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Interior Design

Selected by the Wrigley Mansion Club for a prestigious restoration project, the Phoenix College Interior Design Program has earned national recognition.

The home furnishings industry is a multi-billion dollar market where interior design skills can often be employed in many design-related positions. The degree and certificates available through the Interior Design program provide a well-rounded curriculum that prepares students for career paths related to making interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful.

Knowledge and Skills

Enthusiasm, organization, creativity and technical ability are key assets of the Interior Design professional. Being people-oriented and self-motivated are also essential attributes. A blend of skills ranging from functional to aesthetic makes this a unique profession. Sales, marketing and a strong business background are important for those who intend to become professional designers.

Example of skills and knowledge gained through the successful completion of the program include the ability to:

  • Analyze and design interior spaces using the elements and principles of design;
  • Plan room spaces and furniture placements to satisfy the needs of the client;
  • Use computer-aided drafting techniques;
  • Estimate and specify finish materials; and
  • Develop skills in interviewing clients, analyzing and designing for specific needs, and making presentations of design solutions.  

Career and Employment Outlook

Interior Design program graduates are prepared for a variety of creative career paths, including:

  • Interior Design Assistant;
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer;
  • Draftsperson;
  • Manufacturer's Representative;
  • Model Home Designer;
  • Visual Merchandiser; and
  • Owner of your own interior design business. 

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