Arts and Sciences Degree, Interior Design Preprofessional Area of Concentration

Associate of Arts
Interior design student drawing in class

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. 

Program Outcomes

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.

Program Advising

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.

Transfer Opportunities

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.

Careers

Graduates of this program typically pursue a career as an interior designer.

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Arts and Sciences Degree, Interior Design Preprofessional Area of Concentration

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


A suggested course sequence for students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


  • 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)

Fourth Semester


  • 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 ‡

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

‡ Choose a 200-level IDES course. Students should consult with interior design adviser 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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