Interior Design

Interior Design (IDES)

IDES 101 Interior Design Careers

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores a variety of career options in the multi-faceted field of interior design. Field trips are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • describe the career offerings within the field of interior design.
  • explore the need for different career offerings within the field of interior design.
  • evaluate hiring trends, requirements, and salaries of careers within the field of interior design.

IDES 102 Working with Clients

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers methods for effectively working with clients. Field trips are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • compose a client interview to best assess a project's needs.
  • qualify a client's budget for best project outcome.
  • discuss client needs.

IDES 103 Furniture Markets

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides an opportunity to attend seasonal markets, such as the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC), to tour showrooms, attend lectures, and see the upcoming interior design offerings. Trends, markets, budgets, and products are discussed. Field trips are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • explain the value of seasonal markets in the interior design industry.
  • differentiate product lines, manufacturers, materials, and styles.

IDES 104 Home Staging

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is a basic introduction to the process of staging homes for sale. Topics include model homes and resale. Field trips are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • assess what elements are needed to stage a room.
  • arrange furnishings for optimal use.
  • analyze how to improve a space based on staging techniques.

IDES 105 Color and Interior Design

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is a basic introduction to color and how it relates to interior design. Topics include basic dynamics of color, its principles, fundamentals, psychology, and applications. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze theories related to color psychology.
  • discover effects of color use in interior design.

IDES 108 Lighting For Better Health

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces better lighting design that could improve your health. New research shows that properly designed lighting can enhance our human biology and overall good health. Field trips are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • describe the impact of natural light on the circadian system.
  • examine the impact of artificial light on the circadian system.
  • recommend lighting designs to improve the circadian system.

IDES 109 Interior Design Specifications

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This is a basic introduction to the process of specifying interior fixtures, furniture, and equipment. Topics include selection, documentation, and industry standards for specification writing. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • organize the sequence client programming in interior projects.
  • prepare and document finish and materials specifications.

IDES 110 Estimating and Calculating for Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:MATH 25 or 41
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course includes techniques for accurately calculating yardage and materials of interior products for residential and commercial installations. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • explain the differences between interior residential and commercial products.
  • measure accurately for window, wall, and floor coverings.
  • estimate yardage for window, wall, and floor coverings.
  • write work orders for interior products.

IDES 120 Seasonal Decorating

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces the basics for changing decor according to various seasons and holidays. Resourcing for props, elements and accessories is included. This course covers both commercial and residential applications.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze decorative finishes and accessories for seasonal display.
  • assess the appropriate decor based upon seasonal or holiday needs.

IDES 121 Event Planning for Interior Designers

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is a basic introduction to event planning and how it relates to interior design. Topics include fund raisers, corporate events, and private events such as weddings and parties. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • recognize the business of event planning.
  • assemble the essential components of an event.
  • calculate the budget for an event.

IDES 130 Sacramento Design History - Architectural Gems

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores the rich architectural and interior design history in the Sacramento area. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research architectural gems and their interiors in the Sacramento area.
  • analyze architectural gems and their interiors in the Sacramento area.

IDES 131 Sacramento Design History - Old Town

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores the rich architectural and interior design history of Old Town Sacramento. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research Old Town Sacramento architecture and interiors.
  • analyze Old Town Sacramento architecture and interiors.

IDES 132 Sacramento Design History - Victorian

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores the styles of Victorian architectural and interior design history in the Sacramento area. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research Victorian architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.
  • analyze Victorian architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.

IDES 133 Sacramento Design History - Bungalows

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores the architectural and interior design history of bungalows in the Sacramento area. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research bungalow architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.
  • analyze bungalow architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.

IDES 134 Sacramento Design History - Fabulous Forties

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores architectural and interior design history of the Fabulous Forties area in Sacramento. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research Fabulous Forties architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.
  • analyze Fabulous Forties architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.

IDES 135 Sacramento Design History - Mid-Century Modern

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores mid-century modern architectural and interior design history in the Sacramento area. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research mid-century modern architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.
  • analyze mid-century modern architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.

IDES 136 Sacramento Design History - Modern and Contemporary

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores the Modern and contemporary architectural and interior design history in the Sacramento areas. Field trips are required. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research examples of Modern and contemporary architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.
  • analyze Modern and contemporary architecture and interiors in the Sacramento area.

IDES 300 Fundamentals of Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR  ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This introductory survey course addresses various aspects of the interior design industry and profession. It includes the study and application of design principles and elements; influences of historical, cultural, and functional design factors; the selection and arrangement of interior furnishings and materials; and an overview of career options in interior design. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • list various career options in the field of interior design.
  • compare and contrast the principles and elements of design when used in interior design.
  • arrange furniture and materials that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.

