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Interior Design (SOC CODE: 27-1025.00)

Job Description Overview

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

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  • Interior Designers
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  • Graphic Designers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Designers, All Other
  • Floral Designers
  • Instructional Designers and Technologists
  • Electronic Drafters

Sample Job Duties

  • Design plans to be safe and to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.
  • Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
  • Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
  • Design spaces to be environmentally friendly, using sustainable, recycled materials when feasible.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Interior Design: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1301

      The Interior Design A.S. degree provides students with an excellent foundation for a successful career in interior design. Students will obtain the skill set necessary to obtain a variety of positions in the design field.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ID 10Introduction to Interior Design2
      ID 10LIntroduction to Interior Design Laboratory1
      ID 12Materials and Products for Interior Design3
      ID 14History of Furniture and Decorative Arts3
      ID 20Color and Design Theory I3
      ID 21Color and Design Theory II3
      ID 22Design Drawing for Interior Design3
      ID 23Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design I3
      ID 25Space Planning for Interior Design I3
      ID 26Space Planning for Interior Design II3
      ID 27Rapid Visualization3
      ID 29Interior Design Studio I3
      ID 31Building Systems for Interior Design3
      ID 32Lighting Design and Theory for Interior Design3
      ID 34Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design II3
      ID 36Professional Practices for Interior Design3
      or ID 37 Business Practices for Interior Design
      ID 39Interior Design Studio II3
      Required Electives 2
      Select two from the following
      ID 50
      Interior Design Specialized Topics
      ID 54
      Internship in Interior Design
      ID 56
      Integrated Drawing Techniques for Interior Design
      ID 58
      Field Studies in Interior Design
      ID 59
      Computer Basics for Interior Design
      ID 99
      Special Projects in Interior Design
      Total Units50

      Recommended Electives 

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ARCH 122
      Architectural Presentations

      Interior Design Website 

    • Interior Design: Kitchen & Bath: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1302

      The Interior Design: Kitchen and Bath Design A.S. degree provides students with specialized skills in the area of Kitchen and Bath Design and is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Students will strengthen career perspectives and develop work to incorporate into a professional portfolio. This certificate may aid in the student’s search for an intermediate position as an assistant to a kitchen and bath designer. Students completing this program and meeting the eligibility requirements will qualify to sit for the academic portion of the Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bath Designer (CBD) upon graduation to earn the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) designation.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ID 10Introduction to Interior Design2
      ID 10LIntroduction to Interior Design Laboratory1
      ID 12Materials and Products for Interior Design3
      ID 14History of Furniture and Decorative Arts3
      ID 20Color and Design Theory I3
      ID 21Color and Design Theory II3
      ID 22Design Drawing for Interior Design3
      ID 23Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design I3
      ID 25Space Planning for Interior Design I3
      ID 26Space Planning for Interior Design II3
      ID 27Rapid Visualization3
      ID 29Interior Design Studio I3
      ID 31Building Systems for Interior Design3
      ID 32Lighting Design and Theory for Interior Design3
      ID 34Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design II3
      ID 37Business Practices for Interior Design3
      ID 39Interior Design Studio II3
      Completion of Interior Design - Kitchen and Bath Coursework 6
      ID 40
      Kitchen and Bath Studio I
      ID 41
      Kitchen and Bath Studio II
      1-3 variable unit course. 3 units required3
      ID 48
      Internship in Kitchen and Bath
      Required Electives
      Select courses from the following (2 units required)2
      ID 50
      Interior Design Specialized Topics
      ID 54
      Internship in Interior Design
      ID 56
      Integrated Drawing Techniques for Interior Design
      ID 58
      Field Studies in Interior Design
      ID 59
      Computer Basics for Interior Design
      ID 99
      Special Projects in Interior Design
      Total Units59

