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Interior Decorating & Merchandising Certificate

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  • Objectives
    This full-time program provides you with the practical skills and abilities to successfully manage interior decorating projects. Learn how to work effectively in a business environment in a variety of roles associated with interior decorating.
  • Practical experience
    This program includes a practical/work experience course.
  • Academic Title
    Interior Decorating & Merchandising Certificate
  • Course description
    The following courses must be completed to obtain the one-year certificate:

    • College Success Skills
    • Business Communication
    • Principles and Elements of Design
    • Colour and Lighting in Decorating
    Decorating Styles
    Decorating Backgrounds
    • Drawing and Sketching
    • Space Planning and Blueprints
    • Computer Assisted Design (AutoCAD)
    Sales and Marketing Techniques
    • The Essentials of Customer Service
    • Computer Applications
    Professional Interior Decorating
    • Career Advancement
    Work Experience for Interior Decorators
    • Introduction to e-Portfolio
    • Career Skills Evaluation

    Course Descriptions

    Advanced AutoCAD
    Prerequisite: AutoCAD
    This course covers the intermediate level features of the latest version of AutoCAD.

    Business Communication
    Develop the essentials of effective communication in a business setting.

    Career Advancement
    Create a résumé and covering letter and practice job interview techniques.

    Colour & Light in Decorating
    The course focuses on providing an understanding of the effective use of colour schemes to create a desired atmosphere and enhance furnishings throughout the dwelling.

    Computer Applications
    This course provides a general orientation to the Internet, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

    Computer-Assisted Design – AutoCAD
    Learn the introductory principles of CAD and the basic AutoCAD features and commands. Use these techniques to produce CAD drawings on a microcomputer using AutoCAD software.

    The Essentials of Customer Service
    Learn how to consistently communicate a positive, friendly, ready-to-help attitude to customers and acquire strategies of dealing with angry customers with diplomacy and tact.

    Decorating Backgrounds
    This course provides you with a fundamental understanding of background coverings, fibres and fabrics, and window treatments.

    Decorating Projects
    Prerequisite: Residential Decorating
    Plan and design a complete interior decorating project.

    Decorating Styles
    Learn how to decorate in a style that complements the personal lifestyle of your client.

    Drawing & Sketching
    This course provides you with hands-on experience in the area of drawing and sketching to create professional presentation boards.

    Drawing and Sketching II
    An extension of Year I Drawing and Sketching with advanced rendering techniques. Learn oblique drawings and create a basic 3-D model.

    Introduction to e-Commerce
    Prerequisite: Computer Applications
    This course is designed to offer a comprehensive hands-on introduction to the business and concepts of e-commerce.

    Human Resource Management
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Management
    Learn the techniques and activities associated in acquiring, developing and maintaining an effective workforce.

    Introduction to Management
    This course introduces students to the principles of management from a theoretical perspective.

    College Success Skills
    Enhance and strengthen your skills for success for college and career. Emphasis is on personal management, study skills, and critical thinking.

    Work Experience for Interior Decorators
    Put your skills and knowledge to work in a four week full-time practicum in a local company or organization.

    Principles & Elements of Design
    This course covers the guidelines for a professionally decorated appearance, including the application of design elements.

    Professional Interior Decorating
    Plan, design, and present plans for an interior decorating project to a panel of judges.

    Sales & Marketing Techniques
    The course provides a practical understanding of how to segment the market, analyze customers, and develop strategic marketing and sales plans.
    The course provides a practical understanding of how to segment the market, analyze customers and develop strategic marketing and sales plans.

    Space Planning & Blueprints
    Learn how to plan for the arrangement of furnishings to create maximum convenience of movement and visual appeal.

    Residential Decorating
    Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Year 1
    Learn residential decorating theory through practical projects on both houses and condos.

    Visual Merchandising
    Prerequisite: Sales & Marketing
    This course explores the importance of visual display and the effects it has on your customer.

    Introduction to e-Portfolio
    This course introduces you to e-portfolio philosophy and software. Create and maintain an e-portfolio that emphasizes your personal, educational, and career goals.

    Career Skills Evaluation
    This final course in the college success series helps you assess your employment skills and design a professional development plan as you prepare to transition from college to the workplace.

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