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Interior Design

10-304-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 60 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 for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (39 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Fundamentals of Design
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
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
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.
Drafting Skills for Interiors
Introduces the techniques and language of architectural drafting and construction. Basic floor plan and elevation drafting is practiced.
Commercial CAD
Introduces the principles of computer-aided design and planning. Students develop floor plans and design workstations and open office systems.
Coreq: Drafting Skills for Interiors (10304167) OR are not currently pursuing a degree
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.
History of Furniture
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.
Computer Basics for Design
Introduces the student to current Interior Design software used to create effective client presentations and professional portfolios. Students will get an overview of software used for 3D rendering, photo editing and presentation layouts.
Construction Applications - Mechanical & Lighting
Demonstrates knowledge of standard building terms, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Students will become aware of communication with the trades, building changes as they relate to cost and specify materials to satisfy design criteria.
Presentation Techniques
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.
Advanced Interior Design
Introduces advanced techniques for the design and calculation of draperies, bedding, kitchen and bath projects using workroom forms and computerized drawings.
Prereq: Basic Interior Design (10304125); Drafting Skills for Interiors (10304167)
Business Principles for Interior Design
Presents the business aspects of a career in interior design. Topics include business forms, billing procedures and business setup.
Introduction to Commercial Design
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.
Prereq: Color Theory (10304127); Drafting Skills for Interiors (10304167); Commercial CAD (10304128)
Design Applications
Applies previous course learning experiences to hypothetical residential and commercial design problems. Board layouts and oral presentations accompany each solution.
Prereq: Drafting Skills for Interior (10304167); Color Theory (10304127); Presentation Tech (10304166); Fund of Design (10304110); Textiles (10304129); History of Furniture (10304144)
Internship 1 Interior Design
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 (10304110); Textiles (10304129); Draft Skills Int (10304167); Basic Int Dsgn (10304125); Color Theory (10304127); Presentation Techniques (10304166)

General Studies (18 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Written Communication
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Math w Business Apps
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.
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Psychology of Human Relations
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Interior Design Study Tour
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.
Studies manufacturers' upholstery methods and presents the techniques of upholstering and the art of reupholstering. Students reupholster a furniture piece.
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.
Advanced CAD
Emphasis on the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) as a means of determining project and client needs. Production of both two- and three-dimensional drawings will be used in the construction and presentation phases of the project.
Prereq: Commercial CAD (10304128)
Interior Display
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.
Prereq: Fundamentals of Design (10304110); Color Theory (10304127)

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