Interior Design, Associate of Applied Science

Interior designers combine problem solving skills and artistic vision to create environments that are safe, functional, sustainable, creative, aesthetically pleasing and enhance the human experience.  This degree program prepares students to apply their technical training and study of design fundamentals and concepts for positions in both residential and commercial specialties including interior design firms, architectural firms, corporate and facility planning, the materials, textiles, furniture and furnishing's industries, to-the-trade and retail sales and services, interior design product design and manufacturing, and many other positions in the applied interior design and arts related industries.

Students who desire to transfer courses to an institution with a bachelor or master's degree in an interior design related program should inquire with the program coordinator for course compatibility and transfer patterns. 

Courses may be taken in any sequence as long as course prerequisites are met. Some courses may be offered in alternate semesters only.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply creative and technical solutions with in the built environment using design fundamentals, theories, and concepts to address the functional needs, design aesthetics, and enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants.
  2. Employ the interior design process, which follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, programming, analysis, design development and integration of knowledge into the creative process to produce an interior space, which fulfill the project goals.
  3. Create design schematics using both manual and computer-aided techniques to produce to-scale drawings, construction documents, and presentation components.
  4. Select and specify materials, finishes, colors, furniture, fixtures, and equipment to appropriately express the aesthetic design concept, meet social, psychological and physiological needs, address functionality, sustainability, and environmental impact of the project as a whole and its individual parts with attention to maintenance and lifecycle performance, and adhering to safety and regulatory requirements.
  5. Conduct professional oral, written and graphic communication presentations.
  6. Coordinate and collaborate in teamwork structures within the Interior Design profession.


Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*,**

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Short Session

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

Interior designers combine problem solving skills and artistic vision to create environments that are safe, functional, sustainable, creative, aesthetically pleasing and enhance the human experience.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinator:
Kimberly Morrison Race, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, CID, CKD/CBD
CCBC Catonsville/Dundalk/Essex
443-840-4954 or

Additional Information:


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Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 18-20 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course. 

  • Arts and Humanities (CMNS 101 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 125 or MATH 132 recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 101 or PSYC 105 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Additional General Education course (HLTH 126 Recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 42-46 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose at least one credit from the following courses.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**A total of 60 Interior Design related course credits are required for NCIDQ exam eligibility. The AAS degree includes 42 of these credits; the additional 18 credits can be supplemented with elective courses. Verify with NCIDQ for acceptable courses.