Certificate in Interior Design
If you have always had an eye for design, and have a knack for taking an ordinary space and making it feel extraordinary, then the University of Miami Certificate in Interior Design is for you. The Certificate in Interior Design Program offers non-credit courses to those who want to enrich their cultural experiences or who are interested in improving their professional or occupational skills. Taught by industry professionals, our Certificate in Interior Design program focuses on the important fundamentals to enter the design field. A hands-on program, students will learn history of interiors, principles, and elements of design, freehand and computer drafting, specification and materials, professional practice, photography and building a portfolio.
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN:
This course covers the major trends and styles in interior design to include major movements in architecture, interior design, furniture, and decorative arts. Interiors are discussed in terms of function, symbolism, methods of fabrication, style, use of color, ornament, and significance.
INTRODUCTION TO COLOR THEORY:
Color Theory topics include introduction to the physiology and psychology of color.
GREEN DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY & HUMAN FACTORS:
Students will gain an understanding of sustainable design with an emphasis on green building products and practices and the resources for creating environmentally sensitive and healthy interiors.
The course provides knowledge on the various materials; including but not limited to walls, flooring, ceiling, concrete, while highlighting the current trends and innovations in the usage of interior design materials.
SPACE PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING:
Understanding of design methodology by learning the concepts of the nature of space and scale along with architectural elements and organization. Students will learn the fundamental issues in designing spaces and develop the skills to create floor plans considering all the factors affecting spatial composition/introduction to Final Project.
DRAWING I FREE HAND AND MECHANICAL ORTHOGRAPHIC DRAWINGS (PLANS, SECTIONS, ELEVATIONS):
The course introduces the fundamental techniques of drawing such as concept sketches, design development sketches, presentation renderings and architectural drawing and develops the skills for visualization and representation. Students will learn freehand drawing of lines and shapes, tone and texture, form and structure space and depth. Students will also learn scaled drawing skills for design thinking and representation in drawings.
Consultant Coordination, Budget, Contracts. This course emphasizes the legal and professional requirements needed to establish an interior design practice. Topics include business ethics, contracts project management, and client relations.
Students will be introduced to various products; furniture, lighting, textiles, etc., available.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER DRAWING OF INTERIORS:
Using Sketchup Make for design development presentations
PHOTOGRAPHY OF INTERIORS:
This course introduces the fundamental and technical capabilities necessary for photography. It enables students to see things, analyze, and express them in a strong visual form. Students will develop a basic sense of visual perception through understanding composition, color and light, shades and shadows and positive and negative space relationships.
PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP/ADOBE INDESIGN:
This course will equip the student with the ability to create a professional-level press-ready and digital portfolio. Basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign program will be acquired.
**Students enrolling in the Interior Design program should have a solid understanding of computers and navigating various software.