Interior Design

Associate Degree

A.A. in Interior Planning and Design

This degree provides a foundation of education and skills in the expanding field of interior design. Topics include space planning, building and Life-Safety codes, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, it covers a variety of subjects ranging from architectural and furniture history to reading construction documents.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
IDES 300 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
IDES 310 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings I 3
IDES 312 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings II 3
IDES 322 Materials of Interior Design 3
IDES 324 Interior Design Business Practices 3
IDES 326 Interior Design Sales 3
IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio 3
IDES 332 Portfolio and Presentation in Interior Design 3
IDES 334 Interior Environment and Space Planning 3
IDES 340 Beginning CADD for Interior Design (3) 3
   or DESGN 100 Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) (3)
IDES 341 Intermediate CADD for Interior Design (3) 3
   or DESGN 320 Three Dimensional Graphics and Design (3)
IDES 350 Codes and Universal Access for Interior Design 2
IDES 351 Codes and Universal Access Lab 1
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) 1 -4
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I (3)
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
ARTH 302 Art: Stone Age Through the Middle Ages (3)
ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art (3)
ARTH 310 Modern Art (3)
ARTH 322 Art History of the Non-Western World (3)
FASHN 320 Textiles (3)
IDES 110 Estimating and Calculating for Interior Design (3)
Total Units: 40 - 43

The Interior Planning and Design Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • incorporate the appropriate finishes and materials for commercial and residential interiors.
  • examine building types and occupancy classifications.
  • create construction and presentation drawings that meet California building codes.
  • assess client's needs and plans with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Life-Safety Codes and Universal/Barrier-Free Design.
  • analyze interiors to reflect the needs of the end user.
  • design spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and incorporate sound design principles.

Career Information

The field of interior design offers a variety of career options, including residential design by itself, or with a specialty such as Universal Design, Green/Sustainable, smart-home, home office, and home theater design. It also offers commercial design, which can include ADA compliance, hospitality (restaurant, hotel, cruise ship) design, set design, and contract space planning. Additional career opportunities are available in product design, retailer, buyer/purchaser, manufacturers’ representative, and facilities management.

Certificate of Achievement

Para Professional Interior Planning and Design Certificate

This certificate provides a foundation of education and skills in the expanding field of interior design. It focuses on the fundamentals of both residential and commercial design. A variety of topics taught for this certificate include space planning, building and Life-Safety codes, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and architectural and furniture history. This certificate includes an internship within the interior design industry.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
IDES 110 Estimating and Calculating for Interior Design 3
IDES 300 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
IDES 310 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings I 3
IDES 312 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings II 3
IDES 322 Materials of Interior Design 3
IDES 324 Interior Design Business Practices 3
IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio 3
IDES 332 Portfolio and Presentation in Interior Design 3
IDES 334 Interior Environment and Space Planning 3
IDES 340 Beginning CADD for Interior Design (3) 3
   or DESGN 100 Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) (3)
IDES 341 Intermediate CADD for Interior Design (3) 3
   or DESGN 320 Three Dimensional Graphics and Design (3)
IDES 350 Codes and Universal Access for Interior Design 2
IDES 351 Codes and Universal Access Lab 1
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) 1 -4
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I (3)
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
ARTH 302 Art: Stone Age Through the Middle Ages (3)
ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art (3)
ARTH 310 Modern Art (3)
ARTH 322 Art History of the Non-Western World (3)
FASHN 320 Textiles (3)
IDES 326 Interior Design Sales (3)
Total Units: 40 - 43

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • categorize building types and occupancy classifications.
  • create construction and presentation drawings that meet California building codes.
  • appraise the client's needs and plans with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Life-Safety codes and Universal/Barrier-Free Design.
  • distinguish historical periods and styles of architecture and interior design.
  • identify sales proposals.
  • select textiles for the appropriate end use.

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information for Para Professional Interior Planning and Design Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

This certificate offers a variety of career options, including residential design by itself or with a specialty of home office and home theater design. It also offers commercial design opportunities, which include space planning, hospitality (restaurant, hotel, cruise ship) design, set design, and historical and adaptive re-use design. Additional career opportunities are available as product designers, retailers, buyers, manufacturers' representatives, and facilities managers.

