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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design program prepares students to work in an entry-level interior design position. The program provides both general education and interior design classes including basic design, color theory and application, architectural and furniture history, drafting and computer aided design (CAD) for interior design, space planning, interior materials, rendering, and codes and regulations. Studio projects allow students to identify, research, solve, and present residential design problems.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Interior Design (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Read, design, and draft construction documents for remodeling all or parts of residential structures.
- Develop professional graphic presentations skills.
- Select color schemes and materials applicable to any situation presented by a client.
- Analyze and design interior spaces using the elements and principles of design.
- Select and recommend accessory items needed to complete an interior.
- Plan room spaces and furniture placements to satisfy the needs of the client.
- Identify period styles of interior architecture and historic furniture.
- Identify modern architectural and furniture designs.
- Use computer-aided drafting techniques for construction drawings.
- Estimate and specify finish materials such as floor coverings, wall coverings, window treatments, upholstery, etc.
- Select appropriate materials and provide documentation for custom design solutions using appropriate materials.
- Develop skills in interviewing clients, analyzing and designing for specific needs, and making presentations of design solutions.
- Apply marketing and business processes to develop a business and marketing plan.
- Incorporate ethical issues faced in the interior design industry into a business and marketing plan.
- Create and present working drawings and presentation boards that interpret a variety of kitchen and bath designs.
- Produce presentation type drawings and portfolio development techniques used by design professionals.
- Apply appropriate interior codes and regulations.
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|INT100||Interior Design Drafting||Critical Course||RC||3|
|INT105||Introduction to Interior Design||Gateway Course, Critical Course||RC||3|
|INT115||Historical Architecture and Furniture||HU||3|
|ENG101 or ENG107||FYC|
|INT120||Modern Architecture and Furniture||HU||3|
|INT140||Introduction to CAD for Interior Design||RC||3|
|INT145||Drawing and Rendering||RC||3|
|INT150||Color and Design||RC||3|
|INT200||Digital Rendering for Design||RC||3|
|Critical Reading||Any approved General Education course in the Critical Reading area||Or equivalent as indicated by assessment||CR||0–3|
|INT160||Fabrics for Interiors||RC||3|
|INT190||Space Planning||Prerequisites: INT105. Prerequisites or Corequisites: ARC141 or INT140.||RC||3|
|Professional Practices or Presentation Techniques||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in INT190 or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: INT145 and (INT140 or ARC141). Prerequisites or Corequisites: INT200 or ARC142.||INT230 is required for students who intend to transfer to NAU.||RC||3|
|ENG102 or ENG108||FYC|
|Mathematics||Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area||MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142 recommended for NAU transfer. MAT112 recommended for Associates degree only.||MAT||3|
|Restricted Elective||ARH101 or ARH102 are recommended courses for students who intend to transfer to NAU.||RE|
|INT170||Interior Materials||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in INT105 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|INT175||Custom Design||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in INT105 and (ARC141 or INT140) and INT145 and INT200 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|INT240||Kitchen and Bath Design||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in INT190 and (ARC141 or INT140).||RC||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|Introduction to Psychology or Social Implications of Technology||SB||3|
Select 3 credits from the following list to satisfy the restricted electives area.
|ARC265||Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup||RE||3|
|Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art||RE||3|
|INT260||Interior Codes and Regulations||Prerequisites or Corequisites: INT140 or ARC141 or permission of Program Director.||RE||3|
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Program Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125829).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|