Interior Design

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

Curriculum content includes residential and non-residential interior design, architectural drafting, computer-aided design and universal design. Also included are basic design, history of interiors and furnishings, color theory, products, business practices, graphic presentations and general education courses.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs including residential and commercial interior design, set design, showroom design and sales positions for furniture, textiles and accessories and all businesses dealing with interiors.

General Information

Increasingly, our interior living and working spaces are being developed for a more sophisticated society. The Interior Design program at CPCC prepares students to design the interior spaces of today and tomorrow using the best of today’s technology.

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Interior Design (A30220)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Interior Design is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. GED High School Equivalency and High School Diploma classes are available at CPCC.
  • CPCC placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Developmental Studies in mathematics and English courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Contact the Program chair to enter the Interior Design program.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

For more information, call the Interior Design Department at 704.330.6548, or visit the website at cpcc.edu/arts-interior-design/interior-design.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Take one of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
COM 110Introduction to Communication (Take one of the following)3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Take one of the following3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Calculus I
Take 1 course:3.0
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Major Requirements
DES 110Architectural Graphics2.0
DES 112Building and Construction Systems3.0
DES 120CAD for Interior Design2.0
or ARC 114 Architectural CAD
DES 125Visual Presentation I2.0
DES 130Digital Applications and Interior Design3.0
DES 135Principles and Elements of Design I4.0
DES 210Professional Practices for Interior Design2.0
DES 220Interior Design Fundamentals3.0
DES 225Textiles for Interiors3.0
DES 230Residential Design I3.0
DES 231Residential Design II3.0
DES 235Products3.0
DES 240Commercial and Contract Design I3.0
DES 241Commercial/Contract Design II3.0
DES 255History of Interiors and Furnishings I3.0
DES 275Furniture Design & Construction3.0
DES 280Codes and Standards/Interior Design3.0
Technical Electives
Select 4 credits of the following:4.0
Color Theory
CAD for Interior Design/Advanced
Kitchen and Bath Design
Lighting/Interior Design
Green Building and Design Concepts
Construction Materials & Methods
Advanced Architectural CAD
Architectural 3-D CAD
Architectural Building Information Modeling I
Architectural Animation & Video
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning I
DES 243
Total Credits70

Interior Design Diplomas (D30220)

Residential Interior Decoration Diploma and Home Staging (D30220D2)

The Residential Interior Decoration and Home Staging Diploma is designed to prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in the field of residential interior decorating. The focus of the studies is technical knowledge, professional practices and aesthetic principles.

Curriculum content includes residential interior design, architectural drafting and computer-aided drafting/design. Also included are basic elements of design, history of interiors and furnishings, color theory, graphic presentation, business practices and general education courses.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs including residential interior design, set design, showroom design and sales positions for furniture, textiles and accessories.

Careful planning should allow students to complete the diploma in three full-time semesters or in six to seven part-time semesters.

For more information, please visit the program website at cpcc.edu/arts-interior-design/interior-design.

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Choose one of the following3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Calculus I
Major Requirements
DES 110Architectural Graphics2.0
DES 120CAD for Interior Design2.0
DES 112Building and Construction Systems3.0
DES 125Visual Presentation I2.0
DES 130Digital Applications and Interior Design3.0
DES 210Professional Practices for Interior Design2.0
DES 220Interior Design Fundamentals3.0
DES 225Textiles for Interiors3.0
DES 255History of Interiors and Furnishings I3.0
DES 230Residential Design I3.0
ART 115Art History Survey II3.0
or ART 114 Art History Survey I
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Color Theory
Principles and Elements of Design I
CAD for Interior Design/Advanced
Products
Kitchen and Bath Design
Lighting/Interior Design
Furniture Design & Construction
Work-Based Learning I
Total Credits38

Kitchen and Bath Design Diploma (D30220-D3)

The Diploma in Kitchen and Bath Design equipms students with the knowledge, skills, and competence needed for working in this specialized design area.  Coursework includes the basics of design; both computer-aided and manual drafting techniques; 3D computer modeling; kitchen and bath materials, products, and business practices.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs with businesses that specialize in or relate to design, sales, and installation of residential kitchens and baths.

