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Butler Community College
Lynn Havel
Humanities/Fine Arts Division
Fall 1997
Design in the Home
Course Outline

AR182. Design in the Home. 3 hours credit. The course is designed to expose the student to various problems dealing with good interior decor of the home.

Beginnings of Interior Environment, Phyllis Sloau Allen. Macmillan Publishing Company, New York. 7th Edition, 1994. Designing Home Interiors, A Study Guide, Coast Community College District. Bellwether Press.


  1. To provide students with fundamental skills necessary for planning home interiors that are functional, aesthetically attractive, and economically feasible.
  2. To provide consumer information essential to the selection of quality furnishings and materials appropriate for various design plans.
  3. To demonstrate ways that students can utilize existing furnishings and incorporate them into an overall plan.
  4. To identify methods used to create a home environment that expresses the personalities of the people within.
  5. To identify interior design career opportunities and the educational background helpful to those planning to enter this profession.
  6. Apply the inductive reasoning process in evaluating and planning interior design.
  7. Define and use the terminology related to interior design.
  8. Identify and apply the principles and elements of interior design.
  9. Explain techniques for assessing the quality of home furnishings and accessories.
  10. Select color combinations and placements, which achieve intended effects.
  11. Given a room of specific dimensions and architectural characteristics, draw a one-fourth-inch-scale floor plan with appropriate architectural and electrical symbols and use furniture templates to create a furnishings, accessories, and lighting arrangement which satisfies the principles of effective design.
  12. Develop a resource and product information file.
  13. Create a display board of coordinating furniture and drapery fabrics, carpeting and other flooring, and wall treatment products.
  14. Explain the responsibilities of and career opportunities for an interior designer.
Architectural Influence
  1. Spanish
  2. English
  3. Neoclassical
  4. Foreign
  5. Victorian
Modern House/Trends
  1. Modern, international, Japanese houses
  2. Energy-efficient house
  3. Floor plans
  4. Design, theory, application
  1. History, psychology of color
  2. Color theory
  1. Fibers
  2. Construction
  3. Dyeing
  4. Uses
Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

Windows and Doors


  1. Furniture and wall arrangement
  1. Instructor lectures based on text and supplemental readings.
  2. Lectures by interior designers, architects, and other available professional people.
  3. Films and slides.
  4. Student supplemental readings and reports.
  5. Student floor planning and compilation of a resource book.
  6. Unit exams and various related tests.
Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator of learning experiences.

Methods of evaluation may include the following: tests covering the chapters of the text; class participation; production of an information file; display boards assembled to illustrate various design; and other methods of evaluation at the discretion of the individual instructor.

Students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.