Interior Design

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Cherise J. Mahaffey Robb

Residential Faculty - Interior Design

480-461-7391

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Interior Design

You’ve got an eye for color, a knack for lighting, and a ton of ideas about how to put a room together. You’ve been a natural your whole life. It’s time to turn pro.

Interior design is an exciting, diverse, and complex profession. Interior designers team up with other design professionals to produce coordinated, harmonious interior spaces that are unified, pleasing to the eye, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there. Interior designs are achieved with the use of color, texture, scale, proportion, lighting, furnishings, fixtures, and more.

The blend of skills ranging from technical to artistic makes this a unique and challenging profession. An interior designer must be detail-oriented, disciplined, and skilled in interpersonal communication. An understanding of sales, marketing, and business is critical to commercial success.

An associate’s degree in Interior Design prepares you to work in an entry-level interior design position. Our program offers design classes in basic design, color theory and application, architectural and furniture history, drafting and computer aided design (CAD), and more. Studio projects allow students to identify, research, solve, and present residential design problems. Our faculty bring a wide range of real-world professional experience, to the benefit of our students.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees and Transfer Options for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates, degrees or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Certificate

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Interior Design program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Interior Merchandising

Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Interior Design program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Interior Design

Transfer Option

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination.

Below is a transfer option that may be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

A list of transfer option for the Interior Design program
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Associate in Applied Science Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Career Opportunities

The Interior Design program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Interior Designers $51,030
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Interior Design program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.