Interior designers apply knowledge of color, light, and materials in the creation of life settings that support our physical and emotional well-being. The Principles of Interior Design certificate delivers these building blocks of design practice in a set of courses that guide the student to an understanding of the role these elements play in the creative process. Through hands-on exercises, students will explore the balance of aesthetic and functional requirements in interior spaces. Students are encouraged to access the resources and methods used by design professionals in completion of their course work.

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Certificate requires a minimum of 9 credits from the following:

  • TSM2016 Color Theory for Interiors, 3 credits
  • TSM2007 Materials and Methods, 3 credits
  • TSM2015 Lighting Design for Interiors, 3 credits
  • INT1001 Interiors Studio 1 (advanced students), 3 credits
  • Fundamentals of Design Studio* (students without design experience), 3 credits

Certificate Enrollment

To enroll in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate, submit a Certificate Enrollment Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For course registration information, visit Continuing Education Students.

Learning Goals

TSM2016 Color Theory for Interiors

  • Understand color terminology.
  • Understand color principles, theories, and systems.
  • Understand how color interacts with materials, textures, light, and form.
  • Understand how color selections are used to support a design concept.
  • Apply color in design presentations.

TSM2007 Materials and Methods

  • Understand the characteristics and application of interior finish materials.
  • Understand how material selections impact human well-being and the environment.
  • Understand how material selections are used to support a design concept.
  • Select materials and products based on an understanding of their fabrication, installation, performance, and maintenance characteristics.

TSM2015 Lighting Design for Interiors

  • Understand the principles of lighting in relation to environmental impact and human wellbeing.
  • Understand the use of natural and artificial lighting sources in support of a design concept.
  • Interpretation of lighting catalogue information.
  • Selection of luminaires and light sources to achieve required illumination levels.

INT1001 Interiors Studio 1 (advanced students)

  • Application of design principles to spatial and material expression.
  • Use of manual and digital media to present design concepts.
  • Designing individual and small group spaces for functional use.
  • Research of precedents to inform design ideas.

Fundamentals of Design Studio* (students without design experience)

  • Understand the elements and principles of design.
  • Express ideas developed in the design process through visual media (ideation drawings and sketches).
  • Explore multiple ideas for solving design problems.
  • Apply space planning techniques to the design process.