Interior Design

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

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 Compute Aided Design (CAD).

Learning Outcomes: 
  • 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 an 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 untilizing professional practice of interior design
  • Synthesize the interior design educational experience through the development of design solutions for a real life client
  • Develop a professional-quality student portfolio, including resume and cover letters, to successfully enter a career in interior design or continue to pursue a bachelors degree at a four-year institution

Degree-Specific Requirements

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
66.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Fine and Applied Arts
Fine Art


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Karen Wilmering • (313) 845-9814 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-151

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Wayne State University
  • College for Creative Studies
Career Opportunities: 

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
    Home Furnishings
    Manufacturers Representative

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 to schedule an appointment.