Interior Design Preprofessional Degree, General Area of Concentration
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.
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.
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 General Area of Concentration AAS 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
- Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
- 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)
- IDES 111 - Interior Design II 3 semester hours
- IDES 116 - Interiors: Advanced Presentation Techniques 3 semester hours
- IDES 120 - Interiors: Computer Presentation Techniques 3 semester hours
- Program elective 3 semester hours ‡‡
- IDES 221 - Interior Design: Residential 3 semester hours
- IDES 234 - Textiles 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 ‡‡
- ARTT 201 - Art History: 1400 to Present 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- IDES 222 - Interior Design: Commercial/Contract 3 semester hours
- IDES 272 - Business Practices and Procedures for Interior Design 3 semester hours
- Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- Program elective 3 semester hours ‡‡
‡ 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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