Design Basics for Interior Decorating
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Visual Design Interior Decorat, Visual Design Introductory
Program Coordinator(s): Leasa Wright
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20170905_01
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered face-to-face and online. For the face-to-face course, sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, workshops, group activities, role plays, case studies and presentations. Readings, video, and podcasts may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet. For the face-to-face course, students will be required to purchase course materials. A material list will be provided on the first day of class. For the online course, all instruction is delivered through the Learning Management System. Classes will not take place on campus. Online learning often involves assigned weekly readings, research, assignments, quizzes, journal writing and discussion boards. Some courses may include live online class sessions which will involve learner participation. Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students explore the fundamentals of design elements and principles for interior decorating. They analyze and evaluate decorated interiors of residential and commercial spaces to identify how the elements and principles are applied to create a visually appealing room setting. Through interactive online collaborations, assignments, and case studies, students examine and discuss the visual appeal of decorated interior spaces that serve specific functions for client needs. Students apply their knowledge of design basics to create a motif for a pattern and a composition for an interior space.

Program Context

Visual Design Interior Decorat Program Coordinator(s): Leasa Wright
This is a compulsory course and a core component of the Visual Design Interior Decorating Program. It is a foundation course, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to make visual design decisions. This will provide students with a basis for working in both a two and a three-dimensional interior setting.

Visual Design Introductory Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a mandatory course in the Visual Design Introductory Recognition of Achievement.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to evaluate residential and commercial interior spaces using design elements and principles.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the design process and a constructive model of critique from the perspective of an interior decorator.
  2. Explain, using examples, how design elements of line, shape, texture, perspective, and value can be used to create a visually appealing effect in residential and commercial interior spaces.
  3. Incorporate concepts of pattern and colour to design a motif and a pattern composition.
  4. Explain, using examples, how design principles can be implemented to achieve a desired visual effect and purpose in interior spaces.
  5. Analyze a decorated interior space for its use of the design principles and elements and the appropriateness of the design for the intended function of the space.
  6. Apply design elements and principles to produce a composition for an interior space.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Online Collaboration 1 - The Design Process and Roles of Interior Designers vs. Interior Decorators5.0%
 Online Collaboration 2 - Variations of Design Elements in our Surroundings10.0%
 Online Collaboration 3 - Critique of Pattern and Colour Applications5.0%
 Online Collaboration 4 - Designing with Case Studies10.0%
 Assignment 1 - Creating a Pattern and Writing a Design Brief20.0%
 Assignment 2 - Critique of Design Principles10.0%
 Assignment 3 - Analysis of Interior Decorators' Work15.0%
 Assignment 4 - An Interior Design Composition and a Design Brief25.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
All graded evaluations (i.e., projects, assignments, tests, exams, etc.) must be completed according to the schedule of dates specified by the instructor. Requests to submit work after the due date must be made no later than 24 hours before the due date, and must be accompanied by a valid reason that is acceptable to the instructor. Late assignments that have not received prior approval by the instructor will receive a grade deduction of 10% per business day. Students will be allowed to write a missed quiz/exam/test if they are able to provide the instructor with a valid and acceptable reason for their absence.

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 7 Design Plates (7 @ 10%)70.0%
 In-Class Assignment10.0%
 Birdhouse Design20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
All assignments must be completed as individual or group efforts, based on the instructor's specifications. Assignments are due on the dates specified within the course. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Portfolio

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Instruction Mode Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing and Professional Studies students
Online N/A Continuing and Professional Studies Online Students

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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