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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Specialization (CS)
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 Specialization (CS) in Interior Design Professional Certificate and/or 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.
About the Certificate of Specialization
This certificate program is designed for graduates of two-year interior design programs to meet the educational standards required to become a certified professional interior designer. The coursework will address the following content areas of the national certification requirements: building systems, construction standards, design application and specifications, and building and life safety codes. The program will also provide students with the advanced research, graphic and computer-aided design skills to successfully apply both the theoretical and practical knowledge required for employment as a professional interior designer.
Since the state of Missouri limits the number of credit hours an AAS degree program can offer and we cannot offer a four-year degree, we created the Certificate of Specialization in Interior Design to prepare students to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) which requires 60 credit hours of interior design coursework before the exam can be taken. This program will be offered entirely online to provide educational opportunities for working designers and potential from outside the region that wish to become professional interior designers.
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.
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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
|Career General Education|
|ENG 101||College Composition I||3|
|ENG 102||College Composition II||3|
|or ENG 103||Report Writing|
|PSY 200||General Psychology||3|
|XXX xxx||Missouri State Requirement||3|
|XXX xxx||Science/Mathematics Requirement||6|
|Physical Education Activity|
|Select 2 credit hours||2|
|Program Requirements 1|
|ART 102||Art History II||3|
|ART 109||Drawing I||3|
|ART 107||Design I||2|
|ART 108||Design II||2|
|ART 150||Design Communication for Interior Design and Architecture I||3|
|or ART 110||Drawing II|
|ARC 110||Architectural Graphics||3|
|ART 151||Interior Design I||3|
|ART 251||Interior Design II||3|
|ART 252||Interior Design III||3|
|ART 253||Interior Design IV||3|
|or AT 151||Interior Specifications, Materials, and Methods|
|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|
|Approved Elective 1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Art History I|
|History of Modern Art|
|Computer Art Studio|
|Design Communication for Interior Design and Architecture I|
|Advanced Kitchen Design|
|Interior Specifications, Materials, and Methods|
|Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design|
|Workplace Learning: Interior Design|
|Introduction to Sustainable Environments|
|Architectural History and Theory|
|Introduction to Building Information Modeling|
|Sustainable Materials and Technologies in the Built Environment|
|Total Credit Hours||66|
|1||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.|
Interior Design (CS) 18 Credits
|Area of Specialization|
|AT 285||Interior Design Codes and Specifications||3|
|AT 286||Interior Design Business Practices and Ethics||3|
|AT 287||Advanced Computer-Aided Interior Design||3|
|AT 288||Interior Detailing and Construction Documentation||3|
|AT 289||Interior Design Research Methods||2|
|AT 290||Interior Design Professional Preparation||1|
|ART 155||Bath Design||3|
|ART 156||Advanced Kitchen Design||3|
|AT 251||Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design||3|
|AT 152||Lighting Design||3|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
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.