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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
The Interior Design program prepares students for careers in interior design and space planning with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest industry software. The coursework for the interior design program includes solving interior design-related problems by developing free-hand and drafting skills, computers skills and oral presentation skills. Graduates will be familiar with local and national trade, professional and industry resources. Issues in sustainable design are also explored within the studio environment.
Interior designers are involved in planning the interior spaces of almost all buildings, including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and private residences. Designers’ jobs are important and essential to construction because they help increase productivity, attract clientele and increase the building’s market value.
Students also have the option of earning a Certificate of Proficiency in Kitchen and Bath Design.
About the Program
The Interior Design Program at St. Louis Community College-Meramec is a 66 credit hour program that prepares students for careers in Interior Design or transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in visual art skills, architecture and space planning. Utilizing these foundations students develop creative projects using a systematic approach to the design processes.
Completion of the Interior Design Program requires two full academic years. Students can also enter the program as part-time students. Night time classes are offered.
The Critical Difference
State of the Art Facilities and Software Programs
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Google Sketchup
- Instructors who are also professionals in the field of Interior Design
- Accredited by NASAD-National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- Transfer agreements with Maryville University Interior’s Design Program and the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Architectural Studies with an emphasis in Interior Design program.
- Many highly successful graduates
- Student chapters that work closely with professional organizations
- ASID American Society of Interior Designers
- IIDA International Interior Design Association
- NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association
- Students participate in community service projects that not only benefit the community but also give students real world experience in the field of Interior Design.
Opportunities in the field
Graduates of the Interior Design program are qualified for entry-level positions in residential and/or commercial interior design and related fields. Some of the careers in interior design include: residential design, commercial design, health care, hospitality, kitchen and bath, office design, architectural firms, retail stores, wholesale showrooms and lighting design. Graduates also may be employed as manufacturers’ product representatives, freelance designers or facilities planning assistants.
- For information on the job outlook in the interior design profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
- For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
American Society of Interior Design provides information about designers, the benefits of a membership and industry partners.
National Kitchen and Bath Association provides information on certified exams, continuing education, student and member news, and the industry.
International Interior Design Association is a professional networking and educational association. The website provides information on different opportunities for students and professionals to get involved and learn more about the interior design profession.
American Society of Interior Design Missouri East Chapter is the oldest and largest organization for interior designers. This website provides information on how to get involved and learning opportunities available for students.
National Council for Interior Design Qualification provides information on licensing exams and certifications.
Interior Design (AAS) 66 Credits
|Program total||66 credits|
|I. Career General Education||18 credits|
|ENG:101||College Composition I||3|
|ENG:102||College Composition II (or)|
|XXX:xxx||Missouri State Requirement||3|
|II. Physical Education Activity||2 credits|
|III. Area of Concentration||43 credits|
|ART:102||Art History II||3|
|ART:150||Design Communications for Interior Design and Architecture I (or)|
|ART:151||Interior Design I||3|
|ART:251||Interior Design II||3|
|ART:252||Interior Design III||3|
|ART:253||Interior Design IV||3|
|AT:151||Interior Specifications, Materials and Methods||3|
|ART:153||History of Cultural Environments I||3|
|ART:254||History of Cultural Environments II||3|
|ART:154||Computer Aided Interior Design||3|
|ART:186||Building Systems and Construction for Interior Designers||3|
|Students who intend to transfer to the University of Missouri-Columbia’s interior design program should take ART 110 Drawing II and ART 152 Textiles.|
|IV. Approved Elective||3 credits|
|ARC:102||Introduction to Sustainable Environments||3|
|ARC:114||Architecture History and Theory||3|
|ARC:124||Introduction to Building Information Modeling||3|
|ARC:125||Sustainable Materials and Technologies in the Built Environment||3|
|ARC:228||Architectural Computer Rendering, Modeling, and Animation||3|
|ART:101||Art History I||3|
|ART:103||History of Modern Art||3|
|ART:131||Computer Art Studio||3|
|ART:150||Design Communications for Interior Design and Architecture I||3|
|ART:156||Advanced Kitchen Design||3|
|AT:251||Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design||3|
|AT:254||Workplace Learning: Interior Design||3|
The Interior Design program is offered at our Meramec campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.[print_link]