Official Titles of Major: Architecture and Interior Design - Architecture, A.A.S. and
Architecture and Interior Design - Interior Design, A.A.S.
Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.
Total Credit Hours: 60
About the Architecture and Interior Design Department
Purpose: The degree prepares students for further study in the field of architecture and interior design while also preparing students to enter the workforce directly. There are two areas of concentration; Architecture and Interior Design.
Areas of Concentration: This degree requires that students choose a concentration in one of two areas. A concentration is a structured plan of study within a degree program. The number of credit hours and particular course requirements for a concentration may vary, as listed below. To achieve a concentration, students must receive credit for every course requirement listed under that concentration.
1. Architecture (code AAS.ACH.ID-ARCH):
Specific skills are developed in preparation of contract documents, theory analysis and design presentation, computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), building materials and techniques of construction. Includes specific study in sustainable and high performance design based on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system through the United States Green Building Council. The concentration teaches how to apply technology to the design process and enables graduates to seek employment within the architectural design and the construction industries. Credits may be transferred to schools offering bachelors and master’s degrees in architecture. See department chair regarding specific architecture school requirements and departmental transfer agreements.
Range of Occupations
- Architect’s field representative
- Architectural designer
- Architectural drafter
- CAD (computer-aided design) operator
- Construction manager
- Manufacturer’s representative
- Specification writer
2. Interior Design (code AAS.ACH.ID-INT-DSGN):
Prepares students in the field of interior design while developing essential skills required in the workforce. Program focuses on both residential and commercial aspects of design and construction such as, illustration, color, lighting, textiles, finishes and furnishings. Equips students with employable skills in research, client relations, programming, contract documentation, design analysis, presentation, CAD (computer aided design), BIM (building information modeling) and interior material specifications. In addition to both the creative and functional aspects of design the program focuses on health, safety and welfare issues required by the industry. These issues include sustainable design based on the LEED system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), ADA (The Americans with Disability Act) and human factors in design such as anthropometrics, ergonomics and color psychology. See department chair regarding specific college and university requirements and department transfer agreements. Program satisfies the minimum credit requirements for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) allied or professional membership. Also satisfies the minimum educational requirement for NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification. Provides pathways to industry required internships, entry level positions and the advanced certificate options.
Range of Occupations
- Interior design intern
- Entry level staff designer
- Furniture designer
- Interior construction or remodeling consultant
- Industry sales representative
- Facilities planner
- Architectural representative
- Interior/Architectural CAD operator
- Specialty interiors consultant
- Marketing and promotion