Interior Design

Interior Design

Program Detail

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Cherise J. Mahaffey Robb

Residential Faculty - Interior Design

480-461-7391

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

You’ve got an eye for color, a knack for lighting, and a ton of ideas about how to put a room together. You’ve been a natural your whole life. It’s time to turn pro.

Interior design is an exciting, diverse, and complex profession. Interior designers team up with other design professionals to produce coordinated, harmonious interior spaces that are unified, pleasing to the eye, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there. Interior designs are achieved with the use of color, texture, scale, proportion, lighting, furnishings, fixtures, and more.

The blend of skills ranging from technical to artistic makes this a unique and challenging profession. An interior designer must be detail-oriented, disciplined, and skilled in interpersonal communication. An understanding of sales, marketing, and business is critical to commercial success.

An associate’s degree in Interior Design prepares you to work in an entry-level interior design position. Our program offers design classes in basic design, color theory and application, architectural and furniture history, drafting and computer aided design (CAD), and more. Studio projects allow students to identify, research, solve, and present residential design problems. Our faculty bring a wide range of real-world professional experience, to the benefit of our students.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Interior Designer
Commercial Designer
Residential Designer
Types of Employers
Design Studios
Architectural Firms
Corporate Design Departments

Much of the demand for interior designers is for decorating private homes, restaurants, offices, and retail businesses. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong, as many talented people are attracted to careers as designers.

Beginning designers often need one to three years of experience before they advance to higher-level positions. Experienced designers in large firms may advance to chief designer or other supervisory positions. Some designers become teachers in design schools, other experienced designers open their own firms.

Interior Designers:

  • Design the inside of homes, offices, public buildings, and other buildings
  • Often use CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Work with clients
  • Are creative and detail-oriented
  • Work under deadlines

Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Interior Design Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Interior Merchandising Course Sequence

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Associate in Applied Science Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Interior Design program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. You can also contact Academic Advisement for general advising. Both will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.