Interior Design Degree

This program prepares students to work for design and architectural firms, home furnishings venues, and contractors.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T

Approx. # of Quarters: 6

Estimated Cost: $10,636.04

Admission Dates: Fall quarter.

For the creative individual who desires a career in the dynamic profession of Interior Design and its many facets and applications. Hospitality, residential, kitchen and bath, and sustainable design are just a few of the many paths an interior designer may embark upon. The instructors are active in the design community and bring realistic projects to the classroom; “We are committed to providing the most current materials and standards used by the Interior Design profession”.

This program is approximately six quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. Two certificates are offered in the Spring and Summer quarters, in addition to the complete program. They are Kitchen and Bath Design and Green Design.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below:

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in Communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

A Kitchen and Bath option is offered every spring quarter. A Green Design option is offered every summer quarter. New students or continuing program students may enroll for either option.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Program Requirements

AAT Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
DSN 105 Drafting I 6
DSN 119 Interior Design and the Creative Process 4
DSN 121 Drafting II 5
DSN 123 Materials Methods & Techniques of Interior Design 4
DSN 124 Color Theory 4
DSN 132 Lighting 5
DSN 136 Introduction to Drawing and Rendering 4
DSN 140 Textiles 4
DSN 145 Residential Planning, Design and Exterior Spaces 5
DSN 152 Furniture & Cabinet Design 2
DSN 153 Drafting III 4
DSN 158 History of Interiors 4
DSN 159 Intro to Technology for Interior Designers 3
DSN 204 Intro to Commercial Interior Design 4
DSN 216 CAD I 5
DSN 225 Design I 5
DSN 227 Commercial Specifications 4
DSN 231 20th Century & Current Design Philosophies and Significant Works 3
DSN 236 Design II 7
DSN 241 Business Practices 4
DSN 245 Internship or Alternative Study 4
DSN 251 Contract Furniture 3
DSN 266CAP Portfolio/Professional Presentation 7
  Technical Course Requirements (total) 105
  General Education Requirements (see listing above) 15
  Total Credits for Completion of AAT Degree 120


AAS-T Program Requirements

Technical Course Requirements
(same as AAT)
General Education Requirements
(see listing above)
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree 125


Optional Electives

Catalog # Course Name Credits
DSN 202 Elements of Kitchen and Bath Design 5
DSN 206 20/20 Drafting 5
DSN 208 Materials and Estimating 4
DSN 211 Business Procedures and Sales 4
DSN 214 Green Design: an Overview 5
DSN 219 A Closer Look at Living Green 4
DSN 221 Building the Green Life: Materials and Estimating 5
DSN 223 Project Green: Developing a Green Design 5
DSN 265 Independent Study 3
DSN 270 Independent Study 4
DSN 275 Independent Study 5