Interior Design - Associate in Applied Science

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Faculty Contact
Chad Richert: 313-317-1515,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-115C

Program Description


Provides a comprehensive foundation of study, emphasizing the development of theoretical, practical, and technical skills within the interior environment. This specialization is developed and formed utilizing sequential courses with specific course work in environmental psychology, architectural and interior construction materials and components, lighting and environmental systems, and a range of studio classes. The environmental systems course group will focus on building codes, sustainability, and energy conservation. Graphic, oral and written communication, and presentation skills will be evaluated and enhanced. Computer applications are employed and utilized across the core courses to assist students in developing a broad range of computer skills including Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Produce 2-D and 3-D schematic construction drawings employing technical manual and computer generated architectural drafting skills.
  2. Exhibit artistic 2-D and 3-D visual communication and presentation skills conveying interior environments through perspective drawing, sketching, rendering and model making.
  3. Exhibit proficient written communication skills essential to conveying aesthetic concepts, specifications, installation instructions and programming documents.
  4. Professionally present aesthetic and functional design solutions for small-scale commercial and residential projects that meet user physiological, sociological and psychological needs and its impact on environmental, energy and economic issues.
  5. Create a professional-quality student design portfolio to successfully enter a career in the interior design industry or pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.
Career Opportunities

Students who complete this degree will have learned skills and abilities that will assist in seeking entry-level positions in the field of Interior Design and related disciplines or transfer to a four-year program. In addition, many of the core Interior Design courses will transfer to Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University.

  • Architectural Draftsperson
  • Color Consultant
  • Facility Manager
  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Sales Representative:
    • Commercial Furniture Showroom
    • Home Furnishings
    • Manufacturers Representative

Prospective Interior Design majors should meet with the Interior Design Program Coordinator to discuss their program and sequence of study in that introductory courses may be offered in the Winter semester as well as the Fall. Call the Interior Design Program Coordinator at 313-845-9814 or e-mail to schedule an appointment.

General Education

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one.
Category 7
complete any 6 credit hours
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Credit Hours: 3

Electives: Choose any BLDA, ACT, INTR, OR ART 102

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2023 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.