Associate in Applied Science - Interior Design


Program Description

Interior Design

About the Program

If you are imaginative and enjoy creating beautiful indoor spaces, a career as an interior designer could be a perfect fit.

In this program, you’ll learn to blend creativity with technical elements to design residential and commercial interiors. Courses in both science and art — combined with hands-on practice in the studio — will build your professional skills in problem-solving, drawing, textiles and materials, sustainable design practices, computer-aided design and other areas essential for success in the field.

Whether you want to continue your education at a four-year institution — or you plan to enter the field immediately — a degree from this program will help prepare you for opportunities in interior design and architecture firms, home improvement stores, furniture stores, specialty design shops and other organizations in the industry.

Program Version for Fall 2019

The Interior Design program at Spokane Falls Community College offers a broad-based and professionally relevant curriculum designed to enable graduates to successfully compete for jobs and to work as residential interior designers. The curriculum is composed of both science and art –which enables our graduates to blend creativity with technical elements for a successful foundation of industry skills.

Students who enter the program have two degree options: Associate in Applied Science –Interior Design (A.A.S.) or Associate in Applied Science–Interior Design Transfer (A.A.S.T.) degree.

Students may complete an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in six quarters with an emphasis on residential interior design, and a broad understanding of interior design as a profession. Graduates are qualified to obtain employment within the industry of residential design and construction. Graduates of the program have gone on to work with specialized kitchen and bathroom designers, residential contractors, residential design retail showrooms and suppliers, large–scale residential casework manufacturers, and many have entered the real estate market as investors, realtors, home stagers, and house flippers!

Students who wish to continue their design education at a four–year college or university in a related field (interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, environmental design, or graphic design), can earn the Associate in Applied Science Transfer degree. This degree has the same design fundamentals and emphasis on residential design as the A.A.S. degree, along with a more complete package of generally transferrable related instruction courses, which will make your transition into a 4–year program much simpler. There are five related instruction courses in the A.A.S.T. degree (ENGL& 101, MATH 107, ART& 100, CMST& 220, and PSYC& 100), and three in the A.A.S. degree (ENGL& 101, BUS 123, and CMST& 220).

Not sure which degree path is right for you? The first quarter curriculum for both degrees is the same, so you can decide after you have a better understanding of the interior design industry.


  • INTDS 105 — Design Drawing — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 106 — Sketching/ Rendering — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 170 — Introduction to Interior Design — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 171 — Interior Design Studio I — 6.0 Credits
  • INTDS 172 — Interior Design Studio II — 6.0 Credits
  • INTDS 173 — Drafting for Interior Design — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 175 — Materials of Interior Design — 5.0 Credits
  • INTDS 176 — Interior Design Studio III — 6.0 Credits
  • INTDS 179 — History of Interiors I — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 180 — History of Interiors II — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 184 — Drawing Communication — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 185 — Building Systems / Lighting — 5.0 Credits
  • INTDS 187 — Design Fundamentals Studio — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 266 — Cooperative Education Seminar — 1.0-2.0 Credits
  • INTDS 267 — Cooperative Education Work Experience — 1.0-18.0 Credits
  • INTDS 268 — Design Portfolio — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 275 — Professional Practices — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 280 — Textiles for Interiors — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 281 — Interior Design Studio IV — 6.0 Credits
  • INTDS 282 — Interior Design Studio V — 6.0 Credits
  • INTDS 285 — Computer Aided Design I — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 286 — Computer Aided Design II — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 287 — Digital Interior Design Technology — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 289 — Computer Aided Design III — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 290 — Sustainable Design Practices — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 294 — Adobe for Interior Design — 4.0 Credits
  • INTDS 296 — Historic Preservation — 3.0 Credits
  • INTDS 297 — Computer Aided Design IV — 4.0 Credits

Typical Student Schedule for Fall 2019

First Quarter

  • ART 101 Fundamentals of Drawing, 4
  • ENGL&101 English Composition I, 5
  • INTDS170 Introduction to Interior Design, 3
  • INTDS173 Drafting for Interior Design, 4
  • Total Credits: 16

Second Quarter

  • BUS 123 Practical Business Math Applications, 5
  • INTDS106 Sketching/ Rendering, 4
  • INTDS184 Drawing Communication, 4
  • INTDS280 Textiles for Interiors, 3
  • Total Credits: 16

Third Quarter

  • CMST&220 Public Speaking, 5
  • INTDS175 Materials of Interior Design, 5
  • INTDS285 Computer Aided Design I, 4
  • Total Credits: 14

Fourth Quarter

  • INTDS171 Interior Design Studio I, 6
  • INTDS185 Building Systems / Lighting, 5
  • INTDS286 Computer Aided Design II, 4
  • Total Credits: 15

Fifth Quarter

  • INTDS172Interior Design Studio II, 6
  • INTDS179History of Interiors I, 3
  • INTDS294Adobe for Interior Design, 4
  • Total Credits: 13

Sixth Quarter

  • INTDS176 Interior Design Studio III, 6
  • INTDS180 History of Interiors II, 3
  • INTDS268 Design Portfolio, 4
  • INTDS275 Professional Practices, 3
  • Total Credits: 16

90 credits are required for the Associate in Applied Science

Disclaimer: The college cannot guarantee courses will be offered in the quarters indicated. During the period this guide is in circulation, there may be curriculum revisions and program changes. Students are responsible for consulting the appropriate academic unit or adviser for more current and specific information. The information in this guide is subject to change and does not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will have the ability to interpret a client's needs and programmatic requirements, functional attributes, aesthetic considerations, and architectural conditions for the design of interior spaces.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve complex design challenges using critical thinking, research, industry-specific knowledge, and industry standard technology.
  3. Students will be able to effectively convey design problems and solutions through written, graphics and oral communication techniques.

Career Opportunities

Kitchen and bathroom design showrooms, home improvement stores, residential interior design studios and offices, furniture stores, specialized design shops, and other related design businesses provide employment opportunities. Students earning a professional diploma will have a broad range of employment opportunities, including architectural and contract design firms.



Last updated Sep 2019

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