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ACC's Interior Design and Decorating programs offer courses that focus on the fundamental principles of design and decorating. Our courses are designed to provide the basic skills to anyone interested in the Interior Design or Decorating field. Our Certificates are Continuing Education (non-credit) programs.

Available Certificates

  • Interior Design
  • Interior Decorating

The Interior Design and Decorating programs will offer classes only for students currently enrolled in the program. We plan on opening up the program for new students starting fall 2023. We appreciate your interest and look forward to having you in our classes.

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Interior Design - Interior Design is all about how we experience spaces. It's a powerful, essential part of our daily lives and affects how we live, work, play, and even heal. The Interior Design Certificate introduces the fundamental principles of design that include spaces, circulations and functionality.

There are six core courses and one elective needed to complete this program. In recommended order:

  • INDS-1070: History of Interior Design
  • INDS-1072: Textiles Interior Design
  • INDS-1075: Interior Design Building Systems
  • INDS-1071: Technical Drawing for Interior Design
  • INDS-1074: Fundamentals of Interior Design
  • INDS-1073: Professional Practices and Communication for Interior Design
  • INDS-1091: Elective (choose one)

Interior Decorating - Interior decorating "dresses" an existing space. It begins with a broad concept, such as modern, retro or traditional aesthetics, and works in the details of that style. An interior decorator typically stays with one design style from start to finish to create continuity in a space, and then adds the color selection, textures and patterns to be consistent with the overall style concept. Redecorating a room or updating an outdated style falls under the heading of interior decorating.

The Interior Decorating Certification introduces the staging and styling of furnishings and adorning each space with decorative aesthetic elements to achieve a certain style or theme.

There are two core courses and one elective needed to complete this program. In recommended order:

  • Home Staging
  • Styling
  • Elective: choose one course offering INDS-1091

Important Notices: Interior Design classes may be delivered synchronously via an online format. Students will need access to an Internet connected computer, and have basic computer skills. Click on individual course titles below for detailed information.

The Interior Design classes alone will not qualify you to sit for the NCIDQ examination or to be licensed in Texas as a "Registered Interior Designer". Please visit the NCIDQ web site for more information. However, our Certificates will enable you to work in the Home decorating industry or start your own business.

Students must contact the Program Coordinator to request their final Interior Certificates once they have completed all classes.

Individual Courses

Looking to learn more about Interior Design or Decorating but do not want to complete a Certificate program? No problem, just come join us for a class or two or three.

More information on the above can be found within our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Are you ready to get started? Select from the classes below, or contact a program coordinator to help answer any questions you may have.

It is important to note that due to the nature of these courses, not all classes are offered every semester. Click on individual course titles below for detailed information as well as registration options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

? How long does it take to complete the program?

Certificate programs are self-paced, but typically take 12 months to complete based upon 2-3 class load per semester.

Please note: Not all classes may not be offered every semester.

? Do I have to take the classes in any specific order?

You may take the courses in any order, however, Technical Drawing is recommended before Fundamentals of Interior Design.

We recommend the following course order:

  1. History of Interior Design
  2. Textiles
  3. Interior design building systems
  4. Technical Drawing
  5. Fundamentals
  6. Professional Practices and Communications

NOTICE: This is a Continuing Education program, so there are no prerequisites needed to begin the program. They are non-credit classes and will not count for college credit.

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? Can I take just some of the classes but not all of them?

Yes. You may take any of the courses you like, or take all the required courses to receive a Certificate of Completion.

? Is the program more for the hobbyist of actual job training?

Our program is comprehensive and introduces/prepares students for entry level positions in the Interior Design industry. However, these classes alone will not qualify to sit for the NCIDQ examination and/or use the title "Registered Interior Designer" in Texas. Texas Licensing of Interior Designers requires a specific educational program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Please visit their website for full details.

The title "registered interior designer" is a regulated term. Only those individuals who have become registered with the state of Texas as an interior designer may legally call themselves a registered interior designer.

Becoming a registered interior designer is voluntary and allows for signing off on permitting in code-impacted environments. Texas has a title act, meaning that the state does not regulate the practice of interior design, only the title of "registered interior designer." Those who do not wish to register can still use the term "interior designer." Non-registered designers, who can't sign off on permits, have to work with an architect to have the plans stamped and/or sealed, or approved.

? Do I need to purchase any materials or textbooks?

Some of our courses do require textbooks and supplies. Class syllabus are distributed to students on the first day of class that includes this information. An approximate cost estimate is $75.

? How much do the classes cost?

Classes range in price from $160.00 - $295.00 per class.

To view pricing information for each class, click on the class of interest from the above course list, which will open a second page listing all active courses for that particular semester. Click on the synonym number of your desired course section for detailed pricing information.

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? How Do I Register?

Our program is Continuing Education (non-credit). No application is required. Student's may register anytime before the start date of class.

You can register online or contact the Continuing Education Registration office for assistance.

For registration details, please visit the Continuing Education registration page.

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Does Rhode Island School of design have interior design? ›

With the foundational classes of Drawing, Design and Applied Color, the Interior Design Certificate Program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to create and implement all phases of an interior design.

What is the best state for interior design? ›

Oregon is the best state, and Williston is the city with the highest pay for interior designers.
1. Oregon.
Total Interior Designer Jobs:493
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$98,000
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Apr 6, 2021

Can you be a remote interior designer? ›

As a remote interior designer, your responsibilities are to meet with clients or field their questions about interior design for their homes or commercial buildings. You then use design software or rendering applications to come up with different ideas for the interior design of their space.

Can I become interior designer without degree? ›

So, to answer the question, yes, indeed, it is possible to become an interior designer without getting a degree in design. It is more about having the required skills and knowledge to land projects than simply having a degree.

What should I do after completing interior designing? ›

What Career Path You Can Opt After Becoming an Interior Designer?
  • Start Your Own Interior Design Firm. There is huge scope for the interior designers in India. ...
  • Working in a Design Firm. ...
  • Furniture Designer/Furniture Boutique. ...
  • Product Designer/Product Showroom. ...
  • Graphic Designer. ...
  • Interior Elements Business.
May 30, 2018

What is the difference between interior design and interior architecture? ›

Interior architecture focuses more on structural design, with an emphasis on adaptive reuse and the remodelling of existing buildings. Whereas interior design is the practice of creating interior atmospheres – focusing on finishes, furniture and colour palettes.

What is the acceptance rate for RISD? ›

What is interior design in architecture? ›

Interior design is a profession that focuses on architecture and space planning, creating cohesive and aesthetically pleasing designs for home interior and businesses within a built environment or existing structures.

Where do interior designers make the most money? ›

Interior Design Salary California

California has the highest pay per year for interior designers with an average of $57,500. The average range is between $40,000 and $78,000, which is the highest salary range in the country.

Where are the highest paid interior designers? ›

According to BLS, San Jose, California is the top-paying metropolitan area for interior designers, and there are approximately 170 active interior designers in the area. There are positions available across industries, including government agencies, healthcare, consulting firms and architecture.

Is Modsy free? ›

How much does Modsy cost? Prices start from $89 per room for the Classic package, which includes a 3D rendering of your space, two initial design concepts, and guidance on two revised plans.

Is there a difference between interior designer and interior decorator? ›

Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building, while interior decorating is the furnishing or adorning of a space with decorative elements to achieve a certain aesthetic. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

How do I become an interior designer at 50? ›

You'll need to earn a two- or four-year degree that includes relevant training in computer-sided design and building code enforcement and build some work history under a licensed interior designer. Once you've satisfied the requirements, a network of potential clients and a state license can get you started.

How do interior designers make money? ›

The client pays the price tag cost (no discounts for the client!) and the certified interior designer makes their money from a commission given by the retailer. The combination method of billing is the best option for such projects incorporating the best methods appropriate for each aspect of the design project.

Is interior design diploma worth it? ›

Of late, a career in interior designing has become a very sought-after career choice. More and more candidates are realising that interior designing is a booming field with numerous job opportunities. It is a common misconception that to become an interior designer you just need to be creative.

Can interior designer become architect? ›

63% of architect's students complete their bachelor's like B. Arch Interior Design or BA in Interior Design to get a job as interior architect , while 16% students hold an associate degree.

Will interior design be in demand in the future? ›

The interior design market is expected to see an exponential growth by 2025 globally. As per MarketWatch, in 2018, interior design market was valued at 130,100 million USD and can expect a potential (CAGR) growth rate of 8.5% between 2019-2024, leading the market to be valued at 212,300.

Which course is best for interior design after 12th? ›

Courses in Interior Designing after 12th
Course NameCourse DurationCourse Fee (per annum)
B.Sc (Interior and Furniture)3 YearsRs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 9,00,000
BA (Hons) Interior Design3 YearsRs. 90,000 to Rs. 9,00,000
BA Interior Design3 YearsRs. 90,000 to Rs. 9,00,000
B.Sc in Interior Design3 YearsRs. 2,00,000 to Rs. 9,00,000
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Is interior design a good career? ›

Yes, interior design is a good career choice, especially for those who want to show off their creativity in the most basic of ways. It allows one to put their natural abilities to use while also providing excellent job satisfaction.

How can I become an interior designer after 12th? ›

Admission Procedure: Candidates who have cleared class 12th with over 50% marks can apply to institutes that offer a B.Sc. Interior Design course. The first step would be to register for the entrance exam that most design institutes conduct prior to admission.

Which course is best for interior design after 10th? ›

Courses in Interior Design after 10th
Course NameDuration of Course
Certificate in Interior Design6 Months
Certificate in Interior Design and Decoration6 Months
Diploma in Interior Design6 Months
Diploma in Interior Design and Architecture1 Year
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