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Hospitality, Travel & Creative Program ►Interior Decorating & Design Entrepreneur Certificate Program




This training program combines a two course training track:

  • Interior Decorating & Design
  • Start Your Own Business

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.


The Job Outlook

Employment of interior designers is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly or more easily accessible.


Interior Decorating and Design 225 Hours


Interior 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. Our course incorporates non- Western design and dynamic color illustrations that flesh out technical concepts. Also included are current trends in sustainability and green design, building codes, universal design and building information models, amplifying the already invaluable interior design tricks of the trade. Our Interior Decorating course will help 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!

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the historical and theoretical bases of design
  • Identify the space planning of residential and commercial interiors
  • Recognize the planning of exterior and interior environments
  • Identify the various interior materials, architectural systems, finishes and components a designer must consider
  • Comprehend project management and the aspects of professional practice

Start Your Own Business 225 Hours


Have you ever eaten a Mrs. Fields cookie? Used an Apple computer? Listened to a hip-hop CD? Entrepreneurs brought these products to your world. People that start their own businesses and work for themselves are called entrepreneurs. For an entrepreneur the sky is the limit as far as earnings are concerned. An entrepreneur is someone who’s recognized an opportunity to start a business that other people may not have noticed — and jumps at it skillfully. Entrepreneurs can shape and create an opportunity where others see little or nothing — or see it too early or too late.

This “Start Your Own Business” class will help you create the business you want. Throughout this course you will be working on your business plan and creating a quick comprehensive overview of the elements you want in your new business.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define entrepreneurship
  • Recall the steps for developing a business plan
  • Identify methods for forming a financing strategy
  • Recognize the fundamentals of commercial law
  • Distinguish between potential strategies for growing your business


Interior Decorating and Design Module 1

The Historical and Theoretical Bases of Design

  • Current Issues in Design
  • Historical Overview
  • The Origins of Design
  • The Meaning and Essence of Design
  • The Evolution of Modern Design
  • New Technology and Innovative Design
  • The Basic Theories of Design Composition
  • The Principles of Design
  • Color and Light
  • Communicating Color Decisions

Interior Decorating and Design Module 2

Planning Residential and Commercial Spaces

  • Design as a Process
  • Choosing the Best Option
  • Programming Interior Spaces
  • Specifying Needs
  • Space Planning of Residential Interiors
  • Planning Guidelines
  • Space Planning of Commercial Interiors
  • Hospitality Design
  • Healthcare Design

Interior Decorating and Design Module 3

The Exterior and Interior Environments

  • Environmental Concerns, Codes, and Regulations
  • Land Use and Development
  • The Total Environment: Influences on Interiors
  • Form Determinants for Buildings
  • Interior Environmental Control and Support Systems
  • Energy Conservation and Climate Control
  • The Human Comfort Zone
  • Lighting for Interiors
  • The Measurement of Light
  • Types of Lighting

Interior Decorating and Design Module 4

Interior Materials, Architectural Systems, Finishes, and Components

  • Materials-Characteristics and Applications
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Sustainability
  • Wood, Masonry, Glass and Cement
  • Architectural Systems and Interior Finishes
  • Sustainable Architecture and Engineering
  • Building Shell and Structural Systems
  • Interior Components
  • Aesthetic Factors
  • Cost Factors

Interior Decorating and Design Module 5

Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment

  • Programming for Furniture
  • Space Planning and Furniture
  • Furniture for Special Groups
  • Life-Cycle Assessments and Cost
  • Furniture Materials and Construction
  • Furnishings
  • Accessories
  • Artwork, Plants, Signage and Graphics
  • Healthcare and Hospitality Equipment
  • Retail and Institutional Equipment

Interior Decorating and Design Module 6

Aspects of Professional Practice

  • Drawing as Design Communication
  • Three-Dimensional Drawings
  • Photography and Videos
  • Presentation Models
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • The Professional Practice of Interior Design
  • Residential and Nonresidential Practice
  • Types of Services Offered
  • Operational Goals and Objectives
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting

Start Your Own Business Module 1

Entrepreneurial Pathways

  • Defining Entrepreneurship
  • What Entrepreneurs Do
  • Free Enterprise Economies
  • Finding & Evaluating Opportunity
  • Examining Profits
  • Creating Business from Opportunity
  • Creating a Feasibility Analysis
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Defining Your Business
  • Analyzing Your Competitive Advantage
  • Viability Testing
  • Valuing a Business”

Start Your Own Business Module 2

Integrated Marketing

  • Exploring Your Market
  • Marketing vs. Selling
  • Market Research
  • Market Segments
  • Positioning Your Product or Service
  • Developing Your Marketing Plan
  • Marketing Mix
  • Pricing Your Products
  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Smart Selling
  • Effective Customer Service
  • Principles of Selling
  • Successful Sales Calls
  • Customer Relationship Management

Start Your Own Business Module 3

Cost Analysis

  • Understanding & Managing Costs
  • Identify Required Investment
  • Analyze Fixed Operating Costs
  • Calculate Gross Profit
  • Financial Record Keeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Income Statements
  • Examining a Balance Sheet
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Calculating Return on Investment
  • Same-Size Analysis
  • Quick, Current & Debt Ratios

Start Your Own Business Module 4

Financing Strategy

  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash vs. Profits
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Cash Budget
  • Taxes
  • Filing Tax Returns
  • Financing Preferences
  • Types of Business Financing
  • Debt vs. Equity Financing
  • Identifying Sources of Capital
  • Stocks & Bonds as Investments

Start Your Own Business Module 5

Operating For Success

  • Addressing Legal Issues
  • Managing Risk
  • Business Legal Structures
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Protecting Tangible Assets
  • Operations in a Business
  • Production-Distribution Chain
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Suppliers
  • Managing Inventory
  • Facilities Location & Design

Start Your Own Business Module 6

Growing Your Business

  • Management
  • 10 Basic Tasks Handled by Managers
  • Leadership Styles
  • Organizational Cultures
  • Organizational Structure
  • Human Resources Management
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Incorporating Social Responsibility
  • Ethical Practices
  • Growing Your Business
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Cashing in Your Brand
  • Methods for Valuing a Business”

Upon successful completion of our Interior Decorating & Design course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Interior Decorating Specialist (CIDS)

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