The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design prepares students to work in an entry-level interior design position. The program provides both general and interior design education, which includes design, color theory and application, architectural and furniture history, drafting and computer aided design (CAD) for interior design, space planning, interior materials, rendering, and basic codes and regulations. Studio projects allow students to identify, research, solve, and present design problems. Students interested in a Bachelor's degree have a pathway to Northern Arizona University. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in areas of specialization are also available and embedded within the AAS.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Synthesize global design perspectives with consideration of social, cultural, economic, and ecological contexts to solve interior design problems.
- Apply all aspects of the design process to creatively solve design problems.
- Plan complete design solutions that integrate furnishings, fixtures, finishes, and equipment.
- Demonstrate knowledge of history of interiors, architecture, decorative arts, art, and related theories when solving design problems.
- Evaluate principles and theories of light and color, acoustics, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, space planning, and human factors in relation to environmental impact and human well-being.
- Estimate using mathematical applications to inform the interior design solution.
- Synthesize information gathered through research to generate evidence-based design solutions.
- Integrate knowledge of environmentally responsible and sustainable practices to solve design problems.
- Coordinate the schematic design of the built environment utilizing laws, codes, standards, and guidelines of interior construction and systems.
- Express ideas and their rationale according to architecture and interior design standards through visual media including ideation, sketches, drawings, renderings, and plans.
- Collaborate with individuals and institutions across diverse disciplines to solve design problems.
- Communicate with diverse audiences in varied settings and formats in a culturally responsive manner.
- Integrate criticism in an effective manner to refine design solutions.
- Comply with industry accepted professional ethics and conduct.
- Promote the impact of design on the human experience and the professional value interior designers provide in local, national, and global contexts.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
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The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
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Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=146083).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.