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Sheffield School Interior Design Course Now Includes All New Audio

The Sheffield School has introduced brand new audio lessons into its Complete Course in Interior Design. The new audio replaces existing audio CD’s in the course for all new and existing students, and helps to bring the interior design course up to date in the fast pace world of design trends.

The audio segments feature, Janet Ramin, the Sheffield School’s lead student advisor, and Jay Johnson, the school’s curriculum developer. Janet is a professional interior designer and has worked with interior design students for many years to help them achieve success. Jay heads the successful interior design blog and is a featured blogger on the Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace blog, providing advice for interior designers.

Janet and Jay guide students through each lesson and project in the course, and they bring in guest instructors Joie Anderson and Lee Hegi for additional advice on furniture styles and the business of interior design. Jay has added special advice segments for interior designers, like recommended design blogs, interior design advice from design icon Dorothy Draper, and how to handle difficult clients.

A key part of interior design education is learning to discuss good design when you see it. New this year for the course is a completely updated Room Reference Guide, featuring the amazing work of some of the top interior designers in the United States. Janet and Jay go through many of the rooms in the new guide and talk about the features they admire the most; they also discuss the key decisions that the designers made to solve challenges in entry halls, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and baths. 

About the Sheffield School

For over 25 years, the Sheffield School has trained successful designers and wedding planners.  Founded in 1985 as an Interior Design school, it has since added courses in Feng Shui Interior Design, Wedding & Event Planning, and Jewelry Design.  All of the Sheffield School’s programs are distance education courses and serve students all over the world. The Sheffield School is owned and operated by Distance Education Co., LLC, with two sister schools also located in Manhattan, the New York Institute of Photography and the New York Institute of Career Development.

Reader Comments (7)

Sheffield, this is great news. Will these updates be sent to already enrolled students? That would be awesome!
November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNioka L Harrison
How do we go about getting the updated CDs as existing current students?
November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoddie Hecht
How do existing students get this new information. Thanks!
November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherri Earnest-Maher
I think the new audios is a great idea because some of them are unable to play which was one of the reasons I stopped my course and because I tried to call my instructor who never called me back. But I would like to continue the course and plan to do so shortly because i love the field and really want to complete it.
November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJuanita Hatcher
Send an e-mail to with your student # and mailing address. That is what I did as a current student and they are sending me the updated CDs. Good luck!
November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoddie Hecht
Great initiative by the school!
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSim
Thats what makes OE distinguished/
April 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersam

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