Interior Design

Design a Career you will love!

In the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design degree program you’ll master some of the fundamental skills required to be a practicing interior designer in both residential and commercial design. Interior designers work with their clients to create spaces that are not only functional, but inviting.  Collin College's Interior Design program will explore design concepts, color theory, practice computer-rendering, and teach students how to use healthy materials in their design applications.   



Students try to navigate the campus in wheelchairs to understand the need for ADA complianceWhat do Interior Designers do?

  • Design interior plans based on client’s budget, design preferences, space size, function and purpose
  • Design plans to be safe and compliant with American Disabilities Act (ADA)/Texas Accessibilities Standards (TAS)
  • Estimate material requirements and costs
  • Coordinate and communicate effectively with contractors, architects, engineers, and subcontractors to ensure job success
  • Use computer-aided drafting or rendering software to produce design drawings


Interior design studentsWhat kind of skills do I need to be an Interior Designer?

  • Active listening and social perceptiveness
  • Managing your own and the time of others
  • Visualization, originality and creative problem solving
  • Visual color discrimination
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Service orientation

What are my Program Options?


What else do I need to know about this program?


Scheduling.  This program follows a very specific course rotation.  The technical (INDS) classes listed in the First/Second Year, First Semester are generally ONLY offered in the FALL and the classes listed in the First/Second Year, Second Semester are generally ONLY offered in the SPRING.  Please review the prerequisites carefully as the failure to take ALL of the classes each semester may preclude the ability to move forward in the program.


Computer Requirements.  As part of this program, you will be learning some specialized software for drawing floor plans and design drawings.  You will have access to labs and computers with this software, but if you want to download the software on your own computer, please make sure your laptop has the capacity and compatibility to download and run these softwares.  See INDS Computer Requirements for more information and specifications before you buy a new laptop! 


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Questions?  Contact Us!


Debi Fuller - Lead Faculty


Craig A. Johnson - Director


Kate Smith - Program Coach