Faculty of Extension
Below are the courses available from the EXRI subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times
Learn the principles of Universal Design or inclusive design. You will come to think of design in new ways by becoming aware of the impact universal design has had on the past, present, and future of residential housing design. We will focus on maximizing utility with the ultimate goal of looking at design projects that accommodate people's needs regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.
Visualizing space in three dimensions (3D) is critical to the success of an interior decorator/designer. In this course, you will learn SketchUp, a prominent 3D design software, that quickly generates everything from rough concepts to evaluate scale, proportion, colour and texture, to working drawings and construction documents for production, all using a familiar pencil and paper paradigm. Most successful architectural firms with Interior Design or Decoration departments employ SketchUp software.
Sustainable design allows us to improve the health and comfort of homeowners as a feature of quality and aesthetically appealing projects. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make responsible design decisions that will reduce negative environmental impacts. Learn how to develop guidelines and checklists for greening projects and specifications. Know how to communicate the positive impact of sustainable design with clients and promote sustainable design as a value-add service. Corequisite EXRI 4676
Surface and Textile Design is an introductory studio course in various methods of designing pattern and printing and dyeing textiles. The focus will be on learning the steps in designing textiles and creating pieces of work using one or two of these techniques. Traditional methods of textile design such as batik, shibori, and silk painting will be studied. Students will gain knowledge of the design process including visualization, communication, inspiration and influence. Completion of EXRI 4678 is recommended.
Gain an understanding of residential interior design theories, processes, and styles through a balance of the aesthetic and the technical. Learn basic design elements and principles, client needs assessment, articulation of the design process, identification of domestic styles, career options, scope of practice, and the role of consultants.
Develop basic skills in drawing, drafting, and presentation relevant to the field of interior decorating. This intensive course includes hands-on application of theory. Learn basic line-drawing and modeled-drawing techniques, basic drafting tools and techniques, three-dimensional subjects and translation of these into two-dimensional images, as well as presentation techniques for portfolios and client proposals.
Explore the complexities of colour and gain an understanding of its function, subjectivity, and application. Learn basic light and colour theories, colour harmony schemes, colour mixing with acrylics, development and application of a colour plan, implications of colour for the selection of residential interior materials, psychological properties of colour; historical colour periods; and colour forecasting/trends. Corequisite EXRI 4676
Apply your space planning skills and knowledge in this hands-on course that builds on basic research techniques and fundamental theories of residential interior decorating. Learn application of client needs assessment research and problem solving techniques; human/spatial considerations in design; schematics and preliminary planning; design concepts of furniture grouping considerations; functional layouts for individual rooms, room groupings and storage areas; and basic residential structural, mechanical and electrical systems diagrams. Prerequisite: EXRI 4677
Develop creative skills for the effective application of products and materials in decorating residential interiors. We will cover the function of finishes in residential interiors; applying specific materials relative to cost, durability and maintenance; awareness of the function and aesthetics of materials; applying good design elements and principles in the use of materials; interior finishes for permanent, semi- or non-permanent elements; and general understanding of window coverings, lighting and accessories related to residential interiors. Prerequisite: EXRI 4678
Develop the necessary tools to market interior decorating services and/or products effectively within the residential decorating industry using good business and project management practices. Learn the process of starting and growing a residential interior decorating business including marketing skills for establishing a clientele base, finding tools and design sources, selling products and services, avoiding legal problems, establishing fees for services and other basic business practices relevant to the field of residential interiors. Practical aspects of employment in the industry will also be covered. Prerequisites: EXRI 4679 and EXRI 4680
Explore the history of furniture and interior decoration from Greek and Roman classics through the 18th century to the present. Examine the relationship of art, architecture and the decorative arts in interiors within the context of larger historical events. In this course we will cover major furniture styles and interior design from the classical to the present in Europe and North America; historical characteristics that are repeated in contemporary interior decoration; the relationship of art, architecture and the decorative arts to historical furniture and interior decorating styles; and social, political and economic forces that influenced the periods of interior design styles.
Focus on residential wood frame construction as well as the legal requirements of construction as defined by the Alberta Building Code. Although designed for individuals with little or no construction knowledge, this course is a good review for those who already have building experience. You will be given an introduction to basic blueprint reading, interpreting structural and architectural drawings, construction techniques and basic estimating; and an overview of manufacturers and use of structural materials, aging problems, limits on design and construction, and safety for the occupant. Prerequisite EXRI 4676
The design studio will provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge obtained from core courses of the Residential Interiors Program by completing a major residential project. Students will create a comprehensive project file utilizing the elements and principles of design. A systematic approach from design development (concepts and presentation) to implementation (drawings, finish, furniture and fixture specifications) will be taught through a series of in-class and take-home exercises. Prerequisites: EXRI 4679 and EXRI 4680
Gain an understanding of lighting principles, applications and types of lighting and light sources and fixtures pertaining to residential interiors. Learn how lighting affects other elements of design and the atmosphere of spaces. Understand how to read a reflected ceiling plan and create one to aid in the implementation of lighting in your projects. Develop and understanding of specification of lighting. Learn how lighting controls implemented into spaces can improve the design and energy consumption. We will further explore lighting by visiting some lighting showrooms.
Cad II is an extension of the lessons learned in CAD I. This project based credit course will focus on developing more advanced skills in generating two-dimensional drawings and three dimensional models, still primarily based in Google SketchUp. Students will develop a greater awareness of presentation skills using the software's built in animation features and creating working/presentation drawings with Google LayOut. Prerequisite: EXRI 3510