The junior college interior design programme is one of the art design programmes offered via distance education. This is a “dual certificates” programme, which means that students who successfully complete this programme can acquire not only electronically registered junior college certificates issued by the Ministry of Education, but also national vocational qualification certificates for “Level Ⅲ Interior Designer” issued by the Ministry of Labour.

The programme is committed to extending superior teaching resources nationwide. Close cooperation is carried out with the Department of Environmental Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University by taking advantage of the prestigious faculty of Tsinghua University and forming a powerful teaching group in combination with CCRTVU’s distance art education team. The advanced and comprehensive professional knowledge and flexible teaching style is conducive to broadening the horizons of the students and assisting them in their growth.

Training Objectives and Requirements

1.Enrollment: those who have finished senior high school (including equivalent schooling) or above.

2.Training Objectives:

The programme cultivates highly skilled practical talents who are well developed ideologically, intellectually, and physically to meet the needs of the market economy and who have good cultural literacy and marketable competence in interior design.

Key competency: the ability to find employment in residential interior design, commercial interior design, commercial venue interior design, interior exhibition and public space design, specialized design agencies and scientific institutions, as well as the ability to engage in interior design and construction management or teaching and research. Requirements for the interior design qualification certificate (national qualification level Ⅲ).

3.Duration and Credits :

For the two-year programme, the part-time schedule spans three years. The shortest amount of time needed to complete the programme is two and a half years, and the longest, eight years.
The minimum requirement for graduation is 76 credits, including 23 credits for professional qualification certificates. In order to qualify for the level III interior design certificate, the requirements are: For the three core certificate courses, the minimum average score must be at least 85, for the other two certificate courses and professional skill training, the minimum required score is 60.

Teaching Materials and Characteristics

In accordance with the training objectives and business training requirements of the junior college interior design course (junior college programme), diversified learner support services are provided via autonomous means using modern distance technology and under the guidance of tutors. The students learn autonomously with such teaching media and learning resources as printed teaching materials, audio-visual teaching materials (including VCD and DVD), CAI courseware (including web-based version), and IP courseware provided by the school; tutors provide learner support services by way of face-to-face tutoring, correspondence tutoring, web-based teaching, online discussion boards, E-MAIL, telephone, two-way video conferencing, and live classroom broadcasts.

Teaching and Learning Methods

1. Printed teaching materials

(1)The printed teaching materials are the basis for the teaching media of all courses, and they are also the primary method of passing on teaching information for the students to study autonomously.

(2) The printed materials should provide comprehensive basic information needed for course consideration and the students’ self-directed learning. Not only should the teaching requirements for the courses be defined and the teaching contents be systematically interpreted, but the learning methods should also be explained to the students, to introduce and provide the necessary basic knowledge of art design.

(3) The printed materials for different subjects can be classified as “integrated” or “separate”. The “integrated” ones will judiciously integrate fundamental course information and self-directed learning guidance contents with reference materials in order to create a modularized design; while the “separate” materials should link the contents of the programme teaching materials with supporting teaching materials in a way that will complement the overall curriculum.

2. Audio-visual teaching materials (including VCD and DVD discs)

Audio-visual teaching materials play an essential role in skill courses, and they are the primary media used to instruct the students in understanding and mastering the contents of the course. Audio-visual teaching materials used in the interior design course should prioritize the use of hands-on activities for the students and train their practical skills.

3. CAI courseware (including web-based version)

CAI courseware is computer aided instruction software. It is a breakdown and elaboration of the contents of printed teaching materials, and it helps the students to learn by themselves and to strengthen their self-practice and self-examination. CAI courseware can be in the form of a disc (CD-ROM) or the web-based version, in order to give each student a choice of whatever method is best suited to their unique circumstances.

Introduction to Programme Core Courses

The interior design courses are arranged to gradually move from the easy to the difficult and complicated, evenly distributing in each term the foundation courses and programme core courses needed in order to master the programme. Each course has its own exclusive charm and draws the students deeper into their studies, inspiring their creativity; at the same time, the courses are closely related and mutually supported, and they form the knowledge framework encompassing the whole scope of interior design.

For students without a foundation in art and new to the study of interior design, foundation courses like Line Drawing and Color and Still Life Painting have been prepared. The practice they will get in these two courses will help the students to improve their own comprehension of artistic design and composition elements such as shape, color, and others. The students will begin the core courses of interior design after they have acquired a basic knowledge of fine arts.

The course Introduction to Design outlines what is involved in the study of interior design. It clearly outlines the specialized knowledge framework that is included in the course and is for students new to interior design. As they progress through the course, the students will be exposed to all kinds of elementary knowledge in the field of interior design, including schools of interior design, types of space design, design process methods, colour and lighting design, design construction and management, and human engineering. These will be properly explained and integrated into the programme in a way that prepared the student for future programme learning. The chief editor and lecturer of Introduction to Design is Zhang Yue, deputy dean and associate professor from the Department of Environmental Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University.

Three-Dimensional Composition is a programme foundation course of interior design. Besides a basic knowledge of the arts, such as line drawing and colour theory, the interior design students must also improve their sensitivity to appreciating three-dimensional space. The course focuses on the study of the interior experience and feeling of space. Through their studies, the students can cultivate their creative thinking in three-dimensional space and start to explore construction forms and perceive how space can be organized. The chief editor and lecturer of Three-Dimensional Composition is Guan Yunjia, a lecturer from the Department of Environmental Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University.

The focus of Furnishing Design is to expose the students to classic cases of interior decoration art design. The students will understand the aesthetic value of furnishing arts in modern life and its use in modern interior environments by carefully studying the essence of ancient and modern furnishings, analyzing their artistic characteristics, stylistic qualities, and creation. The course contents touch upon the selection, matching, and production methods of all kinds of articles, including furniture, textiles, daily necessities, lighting, painting, sculpture, handicrafts, floral arrangements, and green plants. The chief editor and lecturer of Furnishing Design is Li Sa, from the Department of Environmental Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University.

Presentation Techniques of Interior Renderings is an important course that helps students turn abstract thinking into design creation. It is an important basis for interior designers to learn to express three-dimensional space in the form of an illustration by learning presentation techniques for interior renderings based on line drawings and colour. The course contents include a basic knowledge of presentation techniques, classification skills training, the relationship between presentation techniques and design, and the comprehensive application of these techniques. Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to readily sketch their designs and express their creative thinking, and carefully work out realistic indoor illustrations and designs. The chief editor and lecturer of Presentation Techniques of Interior Renderings is Cui Xiaosheng, associate professor from Department of Environmental Arts of Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University.

Computer-Aided Design is designing interior spaces with the help of design software for two dimensional drafting and three dimensional modeling. The course will emphasize the basic operation techniques and their application in interior design of three kinds of design software: AutoCAD, 3DSMAX, and Sketchup. This knowledge is essential for the students once they enter the marketplace and eventually take jobs in interior design, and it will help the students to greatly improve their ability to express themselves through their designs. The chief editor and lecturer of Computer-Aided Design is Geng Xiaojie, associate professor of furniture design of the School of Technology with Beijing Forestry University.

Living Space Design is a course covering the design of people's every day living spaces. The contents include topics related to the features of living spaces, requirements for engineering living spaces for humans, and the combination of different types of design materials. Living space design mainly includes the interior design of living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, studies, bathrooms, connecting spaces, and storage spaces. As the course progresses, the students will achieve a deep understanding of all kinds of home space environmental details, blend the specialized knowledge from subjects they have already studied into home space design, and independently create rich home space designs. The chief editor and lecturer of Living Space Design is Su Dan, professor from the Department of Environmental Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University.

Material and Construction Technology is a course oriented to actual engineering knowledge as it relates to and adds depth to a comprehensive understanding of interior design. The major contents include information on the varieties and properties of interior decoration materials as well as specific interior decoration engineering and construction technology. The course will help the students learn how to use various decorative materials freely in their designs and to master various methods of rendering construction technology accurately when working on construction drawings. The chief editor and lecturer of Material and Construction Technology is Li Chaoyang, associate professor from the Department of Environmental Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts with Tsinghua University.

The above programme foundation and core courses come together to form the basic framework of knowledge and education in interior design. We are confident that each step the students make will help them to lay a solid foundation and to find pleasure in the creation of interior design and finally to transform them into interior designers who use their creativity and inspiration freely in indoor space design.