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 Computer 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 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.

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.

General Education Requirements: 

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:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete 9 credit hours from the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness: Complete one:

  2. Humanities: Degree specific Humanities requirements are fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.

  3. Complete a total of 8 credit hours of Science and Mathematics (including courses taken from the Quantitative Literacy group) from:

    • Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
  4. Social Science: Degree specific Social Science requirements are fulfilled within the General Education Civil Society and Culture group.

NOTE: Minimum credits for Degree-Specific Requirements: 7

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
73.0 (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: 


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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • 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.