Program Goals and Outcomes

Interior design degree goals and outcomes

The online Interior Design Associate Degree can prepare students for entry-level jobs in the industry, from interior design assistant to visual merchandiser. The program also earns students 45 credits toward the required 60 credits to fulfill the education requirement needed to sit for the NCIDQ exam.

Interior Design

Associate Degree 16-24 mo As low as $60/mo
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Program Goal

The Interior Design Associate's Degree program prepares students for an entry level position in the field of Interior Design and provides 45 of the 60 credits in interior design coursework needed as the educational requirement for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) licensing exam — Exam Eligibility Route 4. Students must also complete at least 5,280 hours of work experience under the supervision of a licensed and/or NCIDQ-certified designer before becoming eligible to sit for the exam.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high level of inquiry, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate computer and information literacy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and social sciences
  • Identify architectural periods, styles, features and elements
  • Demonstrate the use of line, light, texture and perspective through drawings and sketches and creating a presentation board
  • Discuss the fundamental principles of the design process for residential and commercial design
  • Identify various textiles and explain how they are used and produced
  • Recognize furniture periods, styles, construction, and how they are developed
  • Demonstrate skills required to navigate the computer-aided drafting (CAD) program to prepare 2-dimensional drawings
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of various systems such as air quality control, lighting, fire safety, acoustics, and conservation in all types of buildings
  • Identify and specify products, properties and uses of non-structural materials. Address environmental concerns and locate manufacturers and distributers of design materials
  • Design lighting for specific spaces by comprehending lighting options and applications, create lighting plans, schedules and specifications
  • Demonstrate the ability to market ideas, attract clients, budget and manage client relations by creating a mission statement, business card and a PowerPoint presentation of a redesigned space
  • Create and coordinate functional and creative residential and commercial interior spaces that include site plans, bubble and blocking diagrams, floor plans, elevations and materials on a presentation board
  • Discuss how to adhere to design codes and regulations for interior spaces
  • Understand how to establish a business and focus on the details of proper business practices
  • Demonstrate understanding of design requirements and processes by specializing in a particular topic area in one of three electives choices

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