Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Interior Design Consultant, Certificate

Location(s): Urban/Des Moines

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The Interior Design Consultant certificate is designed for individuals who have an interest in adding specialized training in interior home products to their credentials. The focus of the Interior Design Consultant certificate is to provide the training needed at the commercial or consumer retail levels in interior product sales, merchandising, and marketing.

Program Details

Pathway: Design, Media, & the Arts

More information on this Pathway.

Students start Fall semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Interior Design Consultant certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 27

These credits are applicable to the Fashion, Diploma  or the Fashion, AAS   .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 516 314
Materials 20-50 100-150

Costs can be reduced by renting textbooks or buying e-texts.

Approximate Total for certificate: $6,161-6,241**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Participate in a team effort in developing and promoting the sale of home fashion merchandise.
  • Design visual presentations to project current trends that generate customer excitement.
  • Work with customers in the development of space planning and room décor.
  • Coordinate a variety of components to achieve effective design principles.
  • Demonstrate excellence in providing quality customer service.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Collaborate with coworkers to work effectively with customers.
  • Work creatively with presentation of product lines.
  • Project a fashionable and professional image.
  • Demonstrate effective use of appropriate design elements and principles.
  • Communicate enthusiastically about current fashion styles and trends.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • The certificate coursework leads into either a Fashion Sales diploma or Fashion/Design A.A.S. degree.
  • Career areas are diverse in the home fashion industry and continuing education teamed with related work experience leads to advancement opportunities.
  • Work schedules may vary to include some evenings and weekend hours in retail careers.
  • The home fashion industry attracts individuals who enjoy variety in their jobs, regular people contact, an environment to be creative, and the ability to earn based on performance.
  • For more information, see the program website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/marketing.

Program Competencies

  1. Employ the Elements & Principles of Design to create aesthetically pleasing projects

  2. Articulate interior design industry knowledge in oral & visual forms

  3. Utilize the unique aspects of fashion marketing to develop strategic promotional plans in print and visual displays
  4. Demonstrate appropriate use of interior design industry resources to make informed and creative decisions
  5. Apply the properties and characteristics of textiles to determine appropriate care and end uses
  6. Discuss the history, theory, & components of interior design from a global perspective


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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