Associate Degree of Applied Business


Interior Designers need to be creative, imaginative, and artistic.  They also need to be disciplined, organized, and skilled business people.  Combining aesthetic vision with practical skills and knowledge, interior designers work with clients to develop design solutions that are "aesthetically appealing, technically sophisticated, and pragmatically satisfying."

The Associate Degree of Applied Business in Interior Design program prepares students for this challenging and exciting profession It is a field of great creativity whereby all types of interior spaces can be manipulated or altered to form stimulating and functional areas in which to live, work, and play. Career choices include working as a freelance designer or consultant, in association with a design studio or design service, design consultation or furnishings display person. Job projects can be residential, commercial, and/or institutional.

An extensive course of instruction is necessary for entering this expanding profession. Our educational emphasis is placed on the ability of designers to express clients’ wishes through space usage and color, shape, texture, and fit of furnishings.

Specialized Career Opportunities for Interior Designers Include:

Adaptive Reuse
The remodeling of old or historic structures to fit a purpose different from the original.

Architectural Space Planning
Drafting by hand or CADD

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Design
Design for the special needs population, including nursing homes, hospices, and residences.

Historic Preservation
Restoration of authentic interiors maintained as museums, tour houmes, and Bed & Breakfast.

Hospitality Design
Interior Design for hotels, convention centers, resorts, casinos, and restaurants.

Kitchen & Bath Design
Space planning for equipment, plumbing fixtures, and cabinetry.

Purchasing Agent
Act as purchaser for large companies, negotiating and overseeing correct order of furnishings.

Showroom Designer
Space planning or permanent and seasonal showrooms of furniture, fabric, carpet, & accessories.

Window Treatment Design
Fabric and style coordination for windows.

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