Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Interior Decorator

Penn Foster Career School's Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to pursue work as interior decorators in a variety of settings. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Interior Decorator

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

The Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program at Penn Foster Career School gives students the opportunity to learn about determining a client's needs and priorities, using design elements and principles, using color, and choosing floor, wall, and window treatments. This program is intended to teach students how to develop decorating proposals, skills and methods for successful selling, how to decorate with furniture, planning color schemes, and the importance of lighting. Penn Foster Career School's Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program can be completed in as little as five months. However, students can take longer to complete this program if they choose.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School provides students in the Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program with the books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids needed to complete the program.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

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Required Courses for an Interior Decorator Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Unit 1
    • Starting Your Program
    • Decorating Today
  • Unit 2
    • Meeting Your Client's Needs
    • The Elements and Principles of Design
  • Unit 3
    • The Principles of Color
    • Identifying Furniture Styles and Periods
    • Decorating with Furniture
    • Additional Unit Materials
  • Unit 4
    • Floors
    • Walls
    • Windows
    • Decorating from Building Plans
  • Unit 5
    • Fabrics
    • Lighting and Accessories
    • Special Purpose Rooms
  • Unit 6
    • The Skills and Methods of Selling
    • Starting Your Own Business
  • Unit 7
    • Graded Project
    • Final Examination

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program may be interested in pursuing an associate degree in interior design. This may give them an opportunity to learn more about the interior designing field while preparing for advanced positions.

Associate degree options include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design
  • Associate of Applied Arts in Interior Design
  • Associate of Business Science in Interior Design
  • Associate of Fine Arts in Interior Design
  • Associate of Interior Design Technology
  • Associate of Interior Design and Decorating

Career Paths:

As interior decorators, students who complete Penn Foster Career School's Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program may be able to work for design firms, homebuilders, retailers, hotels, or corporate clients. They might also be able to start their own interior decorating business.

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