IDES 302 Introduction to Green Building and Sustainable Design in Interiors

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces the basic principles of green building and sustainable design (GBSD) and focuses on applications in the practice of commercial or residential interior space planning and design. It includes a historic perspective and the appropriate application of these principles in the profession and also introduces the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • evaluate the basic requirements for planning green and sustainable interiors
  • analyze interiors according to GBSD and/or LEED requirements
  • research the process and basic requirements for LEED certification
  • compile finishes, materials, and fixtures that fulfill the requirements of green design
  • experiment with finishes, materials, and fixtures that meet LEED requirements

IDES 310 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings I

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; CSU Area C2
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the historical relationship between the decorative arts, period furniture, and interior architecture from antiquity through Victorian. Emphasis is placed on identification of specific furniture styles and architectural features. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • evaluate how architectural and furniture styles and designs originated, including how they are adapted to subsequent periods.
  • differentiate between "classics", lasting, and short-lived styles.
  • analyze social, historical, and geographical factors affecting the development of design styles.
  • research contributions from historical periods that have influenced the decorative arts, furniture, and interior architecture.
  • compare the decorative arts, period furniture, and interior architectural from Ancient Egypt through the English Regency Period.

IDES 312 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings II

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the historical relationship between the decorative arts, period furniture, and interior architecture from the American Colonial periods through Modern and Contemporary. Emphasis is on style development as it relates to socio-economic and political factors of the times, as well as identification of specific furniture styles and architectural features. Asian, African, Mid-Eastern, and other non-western styles are also included.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze and describe furniture and architectural styles and characteristics of those styles from the late 19th century to present.
  • distinguish contemporary designers and their major contributions.
  • differentiate characteristics of Asian, Mid-Eastern, African, and other non-western styles.
  • examine and evaluate current styles in relation to their historical origins.
  • evaluate how social, historical, and geographical factors affect the development of design styles.
  • categorize "classical" and lasting styles as well as short-lived or "trendy" styles.

IDES 322 Materials of Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the industry, technology, products, and specification issues of interior finish materials. Textiles, floor coverings, paint and wall coverings, window treatments, furnishings and surface materials, and lighting are included. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze and specify interior finish materials and products for functional, aesthetic, maintenance, and budget considerations.
  • research resources for interior finish materials and products.
  • analyze construction characteristics of interior finish materials and products.
  • describe installation criteria for interior finish materials and products.

IDES 324 Interior Design Business Practices

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the business and practical aspects of interior design. Topics include ethical practices, methods of compensation, establishing clients' budgets, estimating costs, purchasing, billing, marketing, and sales. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • examine purchase orders of interior design furnishings, finish materials, products, and their installation.
  • review purchase orders, contracts, purchase agreements, and other documents required for client approval.
  • identify and interpret various methods of compensation for interior design services.
  • develop, compare, and contrast marketing plans and strategies.

IDES 326 Interior Design Sales

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers various aspects of selling proposed residential and commercial design projects. Included are personal presentation, selling techniques, making the sale, closing the deal, job completion, and follow up. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • evaluate interior design sales techniques.
  • devise and practice sales techniques for client presentations.
  • compare and contrast sales techniques targeted for interior design services, products, and materials.

IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:MATH 25 or 41 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers basic construction, layouts, products, and materials. Topics include floor plans, structural elements, and interior space planning. Presentation methods are explored. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • describe the various drawing standards and conventions used in interior design.
  • identify the components of floor plans.
  • measure using an architectural scale.
  • calculate the measurements of a space and record the dimensions.
  • create a floor plan to scale with dimensions and appropriate titles.
  • create a floor plan to scale with functional furniture arrangements.
  • measure and convert a room and furniture to 1/4" scale.
  • draw simple interior elevations.
  • examine and identify the components of a set of floor plans.
  • select appropriate material to compile a color/materials board.

IDES 332 Portfolio and Presentation in Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:IDES 330 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers procedures for developing finished presentations in interior design. It includes methods of visually communicating with clients. It also covers both traditional and technology-based portfolio preparation.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • list various methods of visually communicating with clients
  • produce portfolio materials using both traditional and technology-based techniques
  • create sketches using both traditional and computer-based tools
  • demonstrate basic rendering techniques using color media
  • prepare professional presentations for communication of design solutions

IDES 334 Interior Environment and Space Planning

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:IDES 330 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Corequisite:IDES 350
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the analysis and application of design concepts and space planning techniques. It includes resources necessary to creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of human environments. Topics include the integration of barrier-free design, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), resource management, and environmental psychology design. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • evaluate user needs to develop appropriate interior design parameters.
  • compile creative visual presentation techniques for the communication of design solutions.
  • examine the use of Universal Design principles in planning of residential living space.
  • integrate Barrier-Free design and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements effectively into an interior space.

IDES 340 Beginning CADD for Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:IDES 330 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course employs beginning computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) for interior design projects. Floor plans, space planning, elevations, and perspectives are created. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • create flat plan and 3D drawings using CADD software.
  • choose the necessary functions of CADD software to an architectural plan.
  • plan and design structures utilizing CADD software.
  • experiment with CADD software to design interiors.

IDES 341 Intermediate CADD for Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:IDES 340 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Advisory:IDES 334 and 354
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is a continuation of the computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) skills developed in IDES 340, utilizing a different CADD program. It also includes placing floor plans into view ports, adding attributes, and the creation of customized tool bars. Field trips are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • create symbol libraries with icons for interior projects.
  • choose toolbars to aid in efficient use of the software.
  • design floor plans utilizing the software.
  • classify the various attributes of CADD (i.e. creating, extracting, databases).

