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  Feb 02, 2023
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Interior Design Technology (2389) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science


The mission of the Associate in Science in Interior Design Technology program is to educate, train, and develop students for diverse opportunities in the interior design field. This program is intended for individuals seeking entry-level employment in the interior design profession. The program utilizes professional standards established by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation and industry partners in developing and implementing the curriculum. There is an emphasis on theory, practical hands-on training, and field experiences. This balanced approach enhances the educational experience and provides a sound foundation for distinctive success in the field of interior design.

What is the Difference Between Design and Decorating?

Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building.  Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture.  Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project.  (Source:

The Program

The Interior Design Technology program includes a combination of theory, laboratory, and field experiences for the development of competencies in all phases of interior design. Concepts of the program include the elements and principles of design, space planning, furniture and accessory arrangement, characteristics and performance of textiles, hand drawing and rendering, color selection, rules and regulations related to industry, and computer-aided drafting skills. Communication, presentation skills, and portfolios are also emphasized.

The program culminates in a professional internship during the student’s last semester in the program. With approval from the Program Manager, a student may enroll in the internship course, which will consist of a class component and an internship of a minimum 180 hours at a relevant site.

This program cannot be completed entirely online. Interior Design courses not offered online are held at Kent Campus. To stay on track, it is essential that students contact the program office regarding scheduling questions or concerns because not all of the interior design courses are offered every term and many prerequisites apply.

A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.

Embedded Certificate(s)

A technical certificate, Home Staging Specialist (6399) (T.C.) , is included as an option within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.

The Career

With an Associate in Science degree in Interior Design Technology, graduates will qualify for entry-level positions with interior design studios, architectural firms, furniture and design showrooms, and other businesses specializing in interior furnishings. Types of employment include interior designer, design assistant, sales representative, CAD operator, interior decorator, design consultant, and space planner.


Graduates of the A.S. in Interior Design Technology degree program fulfill the educational requirements needed for eligibility to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. Courses within the program may help students prepare to pursue optional certifications, including LEED Associate, Evidence-Based Design, Kitchen and Bath, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

Need More Information? Contact:

Tameiko Grant, Instructional Program Manager, (904) 381-3506 or


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 15

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 54

A minimum grade of C or better is required in all Professional coursework.

Professional Elective Coursework

Minimum Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 75

Recommended Course Sequencing

Term I
Term II
Term III
Term IV
Term V
Term VI

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a C or better in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or better requirement.
  7. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or better regardless of program of study.

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