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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to

  1. Present your ideas professionally.
  2. Distinguish basic types of design.
  3. Identify the elements of design and apply them purposefully.
  4. Identify the principles of design and apply them purposefully.
  5. Describe the design and function of interior space using floor plans.
  6. Explore career pathways within the housing, interior design, and furnishings industries.

Course Materials

The application projects in this course require access to a digital camera (most smart phone cameras will work great) to take photos of student work, which will need to be uploaded to the course.

Some of the projects will also require general art supplies: paper, pencils, pens, markers, a ruler, etc. Some of the projects may be done in any of several ways, so read through the instructions so you can plan out what you’ll need.

Course Organization

This course has six units of study, each covering important topics and tools that will help you learn to think like a designer:

Each of these units contains one or more lessons that will introduce important concepts and tools for interior designers. Each lesson will be accompanied by a self-check, which is a short, non-graded quiz that will help you check your understanding of the important concepts and tools covered in the lessons. The self-checks will also help prepare you for the unit quizzes which are graded. In addition to a unit quiz, each unit 1-5 has an application project that gives you the opportunity to apply what you are learning in an authentic way and to share your designs and reflections with others. Unit 6 has a short essay assignment that gives you the opportunity to reflect upon what you've learned in the course and identify how you might use what you've learned in the future.

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The final exam consists of questions similar to those found in the unit quizzes (mostly multiple-choice) covering all the content from the course. It is closed book and closed notes, and there is no time limit.

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These assignments will count toward your course grade:

Unit Quizzes 5% on average, 25% total
Application Projects and Assignment 8% each, 48% total
Final Exam 27%

Your course grade will be determined based on these percentages:

Grading Scale
A 100%–93%
A− 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B− 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C− 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D− 62%–60%
E (fail) 59% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 5 computer-graded quizzes (which may be resubmitted once for a fee) and 5 instructor-graded application projects (which may be resubmitted once for free) and 1 instructor-graded application assignment (which may be resubmitted once for a fee).

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded final exam. May retake once for a fee. Must pass with at least a 60% to pass the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course. 

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.