Academic Catalog

Interior Design AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

This program prepares students to work for design and architectural firms, home-furnishing venues, and contractors.

This program is for creative individuals who desire a career in the dynamic profession of interior design. Hospitality, residential, kitchen and bath, and sustainable design are just a few of the many paths an interior designer may embark upon. The instructors are active in the design community, bring realistic projects to the classroom and are committed to providing the most current materials and standards of the interior design profession.

In addition to the degree program, a Kitchen and Bath certificate option is offered every spring quarter. A Sustainable Interior Design certificate option is offered every quarter. New students or continuing program students may enroll for either option.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Optional Electives

  • DSN 202, Elements of Kitchen and Bath Design
  • DSN 206, 20/20 Drafting
  • DSN 208, Materials and Estimating
  • DSN 211, Business Procedures and Sales
  • DSN 215, Sustainable Design: An Overview
  • DSN 224, Sustainability for Residential & Commercial Applications
  • DSN 226, Sustainable Strategies in Design
  • DSN 229, Sustainable Interiors & the Integrated Design Process
  • DSN 265, Independent Study
  • DSN 270, Independent Study
  • DSN 275, Independent Study

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
DSN 105Drafting I6
DSN 119Interior Design & the Creative Design Process4
DSN 121Drafting II5
DSN 123Materials, Methods and Techniques of Interior Design4
DSN 124Color Theory4
DSN 132Lighting5
DSN 136Introduction to Drawing & Rendering4
DSN 140Textiles4
DSN 145Residential Planning, Design & Exterior Spaces5
DSN 152Furniture & Cabinet Design2
DSN 153Drafting III4
DSN 158History of Interiors4
DSN 159Introduction to Technology for Interior Designers3
DSN 204Introduction to Commercial Interior Design4
DSN 216CAD I5
DSN 225Design I5
DSN 227Commercial Specifications4
DSN 231Historic Preservation 20th Century Design & Philosophy3
DSN 236Design II7
DSN 239CLCAD II5
DSN 241Business Practices4
DSN 245Internship or Alternative Study4
DSN 251Contract Furniture3
DSN 266CAPPortfolio/Professional Presentation7
 Technical Credits105

Drafting I

Item #
DSN 105
Total Credits
6

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills and concepts necessary for interior design planning and drawing, including use of drafting tools, exercises in line weight and line type quality, architectural scale, dimensioning and architectural lettering. 

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Interior Design & the Creative Design Process

Item #
DSN 119
Total Credits
4

This course will introduce the student to concepts to successfully steer an idea on its journey from imagination to object and to focus on where the idea is going. This introduction describes the nature of a designer’s journey, maps the path a designer will take and explores the path of what happens along the way. This course is an introduction to inspiration, conceptualization, communication, and elements and principles of design and trend spotting.

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Drafting II

Item #
DSN 121
Total Credits
5

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles needed to create an as-built plan set to include floor plan, power/mechanical plan and elevation. Introduces field surveys, symbols and graphics, and formatting of drawings. 

Prerequisites
DSN 105.
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Materials, Methods and Techniques of Interior Design

Item #
DSN 123
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to the fundamental design materials and applications for interior environments, including hard and resilient flooring, soft flooring, paint, wall coverings, cladding, acoustics, metal, plaster, glass and millwork. Students will also learn to visually present material selections in a professional manner. 

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Color Theory

Item #
DSN 124
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to the world of color, encompassing the following: the three dimensions of color, color systems, color theory, coloring agents, dimensions of color in compositions, principles and elements of design in color, color interactions, symbolisms, influence of color and exercises of putting color to use.

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Lighting

Item #
DSN 132
Total Credits
5

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills and concepts of lighting design. It is an approach to quality lighting with a primary focus on the design process. Covers basic lighting, human factors, sustainability, products and design fundamentals. 

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Introduction to Drawing & Rendering

Item #
DSN 136
Total Credits
4

Introduction to Drawing and Rendering is a beginning look at some of the drawing methods and materials used by interior designers. This course begins with the fundamental concepts of freehand sketching and gaining the ability to think three-dimensionally. It is also an introduction for methods to communicate your design vision through hand-drawn renderings. This is shown by the use of shade, shadow, texture, pattern, color and material qualities. 

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Textiles

Item #
DSN 140
Total Credits
4

This course is a comprehensive study of the textile products available for use in residential interior design, with an emphasis on window treatments, upholstery, the proper selection of materials, and working with drapery and upholstery showrooms and workrooms.

