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Interior design hot at high school

A new course in Family and Consumer Science was recently approved by District 833 officials in response to an increase in student interest in housing and interiors.

Housing and Interior Design will be offered during the 2007-08 school year at Woodbury and Park high schools.

The course will be offered in conjunction with Inver Hills Community College with an option for high school students to receive credit if they achieve a grade of B-minus or higher.

The housing and interiors field is a rapidly growing industry with numerous career opportunities in interior design, real estate and housing management, according to Tiffani Calmes and Joanna Lerud, course designers.

In the class students will use decision-making skills to evaluate the psychological, social, emotional, cultural and financial factors that influence housing selection.

Design fundamentals of color, line, texture, shape, form, space, repetition, contrast and balance will be examined.

Students will explore space planning, regulatory codes and standards, environmental considerations and housing careers with all course concepts involved in creating an individual housing plan and interior design portfolio.

The course also reinforces math and technical reading skills, according to course designers.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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