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Arts & Design

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs related to the visual and performing arts, like photography and painting, along with artistic endeavors and approaches, like film studies and art history.

We also offer classes and programs that incorporate artistry in design, like decorating and home staging.

Our Arts & Design classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal education into art and design fields.

Interior Decorating Professional Certificate

The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program will equip students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field. The program consists of five modules and a capstone presentation. Classes include foundational instruction in architecture, furniture and color theory. Students will also learn about materials, sourcing and industry specific business practices while also establishing fundamental business skills needed to be a successful interior decorator.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

Welcome to one of our most popular courses for Au Pairs! The focus of this course is on American culture and includes research, reading, and writing assignments designed to build your skills during fun and rewarding lessons and activities. This course explores an American classic 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' You have 3 weeks to complete the modules, and can work on your lessons when it is best for you and your au pair schedule.


This course is ONLINE. Students have 3 weeks to complete the modules. Course dates are July 17 to August 9. Click here for more details!
Strong leadership is critical for success and progress, especially during challenging times. In this online course we will explore some important foundations of leadership. Viewing a classic film, we'll analyze important leadership traits exhibited by the characters, along with cultural themes presented in the film. This class also explores profiles of great leaders, their qualities, styles, and visions, and how you can utilize these in your own professional and personal life. Students will have the opportunity to prepare resumes for review and editing by our instructional team. You will have 3 weeks to complete the online modules, and receive a Certificate of Completion from UR for 3 au pair credits (36 hours.) Join us 'virtually' for this unique and enjoyable class!


Full Session - NOTE: This session offers 3 au pair credits. Students have 3 weeks to complete the modules. Course dates are June 19 to July 12. Click here for more details!
Session B - NOTE: This option offers 1 au pair credit with completion of Modules 1-3. Course dates are June 19 to July 12. Click here for more details!
The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate equips students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the interior decorating field. Covers foundational instruction in architecture, furniture and color theory along with materials, sourcing and industry-specific business practices and business skills.


Every week on Tuesdays and occasional Saturdays, starting on 09/29/20 and ending on 04/03/21. May shift to in-class/online hybrid in response to pandemic.
We are offering private professional training for Adobe Creative Cloud products. Want to learn more tips and techniques for Adobe Photoshop? Interested in learning inDesign for designing print and digital materials? Whether you are at the beginning of your design interests or work with the tools often and are looking for interesting ways to professionally enhance your design skill set, we can tailor the private session to your design needs.


Three 1-hour sessions, scheduled in consultation with the instructor
Are you interested in becoming a home stager? This class is an ideal introduction before embarking on the full certificate program. Home staging is the art of preparing a home to go on the market. Develop skills to identify and accentuate a home's most positive features and downplay the negative aspects of a home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.


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Understanding the principles and elements of design gives one the ability to make appropriate decisions regarding interior design. This class will study the principles of design and the elements and will study how those two things work together to create the desired effect.


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This class will offer students an opportunity to create beautiful rooms by mastering color coordination, fabric choices, textures, lighting, and overall visual harmony. Furniture arrangement will also be explored as you work with templates guided by a professional interior decorator.


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Learn the difference between antiques and collectibles! Explore how to start your small business for selling antiques, how to keep records for tax purposes, how to buy and price antiques, and where to shop for them. Also learn what antique buyers in the Richmond area are looking for.


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Work with a Brewster color wheel and produce beautiful rooms for any interior. Start by examining rooms that have been produced by top decorators and train your eye to see what color theory has been used to get the stunning results. Discuss the psychological effects of individual colors. Study the warm and cool shades on the color wheel and produce award-winning palates for your own rooms.


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Learn the techniques to produce beautiful curb appeal for any home. We will explore walkways, doors, shrubs, lawns, screen porches, patios and lighting.


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The selection process is done and the work begins. Learn what every decorator needs to know in order to save yourself, and your client, time and money. Learn industry standards when selecting and calculating amounts for fabric, wallpaper, paint and rugs. Learn what materials are best used for different purposes and what designs are best used for different functions so that you will be prepared to offer the best advice to your clients.


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In this class, students learn how to master sketching rooms and scale drawings. Architect symbols will be taught with exact scale drawings. The class will start with free-hand sketches, move to graph paper, and finish with scale drawings using 3H and H pencils, the T-square and triangles. You will also learn how to sketch elegant window treatments, furniture, and beddings for your rooms.


This course contains no sessions

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