Course Description

Interior design sounds like a modern profession, but its roots can be traced as far back as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who had beautiful furnishings, textiles, ornaments, mosaics and murals in their homes and gardens. Carved, turned and gilded wood of every species, stone from great marble slabs to semi-precious pietra dura inlays, metals, mirrors and more have been used across the ages to craft exceptional and useful items for interiors. This survey course explores historical interiors and furnishings from early western civilizations through the present day including ancient, medieval, renaissance and baroque periods through to 18th, 19th and 20th c. French, English, and American periods as well as masters of contemporary furniture design and current trends.

- Through weekly Zoom meetings, students will work under the guidance of instructor expertise to achieve their work in a virtual studio environment.
Prerequisites: None

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
History of Interior Design and Furniture
7:00PM to 10:00PM
Jun 07, 2021 to Aug 09, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • On-Line Distance Learning
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Materials List
  • A History of Interior Design by John F. Pile
    3rd or 4th Edition - ISBN-13: 978-0470228883, ISBN-10: 0470228881

Course Requirements: 

  • This course requires you to have a computer with an internet connection; camera and mic to participate in an online course setting; and ZOOM Web Conferencing App installed.

Section Notes
  • This course includes 30 hours of class time plus at least 15 hours of homework time.

  • All times are listed for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

  • Course teaching method: Synchronous                                                                                    

  • Synchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for the instructor and students to meet during scheduled times. Includes lectures, demos and discussions via Zoom.

  • Course details subject to change. Please check this page regularly to verify information. After registering for a course, visit your student profile page for updates.

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