If you're interested in taking an online interior design course, it's important to research the curriculum and make sure the program is a good fit for your needs. Lucky for NYIAD prospective students, interior design and lifestyle blogger Jessica Conner enrolled in our program about a year ago, and has been sharing detailed feedback on her blog ever since.
From projects and reading assignments to mentorship and videos, Jessica has documented the experience with all course aspects as she works her way through the comprehensive, self-paced interior design program. Recently, she completed Unit 5 of the 6-Unit long course. Here's some of what she had to say:
"Wood, tile, carpet and everything in between," she begins. "You’ll go through the pros and cons to each, when each is appropriate to use which seems like common sense but there were some really valid points here that you have to keep in mind when working with clients and their needs."
The title of the Unit itself is "Bringing Harmony Into Your Designs," which is exactly what you're doing when making choices such as flooring installations. After the introductory Lesson One, you will dive right into the world of flooring. From quarry tiling to unique rugs, by the end of this lesson you'll have a fundamental understanding of your flooring treatment options and when and where certain choices are likely a better fit. After that, you'll move on to wall treatments.
"Wall paper is totally back," Jessica continues. "There are a lot of different kinds, uses, applications, and here you will tackle all of them. I really want to go get some wallpaper now."
Expanding on your knowledge of harmony-building in juxtaposition with what you just learned about floors, you will learn how to make corresponding wall treatment choices in completing the overall look.
After that, you'll move on with a full lesson dedicated to 20th Century style- the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus and Post-Modernism movements of furniture design. You'll spend a lesson getting into the details of what it takes to start your own interior design business, and finally, you'll wrap up with lessons on Universal Design and accessorizing.
"One of my favorite parts of decorating and design are fine tuning my visions with accessories," Jessica shares. "There are some fun exercises in this section to help you fine tune your skills!"