2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Interior Design



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. 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.

SEMESTER I

INDS 1341 Color Theory and Application 3
INDS 1301 Basic Elements of Design 3
INDS 1319 Technical Drawing for Interior Designers 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
ARTS 1303 Survey of Art History 3
+Elective Mathematics 3
18

SEMESTER II

INDS 2313 Residential Design I 3
INDS 2321 Presentation Drawing 3
INDS 1315 Materials, Methods and Estimating 3
INDS 1370 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting for Interior Designers 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
DFTG 2331 Advanced Technologies in Architectural Design and Drafting 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 2301 General Psychology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
18
Minimum Hours Required 72

+Mathematics Elective - must be selected from any three-credit hour course from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.

++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 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.

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 2330 Interior Design Building Systems 3
INDS 2331 Commercial Design II 3
INDS 1391 Special Topics in Interior Design 3
+Elective 3
12

SEMESTER II

INDS 2325 Professional Practices for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1491 Special Topics in Interior Design 4
INDS 2280 Cooperative Education - Interior Design 2
DFTG 2328 Architectural Drafting - Commercial 3
+Elective 3
15
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 Global Cultures 3
ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I 3
ENGL 2307 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2308 Creative Writing 3
FREN 1311 Beginning French I 3
GOVT 2301 American Government Read important note shown at the top of this degree plan. 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
GOVT 2302 American Government Read important note shown at the top of this degree plan. 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
HIST 1301 History of the United States I 3
HIST 1302 History of the United States II 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 2306 Ethics 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Issues 3
SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I 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.

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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