Hands-on training for interior designers
This series is for individuals who are interested in learning about interior design/decorating, including those who work as designers, aspire to have a career as a professional designer, or even choose to take the program to assist them in decorating their own spaces. Participants will learn design concepts for both residential and commercial application, important industry standards, and how to start and run an interior design business.
This is a hands-on, interactive series uses actual textiles and other materials that you, as a designer, would utilize in your commercial or residential projects. Course handouts outlining the various finishes and their applications included in the program can then serve as a resource to you as a new designer or as a seasoned professional. At the end of this 12-week course, you will be able to prepare a professional design board with room layouts and researched specifications of paint colors, fabrics, window treatments, furniture, flooring, and lighting using samples provided.
This series offers a practicum for students giving them hands-on experience with instructor during at least one of the 3-hour classes on location at Furniture Galleries Carpet One in Butler, PA. Working behind the scenes provides the opportunity to learn furniture style, fabrics, flooring options, artwork, and the know how to accessorize the perfect room.
About the instructor
The series will be lead by Jean Swanson, a professional interior designer with over 25 years experience in Pittsburgh. She has worked extensively on hundreds of projects from color consultations to new construction projects, both residential and commercial. Ms. Swanson is very passionate about the design business and very supportive of those who aspire to a career in it. She developed this program to teach not only the esthetics of design, but how to start and run a business.
- Color theory
- The design process
- Design standards
- Kitchen design
- Bathroom design
- Design for outdoor spaces
- Business essentials
Fall 2022 (weeks 7-12) *
- Dates: Saturdays, September 10 - October 15, 2022
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Location: Penn State Beaver
- Cost: $459
- Register: Fall Interior Design
*Both sessions must be taken to complete the series.
For more information or to register, please contact Jill Valentine at 724-773-3765 or [email protected].
Cancellations and refunds
Payment is due upon registration. Students may request a registration cancellation through the start date of the course. A $25 cancellation fee will apply. No refunds will be given for withdrawal requests after the course start date. The University reserves the right to cancel course selections. If the course is cancelled, the student will be issued a full refund.