Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design

Take your education a step further and open the door to additional opportunities in the interior design industry with CPTC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design degree. Our coursework is designed to help elevate your creative and technical skills and hone your design process. The BASID degree can help boost your career in multiple facets of the interior design industry, including positions at residential and commercial architecture and design firms.

During the BASID degree, students will increase their knowledge of interior design and construction, research current issues and topics affecting the interior design industry, develop business and project management techniques, increase their experience with related technology skills, and apply these to solve problems in the interior design industry.

The hybrid delivery model for this degree has been designed to meet the educational needs of a diverse population including working adults. Mentored study design studios and a capstone course will be used to develop students’ independent thought and critical thinking skills to the level expected in a baccalaureate degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BAS Interior Design degree, students will be able to:

  • Assess building construction, detailing, and systems integration and their effect on interior design.
  • Develop concepts and designs for interiors with industry standard technologies.
  • Prepare organized contract documents including coordinated interior drawings and product specifications.
  • Analyze relevant codes, standards, and design guidelines based on project information and conditions in order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.
  • Analyze human factors and behavior in the built environment.
  • Evaluate principles of environmental sustainability for specific interior design project contexts.
  • Evaluate how social, political, economic, cultural and/or physical influences shape the design of built environments in both the local and global community.
  • Prepare design work and qualifications for presentation to industry and clients using visual, written, and oral techniques.
  • Research design topics in order to collect evidence based information for application to unique interior design solutions.

Program Length

The program is approximately six-to-eight quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters. This is a hybrid program with minimal face-to-face meetings on evenings and/or weekends.


Additional Information

Because this is a hybrid program conducted mostly online, students will need regular access to a computer with internet. The following software programs will be used during this program: Autodesk Revit, Adobe Photoshop, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office (or similar). CPTC’s Computer Lab in Building 15 is available with access to these software programs during days and times noted on their website:


Completion Requirements


Admission to the Program

Admission to the program may occur when the following can be documented:

  • Successful completion of an earned Applied Associate degree, AAS-T, Direct Transfer Associate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with an overall minimum 2.3 GPA.
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all general education coursework.
  • 5 college-level credits in English Composition (ENGL& 101 or higher).
  • 5 college-level credits in a transferable social science course.

Applicants must also submit for review by faculty:

  • A most current portfolio of interior design and/or related work.
  • A formal resume.
  • A 400-650 word admission essay describing the candidate's interest in the degree, his or her background and experience in the interior design and/or related industries, how completion of this degree meets his or her personal education and employment goals, his or her understanding of the commitment that will be required to complete the program, and any other information that may support entry to the program.
Admission to the Junior Year

Once admitted to the program, the following must be documented before students are considered to be at junior level standing (in addition to the required English Composition and Social Sciences coursework required for program admission):

  • 5 credits of MATH& 146 or another higher-level statistics class
  • 5 credits in a humanities subject – CMST&220 or ART& 100 recommended
  • 10 credits in natural sciences with at least one science course with a lab component. Recommended courses: CHEM& 110 (with lab), CHEM& 121 (with lab), PHYS& 114 (with lab), and another transferable science or transferable math course other than MATH& 146.
  • 5 credits in any college-level lower division General Education courses: English Composition, Social Science, Humanities, or Natural Science

These requirements can be satisfied by coursework completed before admission to the BASID program, or during a “bridge” quarter included within the BASID program. The bridge quarter can include up to 25 credits as required. Bridge courses may be taken concurrently with upper-level BAS classes.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete the degree, students must maintain a minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all coursework, including “bridge” quarter courses, program courses, and general education courses.


Program Course List

DSN 310Interior Construction & Building Systems


DSN 312Building Information Modeling I


DSN 314Building Information Modeling II


DSN 316Environmental & Sustainable Interiors


DSN 410Design Studio I


DSN 412Design Studio II


DSN 414Design Studio III


DSN 416Design Research


DSN 418Design Studio IV


DSN 422Capstone Project


BUS 310Project Management


ECON 310Managerial Economics


ENG 310Business Communications


PHIL 310DIVProfessional Ethics


PSYC 311DIVIndustrial & Organizational Psychology


Plus 15 credits from elective options below

DSN 350Intermediate SketchUp for Interior Design


DSN 355Intermediate Photoshop for Interior Design


DSN 360Independent Study


DSN 420Internship


Total Credit Hours:90

NOTE: Total credits for the degree do not include the bridge quarter (if needed).