer must consider
• Comprehend project management and the business of interior design
• Define the core elements of interior design
• Identify methods for installing environmentally responsible lighting
• Identify strategies for maintaining quality indoor air


Interior Decorating Module 1
The Interior Design Profession & History

• Development of Interior Design
• Professional Preparation
• Professional Organizations
• Design Quality
• Defining Design
• Evaluating Design
• Analyzing Existing Spaces
• Design Basics
• Design and Human Perception
• Elements and Principles of Design
• Design as an Expressive Medium
• Design History
• Ancient World to Middle Ages
• Renaissance to Rococo
• Neoclassicism to the Victorian Era
• The Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

Interior Decorating Module 2
The Design Process

• Project Beginnings
• Establishing Contact with the Client
• Researching the Project
• Planning the Space
• Developing Preliminary Design
• Making Formal Drawings
• Estimating Costs
• Preparing Final the Design
• Design Implementation
• Preparing Construction Drawings
• Setting a Time Schedule for Construction
• Selecting Contractors
• Project Supervision
• Post-Completion
• Human Factors
• Social Responsibility in Design
• Interior Design for Special Needs

Interior Decorating Module 3
The Various “Mediums” of Design

• Structural and Interior Materials
• Environmental or Green Issues
• Types of Materials
• Material Selection
• Light and Color
• Psychological Impact of Colors
• Special Color Effects
• Vision and Lighting
• Planning Lighting
• Selecting Fixtures
• Selecting Textiles
• Fabric Types and Construction
• Preliminary Furniture Decision
• Selecting Furniture
• Furniture Design
• Accessories and Art
• Signage and Graphics

Interior Decorating Module 4
Technical Issues for Designers

• Mechanical Systems
• Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
• Electrical and Plumbing Systems
• Safety Issues
• Building Codes
• Planning Kitchens and Bathrooms
• Storage Spaces
• Commercial Spaces
• Hospitality Spaces
• Institutional Spaces
• Cultural and Recreational Spaces
• The Business of Interior Design
• Employment in Interior Design
• Information Technology
• Budgeting, Marketing and Contracts
• Project Management
• Types of Businesses
• Professionals Ethics

Green Interior Design Specialist Module 1
Environmentally Responsible Interior Design
• Global Sustainability: The Macro Perspective
• A Timeline of Human and Environmental Interactions
• Environmentally Responsible Interior Design
• Nature as a Model for Design
Green Interior Design Specialist Module 2
Indoor Environmental Quality
• Indoor Air Quality
• Environmentally Responsible Lighting Design
• Energy, HVAC, and Water
Green Interior Design Specialist Module 3
Evaluation of Interior Finishes and Furnishings
• Certification Programs and Evaluation Instruments
• United States Green Building Council
• LEED Certification
• Specification of Products for Environmentally Responsible Interior Design
Green Interior Design Specialist Module 4
Case Studies
• The Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse
• The Everett L. Marshall Building


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for the interior decorating certification course. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet. Students should also have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to gain employment in the field of Interior Decorating and Design or wishing to enhance their skills in the field of Interior Decorating and Design.


The Certified Interior Decorating Specialist (CIDS) National Certification exam designation will demonstrate that as an Interior Decorator, designees have made the commitment to their clients to become educated on the most updated skills necessary to focus on the aesthetics of a space, while improving the visual and functional living spaces in design projects.

Certified Interior Decorating Specialist (CIDS) careers involve creatively planning living and business spaces for individuals and businesses. Employers, including interior design firms and clients who hire Interior Decorators, increasingly expect candidates to have some formal education and training. Certified Interior Decorating Specialist (CIDS) are typically hired by small and large firms or work as independent contractors.




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:
• Interior Design: 4th Edition by John F. Pile
• Environmentally Responsible Design by Dr. Louise Jones

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