      Interior Design Website 

    • Interior Design: Kitchen & Bath Specialization

      Business Division
      Certificate T0306
      The Kitchen and Bath Specialization coursework builds upon the Level III Certificate to provide students with specialized skills in the area of Kitchen and Bath Design and is accredited by the national Kitchen and Bath Association. Students will strengthen career perspectives and develop work to incorporate into a professional portfolio. This certificate may aid in the student’s search for an intermediate position as an assistant to a Kitchen and Bath Designer. Students completing this certificate and meeting the eligibility requirements will quality to sit for the academic portion of the Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bath Designer (CBD) upon graduation to earn the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) designation.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level I coursework9
      PLUS
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level II coursework24
      PLUS
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level III coursework15
      PLUS
      Completion of Kitchen and Bath Specialization coursework9
      Required Electives 2
      Total Units59
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level I coursework
      ID 10Introduction to Interior Design2
      ID 10LIntroduction to Interior Design Laboratory1
      ID 12Materials and Products for Interior Design3
      ID 14History of Furniture and Decorative Arts3
      Total Units9
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level II coursework
      ID 20Color and Design Theory I3
      ID 21Color and Design Theory II3
      ID 22Design Drawing for Interior Design3
      ID 23Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design I3
      ID 25Space Planning for Interior Design I3
      ID 26Space Planning for Interior Design II3
      ID 27Rapid Visualization3
      ID 29Interior Design Studio I3
      Total Units24
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level III coursework
      ID 31Building Systems for Interior Design3
      ID 32Lighting Design and Theory for Interior Design3
      ID 34Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design II3
      ID 37Business Practices for Interior Design3
      ID 39Interior Design Studio II3
      Total Units15
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Kitchen and Bath Specialization coursework
      ID 40Kitchen and Bath Studio I3
      ID 41Kitchen and Bath Studio II3
      Variable unit course, 3 units required 3
      ID 48
      Internship in Kitchen and Bath
      Total Units9
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Required Electives
      2 units required from the courses listed below2
      ID 50
      Interior Design Specialized Topics
      ID 54
      Internship in Interior Design
      ID 56
      Integrated Drawing Techniques for Interior Design
      ID 58
      Field Studies in Interior Design
      ID 59
      Computer Basics for Interior Design
      ID 99
      Special Projects in Interior Design

      Interior Design Website 

    • Interior Design: Level I

      Business Division
      Certificate E0364
      Interior Design - Level I Certificate is designed to prepare students with a broad overview and solid foundation in the area of interior design and related fields. This certificate may lead to new opportunities and provide students with the groundwork upon which to build a career.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ID 10Introduction to Interior Design2
      ID 10LIntroduction to Interior Design Laboratory1
      ID 12Materials and Products for Interior Design3
      ID 14History of Furniture and Decorative Arts3
      Total Units9

      Interior Design Website 

    • Interior Design: Level II

      Business Division
      Certificate T0304
      The Interior Design - Level II Certificate builds upon the Level I coursework to provide students with intermediate skills that will lead to a career in interior design. There is a focus on design process including drawing and presentations skills, model-making, sketching, computer applications, and the planning of space and studio design. Students will prepare professional portfolios to strengthen career perspectives. This certificate may aid in the student’s search for an entry-level position as an assistant to a designer, library coordinator, or sales personnel for interior design products.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level I coursework9
      PLUS
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level II coursework24
      Total Units33
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level I coursework
      ID 10Introduction to Interior Design2
      ID 10LIntroduction to Interior Design Laboratory1
      ID 12Materials and Products for Interior Design3
      ID 14History of Furniture and Decorative Arts3
      Total Units9
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level II coursework
      ID 20Color and Design Theory I3
      ID 21Color and Design Theory II3
      ID 22Design Drawing for Interior Design3
      ID 23Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design I3
      ID 25Space Planning for Interior Design I3
      ID 26Space Planning for Interior Design II3
      ID 27Rapid Visualization3
      ID 29Interior Design Studio I3
      Total Units24

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ID 50Interior Design Specialized Topics1
      ID 99Special Projects in Interior Design1-3

      Interior Design Website 

    • Interior Design: Level III

      Business Division
      Certificate T0305
      The Interior Design: Level III Certificate builds upon the Level II coursework to provide students with advanced skills that will enhance their Interior Design careers. There is a focus on building systems, lighting, advanced computer applications, business practices and studio design. Students will prepare professional portfolios to strengthen career perspectives. This certificate may aid in the student’s search for an intermediate position as an assistant to a designer, library coordinator, or a specialization in the field of interior design.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level I coursework9
      PLUS
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level II coursework24
      PLUS
      Completion of the Interior Design - Level III coursework17
      Total Units50
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level I coursework
      ID 10Introduction to Interior Design2
      ID 10LIntroduction to Interior Design Laboratory1
      ID 12Materials and Products for Interior Design3
      ID 14History of Furniture and Decorative Arts3
      Total Units9
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level II coursework
      ID 20Color and Design Theory I3
      ID 21Color and Design Theory II3
      ID 22Design Drawing for Interior Design3
      ID 23Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design I3
      ID 25Space Planning for Interior Design I3
      ID 26Space Planning for Interior Design II3
      ID 27Rapid Visualization3
      ID 29Interior Design Studio I3
      Total Units24
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Interior Design - Level III coursework
      ID 31Building Systems for Interior Design3
      ID 32Lighting Design and Theory for Interior Design3
      ID 34Computer Aided Drawing for Interior Design II3
      ID 36Professional Practices for Interior Design3
      or ID 37 Business Practices for Interior Design
      ID 39Interior Design Studio II3
      Required Electives
      Select 2 units from the following courses 2
      ID 50
      Interior Design Specialized Topics
      ID 54
      Internship in Interior Design
      ID 56
      Integrated Drawing Techniques for Interior Design
      ID 58
      Field Studies in Interior Design
      ID 59
      Computer Basics for Interior Design
      ID 99
      Special Projects in Interior Design
      Total Units17

      Interior Design Website 

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