Degrees & Certificates

Mesa Community College offers three levels of study in Interior Design. Each level is intended to prepare graduates for entry into a different aspect of the industry. Each level is outlined with a detailed description of the program, curriculum requirements, course descriptions and prerequisites, and recommended sequence.

Interior Design - AAS Degree

The Associate in Applied Science curriculum (AAS) prepares students to work in an entry-level interior design position. The curriculum provides both general education and specific interior design content classes including basic design, color theory and application, architectural and furniture history, drafting, space planning, interior materials, rendering, and business procedures. Studio projects allow students to identify research, solve, and present residential design problems. An integral part of the program is a design internship, which provides on-the-job experience under the supervision of a professional interior designer.

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Interior Merchandising - Certificate of Completion

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Interior Merchandising program is intended to provide the student with the knowledge and creative skills required for careers in the home furnishings, colorizing, visual merchandising, and home-staging industries. Students will study design principles and elements, color theory, drafting, furniture layout, historical and modern architecture and furniture, fabrics, and other factors utilized in interior merchandising. Elective coursework allows the student to take specific courses that will help prepare them for the particular segment of the industry they are most interested in pursuing.

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Transfer Options

While there are many employment options upon completion of each level within the Interior Design program, there are also opportunities for advanced study leading to a baccalaureate degree. Many of the Interior Design courses are transferable to other colleges and universities depending upon the programs of study and the policies of the institution. Some interiors courses will fulfill general education requirements in specific programs. For detailed information on transferability, consult with MCC’s Office of Advisement and Registration.

MCC has agreements with three bachelor’s programs for articulated transfer of credits.

Northern Arizona University

Maricopa Community College District has a 2+2 agreement with NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY. The entire AAS degree (67 credits) from MCC is accepted by NAU. The third and fourth years of a Bachelor of Science degree are completed through NAU Statewide with classes conveniently offered in the Valley. For more information, contact Kathy Yeager at

Arizona State University

Many classes from your AAS degree will transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Design program at ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY. The Interior Design program at ASU is a FIDER accredited program within the College of Design. For transferability of specific classes, consult the Course Equivalency Guide. Students are encouraged to meet with an Advisor at ASU.