Interior Design Degrees

Associate of Science Degree in Interior Design

The Interior Design Associate of Science Degree goals and objectives are designed to give students the opportunity to practice in various facets of the interior design profession. The program provides a comprehensive, professionally-focused curriculum with courses focusing on the basic and vital aspects of interior design with emphasis on practical application in the field. When available and appropriate, students will have the opportunity to engage in internships and participate in design-related competitions to reinforce the classroom learning experience. The degree provides students the opportunity to combine knowledge and skills acquired from general education courses with their interior design studies and translate them into professional practice.

After completing an A.S. Degree in Interior Design, a student will be able to:

  • Apply specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

This program provides career and technical education to prepare students for career opportunities in:

  1. interior design firms
  2. architectural firms
  3. kitchen and bath design firms
  4. retail finishes and furnishings stores
  5. commercial furniture dealerships
  6. furniture and finish manufacturers

The A.S. Degree in Interior Design is a professional-level degree that allows re-entry students with bachelor’s and advanced degrees, who are not able to pursue additional baccalaureate degrees in the California State University system, and those students who do not intend to pursue bachelor’s degrees, the opportunity to obtain professional training to effectively enter the workforce.

Foundation Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 5 Introduction to Interior Design 1 unit
INTD 10 Elements and Principles of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 20 Color Theory and Application 3 units
INTD 22 Finish Materials, Estimating and Costing 3 units
INTD 28 Interior Construction and Building Systems 3 units
INTD 32 Graphic Techniques for Interior Design 3 units
INTD 36 History of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 65 AutoCAD – Introduction to Computer-Aided Interior Design 3 units

Choose Residential or Commercial Emphasis

Residential Emphasis

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 40 Residential Design 3 units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units
INTD 50 Kitchen & Bath Design 3 units
INTD 75 Lighting Design 3 units

OR

Commercial Emphasis

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 29 Green and Sustainable Design 3 units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units
INTD 60 Commercial Design 3 units
INTD 66 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3 units

Choose 3 units of one of the following electives

Course Number Course Title Units
ARCH 58 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3 units
INTD 35C Design of Historic Interiors 3 units
INTD 70 Advanced Graphic Techniques 3 units
INTD 85 Design Detailing 3 units

Electives: Choose one

Course Number Course Title Units
ARCH 57 Architectural Model Making 1 unit
DIGM 25B Social Media Marketing 1 unit

Total Major Units: 35 units

GE Units: 25 units

Total Degree Units: 60 units

Fall, Year 1 (13 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 5 Introduction to Interior Design 1 unit
INTD 10 Elements and Principles of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 20 Color Theory and Application 3 units
INTD 22 Finish Materials, Estimating and Costing 3 units
INTD 32 Graphic Techniques for Interior Design 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (10 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 28 Interior Construction and Building Systems 3 units
INTD 36 History of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 65 Introduction to Computer-Aided Interior Design 3 units
Any Course from Electives

Fall, Year 2 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 50 Kitchen & Bath Design 3 units
INTD 75 Lighting Design 3 units
Any Course from Electives

OR

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 29 Green and Sustainable Design 3 units
INTD 66 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3 units
Any Course from Electives

Spring, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 40 Residential Design 3 units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units

OR

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units
INTD 60 Commercial Design 3 units

Certificate of Achievement in Interior Design

The goals and objectives of the Interior Design Certificate are to prepare students to practice in various facets of the interior design profession. The program provides a comprehensive, professionally-focused curriculum focused on the basic and vital aspects of interior design with an emphasis on practical application in the field. When available and appropriate, students have the opportunity to engage in internships and participate in design-related competitions to reinforce the classroom learning experience. The Interior Design Certificate is a professional-level certificate that affords students the opportunity to obtain specific training needed to effectively enter the workforce.

After completing an Interior Design Certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Use specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

This program provides career and technical education to prepare students for career opportunities in:

  1. interior design firms
  2. architectural firms
  3. kitchen and bath design firms
  4. retail finishes and furnishings stores
  5. commercial furniture dealerships
  6. furniture and finish manufacturers

Required Core Courses: 34 units

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 5 Introduction to Interior Design 1 unit
INTD 10 Elements and Principles of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 20 Color Theory and Application 3 units
INTD 22 Finish Materials, Estimating and Costing 3 units
INTD 28 Interior Construction and Building Systems 3 units
INTD 32 Graphic Techniques for Interior Design 3 units
INTD 36 History of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 65 AutoCAD – Introduction to Computer-Aided Interior Design 3 units

Choose Residential or Commercial Emphasis

Residential Emphasis

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 40 Residential Design 3 units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units
INTD 50 Kitchen & Bath Design 3 units
INTD 75 Lighting Design 3 units

OR

Commercial Emphasis

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 29 Green and Sustainable Design 3 units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units
INTD 60 Commercial Design 3 units
INTD 66 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3 units

Electives: Choose one

Course Number Course Title Units
ARCH 57 Architectural Model Making 1 unit
DIGM 25B Social Media Marketing 1 unit

Total Major Units: 35 units

GE Units: 25 units

Total Degree Units: 60 units

Fall, Year 1 (13 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 5 Introduction to Interior Design 1 unit
INTD 10 Elements and Principles of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 20 Color Theory and Application 3 units
INTD 22 Finish Materials, Estimating and Costing 3 units
INTD 32 Graphic Techniques for Interior Design 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 28 Interior Construction and Building Systems 3 units
INTD 36 History of Interior Design 3 units
INTD 65 Introduction to Computer-Aided Interior Design 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (7 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 50 Kitchen & Bath Design 3 units
INTD 75 Lighting Design 3 units
Any Course from Electives

OR

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 29 Green and Sustainable Design 3 units
INTD 66 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3 units
Any Course from Electives

Spring, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 40 Residential Design 3 units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units

OR

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 45 Professional Practice 3 units
INTD 60 Commercial Design 3 units

Certificate of Achievement in Computer Aided Drafting and Design

The goals and objectives of the Computer Aided Drafting and Design Certificate are designed to prepare students to practice in the areas of the interior design profession that require computer aided drafting and computer graphics to prepare conceptual, design, and construction drawings. The program provides a professionally-focused curriculum focusing on practical application in the interior design field.

After completing the Computer Aided Drafting and Design Certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Create, manipulate, and organize hand drafted and CAD drawings using industry standards.
  • Plan and generate CAD drawing files using common and advanced CAD tools.
  • Produce a CAD drawing to represent existing field conditions using the principles of drafting techniques.

Examples of interior design employers and career opportunities include:

  1. interior design firms
  2. architectural firms
  3. kitchen and bath design firms
  4. commercial furniture dealerships
  5. corporate facilities departments

Required Core Courses (12 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 15 Interior Architectural Drafting 3 units
INTD 65 Introduction to Computer- Aided Interior Design 3 units
INTD 66 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3 units
ARCH 58 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3 units

Fall, Year 1 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 15 Interior Architectural Drafting 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
INTD 65 Introduction to Computer-Aided Interior Design 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ARCH 58 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3 units
INTD 66 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3 units
Last Updated 9/16/20