Interior Design

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): 313-845-9632,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Faculty Contact
Karen Wilmering: 313-845-9814,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-151

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
  • Evaluate the physiological, sociological, and psychological human factor needs of users in the design of residential and commercial interiors.
  • Produce professional presentation boards and 3-D models of residential and commercial interiors exhibiting quality of craftsmanship, superior graphic composition, and enhanced technical and artistic presentation skills.
  • Select appropriate interior materials and finishes through critical analysis of their characteristics, properties, uses, components, construction methods, quantity calculations, performance, maintenance, and sustainability.
  • Produce basic 2-D and 3-D schematic construction drawings employing technical manual and CAD architectural drafting skills.
  • Exhibit artistic visual communication and presentation skills essential to conveying interior environments through perspective drawing, sketching, and rendering.
  • Design an interior space from a historically significant period to include art, furniture, architecture, and interior design elements of a specific period style from antiquities to the present.
  • Design commercial and residential projects utilizing knowledge of building codes and mechanical systems, including acoustical, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and HVAC and their impact on environmental, energy, and economic issues.
  • Integrate lighting as a major component in a commercial interior environment.
  • Design a small-scale residential project including programming documents, schematic and construction drawings, perspective drawings, and presentation boards conveying well-developed aesthetic and functional interior design concepts.
  • Design a small-scale non-residential project incorporating Universal Design Principles and ADA codes and selecting sustainable materials, using evidence based design research.
  • Develop a small-business mock design firm utilizing professional practice of interior design.
  • Synthesize the interior design educational experience through the development of design solutions for a real client.
  • Develop a professional-quality student portfolio, including resume and cover letters, to successfully enter a career in interior design or pursue a bachelor 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 3: Mathematics
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