Certificates

Designed 4 Life Certificate

This certificate provides training in designing quality living environments. It includes various courses in Gerontology and Interior Design and covers how to successfully, safely, effectively, and aesthetically design interiors for all ages and abilities.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging 3
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 280 Home Adaptations for Safety and Independence 0.5
IDES 350 Codes and Universal Access for Interior Design 2
IDES 355 Residences: Designed 4 Life 3
Total Units: 9

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate interior environments and design changes in their function.
  • categorize specific expectations and desires in terms of the client's needs.
  • design environments for all ages and abilities.
  • design interiors that reflect the needs of the client.

Career Information

Our aging population is requiring more specialized design for long-term independence. This certificate offers opportunities in careers for both gerontology and interior design.


Green Building and Sustainable Design for Interiors Certificate

This certificate provides students with expertise in the requirements for designing green and sustainable interiors.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
IDES 300 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
IDES 302 Introduction to Green Building and Sustainable Design in Interiors 3
IDES 381 Lighting and Electrical for Green and Sustainable Interiors 3
Total Units: 9

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the history and development of the green movement as it applies to interior design
  • choose appropriate materials and finishes to achieve a green and sustainable interior
  • identify the skills that are required to apply for certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional and describe the process for receiving LEED certification for projects.
  • assess the role of the interior designer as part of a team of professionals involved in creating green buildings and sustainable design

Career Information

This certificate offers additional opportunities for an interior designer specializing in green design. It helps students be more employable by demonstrating a more focused skill set.


Interior Retail Merchandising Certificate

This certificate provides a foundation of education and skills in the expanding field of interior design. Topics include the materials of interior design, architectural (global and regional) and furniture history, business practices, and event planning.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
IDES 300 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
IDES 310 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings I 3
IDES 322 Materials of Interior Design 3
IDES 324 Interior Design Business Practices 3
IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio 3
A minimum of 2.5 units from the following: 2.5
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
FASHN 320 Textiles (3)
IDES 101 Interior Design Careers (0.5)
IDES 102 Working with Clients (0.5)
IDES 103 Furniture Markets (0.5)
IDES 104 Home Staging (0.5)
IDES 105 Color and Interior Design (0.5)
IDES 108 Lighting For Better Health (0.5)
IDES 109 Interior Design Specifications (0.5)
IDES 120 Seasonal Decorating (0.5)
IDES 121 Event Planning for Interior Designers (1)
IDES 130 Sacramento Design History - Architectural Gems (0.5)
IDES 131 Sacramento Design History - Old Town (0.5)
IDES 132 Sacramento Design History - Victorian (0.5)
IDES 133 Sacramento Design History - Bungalows (0.5)
IDES 134 Sacramento Design History - Fabulous Forties (0.5)
IDES 135 Sacramento Design History - Mid-Century Modern (0.5)
IDES 136 Sacramento Design History - Modern and Contemporary (0.5)
Total Units: 17.5

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • select the appropriate finishes and materials for commercial and residential interiors.
  • analyze interiors that reflect the needs of the end user.
  • design spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and that incorporate sound design principles.

Career Information

This certificate offers a variety of career options in residential design. Additional career opportunities are available as product designers, retailers, buyers, manufacturers' representatives, and Sacramento architectural and interiors historians.


Universal Design Certificate

This certificate prepares students to work in the field of interior design with an emphasis on Universal Design. Multi-generational or universal design addresses the needs and abilities of people of all ages. Universal Design gives careful consideration to space planning, accessibility, security, and privacy issues, to create an environment that promotes independent living for every member of the household.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 280 Home Adaptations for Safety and Independence 0.5
IDES 108 Lighting For Better Health 0.5
IDES 322 Materials of Interior Design 3
IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio 3
IDES 334 Interior Environment and Space Planning 3
IDES 350 Codes and Universal Access for Interior Design 2
IDES 351 Codes and Universal Access Lab 1
IDES 355 Residences: Designed 4 Life 3
Total Units: 16

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess the client's needs.
  • design residences that will successfully meet the needs of most people.
  • analyze how Universal Design is used in a floor plan.

Career Information

Students who have completed this certificate may work in full residential design. They may also specialize in residential kitchen and/or bath design.