The interior designer helps to solve the functional and aesthetic design problems in residential and commercial interiors. The program prepares students for employment in interior design studios, architectural firms, and industry related fields.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Design Process. Identify simple to complex design problems, collect and apply appropriate research, and generate creative solutions to present to the client.
  2. Building Construction and Systems. Solve problems with regards to limitations and opportunities that basic structural and non-structural components, lighting, acoustics, and environmental systems place on an environment.
  3. Collaboration. Partner with members of a design team (i.e. vendors, contractors, clients, etc.) to facilitate the translation of a design from concept to completion.  
  4. Written Communication. Prepare and utilize drawings, contract documents, presentations, technology, and concept boards to explain various elements of the design process.
  5. Oral Communication.  Explain design decisions, project progression, and logistics to clients, vendors, and third-party team members.
  6. Business Ethics. Recognize and practice ethical standards within the design industry including a commitment to professional development and community service.
  7. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment. Competently select appropriate project materials and accurately build specifications.
  8. Regulations. Identify and investigate laws, codes, and standards that impact design projects (i.e. accessibility, universal design, fire safety, etc.).
  9. Professional Practice. Apply knowledge of business procedures to the design process utilizing appropriate forms and documentation (i.e. quotes, estimates, bids, purchase orders, invoices, client files, etc.)  

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
ART-2020 Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance 3
INTD-1100 Hand Drafting and Sketching for Interiors 2
INTD-1111 Introduction to Interior Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours14
First Semester
ART-2030 Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present 3
INTD-1120 Architectural Drafting for Interiors I 3
INTD-2330 Interior Design Materials and Sources 3
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
INTD-1130 Architectural Drafting for Interiors II 3
INTD-2320 History of Interiors 3
INTD-2380 Fundamentals of Lighting 3
INTD-2430 Architectural Materials and Methods 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
ART-1050 Drawing I 3
ART-1081 2D Design and Color 3
INTD-2300 Interior Design Studio I 3
INTD-2471 Professional Practice of Interior Design 2
VC&D-1015 Digital Studio Basics 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
INTD-2400 Interior Design Studio II 3
INTD-2460 Interior Design Presentation 3
INTD-2851 Interior Design Field Experience 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours65