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Degree Plans - Interior Design (Archived)

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INTERIOR DESIGN

(Associate in Applied Science Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.INTER.DES.05

The Interior Design Department offers a 2-year Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Interior Design. In addition, a 27-hour Advanced Technical Certificate in the third year provides the student with a Professional Certificate in Interior Design. This complete 3-year program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation formally the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). The El Centro Interior Design program has been accredited consecutively by CIDA since March 1970. Please refer to the TBAE memo to clarify El Centro's Interior Design Program's status for licensing eligibility located on the Interior Design Program website.

An Interior Designer is an individual who identifies, researches, and creatively solves problems relating to the functions and aesthetics of the interior environment, including issues pertaining to life safety. The Interior Designer must possess specialized knowledge in interior construction, equipment, materials, furniture, and building codes.

Formal training in Interior Design prepares the individual to begin work as a design assistant and to possibly progress to full professional status and independent practice. In order to be fully licensed as an Interior Designer with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, one must have an appropriate combination of formal education and practical experience, and must also pass a formal examination administered by the NCIDQ.

El Cento College's FIDER accredited Interior Design Program follows a rigorous, strict, and sequential listing of course work which increases with difficulty as students progress through each of the six semesters. Each design studio course in this sequence builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from previous design courses and are required to be taken in the order listed in the campus catalog.

Students who do not complete the courses listed below within their first semester will require a minimum of 6 semesters or 3 years for completion of the Associates degree. Additionally, students who elect to begin their studies in the spring semester will require an additional year to complete the degree.

DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting
INDS 1301 Basic Elements of Design
INDS 1341 Color Theory and Application
CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

INDS 1341 Color Theory and Application 3
INDS 1301 Basic Elements of Design 3
DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
ARTS 1303 Survey of Art History 3
MATH 2342 Introductory Statistics OR 3
MATH 1332 College Mathematics I (3)
18

SEMESTER II

INDS 2313 Residential Design I 3
INDS 2321 Presentation Drawing 3
INDS 1319 Technical Drawing for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1315 Materials, Methods and Estimating 3
ARTS 1304 Survey of Art History 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
18

SEMESTER III

INDS 2335 Residential Design II 3
INDS 2317 Rendering Techniques 3
INDS 2307 Textiles for Interior Design 3
INDS 1370 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1351 History of Interiors I 3
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
18

SEMESTER IV

INDS 1345 Commercial Design I 3
INDS 1352 History of Interiors II 3
INDS 2315 Lighting for Interior Designers 3
INDS 2305 Interior Design Graphics 3
PSYC 2302 Applied Psychology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
18
Minimum Hours Required 72

+Elective must be selected from any three-credit hour course in the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all INDS courses in order to advance through the program. Students must have basic computer skills in Windows in order to enroll in the Interior Design program. Students must meet the Math requirement within the first two semesters.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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INTERIOR DESIGN

(Advanced Technical Certificate)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: ATC.INTER.DES.05

Admission to the Advanced Technical Certificate Program is by completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Interior Design and by portfolio examination. The full-time faculty will review all portfolios. Students whose portfolio does not meet the standard for advancement to the FIDER accredited ATC program have the option of retaking the appropriate courses at El Centro College.

FIDER has accredited this 27-hour Advanced Technical Certificate that completes a 3-year program continuously since 1970.

Please refer to the TBAE memo to clarify El Centro's Interior Design Program's status for licensing eligibility located on the Interior Design Program website.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

INDS 2325 Professional Practices for Interior Designers 3
INDS 2331 Commercial Design II 3
INDS 2330 Interior Design Building Systems 3
INDS 1391 Special Topics in Interior Design 3
+Elective 3
15

SEMESTER II

DFTG 2328 Architectural Drafting-Commercial 3
INDS 1491 Special Topics in Interior Design 4
INDS 2280 Cooperative Education-Interior Design 2
+Elective 3
12
Minimum Hours Required 27

+Electives must be selected from the following in order to meet the requirements for the Advanced Technical Certificate:

ANTH 2351 Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I 3
ENGL 2307 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2308 Creative Writing 3
FREN 1311 Introduction to French 3
GOVT 2301 American Government 3
GOVT 2302 American Government 3
HIST 1301 History of the United States 3
HIST 1302 History of the United States 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 2306 Ethics 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Issues 3
SPAN 1311 Introduction to Spanish 3

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all INDS courses in the ATC Program in order to receive the Advanced Technical Certificate.

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