Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied to interior spaces . The interior designer helps to solve the functional and aesthetic design problems in residential and commercial interiors. This 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
First SemesterCredit Hours
ART-2020 Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance 3
INTD-1101 Hand Drafting and Sketching for Interiors 3
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
Computer Applications  
Honors Computer Applications  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
INTD-1120 Architectural Drafting for Interiors I 3
INTD-2320 History of Interiors 3
INTD-2330 Interior Design Materials and Sources 3
INTD-2430 Architectural Materials and Methods 3
MATH-1XXX Math-1000 level or higher3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
ART-1081 2D Design and Color 3
INTD-1130 Architectural Drafting for Interiors II 3
INTD-2300 Interior Design Studio I 3
INTD-2380 Fundamentals of Lighting 3
VC&D-1000 Visual Communication Foundation 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
INTD-2400 Interior Design Studio II 3
INTD-2460 Interior Design Presentation 3
INTD-2471 Professional Practice of Interior Design 2
INTD-2851 Interior Design Field Experience 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
or
 
Honors College Composition II  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60