Interior Design Certificate
The Certificate Program in Interior Design is an overview of the basic elements of interior decoration through lectures and problem solving projects. Learn how to make the best decorating decisions for your home, friends and/or clients. Professional designers will show you how to create residential interiors that are both functional and beautiful. To earn Mercer’s certificate, you must successfully complete all ten (10) required courses listed below. Different courses will be offered each semester to allow you to complete the program in one year if you choose.
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
• Basic Interior Design • Basic Interior Design • Basic Interior Design
• History of Furniture • Drafting & Design Studio • Interior Design Business Practice
• Design Process for New Homes • Color Theory • Design Studio II & Presentation Skills
• Color Theory • Window Treatment • SketchUp
• SketchUp • Sketchup
• Lighting in Today's Interiors
SketchUp Your Design
Required: Familiarity with Microsoft Office
Learn to use the Google SketchUp Professional version 7.0 to create a computer generated 3D model for residential, landscape and interior design. At the completion of the course, you will have a PowerPoint electronic portfolio to showcase your design and 3D modeling and technology skills to show your supervisor or future employer. Workbook is required and available in the college bookstore.
Cost: $375 (tuition $140, administrative fee $30, lab fees $205)
January 18 - February 22
6 sessions / Wednesdays / 6-9pm
Instructor: Laurence C. Johnson, Jr., RA, LEED AP
Basic Interior Design
Gain an overview of the interior design process while learning to create beautiful interiors through lectures, class discussions and a design project. Textbook required - available in college bookstore. (On the first day of class, students will be provided with a list of materials to purchase and bring to class. Approximate cost: $50.)
Cost: $200 (tuition $156, administrative fee $32, fees $12)
January 24 - March 7
7 sessions / Tuesdays / 6:30-9pm
Instructor: Joyce Kelleher, Designer
Design Business Practice and Floor Plan Design
This class is comprised of two main components to help you finish your interior design certificate and it can take the place of both the Interior Design Business Practice AND SketchUp Your Design classes. The floor plan design portion of class allows students a computer aided design program option in place of the SketchUp program. The remainder of the class will focus on today's interior design business practices which include how to form a company; what contracts to use; fees and much more. There is no prerequisite for this class.
January 25 - March 8
7 sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-9pm
Drafting and Design I
Join us as we introduce you to the fundamentals of drafting! Learn how to survey an existing room and create a scaled drafted floor plan with elevations while understanding interior drafting conventions. Put your learning into practice as you apply the basic design principles to a project that has you creating a furniture plan, elevations and design for a residential space.
March 2 - April 27
9 sessions / Thursdays / 6:30-9pm
Instructor: Suzanne Zukowski
Lighting in Today's Interiors
Learn how lighting can dramatically change a room for better or worse! This class will discuss types of lighting, choosing the right bulb, exploring all types of fixtures and will finish with a detailed reflective ceiling plan for your portfolio
Cost: $144 (tuition is $119 and admin fee is $25)
January 30 – March 6
6 sessions / Mondays / 6:30-9pm
Instructor: Avis Gardell-Feldsteing, Designer
Learn the principles of designing window treatments that provide attractive, functional solutions for window coverings. The features of current hard and soft treatments, energy efficient solutions, fabric selection, embellishments and decorative hardware will all be discussed. Students will apply these principles to design window treatments for a variety of settings. We will also learn how to measure, calculate yardage and discuss important installation considerations. Additional estimated material cost to be paid by student.
1.0 CEU. Cost: $105 (tuition $80, administrative fee $13, fees $12)
March 15 – April 5
4 Sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-9pm
Registration Desk: 609-570-3311
Questions: E-mail us.
Please note our refund policy:
You will receive 100% refund if cancellation is made 10 or more days before the beginning of a class.
We cannot refund if cancellation is made less than 10 days before the class start date.