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Furniture Design Course.

**New Furniture Design course open for the 2017 Fall Quarter.

The course begins on Tuesday, September 26th from 6-9:00PM.

The course explores the design process, from the concept stage to product development. Lectures, workshop visits, project reviews, and class critiques will be integrated with support from targeted industry experts to provide a wide knowledge of the process, as well as manufacturing techniques. A series of mini-projects will lead to creating a commercial furniture line, where context, functions, and technology play a key role.

For registration and more information click on the links below:

Furniture Design Course Information/Registration



Announcing the Spring 2017 Master’s in Architecture course list.

Below are the Master’s courses offered for Spring 2017.  Click on the link below to register for classes.  In the search box enter the course name without any spelling errors to find the course.  If you have any questions feel free to call our office at 310-825-9061.

2017 Spring Master’s Courses


Interview with Henry Lien, our Interior Design Law I & II Instructor

Gallery LectureWhat sort of material is covered in the Law I class?

I know that for most non-lawyers, you read a contract and the only words in it you understand are “the” and “and”. Interior Design Law I is devoted to the designer-client contract, helping you understand the contract, and making sure yours is doing what you want it to do. Designers need to have not only a good contract with their client but also to understand what you agreed to in the contract, so that you can conduct business accordingly. While the course is not offering legal advice or training you to be a lawyer per se, it does seek to impart some basic legal street smarts to help minimize the chance of legal problems in your client relationships. Also, fun and law don’t usually occur in the same sentence, but the course is designed to be as enjoyable as any course on law can be. Students learn better when they are engaged and they are engaged better when they aren’t bored unconscious by the material. That’s where the fun can be useful.

Do students need to have previous Law or Interior Design Law knowledge to take these classes?

Nope. Just bring your brain and willingness to learn. The course is also structured so that there is no textbook to purchase. All materials were created by me and given to the students free of charge, and will include numerous actual court cases involving sad stories of interior designers and the legal mishaps they got into. There are no assignments and no homework. Just the weekly quizzes testing the reading for the week.Gallery Lecture 2

Is Interior Design Law II a continuation of Interior Design Law I?

Not per se. Interior Design Law II is not a sequel, nor a prequel, but an equal. Interior Design Law I covers just the designer-client relationship. Interior Design Law II covers more exotic topics like intellectual property rights, employment issues, business competition issues, and insurance issues, but requires no prior legal knowledge or instruction. You can take Interior Design Law I first, and then Interior Design Law II, or Law II first and then Law I, or just keep enrolling in them every quarter in an endless cycle of lifelong learning.

For more information about Henry Lien and for a listing of his upcoming classes, please visit his instructor page.


Course Spotlight: Elective Courses

Hello all! Arc_ID Winter 2010 enrollment has already begun online and many of the required classes are filling up quickly! You can also enroll by calling 310-825-9971. (If you haven’t enrolled yet, do it NOW!) However, we want to remind students about the 12 units of required electives and give you a taste of what options are available to you in Winter quarter.

Exciting Winter electives include: Advanced Drawing & Rendering Techniques with Alex Dorfman, Design in Venice: A Walking Tour with Michael Hricak (that’s Venice, California!), Early American Furniture & Decorative Arts with Eleanor Schapa, Feng Shui: A Morning Introduction with Dr. Simona Mainini, Advanced Kitchen Design with Donald Silvers (which requires previous knowledge of drawing and drafting), the Internship program (which is recommended for more advanced students) and MORE! For a full listing of course offerings see the online page or pick up one of the printed catalogs, which will be released November 11th and can be viewed online HERE right now! (Elective courses are always listed under “Architecture and Professional Development” or “Home Decorating and Design.”)