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Take one course3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Take one course3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precalculus Algebra
Brief Calculus
Calculus I
DES 110Architectural Graphics2.0
DES 112Building and Construction Systems3.0
or ARC 120 Interior Design-Residential
DES 125Visual Presentation I2.0
DES 120CAD for Interior Design2.0
DES 130Digital Applications and Interior Design3.0
DES 210Professional Practices for Interior Design2.0
DES 220Interior Design Fundamentals3.0
DES 235Products3.0
DES 255History of Interiors and Furnishings I3.0
DES 242Kitchen and Bath Design3.0
WBL 111Work-Based Learning I1.0
DES 243Course DES 243 Not Found
Total Credits36

Interior Design Certificates (C30220)

Interior Design Certificate Specialization in Introduction to Interior Design (C30220-C1)

This certificate is only available to high school students enrolled in Career and College Promise.

Major Requirements
DES 110Architectural Graphics2.0
DES 125Visual Presentation I2.0
DES 135Principles and Elements of Design I4.0
DES 225Textiles for Interiors3.0
DES 255History of Interiors and Furnishings I3.0
Total Credits14

Courses

DES 110. Architectural Graphics. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic drafting skills and techniques. Emphasis is placed on the use of drafting equipment, lettering, dimensioning, elevations, sections, construction details, and design standards as related to interior design. Upon completion, students should be able to complete construction documents skillfully utilizing principles of drafting.

DES 111. Creative Problem Solving. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to improve conceptual abilities as applied to problems involved with creating practical designs. Emphasis is placed on the awareness of creative thinking techniques that are involved with producing a workable design in an innovative fashion. Upon completion, students should be able to apply creative thinking techniques to find innovative solutions to design challenges.

DES 112. Building and Construction Systems. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an overview of the residential construction process for the interior designer. Emphasis is placed on providing the fundamental knowledge needed by the designer in residential construction basics and methods, including electrical and lighting, plumbing, sustainability, mechanical and ventilation, and the building envelope. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate effective communication required for effective collaboration with architects, engineers, and building contractors.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111

DES 115. Color Theory. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the element of color as a major design factor. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychological, and other implications of color in design. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of color and its effects on the human environment.

DES 120. CAD for Interior Design. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic computer-aided design and drafting skills and techniques within interior design applications. Emphasis is placed on the most common computer commands used in architectural drafting and design to draw, edit, manipulate layers, and create templates. Upon completion, students should be able to use specific computer applications to complete drawings and plot/print.

Prerequisites: Take DES 110

DES 121. CAD for Interior Design/Advanced. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced techniques in drafting on the computer and the applications of computer-aided design for various projects. Emphasis is placed on specific exercises that integrate and reinforce the presentation topics into a scaled drawing. Upon completion, students should be able to draw, transfer, and plot assigned floorplans in an efficient and accurate manner using the computer equipment and software provided.

Prerequisites: Take DES 120

DES 125. Visual Presentation I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces visual presentation techniques for communicating ideas. Topics include drawing, perspective drawing, rendering and mixed media. Upon completion, students should be able to present a design concept through graphic media.

DES 130. Digital Applications and Interior Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces digital applications using current appropriate software and emerging technologies. Emphasis is placed on the operation of computer software in interior design applications. Upon completion, students should be able to use digital media to prepare a design solution. Focus of this course will be 3D modeling using SketchUP and/or other design software as appropriate.

DES 135. Principles and Elements of Design I. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic concepts and terminology of design as they relate to the design profession. Topics include line, pattern, space, mass, shape, texture, color, unity, variety, rhythm, emphasis, balance, proportion, scale, and function. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles covered through 2D and 3D exploration.

DES 210. Professional Practices for Interior Design. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces contemporary business practices for interior design. Topics include employment skills, business formations, professional associations, preparation of professional contracts and correspondence, and means of compensation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic business practices as they relate to the interior design profession.

