Course Outline

  • Interior Design Online courses

    Course Outline

What makes NextGen Design Academy unlike any other interior decorating certificate program is our ability to teach students that interior design is not about taking a home out of its reach.

During our interior design online courses, students are taught to thrive in this NEXT GENERATION Interior Design Environment. You can continue to hold a tight grip on what the design field was like 10-15 years ago, but as a Next Generation Student you will be taught how to educate your clients with impactful designs that will touch them on multiple levels including a sense of security, comfort, peace and support of their home on an emotional and physical level.

Our program will put you way ahead of the pack!

01

A Designer’s Approach to a Career in Interior Decorating

What is design and how do you develop your thought process when meeting with a client? What is the professional mindset to be a successful decorator? How do you set your visions and goals?

Plus our Pre-programming Questionnaire to assist you to interview our storybook family, Robert and Kathryn Peterson so that you can better understand a client’s needs and requirements to deliver the most functional and beautiful spaces, flawlessly and with great confidence.

02

The Origins and History of Interior Design and Architecture

Want to feel like you are back in time while gaining knowledge about the design periods and movements in Europe and America since the mid-18th century?

Explore as we discuss periods such as Rocco, Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modernism as well as the impact of the Industrial Revolution, globalization, and the origins of interior design. Learn how to identify these periods and movements through our unique assignment at the end of this module.

03

Design Styles & Current Trends

How would you explain your decorating style? Would you like to be clear as to your own design aesthetic? Style as it relates to interior design is how to create a space that is harmonious, balanced, comfortable, and practical.

Learn all the characteristics and elements during our online interior design course that are needed from past to present to flawlessly design any space with ease and confidence.

04

Colorful Thoughts on Color

Want to know more about color than the average decorator?

Go beyond a simple color palette as you begin to understand the theory of color and it’s application in a space. Complementary and analogous colors, the principles for harmonizing colors, high key and low key colors, artificial and natural light, value, intensity, how to apply these color theories to any residential or commercial property.

Have fun with our hands-on interactive assignments where you will use paint and colored pencils to reinforce your learning of Color in this module. Become the GO TO Color Expert!

05

Understanding Lighting – From Concept to Scheme and Everything in Between

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live without light? Did you know the Human Centric light expresses the positive effect of light and lighting on our health, well being, and performance?

Here you will learn what light really is, what mix of lighting types each and every space should have, how to design a lighting plan that is flexible, easy to use, and features all the elements and light sources required to illuminate the perfect space, as well as light and color and the circadian rhythm, and much more.

06

Space: Designing a Vision into A Reality through a Holistic Design Approach

Good design is personal and comfortable, but great design is timeless. What is a Design Concept and how will it help with keeping you focused on your vision? How will you convey your message? Bubble Diagrams? Adjacency Matrix?

It takes talent, experience and a willingness to take risks. This module will give you the opportunity to learn and take these risks while you expand your knowledge about designing spaces in every room of a home, sight lines, positive and negative space, incorporating a holistic approach with Maslow’ Hierarchy of Needs, How to develop a design concept and statement, and our five step programming process to help you establish guidelines to keep your design project on track, and how to draw a floor plan to scale and place furniture.

Here you will begin to apply your knowledge to develop your concepts and visions for our storyboard family’s beautiful residence in Arizona.

07

Understanding the Visual Language of Interior Design

The phrase visual language refers to an idea that communication happens through visual symbols, as opposed to verbal symbols, or words. It is through the elements and principles of design that you learn how to use them, manipulate forms, spaces, and interior components to design flawless interiors.

Learning these concepts during the interior design course will help you better understand why some designs work or just don’t. You will be able to make intelligent decisions with the knowledge that will be gained from this module as well as learning how to use the 60/30/10 rule, where to find inspiration, and continue to design the home of our StoryBoard clients, Kathy and Robert Peterson.

08

The Elements of a Room

Every space is made up of many key elements that are needed to be chosen, with the design style and function playing a vital role at each decision point.

In this module, we will cover every element from A through Z which includes art and accessories, moldings, cabinetry, doors, windows, fabrics, floorings, furniture, the healing power of crystals, and more. You will become the expert in harnessing a decorating scheme that will become a real design, when you pull all these details and elements of a room together.

Here you will continue to work on the design of six rooms in the Peterson’s residence and begin to use our unique Budgeting and Planning Tools that we have created just for this course. In addition, will also be asked to create your very own Fabric Notebook, that will be invaluable to you for your future decorating business or passionate hobby.

09

How to Turn Your Passion and Talent Into A Design Business

Having your own design business isn’t easy. There are so many moving parts with many things that need to get done. If you are not organized and have no idea how you would like your business to look, you’ll end up frustrated. So I hope to alleviate some of the frustration that you might experience and get you organized in your thoughts in this Module.

Here, we will breakdown some of the most important business secrets that you can use to build your dream interior decorating business. We will also discuss the importance of core values, how to find your dream client, how to write a business plan and mission statement that will be utilized to support your design business in the future, choosing a business structure, and how to name your business, and so much more.

10

An Insider’s Roadmap to Documents, Procedures, Budgets, Blogs, Websites, Social Media

To officially initiate a working relationship with a client, you will need to prepare a letter of agreement or a contract for the client’s review and signature.

This module will help you to decode the designer contract, learn the process of purchase ordering and documentation, the 12 step design process that will help each one of your prospective clients achieve their vision for their space as well as allowing you to collaborate with them flawlessly, budgets, the importance of a website, the art of writing a blog,  social  media, and the role of a mentor and how necessary it is for the success of your future business, finding your niche, working with clients, and other business practices.

