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1 Year Diploma in Interior Design and Space Planning

Duration 1 Year
Total Hours 1200
Total working days 300
Total working hours in a day 4


The Interior Designer is a professional figure capable of visualizing, creating and supervising the construction of living space scenarios (apartments, villas, lofts, etc). With the understanding of styles, trends, products, and materials, the Interior Designer can create new and coordinated instruments for visualization of the innovative spaces (through manual and computer aided designs) that he/she creates. The Interior Designer is capable of a graphic synthesis that allows him/her to work in the fields of furnishing and object design.


The program for the course is structured with a balance between the theoretical and practical over a series of lessons totaling 800 hours. The practical didactic portion of the course includes the development and presentation of an interior design creative project, which will constitute the final exam. Over the period of the course we study the complete processes involved from design to finished object. The theoretical lessons provide a solid base for the projects realized within the Laboratory. Every lesson is a step towards the final project, the concept of progressive advancement in both skills and knowledge being paramount. The final exam consists of a presentation, and critique of the projects. At the completion of the final exam students will receive a Certificate with the qualification of Coordinator Designer.

The course also prepares to the specializations in:

Furniture Design (design of furniture and decorative items);

Shop Design (shop and showroom design);

Exhibit Design (design for trade show stands, events);

Lighting Design (design of thermal centers and wellness spas);

Hotel Design (design of hotel interiors, halls reception, meeting rooms, rooms);

Food Design (design and coordinated graphics for restaurants, cafes, wine stores: entrance, waiting spaces, happy hour space, rooms, tables, plate presentation).

Educational Content

Diploma in Interior Design & Space Planning


The course aims are as follows:

1-DESIGN: Creative knowledge; professional, artistic and technical with a concentration on experience, know-how, and methodologies of creation and design.

2-COMMUNICATION: The graphic and technical design skills that allow specific communication of a projects ideas and concepts.

3-PROJECT: Introduce specific knowledge on modeling and how to transform the design ideas into prototypes.

4-CREATION: Choosing the materials and most appropriate techniques to create the conceptual idea into a completed project.

5-CAREER: The operative key that allows to move into a professional reality.

Each lesson contains a theory – practice element: every theme will be analyzed and exemplified with concrete examples, followed by practical exercises within the Interior Design laboratory.

HISTORY OF ART (70 hours)

Objectives: The course intends to give students the necessary information to have a complete aesthetic horizon of the main modern and contemporary artistics movements.A reading chart will facilitate the identification of the leitmotivs and shapes that characterize each time period.

Contents: Renaissance; Manierism; Baroque; Neoclassicism; Eclectism; Art Nouveau; Impressionism; Expressionism; Abstractism; Cubism; Constructivism; Poor Ar; Pop Art; Optical (Op) Art; Minimalism, etc; Laboratory Project: to create drawings and graphic annotation to identify main recurring themes and shapes to develop further.


Objectives: The course intends to give students the necessary information to have a complete aesthetic horizon of the main modem and contemporary architectorial movements.

A reading chart will facilitate the identification of the leitmotivs and shapes that characterize each time period.

Contents: Renaissance; Mannerism; Baroque; Neoclassicism; Eclectics; Art Nouveau; Impressionism; Expressionism; Abstractism; Cubism; Constructivism; Poor Art; Optical (Op) Art; minimalism, etc; Laboratory Project: to create drawings and graphic annotations to identify main recurring themes and shapes to develop further.


Objectives: Introduce the main themes to Design Concept and Object Production Technology.

Contents: Artistic periods and movements: modern and contemporary; Architectorial periods and movements: modern and contemporary; Furniture: Epochs and styles – birth and issues of Industrial Design: William Morris and Arts & Crafts, Wiener Werkstatte, Deutsche Werkbund, Bauhaus; Protagonists of the XXth century : Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Alvar Aalto, Jean Prouve, Achille Castiglioni, Ray and Charles Eames, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad; creation of noted designs and graphics for the identification of the theme for the final project to develop during the course.


Objectives: The course will give students the ability to decode images and grant the instruments needed for formal abstraction of objects. This will prepare students to a professional visual communication through graphic synthesis.

Contents: Principles of visual perception: balance, shape, structure, space, light, color, movement; Visual

Field, Pattern and Texture; Creation of Designs with a Figure definition for the chosen topic of the final exam..

MORPHOLOGY (50 hours)

Objectives: The course aims are to read, interpret, and utilize the geometry of natural shapes, following the concepts of growth and deformity.

Contents: Shape, geometriy, study of Structures through the analysis of types and variations of physical phenomena or growth, particularly in: cells, plants, animals, fish, shells; Creation of drawings with definitions of shapes for the final exam Interior Design project.


Objectives: The course will teach students how to create spaces, atmospheres, and objects through freehand drawing techniques.

Contents: Drawing materials and techniques ; Freehand drawings: proportions study, shapes, volumes, lights and shadows; overview and 'sketches of the premise chosen for the final project.


