Interior Design - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design program is designed to equip students with a background in the conceptual, technical and historical aspects of interior design. Students study basic design, color, history of architecture and furniture, interior materials, hand and computer drafting, space planning, and presentation techniques. The curriculum consists of an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design that provides foundational knowledge and skills.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits

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Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is home to the longest running interior design program in Arizona, and we are very proud to be celebrating our 45th year of excellence in design education.

We are located in the heart of Scottsdale’s interior design communities, which include: Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale Airpark, Scottsdale Design Center, and the Scottsdale Design District. We enjoy collaborative working relationships with interior design studios, showrooms,
manufacturing companies, and distributors; many of which employ our students as interns and junior designers.

Our Interior Design Program is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year program culminating in an AAS Degree in Interior Design. Our program focus is residential design; emphasizing design fundamentals, design technology and real world design experiences for our students. Many of our graduates are award-winning designers with their own firms, hiring our industry ready graduates of tomorrow.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats for full-time and part-time students: in-person day and evening, hybrid and online.  

Program Length

Completion of an AAS in Interior Design takes a minimum of 2 years as a full-time student. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level). Please contact the program director for additional information.


The AAS in Interior Design at SCC may be completed at an estimated cost of $6,500 which includes tuition, fees, books, and materials. Many of our classes offer Open Educational Resources (OER), keeping textbook costs at a minimum.


Some of our interior design courses do require textbooks; in most cases, they can be purchased or rented in different formats (hardback/paperback or e-book). The program has made a commitment to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER) whenever possible to minimize student expenses. General Education courses may have required textbooks.

Program Curriculum

Semester 1

  • INT105 – Introduction to Interior Design
  • INT115 – Historical Architecture and Furniture
  • INT145 – Drawing and Rendering
  • ARC141 – Architectural CAD I: Introduction
  • ENG101 – First Year Composition
  • MATH
  • Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

  • INT120 – Modern Architecture and Furniture
  • INT150 – Color and Design
  • INT160 – Fabrics for Interiors
  • ARC142 – Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations
  • ENG102 – First Year Composition
  • CRE101 – Critical Reading
  • Total Credits: 18

Semester 3

  • INT170 – Interior Materials
  • INT190 – Space Planning
  • INT230 – Presentation Techniques
  • COM
  • Total Credits: 15

Semester 4

  • INT215 – Professional Practices
  • INT225 – History of  Decorative Arts
  • INT240 – Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Total Credits: 16


Program Contacts

Charles (Chuck) Cooper, ASAI, IDEC, ASID, NCIDQCertified
Program Director, Program Advisor
Office: AP-216C
Phone: (480) 423-6436

Rachel Simmons, IDEC, ASID, NCIDQCertified
Faculty, Advisor for ASIDStudent Chapter
Office: AP-216A
Phone: (480) 423-6436

Alexis Hale
Division Secretary
Office: AP-237B
Phone: (480) 423-6599

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ARC141Architectural CAD I: Introduction3
ARC142Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations3
INT105Introduction to Interior Design3
INT115Historical Architecture and Furniture3
INT120Modern Architecture and Furniture3
INT145Drawing and Rendering3
INT150Color and Design3
INT160Fabrics for Interiors3
INT170Interior Materials3
INT190Space Planning3
INT215Professional Practices3
INT225History of Decorative Arts3
INT230Presentation Techniques3
INT240Kitchen and Bath Design3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 19-24
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education course in the First-Year Composition area.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by INT115 and INT120 in Required Courses area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to prepare a variety of assigned drawings. (ARC141)
  • Use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to draft a set of assigned working drawings. (ARC142)
  • Identify and use design principles to develop a room design and explore the purchase and arrangement of home furnishings. (INT105)
  • Trace the development of furniture and architecture from prehistoric times to the Industrial Revolution. (INT115)
  • Describe modern development of furniture and architecture from the Industrial Revolution to the present. (INT120)
  • Develop quick-sketch and presentation type drawings in portfolio format as used by design professionals. (INT145)
  • Use color theory and principles to create two-dimensional designs. (INT150)
  • Identify the composition and characteristics of fabrics using fiber, yarn, construction and finishes. (INT160)
  • Estimate, specify, and schedule installations of flooring, wall and furniture coverings, and window treatments for a residential interior. (INT170)
  • Use interior design principles to solve assigned studio problems. (INT190)
  • Prepare presentations including furniture layouts, elevations, material selections and models. (INT190)
  • Apply marketing and business processes to develop a business and marketing plan. (INT215)
  • Incorporate ethical issues faced in the interior design industry into a business and marketing plan. (INT215)
  • Use historical decorative art motifs in design of custom furniture. (INT225)
  • Produce presentation type drawings and portfolio development techniques used by design professionals. (INT230)
  • Create and present working drawings and presentation boards that interpret a variety of kitchen and bath designs. (INT240)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.