Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog

Interior Design, AAS

Location(s): Urban/Des Moines

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DMACC’s comprehensive 2 year interior design degree will prepare you for a career in the interior design industry. You will study the most cutting-edge technology including Revit and the Adobe suite, while also learning to appreciate and execute hand-drafting and rendering. With an emphasis on both residential and commercial projects, this creative curriculum will educate you on all aspects of the industry. Your education will cover finishes and specifications, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, building codes and accessibility, while focusing on universal design, globalization and sustainable building practices. Study tour options around the Midwest will be available each semester and those in their final semester have the opportunity to apply to an international study tour program. Your education will prepare you with a comprehensive portfolio and on the job experience. You will graduate prepared to apply for any job in the industry and with the foundational knowledge required to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam.

Program Details

Pathway: Design, Media, & the Arts

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

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

Semester 1

Semester 3

Semester 5

Semester 6

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 74

Fixed Costs

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

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

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 250 500 150 500 400
Supplies 250 350 0 100 100-3000

Approximate total cost for the program: $16,882-$19,782**

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Design and decorate spaces that align with a client’s needs and aesthetics.  

  • Design interior spaces for business offices, apartments, healthcare facilities, restaurants and schools.  

  • Create visual displays in a retail environment.  

  • Consult on lighting, props, costumes, and locations for theater, film, and television.  

  • Select the visual elements used in brand merchandising for advertising. 

  • Design lighting installations for residential and commercial spaces.  

  • Design functional and compliant kitchens and bathrooms. 

  • Advise on furniture and home decor product development.  

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Artistic talent and creativity 

  • Ability to conceptualize and effectively use design elements and principles.  

  • Plan spatial designs and determine how elements may coordinate with one another.   

  • Ability to create renderings and plans by hand and by computer.  

  • Utilize Computer Aided Design software.  

  • Knowledge in construction, graphic design, architecture, safety and building regulations and codes.  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  

  • Present your ideas, designs and proposals to prospective clients and supervisors.  

  • Teamwork, collaboration and the ability to take direction from supervisors, clients and peers to improve your work.  

  • Manage your time to meet deadlines while working on more than one project at a time and stay within project budget.  

  • Possess critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving skills in order to assess a client’s needs and develop a design strategy.   

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.  
  • Must learn multiple software programs and stay current with updates, adapt to change and be able to learn on your own.  

  • Requires high attention to detail. 

  • Variety of work opportunities.  

Program Competencies

  1. Communicate information using industry terminology and methods used in a work environment 
  2. Perform the following skills: listening, writing, presenting, critiquing, leadership and teamwork

  3. Create a design solution to meet a client’s specific need

  4. Evaluate complex interior design problems using a design process and principles

  5. Demonstrate appropriate use of industry resources to make informed and creative decisions

  6. Produce projects utilizing current industry software and media methods for print and digital production

  7. Apply the properties and characteristics of building materials to determine appropriate end use

  8. Execute an effective job search strategy by preparing a portfolio

  9. Apply time management methods to meet project deadline

  10. Employ creative and technical skills in an internship experience

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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