INTERIOR DECORATING COURSES
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Fulfil your passion and develop your creative talent! These courses are for creative individuals who wish to decorate their homes with professional looking results. Take courses for self interest or for professional training toward a career in the interior decorating industry. Take one course, or dive deeper and take them all!
PART TIME PROGRAM
Enhance your skills and knowledge in the decorating industry. Begin your journey by taking the Basics of Design course which is the foundational course for all the other courses and workshops. The Basics of Design course is offered on Tuesday evenings during the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters. The one-day workshops are offered on Saturdays.
To register, students must meet all the following requirements:
- Good written and oral English language skills.
- Basics of Design is a prerequisite to all other courses.
BASICS OF DESIGN
There are no decorating rules, but there are guidelines which give a home a professionally decorated appearance. We will study the application of the elements (line, space, texture, colour, light) and the principles (proportion and scale, balance, focal point, rhythm, unity) of design. It is recommended this course be taken before the workshops, but not mandatory.
Learn about the types, application and selection of ceiling, wall and floor coverings.
Learn what is involved in setting up and maintaining a decorating business, how to market effectively and how to create an efficient working environment.
Learn the software program used for everything from space planning to creating 3D colored presentations. The lessons will require a laptop.
COLOUR & SCHEMES
Colour is one of the most stimulating and influential decorating elements. This course presents the variables of colour theory – including psychology, temperature, value and intensity – and applies them to colour schemes to create the desired atmosphere and to enhance furnishings throughout a dwelling. This course can taken in conjunction with Basics of Design and is a prerequisite to all other courses.
Learn about functional and easthetic aspects, with an emphasis on selection and application. Accessories are the personal finishing touches in colour, shape and texture that affect a decorating scheme. Learn how to select, place and highlight them to achieve the maximum impact.
Learn the characteristics and variables that affect natural and synthetic decorating fabrics, including weaves, the application of colours, durability, and maintenance. We will discuss fabric content, pattern mixes, and the textures that are most appropriate for each purpose and decorating style. A plain edge scissors is required.
Learn about the characteristics of casegoods, upholstery and styles.
KITCHEN, BATHROOM & LAUNDRY
This is an introduction to the many elements that make up a functional kitchen, bathroom and laundry space.
Light is required to create the desired mood and to appreciate the decorating products chosen to beautify dwellings. Topics include aesthetics of artificial light, selection and placement of general task and accent lighting. Prerequisites: successful completion of Basics of Design course>.
MODERN AND ECLECTIC STYLES
Learn about the development of products over the past 100 years.
Learn about the elements that comprise specific styles throughout history.
Learn about the requirements for working on client projects.
Learn the defining characteristics that make the exterior of a house a specific style.
SMALL SPACE DECOR
The physical design in small dwellings can present unique decorating challenges. Learn how to apply background coverings and select furnishings to effectively create actual and visual space to embellish features and complement the decorating style.
Learn how to plan and manage the use of space as part of an overall design plan. Topics covered include how to develop traffic patterns within the confines of spaces, redesign spaces, prepare elevations and establish furniture arrangements in regards to focal points.
Learn about the characteristics of hard and soft coverings and the coverings most appropriate for various decorating styles.
Bea’s incredible knowledge of teaching interior decorating is reflective of the success of her students. She is one of the most gifted teachers I have had the privilege to learn from. Bea continues to provide up to date information to her students on an industry that is always evolving and she doesn’t lose sight of the guidelines to follow.Leona Kenny