Enroll Today For Only $997

There is no doubt the best decorators are creative and innately talented. The language of interior decorating can be taught through our Academy – with much success. Get started on your interior design journey with NextGen.

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Additional Information

NextGen Design Academy’s course consists of 10 comprehensive, in-depth modules that range from 80-120 pages per module, coupled with corresponding, creative and interactive assignments for each module as well as designing the rooms for our storybook family, Kathy and Robert Peterson, which will then become part of your Professional Design Portfolio.

Each Module is designed to build upon one another as you begin to develop your creativity, critical thinking, and demonstrate your skills to give you the continued confidence as you move through this course.

This course is designed to be self-paced, hands on, very informative and fun. Normally, you would expect to be dedicating on average about 5-8 hours per week for 4 to 6 months. You will, however, have up to 12 months to complete this course.

Each student will have access to the floor plan for the Peterson’s Residence along with a budget for each room that is to be designed. Our Budget and Item Planning Tool will help you to be mindful of the items that you select and keep you “on budget” for each room. There are built-in formulas to assist you with this task.

Module 1 Lessons

Brief History of Interior Design
What is Interior Design?
The Mindset of a Successful Interior Decorator
A Day In the Life of An Interior Designer
What is Visioning
Introduction to Vision Boards
Six Simple Steps to Create A Vision Board
Checklist to Ensure a Successful Vision Board

Pre-Programming Questionnaire

Module 2 Lessons

The Origins of Interior Design
The History of Interior Design and Architecture:
Byzantine Empire 500 to 1500
Romanesque 800 to 1200
Gothic 1140 to 1400
Renaissance 1400 to 1600
Baroque 1600 to 1830
Rococo 1650 to 1790
Neoclassicism 1750 to 1925
Art Nouveau 1890 to 1914
Beaux Arts 1895 to 1925
Neo-Gothic 1905 to 1930
Art Deco 1925 to 1937
Modernism 1900 to Present
Postmodernism 1972 to Present
Neo-Modernism and Parametricism 1997 to Present

Legendary Decorators You Need to Know

Module 3 Lessons

Identifying Your Design Style
Design Styles:
Industrial Style
Neoclassical Style
Victorian Style
Traditional Style
Tropical Style
Tuscan Style
Arts and Crafts Style
Rustic Style
Modernism Style
Art Nouveau Style
Colonial Style
Eclectic Style
Modern Style and Urban Modern
Bauhaus Style
Country Design Style and Farmhouse Style
Art Deco
Mediterranean Style
Surrealism
Mid Century Modern-Mid 1980’s Style
Scandinavian Modern
Transitional Style
Contemporary Style
Minimalist
Bohemian Style
Current Trends

Module 4 Lessons

The World Of Color
Introduction to Color Theory and the Color Wheel
Warm and Cool Colors
Active versus Passive Colors
Color Schemes or Color Harmonies
High Key Low Key Color
How Light Affects Color
How Light Affects Color- Natural and Artificial
Tricks Color Plays on Color
Make A Magic Window, Optical Illusions
Solutions: Making Colors Work for Your Client
Color Meaning
Metamerism
Working with Paint

Glossary Of Color Terms

Module 5 Lessons

What is Light?
What is Human Centric Lighting?
Man and Light
Light and Color
Color Temperature
Natural Light
Artificial Light
Lighting and Interior Design
How to Thoughtfully Implement a Lighting Plan
The Options for Adding Different Layers in a Space
Fixture Options to Enhance a Space
Light Sources
Key Lighting Dimensions
The Basics of Dimming Down the Light
Installation Considerations
The Anatomy of a Lamp Shade How To Choose The Right Lampshade
Last Notes on The Concept of Lighting

Module 6 Lessons

A “Holistic “ Approach to Analyzing a Space
How To Incorporate Holistic Interior Design Into Your Business
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Interior Design
Psychological and Social Influences of an Interior
Suggestions to Help Your Client Reach the Top of Maslow’s Pyramid.
Proxemics And Ergonomics/Human Factor
What is Positive and Negative Space?
Space Analysis: A Designer’s Thought Process before Drawing A Floor Plan
Sizing Up The Space
Laying Out the Space
Drawing a Floor Plan to Scale
Furniture Plans
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
Living Rooms and Family Rooms
Dining Rooms
Kitchens
Entryways
Home Offices
Children’s Multi-Purpose Rooms
Supplemental Material Plus One and Two Drawing Perspective

Module 7 Lessons

Element of Interior Design
Principles of Interior Design
The Principles and Elements of Design in Action
What is the 60:30:10 Decorating Rule and the Golden Mean Rule?
Finding Design Inspiration
What is a Mood Board

Module 8 Lessons

Woodwork
Architectural Features
Hardware
Flooring
Wall coverings
Fabric and Textiles
Furniture and Upholstery
Window Treatments
Soft Floor Coverings
Art and Accessories
The Healing Power of Crystals

Textile Glossary from A to Z

Hardware Placement Resource Guide

Module 9 Lessons

Good Design is Intentional
The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up Your Business
What are Core Values?
The Vision and Mission Statement
The Business Plan
The Name Game
Defining Your Dream Client

Module 10 Lessons

Setting the Tone for Your Interior Decorating Business
The Interior Design Agreement Decoded
The Process of Working with Your Design Clients
Design Documents and Procedures
The Role and Benefit of a Mentor
Getting Your Business Systems in Place
Branding
Social Media & Blogs
Sign-Up and Opt In Ideas for Your Website
How to Run Your Design Business – Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success – Year One
Finding Your Niche
Pricing Strategies
The Design Consultation
What is Your Budget?