El Centro College - Degree Plans - Interior Design - Interior Design AAS
El Centro 2015 - 2016 Catalog
Degree Plans - Interior Design - Interior Design AAS

(Associate in Applied Science Degree)

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  • 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. 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 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.


INDS 1311 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
INDS 1401 Basic Elements of Design 4
INDS 1319 Technical Drawing for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1351 History of Interiors l 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3


INDS 2313 Residential Design I 3
INDS 2321 Presentation Drawing 3
INDS 1315 Materials, Methods and Estimating 3
INDS 1352 History of Interiors II 3
+Elective MATH Elective 3


INDS 2335 Residential Design II 3
INDS 2317 Rendering Techniques 3
INDS 2305 Interior Design Graphics 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)
++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3


INDS 1345 Commercial Design I 3
INDS 2315 Lighting for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1291 Special Topics in Interior Design 2
DFTG 2331 Advanced Technologies in Architectural Design and Drafting 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Mathematics Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics. Students must meet the Math requirement within the first two semesters.

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

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

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.