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Interior Merchandising and Home Staging

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Interior Merchandising and Home Staging is intended to provide students with the knowledge and creative skills important to colorizing, visual merchandising, home-staging, and selecting furnishings and accessories. The program prepares students for entry-level career as a home decorator, retail merchandiser, home stager, model home merchandiser, etc. or to advance within these job fields. Students will study design principles and elements, color theory, drawing, furniture layout, historical and modern architecture and furniture, fabrics, and other factors utilized in interior merchandising. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design is also available.


Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Interior Merchandising and Home Staging (CER)
Total Credits Required

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Design spaces that integrate furnishings, fixtures, finishes, and equipment according to client needs. (INT100, INT105, INT115, INT120, INT150, INT160, INT215)
  • Apply global design perspectives with consideration of social, cultural, economic, and ecological contexts to solve interior design problems. (INT105, INT115, INT120, INT150, INT160, INT215, MGT251, MGT253)
  • Analyze and design spaces using the elements and principles of design. (INT100, INT105, INT145, INT145AA, INT145AB, INT150, INT160)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history of interiors, architecture, decorative arts, art, and related theories when solving design problems. (INT105, INT115, INT120, INT145, INT145AA, INT145AB, INT150, INT160, INT215)
  • Interpret information gathered through research to generate evidence-based design solutions. (INT100, INT105, INT115, INT120, INT145, INT145AA, INT145AB, INT150, INT160, INT215)
  • Apply knowledge of environmentally responsible and sustainable practices to solve design problems. (INT100, INT105, INT160, INT215)
  • Express ideas and their rationale according to architecture and interior design standards through visual media including ideation, sketches, drawings, renderings, and plans. (INT100, INT160, INT215)
  • Collaborate with individuals and institutions across diverse disciplines to solve problems. (INT100, INT105, INT160, INT215, MGT251, MGT253)
  • Communicate with diverse audiences in varied settings and formats. (INT100, INT105, INT160, INT215, MGT251, MGT253)
  • Integrate criticism in an effective manner to refine design solutions. (INT100, INT105, INT115, INT120, INT145, INT145AA, INT145AB, INT150, INT160, INT215)
  • Recognize industry accepted professional ethics and conduct. (INT215, MGT251, MGT253)
  • Express the impact of design on the human experience and the professional value interior designers provide in local, national, and global contexts. (INT100, INT105, INT115, INT120, INT150, INT160, INT215, MGT251, MGT253)
  • Employ estimating, budget coordination, and information management to complete a design project. (INT160, INT215)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
INT100Interior Design Drafting (3)
INT145Drawing and Rendering (3) OR
INT145AASketching and Visualization (1.5) AND
INT145ABRendering (1.5)3
INT105Introduction to Interior Design3
INT115Historical Architecture and Furniture3
INT120Modern Architecture and Furniture3
INT150Color and Design3
INT160Fabrics for Interiors3
INT215Professional Practices (3) OR
MGT251Human Relations in Business (3) OR
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business (3)3

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