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Interior Decorating Professional Certificate

Our next cohort starts in Fall 2019!

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.

The program will culminate with a field experience project with a professional interior decorator/designer and a capstone decorating project of the students’ own design.


The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate program is classroom-based, with classes meeting Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and some Saturday. Review the detailed schedule below.


1. Foundations

Covers background knowledge in architecture and furniture styles and history as well as color theory, all key knowledge areas for successful interior decorating.

2. Materials

Offers practical knowledge of materials used in the industry including flooring, textiles, wall and window treatments and lighting.

3. Business Facets

Addresses fundamental knowledge and skills in the areas of business planning, finance, and the legal issues in establishing a business.

4. Business Tools

Presents the day-to-day knowledge needed to be successful in identifying marketing trends, sourcing materials, and using social media to boost your business.

5. On Site/Field Experience

Students are paired with a mentor in the interior decorating field to gain practical experience.

Capstone Project

The program culminates with an independent decorating project using Home Design 3D to demonstrate knowledge and skills learned in the program. Each student will present their project to the teachers and students enrolled in the program.


This 6-month, 105-hour professional certificate is being offered at the launch price of $1,750. No application or application fee is required, and all text, materials and supplies are included. Simple register online for the certificate program!

For those who have taken an interior decorating class at SPCS in the past, an additional $250 discount can be applied to the program fee. Contact the program manager, Garrett Stern (804-289-8133 or, for discount details and instructions.  


Register online for this program along with other Arts & Design classes.

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays