Provides a comprehensive foundation of study, emphasizing the development of theoretical, practical, and technical skills within the interior environment. This specialization is developed and formed utilizing sequential courses with specific course work in environmental psychology, architectural and interior construction materials and components, lighting and environmental systems, and a range of studio classes. The environmental systems course group will focus on building codes, sustainability, and energy conservation. Graphic, oral and written communication, and presentation skills will be evaluated and enhanced. Computer applications are employed and utilized across the core courses to assist students in developing a broad range of computer skills including Computer Aided Design (CAD).
- Evaluate the physiological, sociological, and psychological human factor needs of users in the design of residential and commercial interiors.
- Produce professional presentation boards and 3-D models of residential and commercial interiors exhibiting quality of craftsmanship, superior graphic composition, and enhanced technical and artistic presentation skills.
- Select appropriate interior materials and finishes through critical analysis of their characteristics, properties, uses, components, construction methods, quantity calculations, performance, maintenance, and sustainability.
- Produce basic 2-D and 3-D schematic construction drawings employing technical manual and CAD architectural drafting skills.
- Exhibit artistic visual communication and presentation skills essential to conveying interior environments through perspective drawing, sketching, and rendering.
- Design an interior space from a historically significant period to include art, furniture, architecture, and interior design elements of a specific period style from antiquities to the present.
- Design commercial and residential projects utilizing knowledge of building codes and mechanical systems, including acoustical, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and HVAC and their impact on environmental, energy, and economic issues.
- Integrate lighting as a major component in a commercial interior environment.
- Design a small-scale residential project including programming documents, schematic and construction drawings, perspective drawings, and presentation boards conveying well-developed aesthetic and functional interior design concepts.
- Design a small-scale non-residential project incorporating Universal Design Principles and ADA codes and selecting sustainable materials, using evidence based design research.
- Develop a small-business mock design firm utilizing professional practice of interior design.
- Synthesize the interior design educational experience through the development of design solutions for a real client.
- Develop a professional-quality student portfolio, including resume and cover letters, to successfully enter a career in interior design or pursue a bachelor degree at a four-year institution.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete 9 credit hours from the following:
- ASL-130: Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community
- GEOG-132: World Regional Geography
- HIST-151: American History I
- HIST-152: American History II
- POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
- POLS-131: Introduction to American Government and Political Science
- POLS-152: International Relations
- POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society
- SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
Communication: Complete the following:
Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:
- CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry
- MATH-100: Basic Technical Mathematics
- MATH-103: Technical Mathematics
- MATH-1091, MATH-1092, MATH-1093, and MATH-1094, OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-112: Trigonometry
- MATH-115: College Algebra
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Complete one course from the Wellness Group:
- BFN-130: Principles of Investing
- BFN-141: Personal Finance
- COUN-110: Human Potential Seminar
- COUN-114: Stress Management - A Personal Approach
- COUN-119: Issues in Personal Growth
- COUN-125: Life Work Planning
- COUN-128: Active Parenting
- Any Heath and Physical Education (HPE) course
- Any Health and Physical Education Activity (HPEA) course
- Degree specific requirements for Humanities are fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.
Complete a total of 8 credit hours of Science and Mathematics (including courses taken from the Quantitative Literacy group) from courses in:
- Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
Social Science: Degree specific requirements for Social Science are fulfilled within the General Education Civil Society and Culture group.
NOTE: Minimum credits for Degree-Specific Requirements: 7
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Requirements are Subject to Change
- Eastern Michigan University
- Lawrence Technological University
- Wayne State University
- College for Creative Studies
Students who complete this degree will have learned skills and abilities that will assist in seeking entry-level positions in the field of Interior Design and related disciplines or transfer to a four-year program. Many of the core Interior Design courses will transfer to College for Creative Studies, Eastern Michigan University, and Lawrence Technological University.
- Architectural Draftsperson
- Color Consultant
- Facility Manager
- Interior Designer
- Residential Designer
- Sales Representative:
Commercial Furniture Showroom
Prospective Interior Design majors should meet with the Interior Design Program Coordinator to discuss their program and sequence of study in that introductory courses may be offered in the Winter semester as well as the Fall. Call the Interior Design Program Coordinator at 313-845-9814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.