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Interior Design


This program leads to the Associate in Arts degree in Interior Design, with graduates prepared to transfer to baccalaureate institutions. However, after graduation from the Community College of Philadelphia, students may choose to enter the work force as junior or assistant designers, or as materials librarians.

The primary goal of the program is to teach students to be imaginative, responsible and knowledgeable interior designers. Within the context of the multi-disciplinary learning environment of the Architecture, Design and Construction Department, students develop, explore and apply the broad intellectual, visual and graphic capacities required to compete successfully in the challenging and rewarding field of interior design.

The curriculum and faculty are dedicated to providing each student strong design and technical experiences early in his or her education. The Interior Design program is built upon a sequence of design studios. It is here that design fundamentals are acquired, and technical, historical and theoretical concepts are synthesized and applied. Students increase their spatial visualization capabilities and are guided in developing a design process and a personal creative vision. At the same time, they learn to work as part of a design team. The design projects are organized to build aesthetic understanding, technical abilities, sensitivity to human needs and awareness of the social consequences of design decisions.

At the College, the study of interior design reflects the diverse, evolving roles and responsibilities of the design professional. The program provides a broad liberal arts education, drawing upon art, science, humanities, social science and the history of architecture and interior design. This is the vital foundation that leads to the ability to produce lasting, beautiful and functional design work.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Use critical thinking and/or analytical skills to solve specific space planning and interior spaces design problems that synthesize human, ergonomic, technical, historical, cultural and theoretical concepts in two and three-dimensional form and space and that integrate lighting, color, textiles and furniture arrangements into interior design projects.
  • Communicate design intent effectively:  Identify common finish materials, related interior products, and furniture employed in the interior environment.
    1. Orally,
    2. In writing,
    3. By producing design drawings utilizing freehand drawing, manual and computer drafting
    4. By producing three-dimensional analog and computer models that convey design intentions.
  • Create and analyze design solutions that take people, built context, human culture, and history into consideration, addressing design as a complicated interaction of these conditions.

Program Entry Requirements:

Interior Design is a select program. To be accepted into the program, students must complete ADC 109 - Design Studio I with a minimum grade of "C". When ADC 109 has been completed with a "C" or better, students will be accepted into the Interior Design program. Students with college-level design work can be evaluated on an individual basis by the department faculty for admission prior to completing ADC 109.

Interested high school students should complete a year of geometry, two years of algebra and two years in art-related areas (drawing, sculpture, photography or related areas). Mechanical drafting or Computer Assisted Design is also advantageous.

Students are required to take the College's placement tests at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental coursework must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses prior to enrolling in courses required by the degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A. degree in Interior Design, a student must complete a minimum of 64 credits as prescribed, and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).


Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction   3 Tech Comp*
ADC 103 - CAD Basics   3 Tech Comp*
ADC 109 - Design Studio I   4  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
ART 105 - Drawing I   3  
ADC 159 - Design Studio II ADC 103, ADC 109 4  
ADC 160 - Presentation Techniques ADC 103 3  
ADC 192 - Color and Lighting ADC 101 3  
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design (or above as as per placement) ** FNMT 118 or MATH 118 placement 3 Mathematics
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
ADC 209 - Design Studio III ADC 159, ADC 160 4  
ADC 221 - History of Architecture and Interiors I ENGL 101 3  
ADC 260 - Advanced Presentation Techniques Prereq: ADC 160 and ADC 209 which may be taken concurrently; or ADC 163 which may be taken concurrently 3  
Directed Elective - select one of the following   3  
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties ADC 103 or ADC 109    
ADC 163 - Digital Documentation ADC 103    
ADC 212 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Methods ADC 103 or ADC 109    
ART 106 - Drawing II ART 105    
ART 111 - Three - Dimensional Design I      
ART 125 - Design I      
ART 126 - Design II ART 125    
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
ADC 259 - Design Studio IV ADC 209 4  
ADC 222 - History of Architecture and Interiors II Prereq:ADC 221 and ENGL 102 which may be taken concurrently 3  
Directed Elective - select one from the list above   3  
Science Elective **   3/4 Natural Science

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies and American/Global Diversity requirements. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill all three requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

* Students must complete ADC 101 and ADC 103 to meet the Technological Competency requirement.

** Students should select Mathematics and Science courses at CCP that correspond with the requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.