Interior Design - Associate of Applied Technology Degree / Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

This program prepares students to work for design and architectural firms, home-furnishing venues, and contractors.

This program is for creative individuals who desire a career in the dynamic profession of interior design. Hospitality, residential, kitchen and bath, and sustainable design are just a few of the many paths an interior designer may pursue. The instructors are active in the design community, bring realistic projects to the classroom, and are committed to providing the most current materials and standards of the interior design profession.

In addition to the degree program, a Kitchen and Bath certificate option is offered every spring and fall quarter. A Sustainable Interior Design certificate option is offered every quarter. New students or continuing program students may enroll for either option.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop design solutions that incorporate the elements and principles of design in order to enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants.
  • Develop design solutions in response to the building shell, physical location, and social context of the project.
  • Apply the principles of environmental sustainability as they relate to interior environments.
  • Create functional design solutions that effectively integrate furnishings, finishes, and other interior products.
  • Employ current codes, standards, and design guidelines to promote the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.
  • Produce organized contract documents, including coordinated interior drawings and specifications.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

None.

Program Course List

DSN 105Drafting I

6

DSN 119Interior Design & the Creative Design Process

4

DSN 121Drafting II

5

DSN 123Materials, Methods and Techniques of Interior Design

4

DSN 124Color Theory

4

DSN 132Lighting

5

DSN 136Introduction to Drawing & Rendering

4

DSN 140Textiles

4

DSN 145Residential Planning, Design & Exterior Spaces

5

DSN 152Furniture & Cabinet Design

2

DSN 153Drafting III

4

DSN 158History of Interiors

4

DSN 159Intro to Technology for Interior Designers

3

DSN 204Introduction to Commercial Interior Design

4

DSN 216CAD I

5

DSN 225Design I

5

DSN 227Commercial Specifications

4

DSN 231Historic Preservation 20th Century Design & Philosophy

3

DSN 236Design II

7

DSN 239CLCAD II

5

DSN 241Business Practices

4

DSN 245Internship

4

DSN 251Contract Furniture

3

DSN 266CAPPortfolio/Professional Presentation

7

Total Credit Hours:105

AAT Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

105

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Total Credit Hours:123

AAT General Education Requirements: See list above

AAS-T Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

105

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

23

Total Credit Hours:128

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements: See list above

Optional Electives

DSN 202Elements of Kitchen & Bath Design

5

DSN 20620/20 Drafting

5

DSN 208Materials & Estimating

4

DSN 211Business Procedures & Sales

4

DSN 215Sustainable Design: An Overview

5

DSN 224Sustainability for Residential & Commercial Applications

4

DSN 226Sustainable Strategies in Design

5

DSN 229Sustainable Interiors & the Integrated Design Process

5

DSN 265(Optional) Independent Study

3

DSN 270(Optional) Independent Study

4

DSN 275(Optional) Independent Study

5

General Degree Requirements

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) and the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

 

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

Or

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

 

COLL 102College Success for All

3

 

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 credits)

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

5 credits in communication

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science

Choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project.

Program Length

The degree program is approximately six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters.