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Interior Design

Professional Certificate in Interior Design

Professional Certificate in Interior Design

Classroom Program


18-24 months


UCR Extension

NOTE: This program is no longer open for enrollment.

Interior designers are unique in that they generally possess an amalgamation of both left- and right-brain traits, as they need to be creative, imaginative and artistic, as well as organized, calculated and detailed when putting together a new design scheme.

Step into a new era of interior design by learning how to execute the fine balance between form and function. Build the core fundamentals of design through courses in color theory, drafting, history of architecture, building codes and business practices, and then explore your specific area of interest through electives in sustainable design, furniture design and more. Learn from practicing professionals who have successfully made their way, and transform your passion into a new career.

Designed For

Individuals who:

  • Are highly motivated to enter the design field.
  • Might benefit personally or professionally from directed study and practice in interior design.

What You'll Learn

  • Fundamentals of interior design principles, materials and resources
  • Drafting designs for residential and commercial spaces
  • Essentials of color theory, furniture design, and space planning
  • Professional presentation skills and business practices
  • History of architectural interiors and latest trends and techniques

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Certification and experience can prepare you for positions which are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in self-employment, firms, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Assistant to an Interior Designer or Decorator
  • Project Manager
  • Workplace Design Leader
  • Design Entrepreneur
  • Showroom Sales Associate
  • Home Decorator
  • Home Stager
  • Commercial Stylist

Program Overview


30 Units


13 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I have always been interested in interior design. I chose UCR Extension's program which provided me the knowledge and confidence I needed. I am grateful for the many opportunities I gained from the very talented and knowledgeable instructors who worked with me to discover and develop my potential. I have been applying that knowledge with every new client or challenge I face.”

Pierre Keshishian

Designer & Student Representative
ASID Board of Palm Springs
Inland Empire Chapter

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent.
  • A background in art or design is helpful, but not required.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Quarter 1

Introduction to Interior Design

ART X461.A

3 units

Color Theory and Its Application

ART X461.1

3 units


Quarter 2

Drafting I

ART X461.3

3 units

History of Architectural Interiors I

ART X461.51

3 units


Quarter 3

Drafting II

ART X461.31

3 units


Quarter 4

Materials and Resources for Interior Design

ART X461.5

3 units


Quarter 5

Perspective Drawing

ART X461.02

3 units


Quarter 6

Building Codes

ART X461.37

3 units


Quarter 7

Space Planning

ART X461.8

3 units


Quarter 8

Business Practices for Interior Designers

MGT X461.51

3 units


Instructor Spotlight

“Interior Design has always been my passion, so it's natural for me to teach it to others. Join me and learn to create beautiful environments, and become excited to see how those environments enhance our everyday lives. We will talk about the interesting aspects of today's design world, and I will teach you to give your clients, with your best knowledge, the kind of space they want.”

Randall Hatch

Interior Designer & Instructor
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Palm Springs & Los Angeles, CA

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