Interior Decorating Certificate

The certificate in interior decoration is aimed at adults who wish to pursue a new or an alternate career as an interior decorator. Upon successful completion of eight 10-week courses (five required and three electives) students will be awarded a certificate in interior decoration. The required courses are as follows: XDSG-001, XDEC-001, XDEC-002, XDEC-005 and XFSH-014. Courses meet for 10 sessions unless otherwise stated. Two 5 week electives fulfill the requirement of one 10 week elective. It is recommended that required courses be taken in order for best learning comprehension. Students must apply for the certificate in interior decoration upon completion of the program (applications are available at the Office of Extended Education). Students may also take individual courses for personal enrichment. An advanced certificate in interior decoration requires that a total of 12 (10-week) courses be successfully completed.

XDSG-001 Design…Where It All Begins
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Mondays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4; 9:30 a.m. - noon.
Section: W02 (Old Westbury)
Thursdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Fee: $305

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of interior decoration. Integration of form, color, and texture into a harmonious whole is at the core of this course. Spatial and three-dimensional organization are covered as well. This is a project-oriented, "learn-by-doing" program.

XDEC-001 Basic Drafting for Interior Decorators
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5; 9:30 a.m. - noon.
Section: W02 (Old Westbury)
Mondays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $305

Students learn the methods and techniques of basic drafting and detailing for interior space planning. Students are taught how to execute scale, room plans, reflective ceiling plans, and elevations. Prerequisite: XDSG-001. **Equipment is required: estimated cost is $125 (not included in cost of course).

XDEC-002 Interior Decorating and Applications I
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Section: W02 (Old Westbury)
Thursdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $305

In this course, interior decoration skills are developed through a series of projects. Students begin to apply their knowledge to simple interior spaces. Emphasis is placed on function, analysis, and space planning. Students also begin to incorporate color, furniture, and finishing, while graphically representing the interior space. Prerequisites: XDSG-001, XDEC-001.

XDEC-005 Business Practices for Interior Decorators
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Thursdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14; 9:30 a.m. - noon.
Section: W02 (Old Westbury)
Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $305

An introduction to the many aspects involved in maintaining a successful interior decorating practice. Some topics covered include contracts, legal responsibilities, fees, marketing strategy, client interviewing, and professional organizations.

XFSH-014 Fabrics and Materials
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5; 9:30 a.m. - noon.
Section: W02 (Old Westbury)
Mondays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4; 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $305

An overview of materials used in the decorating process, with emphasis on fabrics. The use of basic materials such as upholstery, draperies and curtains, flooring, carpeting, wall covering, and paint will be discussed, as well as execution processes including measuring, ordering, installation, and maintenance.

(NEW!) XART-077 Design and 2-Dimensional Design
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5; 10am – 12:30pm
Fee: $305

The course is for the designer who would like to have a portfolio piece to use for companies interested in using your designs for fabrics, flooring designs and furniture designs or for the student who will use designs to present to factories to design pieces for their clients. You will explore the elements of line, shape, value, color and texture. There will be three major projects completed that can be used for your portfolio or to frame and hung on a wall including one 2-Dimensional Design. This is a unique course and a very interesting one. Please bring to class one black water-based marker and a drawing tablet of any size. A supply list will be given to you at your first class. Supplies: $50-$70.

(NEW!)XART-078 Drawing Techniques for the Interior Decorator

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6; 10am – 12:30pm

Fee: $305

Your skills in basic drawing including gesture, contour, cross contour, shading and basic aerial perspective and linear one point perspective will be instructed. Colored pencils will be used in this class to develop your drawing abilities. Bring a small tablet of plain white paper, a kneaded eraser and an ebony pencil to the first class and a supply list will be distributed for future classes. Cost of materials approx. $50.00.

XDEC-038 Feng Shui and Healthy Living for Designers

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Wednesdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6; 10:00a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Fee: $205

By applying the ancient knowledge of Feng Shui and Green Design basics to your home and workplace you will learn to choose healthy options for you, your clients, and the planet. In this class you will develop an awareness to select colors, shapes, textures and accessories to uplift the energy in a space and enhance areas of your life that need improving. A field trip to Green resource showrooms will be included.

XDEC-004 Kitchens and Baths

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Thursdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14; 9:30 a.m. - noon.
Fee: $305

Students will be responsible for the actual development and execution of a kitchen and bathroom project. Issues to be addressed will include color, texture, function, lighting, and special considerations related specifically to kitchens and baths. Prerequisite: XDEC-001.

XDEC-029 Practical Decorating
Section: W01 (Old Westbury)
Fridays: July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15; 9:30 a.m. - noon.

Fee: $205

This is a course that addresses the practical world of an interior decorator. All phases of a design job—including obtaining clients, determining and fulfilling their needs, and delivering the product— will be discussed.

XDEC-027 The History of Furniture

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5; 9:30 a.m. - noon.

Fee: $305

Learn about the history of furniture dating from ancient Egypt and Greece through the Western European countries. In addition, learn about the contributions of China and Japan. See how the evolution of furniture has influenced today's world of decorating.

XDEC-009 Resource Sampler Workshop

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Wednesdays: July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20; 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $205

Offering hands-on experience for students with a basic background in decorating, this course will consist of lectures and numerous field trips. Transportation and expenses for all field trips are the responsibility of the student. The first class will be held on campus; the remaining classes will be field trips.

XDEC-010 Accessories

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Fridays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11; 9:30 a.m. - noon.

Fee: $205

Accessories are essential in putting the finishing touches on any room. Topics will include: the use of color in accessories and accent pieces; the importance of using the right artwork, flowers, collectibles, and pillows; and more.

XART-046 Color Workshop for Interior Decorators

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2; 9:30 a.m. - noon.

Fee: $205

This course will explore many of the aspects of color, such as the psychological and emotional responses to color, and how different cultures and age groups relate to color. Students will learn about the uses of color in various industries, and the relationship of color to light and texture. This understanding will help designers develop appropriate color schemes for clients. 

XART-027 Portfolio Workshop – Color Rendering

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Wednesdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6; 9:30 a.m. – noon. 

Fee: $205

This course presents demonstrations of techniques using color pencils and magic markers. It includes color rendering of interior fabrics and materials, lights and shadows, and matting of finished work.

XDEC-028 Window Fashions

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $305

Students learn about the proper specification, fabrication, and installation of soft and hard window fashions, with special emphasis on multi-layered treatments. Draperies, valences, cornices, swags and jabots, blinds, shutters, shades, and trimmings will be explored and defined. Special-challenge windows, such as bay, angled-top, and Palladian, are included. Students receive instruction on how to balance practical and aesthetic factors in developing the best overall design solution. The use of real-life scenarios clarifies material covered in the course.

XDEC-006 Lighting

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Fridays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15; 9:30 a.m. - noon.

Fee: $305

Proper lighting is vital to the success of an interior design. Types of artificial light, their location, quantity, color balance, lifespan, output, and other characteristics are topics that will be examined. Students will learn how to develop a lighting plan and specification schedule. A field trip to a lighting showroom may be included to enhance and clarify the material covered in class.

XCAD-016 AutoCAD for Interior Decorators

Section: W01 (Old Westbury)

Mondays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7; 6 - 9 p.m.

Fee: $395

During this hands-on course architect, engineers, drafters, and design professionals use AutoCAD 2014 and learn about the tools and techniques necessary to complete and edit production drawings using basic 2-D commands.