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Interior Design

If you're a creative person with an eye for color and detail, love style, have a passion for arranging spaces and excitement for problem solving, then interior design could be the program for you. Interior design is a rapidly growing profession that requires both creativity and technical knowledge to design unique interior spaces. Interior Design students achieve creative and conceptual awareness through project-based activities. Students are provided a dedicated design and computer lab to help develop skills in drafting, sketching, rendering, 3D visualization, and project presentation. Studio design courses involve collaborative projects and provide valuable hands-on design experience in both residential and commercial design. Work completed while in the Interior Design Program provides each student with a comprehensive professional portfolio to use for employment interviews or for transfer applications. Many courses offer field trips to museums, historical home tours and design resource centers. Guest lecturers from related design disciplines keep students updated on current developments in the profession. Internships and involvement in professional design organizations allow students additional career development opportunities.

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Interior Design AS Program Map

Interior Design Certificate Program Map

Interior Design Visual Communication Certificate Program Map

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Associate of Science in Interior Design – recommended for students who do not yet possess a college degree and for those who wish to continue on to a 4-year University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Architecture.
  • Interior Design Certificate - recommended for students already possessing an associate of arts, an associate of science or a bachelor of science in another discipline who wish to enter the profession of Interior Designer. Students who complete the 40-unit Interior Design Certificate are eligible to take the California Certified Interior Designer examination – IDEX
  • Interior Design Visual Communication Certificate - recommended for students interested in a technical design support position. This certificate can be completed in two semesters.


Kathleen Galipeau, CID, Assoc. AIA, ASID IIDA
Kathleen Galipeau, CID, Assoc. AIA, ASID IIDA
Associate Professor Interior Design
(909) 652-8029

Interior Design Faculty are industry professionals with both higher education teaching and practical work experience. The Interior Design faculty have combined expertise in a variety of areas including projects completed in residential and commercial design, kitchen and bath design, retail and store planning, architectural design, restaurant and hotel planning, multi-unit housing, home staging, educational design and resource sales among others.

Interior Design Curriculum is reviewed by an Advisory Board comprised of local industry professionals, students, faculty and staff dedicated to bi-annual curriculum review in order to include the most current topics, tech-forward skills and to enable the highest employability of our students.

Career Opportunities

  • Residential Designer
  • Specialty Commercial designer such as retail, hotel /restaurant, medical facilities, schools
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Color consultant
  • Staff designer for large firms and retail operations
  • Interior Renderer and CADD Designer
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Antique specialist