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Interior Design

An exciting career in Interior Design begins at Hunter College! Whether you choose to become a professional interior designer or learn remodeling skills for planning and decorating your home or office, this program will meet your needs. Hunter College has successfully offered this program for more than a decade. The focus of this program is to stress individual hands-on courses that are practical and will teach the latest in today’s personal design.

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Whether you choose to become a professional Interior Designer or learn remodeling skills for planning and decorating your home or office, this program will meet your needs. Workshops, seminars, museums, showrooms, and antique auction gallery visits are the focus of the program.

Note: This program doesn't meet the fundamental qualifications for NYS Certification, but provides participants with knowledge of basic interior design skills.  This is a non-credit certificate. For more information call (212) 650-3850 or e-mail Although the Interior Design Program is a certificate program, these courses can also be taken individually for one's personal enrichment.

Registration and Tuition:
This certificate consists of 5 required courses. The complete certificate program is $1800. To register for the complete certificate, you must register in person or via fax. You may also register for each course individually. Please click on the Course Browser to see the available courses and to register.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a . Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 Semester
Fundamentals of Interior Design
12:00-1:40pm Not available this semester
History of Furniture Styles and Interiors Saturday 1:50-3:30pm Not available this semester
Advanced Interior Design& Business Practices
Thursday 2:00-3:45pm 3/6-4/10
Color Workshop Thursday 12:00-1:45pm 3/6-4/10
Collector's Trip Thursday 1:00- 3:00pm 5/8-6/5

Certificate Requirements:

Fundamental of Interior Design
The components of interior design are covered in this survey of trends in furnishing, lighting, window treatments, color and fabrics. The proper relationship of line,  form and color in room design is also explored. This course is structured to familiarize both the professional and personal home designer with the interior design field.

History of Furniture Styles and Interiors
This course will be an overview of traditional 18th-19th century to modern furniture of the 20th century. These lectures will cover the social, political and cultural contexts of these periods. We will stress craftsmanship, manufacturing quality and how copies and restoration affect auction and investment values. You will learn about famous designers and how to both identify these styles and how to use them in today’s rooms. Individual research is suggested. Topics covered include: French, American, English, Scandinavian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and other designs.

Advance Interior Design and Business Practice
This is a more advanced course requiring students to utilize previous skills and knowledge of the design process. Work boards of interiors will be evaluated in class using more advanced tools including color, lighting, materials and space planning. Presentation skills of these projects will be stressed and may be used for professional or personal use. Rendering or drafting are not required. Included will be Interior Design business practices such as record keeping and designer/ client relationships.

Collector's Trip
Students will go on antique and design visits including major auction houses and fine antiques galleries and learn about today’s trends, pricing and quality craftsmanship.

Color Workshop
This class deals with various design problems and how to solve them. Instruction covers the uses of floor plans and furniture arrangement, with emphasis on color and texture in creating that professional look. Various materials, furniture styles, fabrics, carpeting, lighting, and accessories are also examined. No previous experience or prerequisites are required.


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a first-come basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.

Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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