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Interior Design - Commercial Design
Program Code: 10-304-2

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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 69 Credits
Appleton Campus

Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As an interior designer with a specialization in commercial design, you plan the arrangement of commercial spaces such as offices, hospitals and other interior spaces utilized by the public. You will plan spaces, specify furnishings, office work stations, materials, lighting and mechanicals using both hand drawing and computer design software. You are also responsible for calculations of materials, price quotes and sales.

Being mindful of green practices and products and universal design are essential in commercial design. Jobs include designers for commercial design retailers, architectural firms, sales representatives for office, hospitality, medical and facilities products and corporations as in-house designers.

Program Description

The Interior Design-Commercial Design program prepares students for a career in commercial design industry. This career deals with the specification and design of commercial spaces, those for the public. Courses include hands on projects for the preparation of construction documents such as developing a plan, creating working drawings, selection of conventional furniture or open office systems finishes and equipment. Project management of the commercial project is also studied.

Students apply their knowledge of materials, finishes, furniture, lighting and building construction through all phases of the design process. In addition, students further develop CAD skills necessary to produce project documentation and presentations for a comprehensive commercial design problem.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate the codes and standards that impact the interior environment.
  • Model professional practices of the Interior Design Industry.
  • Validate the design process.
  • Evaluate design decisions within the parameters of the built environment.

Program Offered at This Location
  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Classes in business, mathematics, psychology, English, art, architectural drawing, computer aided design, and housing and interior design will help you to enter this program.

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Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program