- Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)
- Day Program: 5 semesters, including 1 summer term
- Admission Cycle: Every semester (Strongly recommend Fall due to prerequisite)
- Maximum Number Admitted Annually: Open
The field of interior design provides a variety of job opportunities in the field of both residential and non-residential interior design. The focus of the studies is technical knowledge, professional practices, and aesthetic principles. Interior designers qualify for a variety of jobs including residential and commercial interior design, set design, showroom design, and sales positions for furniture, textiles and accessories, and all businesses dealing with interiors.
An Interior Design degree can start you on a variety of career paths, listed below is a sampling of industries that employ interior designers. These careers can be in-house or contract basis / self-employed.
|FACILITIES / SPACE MANAGEMENT:Assisted Living CommunitiesHealthcare Facilities
Museums / Parks
Public Buildings / Institutions
Real Estate / Developers
|RESIDENTIAL DESIGN / RESIDENCES:Children’s SpacesCustom Furniture Design
Aging – in – Place Design
Staging / Organizing
Kitchen and Bath Design
Window Treatment Specialist
|GOVERNMENT / INSTITUTIONS:Colleges, Universities, and SchoolsFederal / State / Local Institutions
Medical Supply / Furniture Companies
Museum Design / Display
Hospitality (Hotels, Restaurants, Conference)
|MANUFACTURERS:Carpet and FlooringFabric / Textile
Trade show / Exhibit Design
|RETAIL:ColoristExhibit / Display Design
Home Fashion Coordinator
Retail Store Designer / Space Planner
Retail Visual Merchandising
Wholesale Showroom Design
|ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES:Amusement ParksCasinos
TV Theaters / Auditoriums
|OTHER SPECIALITIES:Project ManagementCAD Specialist
- $25,000 – $30,000/yr. (based on skills, education and experience)
Course of Study
Curriculum content includes residential and non-residential interior design, architectural drafting, computer-aided design, sustainable design principles/practices, and universal design. Also included are basic design, history of interiors and furnishings, products, business practices, graphic presentations, general education courses as well as cooperative education.
Recommended Courses and Skills
Strong art background, drawing and computer drafting skills.
Helpful Personal Attributes
An interest in design, good decision-making skills, good oral and written communication skills, and computer skills. The willingness to adapt to changing technology, the ability to manage detailed projects and the ability to work in a team environment.
Student Work Examples
- Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating
- NCIDQ – National Licensing for Interior Designers
- Our Facebook page
- Is Interior Design for you?
- American Society of Interior Designers
- International Interior Design Association
- US Green Building Council – NC Chapter
If you would like additional information about the Interior Design Program, contact Gisele Taylor-Wells, Program Coordinator at 336.757.3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.