Prerequisites: Take DES 220

DES 220. Interior Design Fundamentals. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to the application of interior design principles. Emphasis is placed on spatial relationships, material selections, craftsmanship, and visual presentation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to apply interior design principles and illustrate design solutions through visual communication.

Prerequisites: Take One set:

DES 225. Textiles for Interiors. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course includes the study of textiles and their applications for a variety of interiors. Emphasis is placed on history, manufacturing processes, fiber characteristics, and residential and non-residential applications. Upon completion, students should be able to specify appropriate textiles.

DES 230. Residential Design I. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course includes principles of interior design for various residential design solutions. Emphasis is placed on visual presentation and selection of appropriate styles to meet specifications. Upon completion, students should be able to present scaled floor plans, elevations, specifications, color schemes finishes and furniture selection.

Prerequisites: Take DES 112 DES 120 DES 130 DES 220

DES 231. Residential Design II. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced projects with a client profile that utilizes the skills developed in DES 230. Emphasis is placed on a total concept and the presentation of appropriate and creative design solutions. Upon completion, students should be able to complete a detailed floorplan, space planning, furniture plan, specifications, program schedules, finishes, and detailed window treatments.

Prerequisites: Take DES 230 DES 280

DES 235. Products. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an overview of interior products. Topics include floor coverings; wall coverings and finishes; ceilings, moldings, and furniture construction techniques; and other interior components. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and select appropriate materials and furnishings for interior spaces based on application.

DES 240. Commercial and Contract Design I. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to focus on commercial/contract design including retail, office, institutional, healthcare and hospitality design. Emphasis is placed on ADA requirements, building codes and standards, space planning, and selection of appropriate materials for non-residential interiors. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze design and present non-residential projects.

Prerequisites: Take DES 112 DES 120 DES 130 and DES 220

DES 241. Commercial/Contract Design II. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an in-depth study of non-residential design exploring more comprehensive design solutions such as health care facilities, furniture gallery design, and large office complexes. Emphasis is placed on design of commercial interiors and suitability of materials to meet ADA requirements, codes, and standards. Upon completion, students should be able to design non-residential spaces meeting ADA requirements and select furniture, materials, fabrics, and accessories meeting codes and flammability standards.

Prerequisites: Take DES 240 and DES 280

DES 242. Kitchen and Bath Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the fundamentals of kitchen and bath design. Emphasis is placed on the principles and elements of kitchen and bath design, analysis of client needs, specifying products, and drafting design solutions. Upon completion, students should be able to produce basic kitchen and bath design utilizing standards established by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111, DES 110, or DFT 115
Take DES 130

DES 243. Advanced Kitchen and Bath Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced kitchen and bath design. Emphasis will be placed on universal design solutions, producing professional working documents, and mastery of developing and presenting a design concept and theme. Upon completion, students should be able to execute complex kitchen and bath designs.

Prerequisites: Take DES 242

DES 255. History of Interiors and Furnishings I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces architecture, interiors, and furnishings in a variety of historic styles from Prehistroic to Neoclassical. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, chronology, and style recognition. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, classify and describe major styles of furniture, interiors, and architecture.

DES 265. Lighting/Interior Design. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces theory and contemporary concepts in lighting. Topics include light levels, light quality, lamps and fixtures, and their use and application in interior design. Upon completion, students should be able to visually communicate light concepts and requirements based on national standards and select solutions for specific lighting scenarios.

DES 275. Furniture Design & Construction. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces contemporary furniture design and construction techniques used in custom and handmade furniture building. Topics include design and manufacturing processes and materials selection for handmade and production, case goods, and upholstery manufacturing. Upon completion, students should be able to design and describe manufacturing processes used in both case goods and upholstered furniture manufacturing.

Prerequisites: Take DES 130 and DES 220

DES 280. Codes and Standards/Interior Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces standard building codes as they relate to interior design. Topics include state and federal codes and standards related to accessibility, fire codes, egress, occupancy, and plumbing requirements. Upon completion, students should be able to research and interpret and apply applicable codes.

Prerequisites: Take DES 110