Interior Design (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 

360 Virtual TourThis program is designed to provide graduates with basic knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the interior design discipline. The program consists of a core graphics sequence with additional courses in appropriate technical areas. Computer applications are integrated throughout the four semesters with a strong component in 2D and 3D computer graphics. The faculty consists of interior designers as well as licensed architects and engineers. View students' work in the interior design photo gallery.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the interior design program. See laptop specifications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Think creatively, visually and volumetrically, exhibiting a variety of ideas, approaches and concepts when designing interior projects.
  • Understand and utilize color principles, theories, and systems in their design projects.
  • Demonstrate competent design skills in selection of interior finishes, selection and layout of furniture, lighting, and decorative elements.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ergonomics, and the relationship between human behavior and the built environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the history of art, architecture, interiors, and furnishings and appropriate selection and application of art and accessories.
  • Apply 2-dimensional design elements and principles in interior design projects, and apply 3-dimensional design elements and principles to the development of the spatial envelope.
  • Demonstrate programming skills, including problem identification, identification of client and user needs, and information gathering research and analysis.
  • Demonstrate competence in drafting and lettering (manual and computer aided) illustrative sketching, and presentation of color, materials and furnishings in material boards,
  • Express ideas clearly in oral presentations and critiques, and communicate clearly in writing concept statements, reports, and research papers.
  • Understand that design solutions affect and are impacted by construction systems, power and mechanical, lighting and ceiling systems, acoustics, building methods and materials.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry
Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Features & Facilities: 
  • Focuses on design technology and application
  • Electronic presentation and computer modeling
  • Focuses on space planning, furniture, and finishes selection
  • Focuses on ADA and other applicable codes

The facilities consist of four laptop-ready, 20-station freshman /sophomore studios. Peripheral devices such as scanners, color printers/plotters, and digital camera equipment are available, as is a material and flooring sample room. A School-wide 3D Printing Fabrication Laboratory is in preparation. The studios are open evenings and weekends for student use.

Articulation Agreements: 

An articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Villa Maria College (with placement based on a portfolio review and an interview).

Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0 which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Interior Designer (after successfully passing the NCIDQ and completing internship requirements)
  • Kitchen & Bath Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Product Showroom Manager
  • Product Specifier
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Facilities Manager
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State interior design graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Interior design students generally take three major-specific courses and two or three academic courses each semester (21 to 24 hours in-class time each week). Students usually attend one morning class, have a lunch break, and then two afternoon classes.

First Semestercredits
ARCH1184Design Fundamentals I4
FNAT1303Architectural History I3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
ARCH 1013 Introduction to Design3
ARCH 1433 Furniture and Finishes3
Second Semestercredits
DSGN2223History of Interiors3
ARCH2394Design Fundamentals II4
ARCH4403Computer Visualization3
MATH1423Explorations in Geometry3
 xxx3 General Ed Elective - Humanities3
Third Semestercredits
DSGN2204Interior Design I4
DSGN1443Color, Lighting, and Acoustics3
ARCH3014Construction Technology I3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
FNAT 1313 Art History3
Fourth Semestercredits
DSGN2304Interior Design II4
ARCH4014Construction Technology II4
ARCH4013Municipal Codes and Regulations3
BUAD4004Essent of Entrepreneurship & Small Bus Mgmt4
HLTH 1313 Nutrition3

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student's high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Minimum of "C" is required for ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, DSGN 2204, and DSGN 2304.

Also required: One unit of physical education.

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Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees7313
Responding to Survey6 (86%)3 (100%)11 (85%)
Employed2 (33%)1 (33%)4 (36%)
Employed in Field0 (0%)1 (100%)4 (100%)
Transferred4 (67%)2 (67%)7 (64%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (3)