Interior Design Certificate, Credit Certificate

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.

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 specialized knowledge, creative and technical solutions to the planning and design of interior environments that promote health, safety, and welfare while supporting and enhancing the human experience.
  2. Employ the interior design process, which follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including to: analyze, plan, design, document, and manage interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards and regulations.
  3. Create design intent using a combination of oral, written, and graphic presentation strategies. Create a variety of document types utilizing both manual and computer-aided techniques.
  4. Interpret specifications for furniture, fixtures, equipment, and material finishes to select the correct product for each residential and commercial application, based on functionality; the aesthetic design concept; applicable building codes; user social, psychological and physiological needs; as well as the environmental impact of the project, such as sustainability, lifecycle performance, lifetime energy costs, and disposal/re-use.
  5. Coordinate and collaborate in concert within the scope of allied design professionals and consultants, including, but not limited to: architects, mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection engineers and designers, and acoustical, audio-visual, low-voltage, food service, sustainability, security, technology, and other specialty consultants.

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 42-46*, **

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any required developmental course work and has no transfer credits.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

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

Credit Certificate

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Department Chair:

William Niebauer
443-840-1568 or

Program Coordinators:

Art, Design, and Interactive Media AFA/AA Area of Concentration:
CCBC Catonsville
Sarada Conaway
443-840-4699 or

CCBC Essex
Jessica Walton
443-840-1567 or

Interior Design A.A.S.:
CCBC Catonsville/Dundalk/Essex
Inthia Bowman-Ruffin, Interim Coordinator
443-840-4954 or                                                                           

Additional Information:



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Courses Needed for This Program*

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.