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Residential Planning, Design & Exterior Spaces

Item #
DSN 145
Total Credits
5

Completion of this course will provide students with the understanding of interior space planning basics and concepts using diagrams, residential codes, planning guidelines and presentation techniques. Students will also learn exterior elements and finishes that help to enclose the space. 

Prerequisites
DSN 105, DSN 121.
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Furniture & Cabinet Design

Item #
DSN 152
Total Credits
2

This course covers the fundamentals of custom furniture and cabinet design. Students will design a unique custom piece of furniture based on the study of furniture design theory, function, social use, materials and fabrication. 

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Drafting III

Item #
DSN 153
Total Credits
4

Completion of this course provides students with an understanding of typical planning dimensions and guidelines for residential interiors, as well as proper techniques to combine cabinetry, appliances and applied measurements for graphic presentation standards. 

Prerequisites
DSN 105, DSN 121.
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History of Interiors

Item #
DSN 158
Total Credits
4

This course is a comprehensive overview of the history of interior design and furniture from antiquity to the present day, with special emphasis on design elements. 

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Introduction to Technology for Interior Designers

Item #
DSN 159
Total Credits
3

This course covers basic computer skills for interior designers. Contents include computer use for file management and Internet research, as well as introductions to SketchUp and Adobe design software for editing and presentation.

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Introduction to Commercial Interior Design

Item #
DSN 204
Total Credits
4

This course provides an introduction to commercial interiors. Contents include areas of practice, ADA and code compliance, and commercial design case studies. 

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CAD I

Item #
DSN 216
Total Credits
5

Introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). Students will learn the basic functions and commands to produce drawings for interior design. 

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Design I

Item #
DSN 225
Total Credits
5

Using provided programming information, students will be introduced to space planning for commercial interiors, including programming, design schematics, ADA standards for accessibility and code considerations. 

Prerequisites
DSN 216.
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Commercial Specifications

Item #
DSN 227
Total Credits
4

This course covers general notes used within construction documents, the specification of products, fabrication, and applications for commercial interior design. It also covers the liabilities of the designer in regard to specification writing for codes, standards, and federal regulations that are an essential part of designing building interiors. 

Prerequisites
DSN 225
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Historic Preservation 20th Century Design & Philosophy

Item #
DSN 231
Total Credits
3

Includes the study of historically significant 20th- and 21st-century designers and architects, their philosophies, and the role of their significant historic works. 

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Design II

Item #
DSN 236
Total Credits
7

Through site visits, research and building plans, students will develop and present a space plan and sustainable design concept for a project of commercial nature, using an existing space as a model. Students will also be introduced to building code topics such as occupant load and means of egress. Upon completion of the project, students will give a verbal and visual presentation of their design concept. 

Prerequisites
DSN 225.
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CAD II

Item #
DSN 239CL
Total Credits
5

This course includes the intermediate level use of 2-dimensional CAD (computer aided drafting). To develop increased knowledge, speed and accuracy, students will use AutoCAD software to develop an interior drawing set using layouts in paper space.

Prerequisites
DSN 216.
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Business Practices

Item #
DSN 241
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to business practices as generally conducted by interior designers. The intent of this study is to acquaint students with some of the daily basic procedures, documents, ethical conduct, associations, certification requirements and fees associated with the profession of interior design within various business formats. This course is designed to address current topics within the profession and help prepare students for internships and the job search.

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Internship or Alternative Study

Item #
DSN 245
Total Credits
4

Interact with established businesses or related businesses of interior design by going to a place of business and working in the field. Students will arrange to work with a sponsor, and will observe and assist the sponsor with meaningful design activities for a total of 80 hours.

Prerequisites
Passed all courses in quarters 1-5 of the Interior Design Program (or instructor approval).
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Contract Furniture

Item #
DSN 251
Total Credits
3

This course provides an introduction to the various types of furniture used in commercial design. Concentrates on the selection, specification and use of furnishings as well as contracts, documents and the procurement of contract furniture.

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Portfolio/Professional Presentation

Item #
DSN 266CAP
Total Credits
7

Students will create and present a professional portfolio of their work illustrating the level of design and technical skills they’ve achieved. Students will learn to present themselves and their work professionally to prepare for the job search, interviews and employment in the interior design industry. 

Prerequisites
Passed all courses in quarters 1-5 of the Interior Design Program (or instructor approval).
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements105
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits120

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements105
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits125

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on August 13, 2015.