American University of Beirut

Interior Design Certificate


This program equips students with the methods and skills needed to temper the urgent problems generated by a rapidly growing demography and to create a friendly urban environment. The courses will address the different types of living spaces, the different concepts of interior design, and the different methods for combining aesthetic factors with cost and functional concerns. Graphic illustrations, sketches, case studies, AutoCAD, and real models will be used.​​​​​​

Course Description

  • CINR 101 Basic Skills for Interior Design

This course teaches the student to develop skills and techniques in order to visualize interior design ideas; develop critical thinking and creativity in relation to space, with the ability to draw sketches and learn survey of sites. Read existing structures, scaled plans, elevations and sections with a hint of presentations, renderings and knowledge of volume and proportions. Students explore the fundamentals of interior construction. 

  • CINR 102 Elements and History of Design Styles

This course introduces the elements that affect the interior spaces, focusing on color and its implications, fundamentals of lighting design and major finish materials. Students will explore furniture styles from renaissance till modern era, with special consideration given to the cultural, social, and political contexts in which they were designed and used. Site visits to galleries, art spaces and showrooms will be organized. Prerequisite: CINR 101.

  • CINR 201 AutoCAD for Interior Designers

Using a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on exercises, this course will introduce the basic tools necessary to translate drafting skills into a digital format. It will focus on the concepts and the use of key commands of AutoCAD, the leading drafting software for the construction and design industry, required to draw and print 2D engineering drawings. Prerequisite: CINR 101. 

  • CINR 202 Practice of Interior Design

The course will enhance students’ problem-solving capabilities, technical drawing and analytical skills. Students will develop a professional and creative approach to design by presenting a complete residential project. Prerequisites: CINR 102 and CINR 201. ​

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