The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in Interior Design provides graduates industry-relevant knowledge and skills necessary to secure an entry-level position in the interior design profession. The program provides graduates with the foundation to become versatile and socially responsible interior designers in this constantly evolving field, to meet the needs of all who utilize interior space, whether to live, work, play, heal, or learn.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Contextual knowledge: Graduates will be able to make design decisions relative to the needs and wants of the users of the space with attention to an interior designer?s social responsibilities.
2. Design and problem-solving skills: Graduates will be able to implement the design process using critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems appropriate to a client?s needs.
3. Communication: Graduates will have written, oral, and visual communication skills and will be able to collaborate in teams.
4. Professionalism: Graduates will demonstrate awareness of industry practices and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
5. Design principles: Graduates will be able to apply historic influences and design principles in order to deliver functionally and aesthetically-appropriate interior spaces.
6. Knowledge of the field: Graduates will apply specific knowledge of the materials and components of interior environments.
7. Regulations: Graduates will have the ability to apply building codes, accessibility guidelines, and sustainable practices with consideration given to human factors.
Interior design courses are designed to cultivate a student?s competencies and talents. Through their design solutions and utilization of the design process, students are encouraged to consider the needs and wants of the users of the space, building codes, accessibility guidelines, and sustainability. The program?s foundation lies in the understanding and application of the principles and elements of design. In addition, students will acquire both hand and computer skills to aid in visually communicating their design ideas to all stakeholders. The program offers a stimulating learning environment led by highly credentialed, experienced , and dedicated faculty where committed and talented students can develop their creativity and acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in interior design.
To receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design, students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter-credits with 24 quarter-credits in general education courses and 66 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work and satisfy all portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati.