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INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE

Program Overview

This 72 credit-hour program is designed for students interested in careers in the furnishing and design industry. The program offers creative, artistic and challenging career opportunities. Graduates are trained to work as kitchen and bath designers, retail designers/salespersons, interior design assistants, assistant buyers of home furnishings, manufacturers’ representatives or Merchandise Mart showroom managers.

Periodic field trips are required and will help students learn about current design trends. Students are encouraged to have computers at home although campus computer labs are available for student use. AutoCad and CAD Studio courses are required courses.

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Interior Design may be used to meet the interior design education requirement for registration of interior designers, the curriculum provides an overview of topics tested by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, which must be completed before interior designers may be registered by the State of Illinois. In addition, the program is endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

By completing all required courses in this program, the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement has been met for this AAS degree.

Program Requirements

FIRST SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ARC 116 Architectural CAD I 3 Program Requirement
ART 121 Design I 3 Humanities
IND 100 Theory and Fundamentals of Design 2 Program Requirement
IND 101 Interior Design Studio I 3 Program Requirement
IND 103 History of Furniture and Interior Architecture 3 Program Requirement
IND 106 Materials and Sources 3 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
IND 102 Interior Design Studio II 3 Program Requirement
IND 107 Interior Perspective and Rendering 3 Program Requirement
IND 110 Problem Solving/Design Communication 2 Program Requirement
IND 114 Codes for Interior Designers 2 Program Requirement
IND 116 Interior Detail/Construction Drawing 3 Program Requirement
IND 220 CAD Studio 3 Program Requirement

SUMMER SESSION:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ENG 101 Composition1 3 Communications
SPE 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 Communications

THIRD SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ART 130 Ancient and Medieval Art or
ART 131 Gothic Through Romantic Art or
ART 132 Modern and Contemporary Art 3 Humanities
IND 203 3-D Design Studio 3 Program Requirement
IND 206 Architectural Lighting 3 Program Requirement
IND 230 Kitchen Design Studio 3 Program Requirement
IND 281 Environmental Design 3 Program Requirement

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
IND 207 Interior Design Internship 3 Program Requirement
IND 209 Contract Design Studio 3 Program Requirement
IND 211 Professional Practices for Interior Design 3 Program Requirement
IND 233 Bathroom Design Studio 2 Program Requirement
IND 250 Portfolio Development 1 Program Requirement

SUMMER SESSION:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
Mathematics2 3 Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Science 3 Social and Behavioral Science

1 - An assessment test, available in the Assessment and Testing Center, must be taken before registering for ENG 101.

2 - A competency test, available in the Assessment and Testing Center, may be utilized to meet the mathematics requirement (MTH 065 or higher). Students who utilize the competency test to meet the mathematics requirement must complete a three credit-hour elective.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • collect, analyze and prioritize data about client needs.
  • formulate design concepts and special solutions that are appropriate, functional and aesthetic.
  • apply the elements and principles of design to interior environments.
  • create and present design solutions in two and three dimensions.
  • verbally and visually communicate and justify design solutions that reflect sensitivity to client needs.
  • prepare design and construction drawings, specifications and estimates utilizing both manual presentation skills and computer applications.
  • develop design solutions as they relate to greater societal, environmental and economic issues.
  • apply the history of interiors, architecture and aesthetics to design solutions.
  • apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • demonstrate knowledge and application of business, professional and ethical practices in design.
Last Updated: 11/21/17