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8 Courses Required
PRICE $7,800
*Tuition rates for individual courses are subject to change over the course of your program

About This Certificate

This certificate program develops your understanding of spatial and structural design through two- and three-dimensional drawing and sketching, hand drafting, and computer modeling. You build foundational skills in interior design concepts ranging from spatial relationships and circulation to client psychology.

2D and 3D drawing hand drafting computer modeling perspective drawing space planning client psychology drafting techniques floor plan elevations ceiling plan rendering commerical interiors design residential design lighting

What You’ll Gain

  • An understanding of the effects of color, texture, and materials in interiors
  • Proficiency in hand-drafting formal drawings including floor plans, elevations, and reflected ceiling plans
  • In-depth knowledge of the core design elements of scale, proportion, balance, and ambience
  • An understanding of trade information and project sequencing
  • Software skills include: Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp

What You’ll Earn


After completing the certificate requirements, you will be able to download and print a copy of your certificate and share it with your network. Your personal certificate will be accessible from your Student Portal.

Who Should Enroll

  • Creative professionals developing skills that can be applied to space planning or decorative arts
  • Architects who want to expand their portfolios to include interior space planning


This program cannot be used toward the educational requirements for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. One must complete a degree program in Interior Design comprised of for-credit courses to qualify to take the NCIDQ exam.

How You’ll Learn

  • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
  • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
  • Online collaboration in small classes, supported by video conferencing
  • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
  • The ability to review course content and complete assignments at any time

Why The New School?

The professional landscape as we've known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student's creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design—a globally top-ranked design school—our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to a new one in a constantly evolving world.

Additional Details

Enroll Now

Begin by completing one of the required courses. This certificate must be completed within two years. Have questions? Call us at 332.239.2292, email cpe.advisor@newschool.edu, or reach out to us via LiveChat.



2 Course(s)

We recommend taking the first four courses listed under the Required Courses section first, followed by taking two electives and finishing with the Commercial Interior Design and Residential Interior Design courses. If you do not know AutoCAD, SketchUp, or Rhino, we suggest you take at least one of the recommended electives below.
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