Objectives: The course will cover bidimensional drawings (ortogonal projections) and tridimensional drawings (assonometry and perspective).It will also cover the principles of descriptive geometry and use architecture and design aesthetic codes.

Contents: Descriptive geometry: ortogonal projections, assonometry, perspective; Technical drawing: map, facade, section and codes of representation; Raise: architectorial techniques, graphic rendering; Laboratory of interior design: Raised view of the premise chosen for final project design.


Objectives: The course will teach students how to create a living scenario (architecture and furnishings) with ergonomic principles in mind, as well as specifics to each living situation and its spaces, suggested use and specific of user -defined needs.

Contents: Interior Design: Architecture and furnishings; Style; Technology of the structure; Residential typologies; Rooms: types, ergonometry, spatial organization,furniture: fixed and mobile; Elements; Walls, floor, ceiling, fixtures, accessories; Areas and colors; Day area (Living room,kitchen,dining room, studio ); Night area ( Types of bedrooms – age afactors, guest room, bathroom, wardrobe);Lighting Design elements; Design choices: space areas dimensions, furniture size and design modifications of the final project premise;Design and furnishing choices of fixtures.


Objectives: To design and coordinate the furniture elements in a design project ,creating made-to-measure item send selecting Industrial design products in relation to the different types of functional and aesthetic characteristics.

Contents: Categories of furniture and their dimension and functional characteristics; Furniture: artigianally crafted and industrial; The design of decor elements: shelves, libraries, tables and chairs, sofas and arm chairs, wardrobes, kitchen and bathroom furniture, rugs and curtains, lamps; Products of industrial design: types and qualities; Design of furniture elements.

COLOR THEORY (25 hours)

Objectives: The course will grant basic color theory knowledge: principles of color, criteria for a harmonic hue balance, production system.

Contents: Rules and dimensions of color: physical aspects, philosophy, perceptions and sensory information on color; Color Harmonies: monochrome, complimentary colors, contrast- color and its support; Basic Chromatologiy and Colorimeters; systems of color classifications: Munsell and Panton; Color palettes and catalog sample creation; Color palette creation for the interior design final project.


Objectives: The course will cover the design through quality of lighting, for the creation of comfortable environments through the understanding of lighting principles. Topics covered include criteria of selection and distribution of light sources, as well as a knowledge of products available on the market.

Contents: Light perception; Light Measurements: phonometric system; Visual Comfort; Light: concentrated or diffused, direct and indirect; Colour intensity; Interaction of light and surface (architectonic surfaces and furniture); Types of lighting sources: technical characteristics, luminous effects; Principles of illuminotechnic calculations; Criteria of selection and distribution of lighting sources in an Interior Design project; Products Atmosphere design, lighting charts, choice of types of lighting and product selection.


Objectives: The course will aid the individual design choices of materials and products based on the main characteristics of the materials in relation to their chemical and physical, mechanic and use characteristics.

Contents: Commercial materials and products; Chemical and physical characteristics of: wood, metals, glass, natural stone,ceramics and gres, plastics, fibers and textiles, leather,etc.; Characteristics of materials in relation to their use, environmental conditions, or weight- strength elements;Decoding of technical product charts and graphs and understanding of UN I-EN norms; Creation of the technical characteristics charts for chosen materials for the final project.


Objectives: To choose finishing touches and effects, detailed solutions for fixture finishes and design elements in different materials and with different products.

Contents: Architecture; Constructive details relative to the modification of wall colors, floors and baseboards (parquet, natural stones, tiles), stairs and balconies, ceilings and counter ceilings , doors and windows; Furniture; Constructive details relative to the creation of Kitchen furniture , made- to- measure libraries or shelves, tables, chairs and couches; Design details and last finishing touches, product charts for final exam project.


Objectives: The course will cover information on new materials, new production technologies, and new informatics technology and their use in house design systems and construction.

Contents: Innovative Materials: plastics (Bencore, Corian); Tridimensional Textiles for wallpapers; New production technologies: numeric control machines; New informatics technologies and networks: bioclimatic systems, robotics; insert an innovative element inside a developed Interior Design project.

MARKETING (15 hours)

Objectives: The course aims at the promotion of an interior design project through trend understanding and marketing strategies.

Contents: Professional Marketing; The Market as a cultural model between the demands and the available offer; Operative levers in Marketing: price, product, supply and demand, placement, promotion; Market analysis: sources for the acquisition of market data relative to the supply and demand chain; Market segmentations; Market placement

TRENDS (15 hours)

Objectives: The course aims at the promotion of an interior design project through trend understanding.

Contents: Current Trends and Trend themes; Sources for Trend identification; Operative strategy for trend anticipation; Innovation and competivity.


Objectives: The course will give students the basic knowledge on how to licence ideas and designs and relative contracts.

Contents: Licences and contracts of design products; Project safeguard: issues relatives to the working relationship between designer and commissioner; Image safeguard and production and reproduction rights.


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