Interior Design, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Loudoun

This program prepares students to become assistant designers or interior design technicians. The curriculum provides a basic education covering a broad range of topics in interior design, art history, furniture history, and basic design. Computer-aided drafting, rendering, and business practices round out the curriculum. Students become knowledgeable in both residential and contract design. Career opportunities exist not only in the retail marketing of furniture, fabrics, and accessories, but also in commercial design firms as space planners, drafters, and technical support staff. The curriculum can be completed in two years; however, students may enroll on a part-time basis. There are no entry requirements, but many IDS courses have prerequisites to ensure that students are properly prepared for advanced coursework.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
IDS 100 Theory and Techniques of Interior Design 3
IDS 105 Architectural Drafting for Interior Design 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 16
2nd Semester
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3
1 Art Elective 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
IDS 106 Three-Dimensional Drawing and Rendering 3
IDS 245 Computer Aided Drafting for Interior Designers 3
Total 15
3rd Semester
IDS 109 Styles of Furniture and Interiors 3
IDS 205 Materials and Sources 3
IDS 215 Theory and Research in Commercial Design 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
Total 15
4th Semester
IDS 206 Lighting and Furnishings 3
Choose One
IDS 221 Designing Commercial Interiors I 4
IDS 285 Portfolio and Resume Preparation for Interior Designers
IDS 225 Business Procedures 3
Choose One
2IDS 290 Coordinated Internship IDS Elective 3
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Total 15-16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 61-62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
History and Appreciation of Art I
ART
101
3
ART
131
3
ENG
111
3
IDS
100
3
IDS
105
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
History and Appreciation of Art II
ART
102
3
Art Elective
1
3
CST
110
3
IDS
106
3
IDS
245
3
Total 15
3rd Semester
IDS
109
3
IDS
205
3
IDS
215
3
MTH
154
3
PSY
200
3
Total 15
4th Semester
IDS
206
3
Choose One
IDS
221
4
Portfolio and Resume Preparation for Interior Designers
IDS
285
IDS
225
3
Choose One
Coordinated Internship IDS Elective
2IDS
290
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
Total 15-16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 61-62

1    Select  from ART 132 , IDS 130 , ART 121  or ART 140 .

2    See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

3    Select from IDS 246,  IDS 235 , ART 251  or IDS 295 topics in: Sketchup.

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