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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.

Specialty Program

The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program equips students with the industry skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in interior decorating.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

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, Synchronous Online
This course includes research, reading, and writing assignments with a focus on special topics and American culture designed to increase your comprehension and communication skills. Students have 3 weeks to complete rewarding and fun lessons. Choose from one of these topics: Leadership Fundamentals, Going All American, Breakfast at Tiffany's, or Paul Gauguin.


Available 01/04/2021-05/28/2021, online course offers 1 au pair credit. Students have 3 weeks to complete the course.
This course includes research, reading, and writing assignments with a focus on special topics and American culture designed to increase your comprehension and communication skills. Students have 3 weeks to complete rewarding and fun lessons. Choose from one of these topics: Leadership Fundamentals, Going All American, Breakfast at Tiffany's, or Paul Gauguin. This course offers 3 Au Pair Credits.


Available 01/04/2021-05/28/2021, online course offers 3 au pair credits. Students have 3 weeks to complete the course.
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.


Every day, starting on 01/10/21 and ending on 05/19/21, Synchronous Online
Are you interested in becoming a home stager? This class is an ideal introduction before embarking on a career in home staging or the full Interior Design 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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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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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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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.


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