West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

CAREER PROGRAMS: Interior Design

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Program Information

The Interior Design program is a comprehensive, professional curriculum which provides courses focusing on the vital and basic aspects of interior design. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the fundamental relationship of interior design, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts. The program prepares students to become professional interior designers who identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. Designers also perform services relative to interior spaces, including design analysis, programming, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings. They prepare drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The Interior Design Program is nationally accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. It works closely with the organization to assure adherence to kitchen and bathroom design standards.

In addition to Interior Design certificates, the program offers specific advanced certificates that promote program development in terms of successful course completion, alternative basic skills, and enhanced workforce development. These certificates - Kitchen and Bath Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Facilities Planning Design, Interior Restoration and Preservation - provide alternative paths, and at the same time, answer critical industry needs. Please refer to our additional "major sheet" which lists the curriculum required for these certificates, as well as additional background information.

Successful completion of the program prepares students to become professional interior designers who will be able to:

  • identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment;
  • perform services relative to interior spaces, including design analysis, programming, space planning and aesthetics;
  • use specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings; and
  • prepare drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement
Interior Design 2 Year 2011  ^
Interior Design 3rd Year 2011  ^
Disclosure year: 2009-2010 academic year

Career Paths

  • Commercial Design
  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
  • Education & Research
  • Facilities Management
  • Furniture Design
  • Health Care Design
  • Historic Preservations
  • Hospitality Design
  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Residential Design
  • Restaurant Design
  • Retail Design
  • Space Planning
  • Textile Design

In addition, design careers are found in education research, historic preservation, and many other specialized areas.

Department Contacts

Christopher Wright, Department Chair
408.741.2049
e-mail:  christopher.wright@westvalley.edu

Diane Tsukamoto Hurd, Division Chair
408.741.2406
e-mail:  diane.hurd@westvalley.edu

Program Requirements

Refer to the West Valley College Interior Design Club  (http://www.wvcidc.org)


Questions about Career Programs? Call 408.741.2098
email: cathy_aimonetti@westvalley.edu
or stop by the Career Programs Center, AAS 35


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