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Interior Design

10-304-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 68 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Surroundings have an enormous influence on people’s lives. Put your creativity to work in this exciting career field as an interior designer. You will learn how to plan the arrangement of interior space and coordinate the selection and sales of furniture, draperies and other fabrics, floor coverings and interior accessories. You will also learn the skills you need to accurately bid project proposals. You’ll learn both residential and commercial design. Through elective courses you can explore options such as kitchen and bath planning, window treatments, wall finishes or flooring. Internships will help you gain the practice and confidence to create design projects for clients.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (43 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Sales
10-104-166
3
Examines the basic concepts and principles of sales as they apply to retailing. It includes wholesaling and industrial selling, the function of selling in business and living, careers in personal selling, requirements and rewards, buying motives, product knowledge, prospecting and approach, product presentation, sale closing, account servicing and handling objections.
Fundamentals of Design
10-304-110
3
Provides a foundation in the principles and elements of design. The understanding of good design, taste and creativity is stressed in student projects. Students use their projects in a design show.
Basic Interior Design
10-304-125
3
Focuses on the basic elements, materials, and mathematics of interior design. Topics include furniture arranging and the treatment of windows, walls and floors.
Color Theory
10-304-127
3
Explores the basic principles of color. Color harmonies are correlated with practical problems as they apply to interior design. Students present their plans, selection of furnishings and colors for group discussion and critique.
Commercial CAD
10-304-128
2
Introduces the principles of computer-aided design and planning. Students develop floor plans and design workstations and open office systems.
Prerequisite: Drafting for Interior Design (10-304-131) OR Drafting Skills for Interiors (10-304-167) OR are not currently pursuing a degree
Textiles
10-304-129
3
Studies textiles as they appear in interiors, taking the student from fiber to fabric. Topics include fibers, yarns, fabric construction, finishes and decorating techniques. Emphasis is on selection, care, use and textile legislation as related to the field of interior design.
Advanced Interior Design
10-304-134
2
Introduces advanced techniques for the design and calculation of draperies, bedding, kitchen and bath projects using workroom forms and computerized drawings.
Prerequisites: Basic Interior Design (10-304-125); Drafting Skills for Interiors (10-304-167) or Drafting for Interior Design (10-304-131)
Business Principles for Interior Design
10-304-135
1
Presents the business aspects of a career in interior design. Topics include business forms, billing procedures and business setup.
Design Applications
10-304-143
3
Applies previous course learning experiences to hypothetical residential and commercial design problems. Board layouts and oral presentations accompany each solution.
Prereq.: Drafting for Int Dsgn 10-304-131 OR Drafting Skills for Interior 10-304-167; Illustration 10-304-145; Color Theory 10-304-127; Presentation Tech 10-304-166; Fund of Design 10-304-110; Textiles 10-304-129; History of Furniture 10-304-144
History of Furniture
10-304-144
3
Examines the history of art, architecture and furnishings from early Egypt through the Western World of the 20th century. Special attention is given to European court styles and the decorative arts of Colonial America.
Presentation Techniques
10-304-166
3
Introduces the student to a variety of techniques used in design communication. The student will learn and practice perspective drawing, illustration techniques and board layout styles. Good interior design requires adequate and appropriate methods of communication and presentation.
Drafting Skills for Interiors
10-304-167
3
Introduces the techniques and language of architectural drafting and construction. Basic floor plan and elevation drafting is practiced.
Internship 1 Interior Design
10-304-171
3
Provides students the use of skills gained through courses and related laboratory experiences. These courses provide the opportunities to test their philosophy and theories, to make use of facts, knowledge, materials, to develop and refine skills and techniques while participating in the area's business under the close supervision of experienced supervising instructors.
Prereq.: Fund Dsgn (10-304-110); Textiles (10-304-129); Draft Int Dsgn (10-304-131) OR Draft Skills Int (10-304-167); Basic Int Dsgn (10-304-125); Color Theory (10-304-127);Presentation Techniques (10-304-166); Active in General OR Commercial ID plans
Internship 2 Interior Design
10-304-172
3
Provides students the use of skills gained through courses and related laboratory experiences. These courses provide the opportunities to test their philosophy and theories, to make use of facts, knowledge, materials, to develop and refine skills and techniques while participating in the area's business under the close supervision of experienced supervising instructors.
Prerequisite: Internship 1, Interior Design (10-304-171)
Interior Display
10-304-173
2
Provides hands-on experiences in the art of display and arrangement. Topics include the selection and display of accessories, floral design, matting and framing, tools and techniques for hanging art, event planning and visual display for retail design.
Introduction to Commercial Design
10-304-174
3
Introduces the design, specification and documentation of commercial interiors. Provides students with knowledge of space planning, programming, office furnishings, finishes and materials, lighting, codes, building systems, sustainability and client presentation. Students develop CAD skills by producing documentation and furniture plans.
Prerequisites: Color Theory (10-304-127); Drafting for Interior Design (10-304-131) OR Drafting Skills for Interiors (10-304-167); Commercial CAD (10-304-128)

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-166
3
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Contemporary Amer Society
10-809-197
3
Analyzes public policy issues relating to government, media, education, family and the workplace. This course also looks at the impact of global, multicultural and technological trends on American life and explores these issues by using critical thinking skills, advocating points of view, and participating in political processes.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

Suggested Electives (4 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Interior Design Study Tour
10-304-107
1
Increases the students' awareness and appreciation of furnishings, design, architecture and the arts. Students view furnishing collections and survey and study architectural details and historic sites. Additional cost of trip.
Reupholstery
10-304-126
2
Studies manufacturers' upholstery methods and presents the techniques of upholstering and the art of reupholstering. Students reupholster a furniture piece.
Window Treatment/Drapery Making
10-304-130
1
Focuses on three fabrication projects provided by students. This hands-on course includes instruction of window treatments from measurements of the window and fabric and hardware selection through construction. Basic sewing skills are helpful.
Kitchen and Bath Planning
10-304-149
1
Emphasizes the basics of kitchen and bath design. Students depict visualizations of these rooms using hand-drawn and computerized work. This course is offered to students wishing to specialize in kitchen or bath design.
Computer Basics for Design
10-304-150
1
Introduces interior design software. This course covers computer hardware, printers, data storage materials and using the mouse. Students create and save design files and folders, plot or print, and do page setup using desktop icons, menus, toolbars and basic Windows functions.
Wall Finishes
10-304-151
1
Explores the latest trends in painting techniques and wall coverings. Topics include paint mixing and application, finish manipulation, and wall covering selection, calculation and application. Students use a simulation lab.
Flooring
10-304-152
1
Helps the student with a special interest in carpet and flooring gain a further knowledge of flooring types and materials. Students practice planning layouts effectively and accurately. Selling tips are discussed.
Sketching for Interior Design
10-304-164
1
Drawing exercises will include various approaches to perspective. The visual learner will gain understanding of perspective through methods geared toward drawing what you see. The graphic or analytical learner will use a method of calculated use of points and lines. Timed exercises will be used to increase confidence in freehand drawing skills.
SketchUp
10-304-165
1
Explores the use of the Google SketchUp software for creating virtual 3-D models of architectural elements and interior spaces. Using various design, rendering, and visualization features available in the software the learner will be able to produce presentation-quality materials and portfolio-ready graphics. The course will also cover the basics of virtual walkthrough and animation in the 3-D environment. Familiarity with computers and Microsoft Windows is required.
Prereq: Drafting for Interior Design (10-304-131) OR Drafting Skills for Interiors (10-304-167)

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