Kitchen and Bath Design Area of Concentration, Interior Design Preprofessional
This program prepares students for entry-level positions in interior design and related professions with a concentration on kitchen and bath design. Some students choose to continue their studies and have successfully transferred to four-year institutions with resulting portfolio.
Emphasis is placed on the creative application of design principles, addressing environmental and human health and well-being, employing the design process, and developing effective visual communication and technical skills.
Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:
- Apply design principles, elements, and color theory in the execution of interior design projects including kitchen and bath design projects.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence the ethical, environmentally responsible, and professional specification of textiles, materials, finishes & furnishings.
- Collect and interpret appropriate information to solve interior design problems in keeping with the industry-recognized project process.
- Incorporate an understanding of the history of interior design, art, architecture, and decorative arts from western and non-western cultures into design solutions for interiors projects including kitchen and bath projects.
- Exhibit proficient visual, oral, and written communication essential to convey design solutions, employ design intentions, and manage the project process effectively.
- Express an understanding of the role and value of interior designers as essential collaborators within the general building and kitchen and bath industries.
- Produce interior design solutions that are healthy, safe, pleasing, and functionally efficient demonstrating the value of interior design and kitchen and bath design.
- Communicate an understanding of trade and business issues, and professional practice standards.
- Utilize essential drafting, drawing, visualization, and software skills to develop and execute design projects.
- Demonstrate an understanding of codes, standards, and regulations that apply to interior environments including kitchens and bathrooms.
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.
- Kitchen and Bath Design Area of Concentration, Interior Design Preprofessional AAS Program Advising Guide (PDF, )
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MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer. The AAS General Area of Concentration degree is the foundation of the interior design program transfer relationships with Marymount Universitynew window, Morgan State Universitynew window, and George Washington Universitynew window.
For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.
Careers possibilities include interior designer, kitchen designer, and bath designer.
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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
Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.
- 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 118 - Interior Design Visualization & Presentation 3 semester hours
- IDES 243 - Kitchen Design 1 semester hour
- IDES 247 - Codes for Interiors 1 semester hour
- ARTT 116 - Digital Tools for the Visual Arts 4 semester hours (GEEL)
- IDES 123 - CAD Drafting for Interior Design 3 semester hours
- Natural Sciences Distribution with Lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- IDES 221 - Interior Design: Residential 3 semester hours
- IDES 240 - Textiles, Materials, and Finishes for Interior Design 3 semester hours
- IDES 244 - Bath Design 1 semester hour
- Elective 1 semester hour
- Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- IDES 222 - Interior Design: Commercial/Contract 3 semester hours
- IDES 245 - Kitchen and Bath Appliances and Equipment 1 semester hour
- IDES 246 - Interior Systems 1 semester hour
- IDES 272 - Business Practices and Procedures for Interior Design 3 semester hours
- IDES 275 - Interiors: Professional Practicum/Internship 1-3 semester hours (1 semester hour)
- ARTT 201 - Art History: 1400 to Present 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
** AAS programs require one 3-credit Arts or Humanities General Education course.
‡ This IDES course may not be offered every semester; advising by interior design coordinator is required.
‡‡ Internship must be approved by interior design advisor.
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