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Interior Design

Associate Degree, Certificate
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Developing Visionary Designers
Our interior design program prepares students for rewarding careers in just one to three years. Instructed by faculty with active industry experience and certifications, the program includes rigorous training in design principles and technical abilities via hands-on studios, internships, and design competitions.

Students gain expertise in spatial conceptualization, master design software, and prepare for accreditations like NCIDQ and LEED. Graduates are prepared to thrive in commercial, residential, hospitality, and other design specialties.

Job Outlook

  • 61K

    Median annual wage for Interior Designers in 2022.

    (BLS)
  • Top 30%

    According to Career Explorer, Interior Designers' career satisfaction ranks in the top 30% of all careers.
  • 14,519

    Interior Designer jobs available in the U.S. as of July 2023.

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  • Career Options:

    • Interior Designer
    • Interior Design Assistant
    • Junior Designer
    • Design Consultant
    • Kitchen & Bath Designer
    • Design Sales Representative
Program Details
Certificate Only* Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
Career Options This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as staff designers in furniture stores, home staging, or as sales reps in floor/wall covering or textiles firms. AAS graduates will be prepared for entry-level interior designer positions in architectural, commercial furniture, and interior design firms.
Program Notes

Learn the basics of interior decorating.

This certificate also qualifies as an option in the Business Management bachelor's and AAS programs.

This professional degree prepares students for the practice of interior design through instruction in design, space planning, drawing, and business.

Meets the educational requirements to complete certification exams:

  • NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
  • LEED, Green Associate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Associate)
Minimum Time to Complete

2 semesters

6 semesters

* International students cannot complete the certificate only. They must enroll in the AAS degree or pair the certificate with general education for an associate of science (AS) degree. Learn more about the AS degree here.

The certificate and the AAS require an internship. This usually takes place when you are at least halfway through your program (semester 2 for certificate students, semester 5 for AAS students).

Get hands-on experience working at least 70 hours within the semester at a job related to the interior design field. We can help you find a temporary position to fulfill this requirement.

Some students have been hired to full-time positions at their internship job after they complete their internship.

Certificate

Learn the basics of interior design and decoration:

  • Design principles
  • Color theory
  • Drafting
  • Drawing and visualization
  • Textiles
  • CAD
  • Furnishings & architecture

See Certificate Course List

AAS

In addition to the basics, learn:

  • Space planning
  • Lighting
  • Kitchen & bath
  • Advanced computer design
  • Business principles
  • Building codes and regulations
  • Professional certification exam prep


See AAS Course List

You’ll also leave here with the skills to communicate effectively, articulate your career preparation confidently, and collaborate with others meaningfully. And in all things, we’ll help you work toward becoming a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. So whatever you do, you’ll be prepared to be the best you possible.

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