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Interior Design Preprofessional Degree, General Area of Concentration

Associate of Applied Science
Interior design student drawing

Prepare to enter the exciting field of interior design with an associate of applied science degree from Montgomery College. 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 an understanding of the historic styles of interior design.
  • Execute presentation and construction drawings.

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.


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


Suggested Course Sequence: Interior Design, Preprofessional General Degree

A suggested course sequence for students follows.

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • 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 full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

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

‡ This IDES course is not offered every semester; advising by interior design coordinator is required.

‡‡ Students should consult with interior design advisor before selecting program electives. Select program electives from the following disciplines: ACCT, ARCH, ARTT, BLDG, BSAD, CMGT, GDES, HMGT, IDES, LNTP, PHOT.

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Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.