Interior Design

Turning Your Decorating Vision into Spatial Designs

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    Program Duration: 2 Years
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    Degree Type: Associate in Arts (A.A.)
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    Total Credit Hours: 64
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About This Program

In the Interior Design program, you will learn how to plan a building layout; choose style and color palettes; select furniture, floor and window coverings; and determine lighting schemes for interior spaces. You will explore traditional and contemporary design styles; guidelines for using lighting and color; freehand, digital, technical and presentation drawing; design of space, color, texture; techniques for implementing clients’ wishes; legal and ethical considerations; and methods for communicating your ideas to clients and colleagues. The core courses you take together with Construction Management, Computer-Assisted Design, Facility Management and Architecture students will help you relate skills and specializations from various fields. Our experienced, supportive faculty will work with you to assemble a portfolio or website that showcases your abilities.

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.

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Bloomsburg University

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Jefferson University

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Launch Your Career in Interior Design

  • Furniture Finisher – est. salary  $37,441
  • Interior Designer – est. salary  $63,343*
  • Set and Exhibit Designer $62,636
**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher. 

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Featured Career

Interior Designer

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. Maynts of mechanics, installers and repairers.

Starting Pay: $34,591

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Typical Tasks

  • Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.