If you are detail-oriented, love beautiful surroundings and have an eye for balance and color, then interior design may be your calling. FSCJ can help prepare you for a career doing what you enjoy. The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Interior Design Technology degree program will tap into your creativity using a balance of theory, practical hands-on training and real-life experience to provide you with the foundation you will need to become a successful designer. Interior designers learn the characteristics and performance of textiles, computer-aided drafting skills, space-planning skills, furniture and accessory arrangement, hand drawing, rendering and color selection, communication, presentation skills and portfolios are emphasized.
Based on the professional standards established by The Council of Interior Design Accreditation and industry partners, the A.S. in Interior Design Technology degree will help you develop competencies in all phases of design.
Your degree will culminate with a professional internship during your last term that will provide you with experience in the interior design industry. It will consist of a course component and a minimum 180 hours interning in the field. This program cannot be completed entirely online. Some courses are available as hybrid, a combination of online and traditional college courses.
Upon completing this program, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following program learning outcomes:
Solving/Critical Thinking Skills
Students will be able to apply problem solving/critical thinking skills to design challenges.
Students will be able to demonstrate industry-related technology skills.
Students will communicate design projects through graphic techniques and visual/ oral presentation skills.
Social Awareness in Living
Students will be able to apply social awareness principles in living structures.
Portfolio Development and
Students will be able to demonstrate effective portfolio development and presentation skills.
Student will demonstrate employability skills and identify job and career opportunities to conduct a job search and demonstrate job interview techniques.
Graduates qualify for entry-level positions with interior design studios, architectural firms, furniture and design showrooms, and other businesses specializing in interior furnishings. Types of career positions include interior designer, design assistant, sales representatives, CAD operator, interior decorator, merchandise displayer, and space planner. Designers are needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and businesses meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly or more easily accessible.
Graduates of the A.S. in Interior Design Technology degree program fulfill the educational requirements needed for eligibility to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. Courses within the program may help students prepare to pursue optional certifications, including LEED Associate, Evidence-Based Design, Kitchen and Bath, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.