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Interior Decorating

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Interior Decorating

Stratford's Interior Decorating course can help you learn how to combine creativity with practical design solutions to create unique and powerfully designed spaces for you and others to enjoy.

Whether you have an interest in working toward a career in interior decorating or would like to learn more about how to decorate your own space, Stratford's thoughtful and in-depth curriculum is sure to surprise even those already knowledgeable about decor.

Students can learn the process of planning, construction, spacial mechanics, as well as about a myriad of design elements. From home offices to inviting sitting rooms, Stratford's course offers fundamental decorating knowledge to help you create a memorable space.
Introduction to Interior Decorating
• A Brief History of Interior Decorating
• Career Options
• Principles and Elements of Decoration
• Expressions of Color
• The Space Planning Process
• Planning Specific Rooms or Areas
• Furniture Selection and Arrangement
• Art and Decorative Accessories
• The Psychology of Selling Interior Decorating Services
• Setting Up a Home Office

Introduction to Interior Environments
• Definition of Interior Design and Responsibilities of an Interior Designer
• Traits and Knowledge Required by Interior Designers
• Development of the Interior Design Profession
• Goals of Interior Design
• The Design Process/Scope of Services
• Health, Safety, and Welfare
• Interior Environment Theory: Why We Need the Built Environment
• The Science of Spatial Behavior
• Historical Styles and Their Evolution
• Elements and Principles of Design
• Color

The Construction Process of Interior Decorating
• Building Systems
• The Construction Process
• Construction Systems, and Codes
• Contract Documents
• Structural Classifications
• Doors and Windows
• HVAC Systems and Plumbing
• Lighting, Electrical, and Communications
• Space Planning
• Furnishing Rooms
• Rooms to Buildings
• Zoning
• Organizing Systems
• Residential and Commercial Floor Plans

Materials and Further Topics for the Interior Decorator
• Function
• Aesthetics
• Economics
• Floors
• Ceilings and Walls
• Types of Furniture
• Textiles
• Window Treatments
• Accessories and Art
• Interior Design as a Career
• Professional Interior Design Organizations
• The Business of Interior Design
• Professional Ethics
• Interior Design Forecast
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.
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“Thanks to SCI, I was able to learn and gain knowledge in the privacy and convenience of my own home. It is not only beneficial to my career, but my gain is my family's gain.“

Myeesha P.

"I loved this course. I felt it challenged me, and for the first time in my life, I completed something I started. I now have more self-confidence than ever before."

- Kathie T.