Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design

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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. Students who have earned an applied associate degree in interior design or architecture, or equivalent, may apply.

During the BASID degree, students will increase their knowledge of interior design and construction, research current issues and topics affecting the global interior design industry, develop business and project management practices, 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 from an entry level interior design professional.

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 and AutoCAD, 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:


Program Outcomes

• 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.

Completion Requirements


Admission to the Program

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

  • Successful completion of one of the following:
    • An earned Applied Associate degree in interior design or architecture, AAS-T, Direct Transfer Associate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with an overall minimum 2.3 GPA, OR
    • An earned Applied Associate degree, AAS-T, Direct Transfer Associate degree or equivalent in an outside discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.3 GPA and proof of enrollment in the Interior Design technical bridge courses listed below under Admission to the Junior Year, OR
    • An appropriate body of preparation as determined by the college, including completion of 90 college-level credits, employment, or other life experience that qualifies for credit for prior learning and meets the upper-division course prerequisites. 
  • 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 courses or equivalent coursework must be documented before students can begin upper-level (300/400) Interior Design coursework: 

  • DSN 131 Design Communication II
  • DSN 146 Concept Development and Ideation
  • DSN 230 Materials, Furnishings, and Specifications II
  • DSN 235 Interior Planning II
  • Two of the following courses: 
    • DSN 125 Drawing and Rendering
    • DSN 139 Materials, Furnishings, and Specifications I
    • DSN 212 Lighting
    • DSN 220 Professional Practice
    • DSN 246 Special Topics in Design
    • DSN 275 Independent Study (focused skill development to be determined with instructor)

Junior Level Standing

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 in any transferable/common course numbered quantitative/symbolic reasoning course 100 level or above
  • 5 credits in any transferable/common course humanities subject – CMST& 220 or ART& 100 recommended
  • 5 credits in any transferable/common course numbered natural science course with a lab component. Recommended courses: BIOL& 160 (with lab), CHEM& 110 (with lab), CHEM& 121 (with lab), PHYS& 114 (with lab).

These requirements can be satisfied by coursework completed before or after admission to the BASID program, and may be taken before or concurrently with upper-level BAS classes.

Graduation Requirements

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

Second Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements

Applicants who have already earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may be able to substitute previous courses for our general education requirements based on the Washington State Second Baccalaureate Degree policy outlined in the Policies and Procedures.

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


ENG 310Business Communications


PHIL 310DIVProfessional Ethics


PSYC 311DIVIndustrial & Organizational Psychology


HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities



ENGL& 235Technical Writing



Any 100 Level or above transferrable general education course



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 general education course requirements for admission and junior level standing.