Environmental Design Studies

Advanced Certificate

Program Description

The Environmental Design Studies Advanced Certificate at Helena College provides a distinct curriculum that further supports interior design education. The Advanced Certificate’s focus on environmental design materials, building products, specifications, codes and regulations, and knowledge of the LEED process (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) will be vital throughout studio courses. In addition, there are courses in history relating to materials, building products and design. After the completion of the Associate of Arts and the Advanced Certificate in Environmental Design Studies, a student will be prepared to successfully compete for jobs in interior design, environmental design and related fields. The Advanced Certificate requires the completion of the Associate of Arts with an advising option in Interior Space Planning and Design listed on the A.A. and A.S. Advising Options page. Refer to the Helena College Catalog for placement testing and prerequisite requirements. A department advisor may approve transfer credits from other institutions to satisfy degree requirements.

Program Outcomes

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of design fundamentals and their application to the practice of interior design by successfully completing exams and projects
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the concept and theory of design by successfully completing projects
  •  Demonstrate the ability to apply the design process to interior design problems utilizing programming, conceptual schematics, and design development skills by successfully completing assignments and projects
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of interior materials, specifications, and maintenance by successfully completing exams and projects
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of “green” materials and specifications through successfully completing research projects and various studio projects
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of history in interiors and furnishings by successfully completing assignments and exams
  •  Demonstrate an ability to communicate information through competent skills in hand drawings and CAD drawings
  •  Demonstrate presentation skills, including lettering, drawing, perspective, and preparation of design boards and models
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and project management skills by successfully completing assignments and projects
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the codes, regulations, and standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by successfully completing assignments and projects

Advanced Degree Opportunity

  • A.A./A.S. Interior Space Planning and Design
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Advising / Staff

Karen Raphael-Conley - Interior Design Instructor
(406) 447-6373
karen.raphaelconley@umhelena.edu

Robyn Kiesling - General Education and Transfer Division Chair
(406) 447-6930
robyn.kiesling@umhelena.edu

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Gainful Employment

Environmental Design Studies Gainful Employment Information