Welcome to the University of Miami Interior Design Certificate Program

Design is an expression of the way we live, especially in the area of residential interiors. An understanding of the basic principles of design expands our appreciation of our surroundings and offers a multitude of possibilities for professional, commercial, and personal development. If you have a flair for color and texture, great taste in fixtures and accessories, and a knack for taking an ordinary space and making it feel extraordinary, then the University of Miami Interior Design Certificate is for you. Our program offers non-credit courses to those who want to enrich their cultural experiences or who are interested in improving their occupational skills. Taught by industry professionals, this series of lively classes focuses on all the important fundamentals a person should know before they enter the design field.

This program is offered through the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami.

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Quick Facts About the Program

  • Career Outlook

    The job of an interior designer involves far more than simply picking out paint and furniture. Because a designer’s job is to create a space that’s safe and functional in addition to being lovely, the design process involves a multitude of steps that must be taken before carpet is laid or drapes are hung. After the consulting and planning stages, sketches and diagrams must be made. Then furnishings, fixtures, and other materials must be ordered, with the designer overseeing the delivery and installation of all the elements. Depending on the size and scope of the project, the designer might work closely with architects, engineers, and builders to ensure that the final design is perfect and that the client is satisfied. 

    Because new buildings pop up on a regular basis and older structures are always being renovated, the need for interior designers should remain steady. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment rate for interior designers will grow by 13% between 2012 and 2022, and employment in specialized design services firms will grow by 20% during that time. So while general design services will always be in demand, designers who specialize in kitchens and bathrooms, office spaces, or hotels, for example, might find themselves with even greater job opportunities.

  • What Will I Learn?

    This course is far more than just a series of interior design tips. Students are not only introduced to the artistic elements of the field, but they also learn the technical skills needed to bring those creative visions to life. The hands-on training course includes lessons on the history of interiors, the principles of design, freehand and computer drafting, photography, and how to build a portfolio. Students also glean information about the technical, legal, and business aspects of the design world.

  • How Will I Benefit From UM's Program?

    Our dynamic course curriculum gives students a solid background in the basic elements of design as well as a broad introduction to the many different aspects of the profession. Students will leave the program well-versed in the core concepts of the industry, along with knowledge of the finer points needed to succeed in this exciting field. Our instructors are all industry professionals who have demonstrated both teaching ability and expertise in the subject matter.

  • Is This Program Right For Me?

    The University of Miami Interior Design Certificate program is perfect for anyone interested in becoming an interior designer, and also for those who are simply curious about design in general and would like to learn how it can be a valuable tool for personal expression. The program is also well-suited for design professionals with international backgrounds who now wish to practice their trade in the United States.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    The program is six months in length.

  • Program Format & Location

    Classes are taught at our Coral Gables campus.

  • Course Schedule

    Fall 2018 Interior Design Schedule

    Class Dates


    Via Blackboard

    Introduction to Design:

    This course covers the major trends and styles in interior design to include major movements in architecture, interior design, furniture and decorative arts. Interiors are discussed in terms of function, symbolism, methods of fabrication, style, use of color, ornament and significance.

    September 22

    September 29

    Introduction to Color Theory:

    Color Theory topics include introduction to the physiology and psychology of color.

    October 6

    Lighting and Textiles

    October 13

    Architectural Material:

    Walls, flooring, ceiling, concrete.
    The course provides knowledge on the various materials while highlighting the current trends and innovations in the usage of interior design materials.

    October 20

    Green Design and Sustainability & Human Factors:

    Students will gain an understanding of sustainable design with an emphasis on green building products and practices and the resources for creating environmentally sensitive and healthy interiors.

    October 27

    Basic Drawing Concepts

    November 3

    Space Planning and Programming:

    Understanding of design methodology by understanding the nature of space and scale along with architectural elements and organization. Students will learn the fundamental issues in designing spaces and develop the skills to create floor plans considering all the factors affecting spatial composition/Introduction to Final Project.

    November 10

    November 17

    December 1

    Professional Practice:

    Consultant Coordination, Budget, Contracts
    This course emphasizes the legal and professional requirements needed to establish an interior design practice. Topics include business ethics, contracts, project management and client relations.

    December 8

    Drawing I Free Hand and Mechanical Orthographic Drawings (Plans, sections, elevations):

    The course introduces the fundamental techniques of drawing such as concept sketches, design development sketches, presentation renderings and architectural drawing and develops the skills for visualization and representation. Students will learn freehand drawing of lines and shape, tone and texture, form and structure space and depth. Scaled drawing skills for design thinking and representation in drawings.

    December 15

    January 5

    January 12

    Vendor Presentations

    January 26

    Project Review

    Each student will bring floor plans, materials, sketch project for review and edits.

    February 2

    Introduction to Computer Drawing of Interiors:

    Using Sketchup Make for design development presentations

    February 9

    February 16

    February 23

    March 2

    March 9

    Portfolio Workshop/Adobe InDesign:

    This course will equip the student with the ability to create a professional-level press-ready and digital portfolio. Basic knowledge of Adobe InDesign program will be acquired.

