Interior Design

interior design logo croppedThe Interior Design Program has an excellent reputation within the design community, and we pride ourselves on high standards and professional work.

Our program is based on the foundations of the principles of sustainability with an equal representation of residential and commercial design. Course of study includes drafting and presentational drawings, textiles, product and furniture design, professional practice, and portfolio development.

We offer an ever-changing, state-of-the-art CAD facility consistently updated with the latest versions of software. In addition, cooperative learning experiences and internships are required to enrich the learning experience. Students are also exposed to live hands-on projects and have opportunities to travel abroad.

The consistently high placement statistics for our alumni attest to the level of knowledge, ability, and quality of education our students receive with the Interior Design major. The industry-wide acceptance of our program and the satisfaction of our alumni are reliable benchmarks with which to regard our program.


CURRICULUM

[A30220] Associate in Applied Science Degree Course Schedule
[C30220] Architectural Technology and Design Certificate Course Schedule
[C30220D] Interior Design - Digital Imaging and Design Certificate Course Schedule

The Interior Design curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in the field of both residential and nonresidential interior design. The focus of the studies is technical knowledge, professional practices, and aesthetic principles and design process.

Curriculum content includes residential and nonresidential interior design, architectural drafting, computer-aided design, and universal design. Also included are basic design, code standards, history of interiors and furnishings, color theory, products, business practices, visual presentations, and sustainable principles.

Graduates should qualify for interior design opportunities in numerous residential and commercial environments such as hospitality, corporate, mercantile, educational, and healthcare. Interior designers also have employment opportunities in real estate, entertainment, visual merchandising, government, sales and marketing, and other specialties dealing with interiors.

Click here for a list of Social/Behavioral Sciences courses approved for this program.


INTERNSHIPS

As a part of the learning environment, students participate in a 20-hour-a-week cooperative learning experience their senior semester. Students gain real world knowledge and experience through industry and design professionals.


PROGRAM COMPETENCIES

Upon successful completion of the Interior Design program, the student should be able to:

  • Utilize the fundamental principles and elements of design to create a unified environment.
  • Design an environment using sound space planning principles.
  • Visually communicate design concepts.
  • Create harmonious hue schemes.
  • Identify and design interiors based on historical periods or design styles.
  • Apply ethical business practices.

 

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

The Interior Design Program has an excellent reputation within the design community, and we pride ourselves on high standards and professional work. To effectively train Interior Design professionals, the performance of certain functions is incorporated throughout the program. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of these functions in the Interior Design program. The essential functions include:

  • Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment. For example, making a good decision about the best financial report to produce based on user needs.
  • Interpersonal Skills: interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers and clients, function and contribute as part of a team, be accountable for self and others, and maintain appropriate hygiene for an office environment. For example, the ability to interact effectively with other members on a team project.
  • Communication Skills: speak English, write English, listen and comprehend written and spoken words, and communicate information and ideas so others will understand. For example, the ability to discuss and present ideas and information to a client.
  • Mobility: mobility that is appropriate for an office or classroom setting is needed. For example, mobile enough to sit and stand repeatedly in an office setting.
  • Motor Skills: be able to sit for extended periods of time and manual dexterity. For example, as needed for computer work/keyboarding.
  • Hearing: hearing ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer). For example, being able to hear and respond to an instructor or other students in a classroom.
  • Visual: visual ability to see with normal or corrected vision, tolerate working indoors in artificial light and the glare of computer screens. For example, the ability to look at a computer screen for long periods of time.
  • Tactile: ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, possessing finger and manual dexterity necessary to manipulate computer and other office equipment.
  • Weight-Bearing: none.
  • Cognitive: cognitive ability to use logic and reason, attention to detail, and short-term and long­ term memory skills. For example, the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in a previous week of a semester.
  • Visual Color Discrimination: visual color discrimination ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. For example, the ability to determine color schemes in the development of a design project.

EXAMPLES ARE NOT ALL INCLUSIVE.
Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.