Interior Design

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

  • AutoCAD
  • 20.20
  • 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.


Job Resources

  • 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.

Erin LeClerc, ASID, IIDA, IDEC
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-984-7156

Virginia Heisler, IDEC, LEED AP
Phone: 314-984-7631

Kiki Jordan
Phone: 314-984-7363

Marica Paljakka-Cargo, CKD

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)
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Science/Mathematics Requirement 6
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 43 credits
ART:102 Art History II 3
ART:107 Design I 2
ART:108 Design II 2
ART:109 Drawing I 3
ART:110 Drawing II (or)
ART:150 Design Communications for Interior Design and Architecture I 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
ART:152 Textiles (or)
AT:151 Interior Specifications, Materials and Methods 3
ART:153 History of Cultural Environments I 3
ART:254 History of Cultural Environments II 3
ARC:110 Architectural Graphics 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:152 Textiles 3
ART:155 Bath Design 3
ART:156 Advanced Kitchen Design 3
AT:151 Designer Resources 3
AT:152 Lighting Design 3
AT:251 Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design 3
AT:254 Workplace Learning: Interior Design 3


Maryville Transfer Guide

UM Columbia Articulation Agreement


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.


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