Interior Design Fundamentals

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Interior designers mix artistic and analytic skills to create environments that are safe and sustainable, comfortable and creative, while functional and aesthetically pleasing. Designed as an introduction for aspiring designers, decorators, hobbyists, and homeowners, the Certificate in Interior Design Fundamentals program will teach you how interior design shapes the way we live, work, and play.

Led by a local design industry professional, and grounded in the basic principles of interior design, this sixteen-week evening program focuses on providing students a foundation in interior design. Students will diversify and strengthen their current skills by learning the history of interiors, the fundamental principles and elements of design, specification and materials, and the best practices that professional designers employ to turn vision into reality. Explore the basics of design, learn how to plan both visually appealing and functional spaces, and gain an understanding of how interior design has and continues to evolve throughout history. The Certificate in Interior Design Fundamentals delivers these building blocks of design practice in a single concentrated program that is ideal for anyone interested in the general study, practice, or profession of interior design.


  • Learn the fundamentals of interior design
  • Understand the interior design process, including research, programming, and design development
  • Recognize the key elements of space planning and function of interior space
  • Learn the essentials of color theory, material and finish selection, furniture design, and lighting
  • Understand impacts of the built environment on quality of human life


Lindsay Hellwig
Interior Designer/Design Project Manager | Tulane University

Lindsay Hellwig has been committed to the field of interior design for 20 years. For the last ten she has worked on university interior design projects ranging from library renovations, dining halls, offices, residence halls, and more. Clients rely on Lindsay’s expertise to guide interior finishes, space planning, and furniture selection. She gained this experience working under an architect in Austin, Texas and in the specialty field of lighting design in Dallas, TX.  While studying at Louisiana State University, Lindsay was fascinated by the psychological aspects of design theory and obtained her Bachelor of Interior Design degree, magna cum laude, in Interior Design. That education developed into a passion for improving quality of life which is a focus of her design projects today.

Lindsay Hellwig has won several awards in the field of University Interior Design including Best of Show for Tulane University’s interior student union renovation in 2019. She also took home three first place prizes for other projects in the same year. These honors were awarded by the Association of University Interior Design’s annual design competition. She has been an active member in the organization since 2013. From 2016 to 2018, Lindsay served as a board member of the Tulane Facilities Management and Campus Development Advisory Board. In 2019, she was also voted onto the Tulane Staff Advisory Committee. Lindsay is currently pursuing continuing education in wellness studies which is a natural progression for her career.