Harcum College now offers the Main Line’s first Residential Design Certificate Program, offering men and women the fundamental principles of designing and decorating residential interior spaces.
Instructor: Holly Pringle
|*June 5 - July 30
|6 - 8 pm
* Course runs for 8 weeks. No classes the week of July 1.
About the Program
Good Interior Design solutions make
people feel positive in their surroundings. Our homes are the refuge from the
elements and pressures of everyday life. Ideally, it’s a place where we are
nurtured, fed, rest, sleep, entertain and relax. Our goal, as designers, is to
provide positive energy and support in our living environment, where our finest
values are embraced and fostered. Courses in the Certificate program provide
the knowledge, skill set and critical thinking needed to design living spaces
that enhance peoples’ lives.
Through this program, students will be able
to design rooms from conception to completion. Discovery of personal taste and
style evolve as students’ progress. Using creative problem solving, they will
learn how to transform a room into a welcoming environment that is both
functional and aesthetically pleasing. Students will learn how to read and draw
floor plans, select fabrics, finishes, furniture, lighting, paint and
Small classes allow for individualized instruction.
Students will participate in field trips to local businesses, furniture stores,
showrooms, and design firms. Courses are conveniently offered in the evenings
and on Saturdays. The certificate can be completed in two to four semesters or
at one’s leisure.
Requirements for completion of the Residential
Design Certificate Program:
Successfully complete six (6) required
Residential Design Courses. Courses do not have to be
taken in sequence. Residential design courses are also open to non-certificate
students for personal enrichment.
All courses are taught by professionals and
educators working in the field of interior design, architecture and
Course Fees, Registration, Billing/Payment and Cancellation
Tuition is $395 per course. $350 per course for current high school
Complete the registration form
and return along with payment. Remember, registration is not considered complete
until the full payment has been made. Classes will be offered on a first-paid,
Students may register by:
Residential Design Program
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3476
Fax the completed registration form with credit card
information to 610-526-6082.
Call the Continuing Studies Office at 610-526-6087
with credit card information.
Visit the Office of Continuing Studies,
located in Suite 225 of the Academic Center, Monday through Friday between 9:00
am and 4:00 pm.
Payments are due no later than the first day of
class. This requirement applies to all students.
To ensure maximum
results for each student, class size is limited. For further information call
Cancellations must be in writing and
received by the Office of Continuing Studies before the first class. No refunds
are granted once the class begins.
TO RESIDENTIAL DESIGN/STUDIO PRACTICES: This course is an
introduction to the planning of interior spaces. Learn space planning,
material selections, and the methods used to solve interior design
problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and elements of design,
which include scale, proportion, balance, emphasis, rhythm and harmony.
Complete one interior design project, from beginning concept through
finished visual and verbal presentation.
FURNITURE STYLES & APPLICATION: Explore
important elements of furniture styles, the history of furniture (from
Egyptian to Contemporary) and the relevance of style in today's
interiors. Become familiar with scale, proportion, balance and harmony
as they relate to the selection and application of furniture for a
FABRICS & FINISHES FOR INTERIORS: This course
provides an overview and understanding of the selection of fabrics and
finishes used in interiors on furniture, walls, floors, window
treatments and more. Particular attention is paid to the selection of
materials that provide better indoor air quality and help to create a
INTERIOR LIGHTING: Students will focus on
the basics of lighting to enhance the impact of their designs. They will learn
the fundamentals of task, ambient, and direct lighting. Projects will address
designing and solving lighting challenges in any given space.
This course focuses on the art of accessorizing. Homes should
be visually pleasing and emotionally satisfying. Students will explore
ideas for creative accessorizing by using designer sources, and learn
how much art impacts the living environment.
BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR DESIGNERS
This course will cover the various aspects of business practices for
the interior design professional, including business formation and
structure, legal terminology, business forms, billing, ordering,
contracts and liabilities. Topics will include ethics, trade relations,
and client- contractor- designer relations as well as "today's"
marketing tools for interior designers. Guest speakers to include
professional designers who own, operate and manage a design practice.
For more information
Program Coordinator for
Continuing Studies in Design
Academic Center, Lower Level
Heidi Techner, IDEC, Allied ASID
Program Director for
Suite 225 Academic Center
about Harcum's two-year Interior