Interior Design

  • 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

Career Description

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.

Careers Available

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

Office Buildings

Museums / Parks

Public Buildings / Institutions

Real Estate / Developers

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN / RESIDENCES:Children’s SpacesCustom Furniture Design

Aging – in – Place Design

Barrier-free Design

Staging / Organizing

Kitchen and Bath Design

Window Treatment Specialist

GOVERNMENT / INSTITUTIONS:Colleges, Universities, and SchoolsFederal / State / Local Institutions

Healthcare Facilities

Medical Supply / Furniture Companies

Museum Design / Display

Hospitality (Hotels, Restaurants, Conference)

Senior Living

Special Needs

MANUFACTURERS:Carpet and FlooringFabric / Textile

Furniture

Lighting

Wallcovering

Marketing

Product Design

Sales Representative

Trade show / Exhibit Design

RETAIL:ColoristExhibit / Display Design

Home Fashion Coordinator

Lighting Design

Retail Store Designer / Space Planner

Retail Visual Merchandising

Sales Manger

Wholesale Showroom Design

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES:Amusement ParksCasinos

Movies

TV Theaters / Auditoriums

OTHER SPECIALITIES:Project ManagementCAD Specialist

Renderer

Product Designer

Model Builder

Marketing

Journalism

Teaching

Sale Representative

Entry-Level Salary

  • $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

Helpful Links

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Interior Design Program, contact Gisele Taylor-Wells, Program Coordinator at 336.757.3200 or gtaylorwells@forsythtech.edu.