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We offer a number of online classes each semester. The course descriptions are below; not all classes are offered all semesters. Click here to see what's available this semester and register for a class.

Introduction to Interior Design

This six-week course is for people considering a career in interior design and provides a broad introduction to the profession and the process of interior design. No previous experience in drawing or design is needed! Through video lectures and demonstrations, narrated slide presentations, and interactive discussion forums, students are introduced to the key elements of interior design, such as working with color, applying basic design principles, the influence of history and environmental psychology, and learning how to draw in scale.

Students will design a living room step by step, including: understanding a client’s needs, creating a design concept, drawing a floor plan, sketching design ideas, selecting furniture and materials, and creating inspiration montage boards.  Students can purchase a supply kit from the NYSID bookstore.


101  Historical Styles I

This course for academic credit is an introductory overview of the history of design in furniture, interiors, and architecture from the ancient world through 1820, considered within the cultural context of each period, and the content is the same as the NYSID onsite class. Lectures, videos, readings, and assignments focus on the development of major forms, period styles, and ornament from ancient Egypt through the Neoclassical Era. Online learning students will be guided as they visit museums and historical collections and sites close to where they live or through online resources, and will participate in active discussions with their fellow students and the instructor. Students will need access to a computer with a web cam since the midterm and final exams are administered online by ProctorU, and paid for directly by each student.


102  Historical Styles II

The second half of the introductory survey, this course focuses on the history of Western furniture, interiors, and architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries, considered within the cultural context of each period. Styles examined include 19th-century revival styles, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, European and American Modernism, and the International Style. Online learning students will be guided as they visit museums and historical collections and sites close to where they live or through online resources, and will participate in active discussions with their fellow students and the instructor. Students will need access to a computer with a web cam since the midterm and final exams are administered online by ProctorU, and paid for directly by each student.


119  Textiles for Interiors

This course is a survey of the history and science of fabrics through lectures on major decorative arts periods as well as textile design, fibers, methods of weaving, dyeing, flammability, finishes, and trims. Properties, code requirements, and maintenance of contract and residential fabrics and their application are covered as well as estimating yardage. The course also covers the history of wallpaper and carpeting and their application to today’s interiors. Students will need access to a computer with a web cam since the midterm and final exams are administered online by ProctorU, and paid for directly by each student.


134  Residential Design I

Through studio projects, lectures, and discussions, this course provides an introduction to the residential environment through the complete design of an individual room. By designing a traditional, transitional, and contemporary living room, students learn how to successfully select and arrange furniture, select and apply fabrics, finishes, and accessories. Exercises in room design and character are supplemented by sessions on how to assess client needs and the development of a professional visual and oral design presentation.

Students will need access to a computer with a web cam in order to present their projects via WebEx. They will also participate in four synchronous sessions (logging in at a set time) throughout the semester. Three of the sessions will include juried critiques of the class design projects. Students will be expected to attend and participate in the full jurying of their classmates work.


141  Color for Interiors

This studio course concentrates on the study of color and color schemes for interiors. Compilation of the Munsell Color Charts is the basis for a series of projects which lead to the development of complete color schemes. Psychological and practical influences affecting the choice of color are studied. Colors for walls, floor coverings, window treatments, upholstery, accessories, and accent areas are selected and applied to a variety of room settings. Students will need access to a computer with a web cam since the midterm and final exams are administered online by ProctorU, and paid for directly by each student.


180  Visual Concepts

Students are introduced to the language common to all visual activity. Through freehand drawing exercises and study models, the abstract elements of design, point, line, plane, shape/form, value, color, and texture are examined, along with the principles that unify these elements in a clear visual conceptual organization. Discussion and critique of assigned projects enable students to develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design composition. Students will need access to a computer with a scanner and a camera.

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