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The Interior Design Program offers a comprehensive and professionally relevant curriculum. It includes technical knowledge and skill, creative problem solving, environmental applications, critical thinking and professional practice. The program is Accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The AS degree is recommended for students planning to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam or the California Council of Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) IDEX exam. For more information on the program, career applications, and suggested course sequence, visit our website at www.sdmesa.edu/interior-design.
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Additional certification and/or credentialing may be required to obtain employment in the field.
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The program provides students with technical knowledge and skills, creative problem solving, environmental applications and business practices that will allow them to enter the profession of Interior Design. The program is designed for students wishing to complete an A.S. degree or Certificate of Achievement in Interior Design or for students planning on transferring to a university leading to a Bachelor Degree. The A.S. degree is recommended for students planning to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam or the California Council of Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) IDEX exam. For more information on the program and suggested course sequence, visit our website at Interior Design Course List
*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
The program offers a comprehensive and professionally relevant curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental relationship between interior design, architecture and the visual and decorative arts. Students prepare drawings and documents to communicate design intent with other professionals in the field as well as to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The field of interior design encompasses many possible career choices for students. Students study residential and commercial design, lighting design, textiles, and computer aided design. The program encourages students to explore and attend many professional organizations, such as ASID, IIDA, IFDA and NKBA, which continuously exposes them to the many professional areas of design. The program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and many graduates enter the kitchen and bath industry.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.