IDES 350 Codes and Universal Access for Interior Design

  • Units:2
  • Hours:36 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course explores local, state, and federal regulations concerning life-safety issues and barrier-free access (Americans with Disabilities Act and Universal Design requirements) relative to residential and contract design. It also covers codes and interior specifications. Special attention is given to performance, health-safety, and barrier-free design when estimating and preparing specifications for space planning, materials, and furnishings/products.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze barrier-free accessibility and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements as they pertain to interior design.
  • evaluate performance criteria, Life-Safety standards, and Universal Design applications in preparing specifications for interior materials and furnishings & products.
  • research building codes and Life-Safety standards to interior design.
  • compare fire and smoke prevention, detection, and suppression systems.
  • evaluate the types of egress and occupancy classifications, and determine exit locations, arrangements, capacity, and travel distance.
  • collect recently published articles pertaining to ADA, Life-Safety codes, Universal Design and building codes.

IDES 351 Codes and Universal Access Lab

  • Units:1
  • Hours:54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:IDES 330 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Corequisite:IDES 350
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course applies the content and skills from IDES 350 to various design scenarios requiring Universal Design, Barrier-Free design and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. Projects are drafted following prescribed criteria.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • design using Barrier-Free standards.
  • apply ADA requirements as they pertain to interior design.
  • evaluate performance criteria, health-safety factors, and Universal Design principles in preparing specifications for interior materials, furnishings, and products.
  • research and apply building codes and Life-Safety standards to interior design.
  • draft specifications with clearly communicated format and content.
  • compose egress, exit locations, arrangements, capacity, and travel distance.

IDES 355 Residences: Designed 4 Life

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the successful design of residences for a variety of users, regardless of their age, size, physical abilities, or limitations. It also encompasses specialty and adaptive appliances, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, appropriate finish materials, space planning, and furnishings. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • compare and contrast efficient floor plans for people of various ages and abilities.
  • synthesize design criteria allowances and tolerances of Universal Design, evidenced-based design, and aging-in-place principles.
  • research and identify materials, products, space planning, and lighting that are appropriate to people of various ages and abilities.
  • analyze residential materials, products, space plans, furnishings, and lighting that are appropriate to people of various ages and abilities.
  • assess how other cultures design residences for special populations.

IDES 381 Lighting and Electrical for Green and Sustainable Interiors

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces green and sustainable lighting design in both commercial and residential interiors. Topics include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, photometrics, light sources, and effective lighting control. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • calculate effective lighting solutions for both residential and commercial interior design projects.
  • integrate green or energy efficient light sources, distribution systems, and electric light programming into interior designs.
  • plan for effective overall integration of lighting in commercial and residential interiors.
  • evaluate the environmental impact of appropriate lighting solutions including fixtures and associated equipment.
  • analyze the basic process of LEED certification.

IDES 412 Specifications for Interior Design

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces the process of specifying interior fixtures, furniture, and equipment. Topics include selection, documentation, and industry standards for specification writing. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research appropriate interior design sources and/or vendors
  • organize the sequence and process of an interior project
  • prepare and document finish specifications for successful application
  • analyze specifications to meet industry standards and client approval

IDES 494 Topics in Interior Design

  • Units:2 - 4
  • Hours:36 - 72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CISC 300; ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of “C” or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of “C” or better; OR placement through assessment process.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to provide an opportunity to study topics in Interior Design not included in current course offerings. Examples include kitchen & bath design; barrier-free design; in depth period style design.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • research resources of interior furnishings, finish materials and products
  • research and evaluate historical implications that affect design today
  • analyze variations of Interior Design through culture and period.

IDES 495 Independent Studies in Interior Design

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.


IDES 498 Work Experience in Interior Design

  • Units:1 - 4
  • Hours:60 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position, or job related to interior design with a cooperating site supervisor. Students are advised to consult with the Interior Design Department faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of interior design. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer-level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce, completion of Title 5 required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site, and developing workplace skills and competencies.

During the semester, the student is required to complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. All students are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting. Additionally, students who have not already successfully completed a Work Experience course will be required to attend weekly orientations while returning participants may meet individually with the instructor as needed. Students may take up to 16 units total across all Work Experience course offerings. This course may be taken up to four times when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate application of industry knowledge and theoretical concepts in the field of interior design related to a transfer degree level career as written in the minimum three (3) learning objectives created by the student and his/her employer or work site supervisor at the start of the course
  • make effective decisions, use workforce information, and manage his/her personal career plans.
  • behave professionally, ethically, and legally at work, consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and organizational norms.
  • behave responsibly at work, exhibiting initiative and self-management in situations where it is needed.
  • apply effective leadership styles at work, with consideration to group dynamics, team and individual decision making, and workforce diversity.
  • communicate in oral, written, and other formats, as needed, in a variety of contexts at work.
  • locate, organize, evaluate, and reference information at work.
  • demonstrate originality and inventiveness at work by combining ideas or information in new ways, making connections between seemingly unrelated ideas, and reshaping goals in ways that reveal new possibilities using critical and creative thinking skills such as logical reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem-solving.