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Residential Planning

Our Residential Planning Diploma program can prepare you for opportunities in the field by helping you develop fundamental knowledge and skills in interior space planning, drawing, and drafting.

Enhance your Residential Planning skills

In this program, you can:

  • Prepare for opportunities in residential planning and sales consultation by having a chance to develop drawing, drafting, and computer skills
  • Take courses in the fundamentals of interior space planning—including textiles, historic and contemporary styles, space planning, kitchen and bath planning, architectural drafting, and computer-aided design
  • Learn from instructors with real world experience and knowledge in this creative field
  • Earn credits that may be transferred to our Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to seek entry-level positions in interior space planning and design, including:

  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Residential Planning Consultant
  • Draftsperson
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Product Specifier/Purchaser

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that’s right for you.

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Course listing

The courses in the Diploma in Residential Planning are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Ms. Nina Arboscello

Ms. Arboscello received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. She also obtained a minor in Architecture and spent a summer studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Before accepting a full-time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, Mrs. Arboscello worked as a professional interior designer for multiple architectural firms along the east coast practicing commercial and residential design. Mrs. Arboscello is NCIDQ Certified and has presented at NeoCon South and NeoCon Chicago.  She has served as the President of the Carolina's Chapter of IIDA and continues to be active in the local chapter.

Mrs. Carrie Czar

Ms. Czar received a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture from Chatham University. She has worked as a kitchen designer and freelance designer, as well as a commercial interior designer for Easley and Rivers, Inc. During her professional career, she has also been a member of the Interior Design Educator's Council and the Interior Design Legislative Coalition of Pennsylvania. Before accepting a full-time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, Mrs. Czar taught an interior design courses on campus for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Carla Viar Pullen

Ms. Viar Pullen earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and has worked for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division for almost six years.  Prior to accepting a position as a full time instructor, she was the senior interior designer for an architectural firm specializing in corporate, government and K-12 school facility design.  She is NCIDQ certified and licensed to practice as a Certified Interior Designer in the State of Maryland.  Ms. Viar Pullen serves as a board member with the MD State Board of Certified Interior Designers and has worked in the local community as a member of several Historic District Commissions.

Residential Planning degree requirements

The prospective student must be a high school graduate with a minimum, final high school GPA of 1.5 or higher, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or associate's degree or higher as a prerequisite for admission.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

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Software requirements

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  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Creative Suite - includes Photoshop and Illustrator (Version CS6 or higher)
  • AutoDesk AutoCAD Full Version
  • Google Sketchup (free download from
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum technology requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Single- or Multi-Core Intel® Pentium®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended. Microsoft® Microsoft® Windows® 8 64-bit: Windows 8 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8, Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 64-bit: Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Pro, or Windows 8.1. All require 4GB of RAM, 30GB of available hard disk space recommended, 1366 x 768 minimum display resolution (1920x1080 recommended) with true color, 512MB VRAM, Open GL 2.0-capable system, and DirectX® 10 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3.
  • Mac: Dual Boot Required Users should have systems with the following specifications: Apple® Mac® Pro 4.1 or later; MacBook® Pro 5.1 or later; iMac® 8.1 or later or *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 4GB RAM, 30GB available hard disk space recommended, 1366 x 768 minimum display resolution (1920x1080 recommended) with true color, 512MB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0–capable system. Dual boot requirements: Boot Camp (comes with mac OS X), Windows 7 (64-bit required if running OS X 10.7) and Additional 20 GB HD Space required for Windows Partition. Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud. Additional notes about installing Windows via Boot Camp if students do not have it already set up: Students will need to purchase: Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5) See Windows 7 requirements -or- Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro (Boot Camp 5 only) See Windows 8 requirements. Helpful link:

Important Note: “Virtual machines” are not supported by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division for the Residential Planning program.

Web browser requirements

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

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