Certified Residential Interior Designer
Course Code: CPD114
Duration: 120 hours, 6 months
The online Residential Interior Design Education (R.I.D.E.) program is available to both aspiring designing individuals and interior designers who are wanting to increase their education, career opportunities, and professional status in the interior design industry. The R.I.D.E. certification trains new designers and increases the credentials for designers in current practice.
This program will not only give you the basic skills and background you need to start working as an interior home designer, but the R.I.D.E. credential will also increase your status with potential clients. You will explore the cornerstones of professional design, discover how to plan both visually appealing and functional spaces, and study how interior design has evolved throughout history.
This program will also provide you with an education on ethics that you can apply to your own practice. This resourcefulness of ethical standards will increase your worth as a designer and make you a stronger candidate in the industry.
Upon completion of this program, you will take the Residential Interior Designer Exam (R.I.D.E.) as the final. After you receive your RIDE certification, you can qualify for benefits such as a free one-year Designer Society of America, or DSA designer membership and possible participation in a 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
Upon completing this program, you will:
- Understand what a residential interior designer does.
- Be familiar with major design styles and movements throughout history.
- Know how to manipulate the basic elements involved in residential interior design projects.
- Understand the steps required to work as a residential interior designer and start your own design business.
- Have experience creating a design concept and floor plan.
- Getting Started
- Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design
- Design Basics
- Space Planning
- History of Styles and Furnishings
- History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I: Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages
- History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II: The Renaissance to the 20th Century
- History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III: Modernism, Non-European Influences, and Furniture Styles
- Elements of Design
- Lighting Fundamentals
- Accents and Accessories
- Working as a Residential Interior Designer
- Industry Regulations
- Putting It All Together
- Interior Design, by John F. Pile
- one-year membership in the Designer Society of America
You will need to have access to a digital camera and will need to know how to download digital photos to your computer. A high-speed Internet connection is also recommended.
This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. The program is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows 8 (desktop mode only). It is also compatible with Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 through 8) and Firefox (any version).
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this course.
For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
Upon registering, you will receive an initial six months to complete the program. Should you need more time, you may request a six month extension at no additional charge.