The Interior Design program links intensive core-specific courses in interior design with a strong liberal arts component.

Course of study develops technical skills and aesthetic principles essential for creating and planning interior spaces. Studio classes develop skills in space planning, floor plans, elevations, construction drawings and specifications. Drawings and presentations are further enhanced with knowledge and application of textiles and color. Business practices and communication skills provide essential tools to enter the design workforce. This program culminates in a capstone course in portfolio development and an internship mentoring experience.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in the home furnishings field as in-house designers, design assistants, space planners, color consultants and managerial positions in the retail home industries. This curriculum is included in the New York State Education Department’s Inventory of Registered Programs.

Acceptance into the Interior Design Assistant curriculum is for fall admission only. However, students may consult with the department for spring courses, but will be on track for five or more semesters due to core course Prerequisites.

FIRST SEMESTER: 16 credits
ART130: 2D Design
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition
INT101: Interior Design I°
INT102: Interior Textiles and Finishes°
INT115: Interior Design Careers Seminar°
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology or SOC101: Introduction to Sociology

COM101: Introduction to Human Communications
or COM102: Interpersonal Communications
ENG102: Introduction to Literature
INT103: Interior Design II°
INT105: History of Interiors and Architecture I°
INT107: Color for Interiors°
Physical Education

THIRD SEMESTER: 16-17 credits
INT201: Interior Design III°
INT205: Working Drawings I°
INT208: Professional Practice for Interior Designers°
Mathematics Elective
Social Sciences Elective
Physical Education

INT220: Materials and Construction Methods for Interior Designers°
INT226: Kitchen and Bath Design°
INT227: Interior Design Assessment and Portfolio°
INT230: Cooperative Education and Internships in Interior Design°
or ART111: Art History I or ART112: Art History II or ART113: Moder Art
Laboratory Science Elective


* Students intending to continue on for a baccalaureate degree are advised to take ART111 or ART112 or ART113. Students planning to enter the job market upon graduation should select INT230.
° These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Design Fashion: Interior Design /A.A.S. Degree Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Using aesthetic sensitivity, apply color, lighting, textiles and furniture selections to the creation of interior spaces.

  2. Demonstrate effective visual communication skills through the drawing of a variety of floor plans, elevations, renderings and other construction related documents.

  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing with prospective and current clients, trade sources and other business contacts.

  4. Identify and apply marketing and management skills as they apply to the successful operation of an interior design business.

  5. Use critical thinking and creative problem solving skills to analyze and evaluate space planning needs that reflect an understanding of the interrelationship between the environment and human needs.