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2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Interior Design
Degree Plan: Interior Design A.A.S.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

El Centro campus only

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

Degree Plan Code: AAS.INTER.DES.05

The Interior Design Department offers a 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Interior Design. In addition, an Advanced Technical Certificate in the third year provides the student with a Professional Certificate in Interior Design. 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 Centro campus is 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 within their first semester will require a minimum of 6 semesters or 3 years for completion of the Associate Degree. Additionally, students who elect to begin their studies in the spring semester will require an additional year to complete the degree.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all INDS courses in order to advance through the program. Students must pass a computer literacy exam to enroll in the Interior Design Program.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
INDS 1311 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
INDS 1301 Basic Elements of Design 3
INDS 1319 Technical Drawing for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1351 History of Interiors 1 3
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
INDS 1300 Interior Design Drafting Applications 3
INDS 1352 History of Interiors 2 3
INDS 2313 Residential Design 1 3
INDS 2321 Presentation Drawing 3
++Elective Mathematics Elective 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
INDS 1315 Materials, Methods and Estimating 3
INDS 2307 Textiles for Interior Design 3
INDS 2335 Residential Design 2 3
INDS 2317 Rendering Techniques 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
INDS 1345 Commercial Design 1 3
INDS 2315 Lighting for Interior Designers 3
INDS 2380 Cooperative Education Interior Design OR 3
INDS 2337 Portfolio Presentation (3)
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology OR 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Semester Total 15
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++Mathematics Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics. 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.