Program Overview

Students have the opportunity to develop natural talent for interior design with the Penn Foster's Interior Decorator diploma. This program is completed online at the convenience of the student. Students are able to study the skills necessary for employment with retailers, corporate clients, homebuilders, and hotels. Some students may prefer to start their own their own business as an interior decorator.

Penn Foster Career School’s Interior Decorator program consists of seven Instruction Sets. The students determine client’s needs and budgets and develop a decorating plan complete with room graphs and measurements. Students practice identifying the elements of design such as line, form, color, value, texture, pattern, light and space, and the principles of design: balance, proportion, scale, and unity. Working with principles of color, students learn how to plan a color scheme using the color wheel for interior decorating.

Students explore different furniture styles including Traditional, Provincial, Contemporary, and Modern, integrating the style periods into the designs. Students study how to decorate with furniture, exploring positioning of furniture for the best function and use. Floors can be a very important part of room décor. Students are taught how to choose appropriate flooring for the client and how to measure and scale using a floor plan. In the Interior Decorator program, students should learn how to choose window treatments and wall coverings, and how to use both natural and synthetic fabrics and choose fabrics with the right texture for their designs. By making use of lighting fixtures, students are able to accentuate designs with lighting through the use of lamps and table accessories.

Students are taught how to present merchandise and effectively approach a customer in a course aimed to teach students successful methods of selling. In the final set, students complete a graded project of decorating a living room.

A career as an interior decorator allows students to pursue employment in a flexible atmosphere and a customizable schedule based on what jobs the students decides to take.

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    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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