Certificate of Completion in Interior Merchandising

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Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Interior Merchandising program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and creative skills important to 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 students to take specific courses preparing them for a particular segment of the industry they are most interested in pursuing.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Interior Merchandising (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Select and coordinate furniture styles and surroundings appropriate to the client's needs.
  2. Plan room spaces and furniture placements to satisfy the client's needs.
  3. Select and recommend accessory items needed to complete a residence.
  4. Analyze and design interior spaces using the elements and principles of design.
  5. Select color schemes and materials applicable to any situation presented by a client.
  6. Identify period styles of interior architecture and historic furniture.
  7. Identify 20th century architectural and furniture designs.
  8. Develop professional graphic presentations skills.
  9. Estimate and specify interior finish materials such as floor coverings, wall coverings, window treatments, upholstery, etc.
  10. Select appropriate materials and provide documentation for design solutions using those materials.
  11. Perform calculations needed to price merchandise.
  12. Describe estimating, budget coordination and information management in an interior project.

Career Opportunities

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.

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers


* 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:

  • 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.

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
INT105 Introduction to Interior Design Critical Course RC 3
INT150 Color and Design RC 3
INT160 Fabrics for Interiors RC 3

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 RC 3
INT145 Drawing and Rendering RC 3
INT170 Interior Materials RC 3
INT100 or
INT215 or
MGT251 or
Interior Design Drafting or Professional Practices or Human Relations in Business or Owning and Operating a Small Business Recommended course: INT215 Professional Practices RE 3

Term C

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term C
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
INT115 Historical Architecture and Furniture Critical Course, Gateway Course.
Course carries H, HU Values
RC 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 Certificate of Completion in Interior Merchandising (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=124626).

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 Merchandising program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019