Interior Design

Program Overview

Interior designers, decorators, and visual merchandisers plan the interior spaces of almost every type of building, including hotels, offices, shopping malls, restaurants, schools, hospitals, private homes. Good design can boost office productivity, increase sales, or increase a home's comfort and/or market value. Designers and decorators meet with clients, prepare designs and supporting plans by hand or with the use of computer-aided design (CAD) technology, and make presentations to the client. The designer specifies the materials, finishes, and furnishings required, such as furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering, and artwork.

University Transfer

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General Program Information

The Interior Merchandising Certificate of Completion (CCL) is designed to provide the student with the technical and creative skills demanded in the home furnishings, decorating and design, visual merchandising, and home-staging industries. Students will study design principles and elements, color theory, space planning, historical and contemporary architecture and furniture, fabrics and other factors utilized in design and merchandising. Elective coursework allows students to take specific courses that will help them prepare for the particular segment of the industry they are most interested in pursuing.

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  • Interior design firms
  • Architecture firms
  • Furniture stores
  • Home furnishing stores

Job Titles

  • Home furnishing sales person
  • Interior designer
  • Interior design assistant