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Glendale, AZ   85302
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The Interior Design courses at Glendale Community College prepare students for entry-level positions in the design and home furnishings industries, and are great for fulfilling personal interest!  Knowledge gained in design methods and techniques prepare you to design or decorate your own home with confidence, increase the sales value of your home, enter the business world, or continue for an Interior Design certificate or degree.

Interior Design courses are geared to help you:

  • Explore career opportunities designing residential homes, model homes, hotels, office interiors, and stage sets.
  • Develop personal home furnishing and decorating skills and talents.
  • Discover how to best select carpet, wallpaper, fabric, window treatments, furniture, and accessories.
  • Gain knowledge about building or purchasing a home.
  • Prepare for selling a home - learn how to make a home more marketable through design.
  • Plan a remodel - make space more efficient, effective, and beautiful.
  • Meet a General Education Humanities requirement with INT115 or INT120.

The Glendale Community College Interior Design program offers courses for personal growth, a Certificate in Home Furnishings, and courses towards the Associate Degree in Interior Design.

Each course and level builds on the next, so if you decide to go further than you originally intended, there is no loss of time or credits.


This Certificate Program is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of the residential home furnishings industry, including basic design elements and principles, color theory, historical architecture and furniture, and fabrics and materials used throughout the home environment. Elective coursework allows you to take specific courses that will help prepare you for the particular segment of industry you are most interested in pursuing. This certificate prepares you for entry level positions in the home furnishings industry, such as working in a showroom, a specialty shop, as a colorizer for a home builder, a visual merchandiser, etc. This option has more knowledge-based classes and does not require general education courses or any of the more technically based design courses.

(with completion at Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Mesa Community College)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares you to work in entry-level interior design positions. The curriculum provides both general education and specific interior design content classes including basic design, color theory and application, architectural furniture history, drafting, space planning, interior materials, AutoCAD, rendering, and business procedures. Studio projects allow you to identify, research, solve, and present residential and small-scale commercial problems. An integral part of the program is a design internship that provides on-the-job experience under the supervision of a professional interior designer. You would need to transfer to Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Mesa Community College after completion of the interior design courses offered at Glendale Community College.


All students should begin by taking INT105, Introduction to Interior Design, which is an overview of what the profession of interior design entails. Those pursuing the AAS degree should also take INT100, Intrerior Design Drafting, which is a prerequisite to many other classes. From there, your schedule is based on how many classes you can take each semester.

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