Arts and Sciences Degree, Interior Design Preprofessional Area of Concentration
Complete the first two years of your interior design degree at Montgomery College by earning an arts and sciences degree with a concentration in interior design. Our program, which is fully articulated with the bachelor's degree program at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and can also be transferred to other four-year institutions, gives you a solid foundation for your bachelor's degree while saving you money.
You'll learn about all aspects of interior design, including drawing, color, and space planning; fabrics; lighting; and window, wall, and floor treatments. Our students also gain an understanding of the professional business practices needed to succeed in the industry, like preparation of estimates and advanced presentation techniques, as well as technical skills like architectural drafting, design analysis, and kitchen, bath, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Apply design principles and color theory in the execution of interior design projects.
- Identify the correct textiles, materials, finishes, and furniture for specifications.
- Collect and interpret the data necessary to solve interior design problems.
- Demonstrate their understanding of one of the following: historic interiors, art history, or architectural history.
- Apply interior design principles and ethics.
- Execute presentation and construction drawings.
- Demonstrate basic fine art drawing skills.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.
- Interior Design–Preprofessional Area of Concentration AA Program Advising Guide (PDF, )
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MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer. Interior design students interested in transferring should consider earning our associate of arts degree in interior design, which is articulated with the bachelor's degree program at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. See all transfer agreements.
Graduates of this program typically pursue a career as an interior designer.
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A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows.
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- ARTT 100 - Introduction to Drawing 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- IDES 101 - Interior Design I 3 semester hours
- IDES 107 - Interiors: Design Principles 3 semester hours
- IDES 110 - Interiors: Technical Drawing and Drafting 3 semester hours
English foundation 3 semester hours(ENGF)Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours(MATF)
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 3 semester hours (GEIR)
COMM 112 3 semester hours 3 semester hours (GEIR)
- IDES 111 - Interior Design II 3 semester hours
- IDES 116 - Interiors: Advanced Presentation Techniques 3 semester hours
- ARTT 200 - Art History: Ancient to 1400 3 semester hours (GEIR)
- IDES 221 - Interior Design: Residential 3 semester hours
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
- Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
- Natural sciences distribution 3 semester hours (NSD)
- ARTT 201 - Art History: 1400 to Present 3 semester hours
- IDES 222 - Interior Design: Commercial/Contract 3 semester hours
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
- Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- Program elective 2 semester hours ‡
** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.
‡ Choose a 200-level IDES course. Students should consult with interior design advisor before selecting the program elective.
‡‡ This IDES course may not be offered every semester; advising by interior design coordinator is required.
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