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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Design Alive | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Professional Practice (ID PP 05)

Course Category: 

47 hours (17 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

September 2012 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: exemplify high levels of professional and ethical behavior and attitude; write estimates and preparing orders for purchase of interior design furnishings, finish materials and products, and installation;  present their final portfolio to a panel of their peers and industry representatives the professional way; evaluate and write material and products specifications; distinguish the differences and similarities between interior design specialties; define and utilize legal, business and accounting terms used in the practice of interior design; analyze and calculate methods of compensation; establish a client budget and plan in response to budgetary constraints; define and apply ethical practices required of a professional interior designer; develop a resume, cover letters, and follow up letters; cultivate interview skills, professional demeanor and dress appropriately for interviews; compose portfolios of projects for exhibition and oral presentations; successfully demonstrate craftsmanship skills in the presentation of a portfolio; successfully use critical thinking in editing portfolio content.


This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. topics include: resume samples, portfolio samples, design phases, professional practice, sourcing and coordinating suppliers, contracts, procurement and billing procedures, fee structure, marketing, ethics, construction drawings, bd set, cd set, construction details, construction set review, working with images for portfolio, rendering for portfolio, principles of portfolio setup, presentation techniques for portfolio. Prerequisite: Demonstration of computer ability and record of formal education. Knowledge of Autocad or a similar CAD program, Elements and Principles of Interior Design (ID DT 01), Space Planning I (ID SP 02), Kitchen and Bathroom Design (ID KB  03), and Space Planning II (ID SP 04).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Interior Design (12/15) (6/17 administrative review) (9/22 revalidation). NOTE: A former note indicating students must successfully complete a series of five courses to gain access to credit recommendations was removed enabling students to gain access to discrete credit recommendations established for individual courses.