Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design

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The base degree for this pathway map is no longer offered for new students. It is presented only for archival purposes.

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.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Interior Design (AAS)
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Total Credits Required
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What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Read, design, and draft construction documents for remodeling all or parts of residential structures.
  2. Develop professional graphic presentations skills.
  3. Select color schemes and materials applicable to any situation presented by a client.
  4. Analyze and design interior spaces using the elements and principles of design.
  5. Select and recommend accessory items needed to complete an interior.
  6. Plan room spaces and furniture placements to satisfy the needs of the client.
  7. Identify period styles of interior architecture and historic furniture.
  8. Identify modern architectural and furniture designs.
  9. Use computer-aided drafting techniques for construction drawings.
  10. Estimate and specify finish materials such as floor coverings, wall coverings, window treatments, upholstery, etc.
  11. Select appropriate materials and provide documentation for custom design solutions using appropriate materials.
  12. Develop skills in interviewing clients, analyzing and designing for specific needs, and making presentations of design solutions.
  13. Apply marketing and business processes to develop a business and marketing plan.
  14. Incorporate ethical issues faced in the interior design industry into a business and marketing plan.
  15. Create and present working drawings and presentation boards that interpret a variety of kitchen and bath designs.
  16. Produce presentation type drawings and portfolio development techniques used by design professionals.
  17. Apply appropriate interior codes and regulations.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree 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 degree. 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.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Admission Criteria


Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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 AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
COM110 Interpersonal Communication COM 3
ENG101 or ENG107 FYC

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 Visualization 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

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
INT160 Fabrics for Interiors RC 3
INT190 Space Planning RC 3
INT215 or
Professional Practices or Presentation Techniques 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

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
INT170 Interior Materials RC 3
INT175 Custom Design RC 3
INT240 Kitchen and Bath Design RC 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
PSY101 or
Introduction to Psychology or Social Implications of Technology SB 3

Program Electives

Select 3 credits from the following list to satisfy the restricted electives area.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARC250 Basic Revit RE 3
ARC265 Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup RE 3
ARH101 or
Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art RE 3
INT260 Interior Codes and Regulations RE 3

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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.

This degree is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

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.

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Other Versions

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:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Interior Design program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019