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Interior Design Degree & Certification

Offered at: Larimer

The Interior Design program creates an arena of academic excellence that bridges the gap between learning and employment in the interior design and kitchen and bath industry. We promote industry collaboration, ethical practices, and professionalism through leadership in the classroom and internship placement.

A.A.S. in Interior Design

65-66 credits
(4 semesters)

This degree program provides an in-depth study of architecture, CAD, and interior design skills necessary for a career as an Interior Designer and/or Kitchen and Bath Designer. You'll learn to develop creative abilities through the study of visual elements and principles of design. You'll also learn to prepare design graphics through sketching, manual drafting, and computer-generated presentation drawings. You can choose to complete a one-credit, 40-hour internship or a capstone project. Many students use the capstone as an opportunity to develop a portfolio of their work.

Successful completion of the Interior Design degree fulfills the education requirement to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination to become a professional interior designer. Work experience is also needed. Please consult an advisor.

Interior Design degree: See required courses and descriptions.

Interior Design Certificates

Fundamentals in Interior Design, Drafting & Communication

14 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate teaches the fundamental skills used in interior design, drafting & graphic communication. To become an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certified designer, you must complete both the A.A.S. degree in Interior Design and the Kitchen and Bath certificate listed here.

Fundamentals in Interior Design, Drafting & Communication certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Kitchen & Bath Design

36 credits
(3 semesters)

Interior-Design-NKBAlogoThis certificate prepares students for the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification offered through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. As part of the program you'll complete a four-credit internship working under the direction of the program director at a design firm or design-related company in northern Colorado. Past internships have been offered at companies such as Hixon Interiors, Eheart Interior Solutions, Earthwoods, and HighCraft Builders.

Kitchen & Bath Design certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

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What You Will Learn:

Upon completion of the A.A.S. in Interior Design program, you will be able to:

  1. Communicate historical and current trends in the built environment and convey that through conceptual, schematic, and actual development of interior spaces.
  2. Interpret industry-specific working/construction drawings and documents.
  3. Develop construction documents for commercial, residential, kitchen, and bath spaces.
  4. Create reflected ceiling plans.
  5. Collaborate with a team to facilitate multidisciplinary, sustainable projects.
  6. Use design development processes for small and large interior projects.
  7. Develop, prepare, and present interior design projects using 3D software.
  8. Design and create budgets for residential and commercial spaces.
  9. Demonstrate proper business protocol within a professional design position with clients, peers, professional trades, and administrative teams.
  10. Prepare a portfolio of industry-specific drawings using eight different software programs.

Interior Design Jobs & Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Interior Designer $32,729
$58,584
$71,511
Commercial/Industrial Designer $40,156
$62,594
$73,812
NKBA-certified Kitchen & Bath Designer* N/A $87,000 N/A
Kitchen & Bath Design Firm Owner* N/A $114,000 N/A
Kitchen & Bath Dealership Owner* N/A $118,000 N/A

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2018)

* NKBA Salary Survey (2008)
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