    March 16

    March 23

    March 30

    Final Student Presentations

    (10min each student)

    April 6

  • Tuition & Fees

    The price of the course is $4,495. 

  • Financial Assistance Options

    Financial assistance and payment plans are available for this program. To learn more, please speak with an enrollment advisor at (305) 284-4000.


  • What Can I Do After Earning The Certificate?

    Graduates of the program will be well-suited to pursue a career in interior design, either as part of a design firm, as an employee of a home furnishings store, or as a self-employed designer with their own personal client list.

  • What Are The Requirements To Earn The Certificate?

    Students should have a high school diploma and basic computer skills.

  • Faculty

      • Nancy Cromar attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor’s of Design in Architecture degree with honors. After graduation, Nancy worked for a year in an architect’s office while planning an architectural tour of Europe. After seeing some of the world’s greatest buildings from Gothic cathedrals to modern masterpieces, she returned home to continue her education. Later that same year she began graduate school, attending Harvard University where she received a Master’s in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design. Nancy is a licensed Architect and started her own firm, with a partner, in New York City a few years after graduation. Their projects were mostly custom residential homes in upstate New York and Connecticut. In addition to architectural projects, the firm also worked on small-scale commercial interior design projects. After relocating to Miami in 1992, Nancy established a new firm, NC Studio, and continues to work on multi-disciplinary design projects of all types and scales. Two years ago she began teaching Interior Design at Miami International University of Art and Design. The disciplines she has taught include Design, History, Interior Lighting, and Professional Practice. As a full-time faculty member, Nancy has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2007, Nancy passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification test and is NCIDQ certified. She has also passed the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design requirements, in 2009, and is LEED accredited. Nancy is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, and The Harvard Club of Miami.

      • Surasak Longsomboon was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He studied Fine Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Bangkok. He later continued his education in Arts and design at Silpakorn University (University of Fine Arts) and received Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture with honor. He was a principle in charge at PAC architectural firm in Bangkok and involved in designing numerous resort hotels in Thailand prior to moving to US in 1983 to study at Florida International University (FIU) and graduated with Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. He had worked with a few architectural firms in Miami for over10 years before working independently as a consultant. His clients include firms in US and abroad, such as RTKL Associates, Inc., Atkins-Global, Royal Caribbean Cruise and Celebrity Cruise. Specializes in conceptual design on both interior and architectures with free hand sketches and computer generated design.

      • Ivonne de la Paz, A native of South Florida, has always had an appreciation for the Arts. She studied Architecture at Miami Dade College, before transferring to the University of Miami's College of Arts & Sciences and earning a B.A. with a major in Art. With a degree in hand that focused on drawing and graphic design, Ivonne went to work at the School of Architecture's Center for Urban and Community Design working closely with faculty in preparing several exhibitions and publications. One notable achievement included documenting the Center’s multi-disciplinary effort in West Coconut Grove, creating a masterplan, designing and constructing three affordable homes, and coordinating art and legal workshops for the community. Ivonne was later offered the position of developing graphic and web print/digital media for the School of Architecture. She also teaches Adobe Creative Suite courses under the University’s Department of Continuing Studies.

      • Aimee Lopez I.C. Designs by Aimee is focused on providing high-quality Interior Design and Real Estate Staging Services. She works with professional and insured contractors for residential and commercial properties. She can help you to invest wisely to enjoy your living space, or staging your property to sell it faster than competitors in the market. Aimee works with all budgets and every creation is special to her. She has staged properties over $1 million dollars in the areas of Brickell, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and South Miami. From a Fashion Designer mother and an artistic entrepreneurial family, Aimee was raised in a world of couture fashion. Professionally, she has worked 7 years in the high-end Women's Clothing Industry between N.Y. and Miami, as well as a Visual Merchandiser; more than 15 years in the Real Estate Business: Remodeling, Interior Designing, and Staging Properties for Sale. She has degrees in Marketing and Fashion Showmanship, Interior Design, and a Master's in International Business.

  • Required Courses

    History of Interiors, Specifications, Design Studio, Professional Practice, and Presentation Techniques.

  • Professional Badges



    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. Revolutionary learning experiences are created for our students to ensure that we meet the demands of the ever-changing economy. We continuously measure our programs’ core competencies, instruction, quality, standards, and service.

    The continuing education landscape has elevated an era of innovation and disruption and as such, the Office of Professional Advancement has instituted a badging system.  Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a badge, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

    How does it Work?

    Badges are earned by successfully completing a certificate program through the Office of Professional Advancement. * Upon completion, you will receive an email with instructions on how to collect your badge. Once collected, you can display your badge on social media sites like LinkedIn. Any potential employer will be able to click on the badge for a list of specific skills associated with the respective certificate received.

    *Please call us for a list of approved programs.

    For more information about our career and professional development badging, please call us at 305-284-4000.

  • Have Questions?

    Call 305-284-4000 or complete the request for more information. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.


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