Continuing Education > May-August Summer Course Schedule > Interior Design
Interior Design

Contact: Michele Shinn, 843.574.6655,


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Remember to register at least one week prior to the course start date because the courses are popular
and class sizes are limited!

Interior Design Certificate I

To earn the certificate, you must satisfactorily complete the courses listed below. Please note the order and prerequisites listed. It will take approximately 18 months to complete the certificate. Because of the outside projects that must be completed, we do not recommend taking Interior Design II and Materials Presentation at the same time.   

  • Interior Design I *
  • Interior Design II
  • Drafting I: Prerequisite is Interior Design I
  • Materials Presentation: Prerequisite is Interior Design I
  • Window Treatments: Prerequisite is Interior Design I
  • Interior Design III:  All courses listed above must be taken before you enroll in this course.

      Remember to register at least one week prior to the course start date because the courses are popular and class sizes are limited!

*  Interior Design I requires a textbook, Decorating Ideas that Work, by Heather J. Paper.  The cost is $21.95 and can be purchased the first night of class in the Registration Office, Building 910, Room 105.   



 Interior Design Certificate

Interior Design III

This course helps you design an entire house. Learn to read blueprints, work with particular furniture styles, mix patterns and select proper paint colors. Learn to prepare for an interview for a position in interior design. Prerequisites: Interior Design I and II, Window Treatments and Materials Presentation. Books not included

XIND 505-506



6:30- 8:30 p.m.



* No class:  6/19, 7/24, 8/21, 9/18




Decorating and Ambiance

Color My World! NEW!

Color impacts everything. Find out how to use the power of color. Learn why its so much more than which colors "go together." Change moods, spatial perceptions and even behaviors by your choice of colors. Get tips on how to select paint colors - have you ever made a bad choice?  Don't be afraid to put some color in your life! Topics include color wheel, effects of color, how to use color, color schemes, psychology of color, and choosing colors.

XIND 534-MP5



6-8:30 p.m.



Focus on Furniture NEW!

Whether you are buying new furniture or trying to arrange the furniture in a room, this class covers everything you need to know. And if you're thinking of getting rid of some furniture, you may want to check this course out first, because you may just change your mind. Prepare to be informed and inspired! Some of the topics covered include furniture styles, arrangement, purchasing, repairing and refurbishing.

XIND 531-MP5



6-8:30  p.m.



Home Accents NEW!

Accents are the jewelry for the room - the necklace, earrings or bracelets, the icing on the cake! Learn the rules, and then decide how to break them. This course covers from the walls to the floors, bookcases, tables and more. Bonus: get designer secrets to hanging pictures!

XIND  532-MP6



6-8:30 p.m.



Home Lighting NEW!

Lighting can set the mood, and so much more. Task lighting affects how you work in your home, ambient lighting can change the attitude. Sort through the gazillion types of light bulbs, get the scoop on the latest in lighting technology, and discover the best way to light up your life. Topics include effects of lighting, choosing lamps/fixtures, lighting options, and new technology in lighting.  

XIND 533-MP8



6-8:30 p.m.



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Meet your instructors

Karie Calhoun, instructorKarie Calhoun is a graduate of Anderson University with a bachelor's degree in interior design. She has more than 15 years of residential and commercial design experience. She currently operates her own design business, Karie Calhoun Interiors. In 2004, Karie successfully passed the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) Exam, which is a two-day accreditation examination. Karie has been teaching at Trident Technical College for seven years. She teaches several interior design courses, sharing her professional education, experience and creativity with her students. She has won several ASID interior design competition awards and has had her work published in several books and magazines. When Karie is not designing or teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their 7-year-old son Anderson and 4-year-old daughter Madison.

April Lipps, instructorApril Lipps has worked in interior design for 25 years, 17 of which she has owned and managed AKL Professional Interiors. She is a graduate of Ohio University with an associate degree in arts and a bachelor's degree in interior design. Upon graduation she took a month-long tour of Europe to study architecture. That interest in architecture brought her to historic Charleston to begin her career. She has also developed and taught the Interior Design continuing education program at Trident Technical College for more than 20 years.

Her style of designing is to listen, observe and develop a design plan that is specific to the client’s needs. April is known for her “wow” factor. She likes to incorporate unusual architectural elements, unique draperies, custom furniture, and color and accessories to complement the design.

Trudy BrownTrudy Brown started her design career in 1986. She obtained a master’s degree in interior design from Winthrop University and a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from the University of South Carolina. With a passion for design, Trudy is gifted with an intuitive ability to read her clients and create personalized spaces that suit their individual lifestyles. She is experienced in various specialties of design, encompassing not only new construction but also remodeling and redesign of all areas of the family home, including kitchen and bath, lighting, furniture, accessories and window treatments.


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