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: QPractice.com)
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.
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.
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 email@example.com