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Interior Decorating and Design Entrepreneur Program

interior design programsProgram Duration: 6 Months
Course Contact Hours: 300
Student Tuition: $4,000.00

Our online interior design programs emphasize educating you about a number of impressive interior decorating & design ideas for the home, office, and more while also enabling you to establish the company you want!


This training program combines a two course training track:

  • Interior Decorating & Design
  • Start Your Own Business

Interior Decorating & Design


Interior design and decorating affects the lives of everyone in a very straightforward way we all live in interiors, and most of us work, study, shop, and travel inside buildings, automobiles, as well as other enclosures. At one time or another, practically everybody has been an interior designer or decorator on a certain scale, whenever selecting a paint color or a carpet,
purchasing furniture, or when setting up furniture in a brand new living place. Because of this, interior design and decorating is – or should be – of interest to everybody. Our interior design programs help you comprehend the fundamental concepts of interior design and decorating to both enrich your life, and set you in a brand new direction for your profession!

Prerequisite(s): None

After taking this program, you should be able to:

  • Understand entrepreneurship and opportunity.
  • Identify the actions for having a business plan plus marketing strategy.
  • Identify methods when it comes to managing costs and forming a financing approach.
  • Comprehend commercial law and the usefulness of contracts.
  • Determine techniques when it comes to expanding your business and subsequently selling it.

Start Your Own Business


Have you used an Apple computer system? Eaten a Mrs. Fields dessert? Heard a hip-hop album? Entrepreneurs gave these goods to your community. Individuals that set up their personal businesses and work for themselves are called entrepreneurs. For an entrepreneur the sky is the limit as far as revenues are involved. An entrepreneur is a person that’s acknowledged an opportunity to launch an industry that many other folks might not have spotted– and jumps at it knowledgeably. Entrepreneurs can influence as well as create an opportunity where others see little or nothing at all– or see it too early or late. This “Start Your Own Business” program can really help you build the business you want to have. Throughout this course you will be working with your business plan and producing a fast exhaustive introduction of the features you want to have in your new business.

Prerequisite: None

After finishing this course, you will have the ability to:

  • Comprehend entrepreneurship as well as opportunity.
  • Identify the measures for building a business plan and marketing strategy.
  • Identify methods for managing expenses and developing a financing strategy.
  • Understand commercial law and the importance of contracts.
  • Determine techniques for expanding your business and eventually selling it.


Upon successful completion of our Interior Decorating & Design course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Interior Decorating Specialist (CIDS).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


Interior Decorating Module 1
The Interior Design Profession & History

  • Development of Interior Design
  • Professional Preparation
  • Professional Organizations
  • Design Quality
  • Defining Design
  • Evaluating Design
  • Analyzing Existing Spaces
  • Design Basics
  • Design and Human Perception
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Design as an Expressive Medium
  • Design History
  • Ancient World to Middle Ages
  • Renaissance to Rococo
  • Neoclassicism to the Victorian Era
  • The Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
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Interior Decorating Module 2
The Design Process

  • Project Beginnings
  • Establishing Contact with the Client
  • Researching the Project
  • Planning the Space
  • Developing Preliminary Design
  • Making Formal Drawings
  • Estimating Costs
  • Preparing Final the Design
  • Design Implementation
  • Preparing Construction Drawings
  • Setting a Time Schedule for Construction
  • Selecting Contractors
  • Project Supervision
  • Post-Completion
  • Human Factors
  • Social Responsibility in Design
  • Interior Design for Special Needs

Interior Decorating Module 3
The Various “Mediums” of Design

  • Structural and Interior Materials
  • Environmental or Green Issues
  • Types of Materials
  • Material Selection
  • Light and Color
  • Psychological Impact of Colors
  • Special Color Effects
  • Vision and Lighting
  • Planning Lighting
  • Selecting Fixtures
  • Selecting Textiles
  • Fabric Types and Construction
  • Preliminary Furniture Decision
  • Selecting Furniture
  • Furniture Design
  • Accessories and Art
  • Signage and Graphics

Interior Decorating Module 4
Technical Issues for Designers

  • Mechanical Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Electrical and Plumbing Systems
  • Safety Issues
  • Building Codes
  • Planning Kitchens and Bathrooms
  • Storage Spaces
  • Commercial Spaces
  • Hospitality Spaces
  • Institutional Spaces
  • Cultural and Recreational Spaces
  • The Business of Interior Design
  • Employment in Interior Design
  • Information Technology
  • Budgeting, Marketing and Contracts
  • Project Management
  • Types of Businesses
  • Professionals Ethics

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Start Your Own Business


Start Your Own Business Module 1
Entrepreneurial Pathways

  • Defining Entrepreneurship
  • What Entrepreneurs Do
  • Free Enterprise Economies
  • Finding & Evaluating Opportunity
  • Examining Profits
  • Creating Business from Opportunity
  • Creating a Feasibility Analysis
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Defining Your Business
  • Analyzing Your Competitive Advantage
  • Viability Testing
  • Valuing a Business

Start Your Own Business Module 2
Integrated Marketing

  • Exploring Your Market
  • Marketing vs. Selling
  • Market Research
  • Market Segments
  • Positioning Your Product or Service
  • Developing Your Marketing Plan
  • Marketing Mix
  • Pricing Your Products
  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Smart Selling
  • Effective Customer Service
  • Principles of Selling
  • Successful Sales Calls
  • Customer Relationship Management

Start Your Own Business Module 3
Cost Analysis

  • Understanding & Managing Costs
  • Identify Required Investment
  • Analyze Fixed Operating Costs
  • Calculate Gross Profit
  • Financial Record Keeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Income Statements
  • Examining a Balance Sheet
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Calculating Return on Investment
  • Same-Size Analysis
  • Quick, Current & Debt Ratios

Start Your Own Business Module 4
Financing Strategy

  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash vs. Profits
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Cash Budget
  • Taxes
  • Filing Tax Returns
  • Financing Preferences
  • Types of Business Financing
  • Debt vs. Equity Financing
  • Identifying Sources of Capital
  • Stocks & Bonds as Investments

Start Your Own Business Module 5
Operating For Success

  • Addressing Legal Issues
  • Managing Risk
  • Business Legal Structures
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Protecting Tangible Assets
  • Operations in a Business
  • Production-Distribution Chain
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Suppliers
  • Managing Inventory
  • Facilities Location & Design

Start Your Own Business Module 6
Growing Your Business

  • Management
  • 10 Basic Tasks Handled by Managers
  • Leadership Styles
  • Organizational Cultures
  • Organizational Structure
  • Human Resources Management
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Incorporating Social Responsibility
  • Ethical Practices
  • Growing Your Business
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Cashing in Your Brand
  • Methods for Valuing a Business

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Floral Design
Textbook Included:

  • Interior Design: 4th Edition by John F. Pile

Start Your Own Business
Textbook Included:

  •  Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating a Small Business by Steve Mariotti & Caroline Glackin

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also) o Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 o Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)