Interior Design

Interior Design

Thank you for expressing interest in the Interior Design Program at Scottsdale Community College. We are located in the heart of the Scottsdale Interior Design Industry found in Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale Airpark and Scottsdale Design District. We enjoy a warm working relationship with interior studios, showroom, manufacturers, and distributors; many employ our students as interns and junior designers.

The Interior Design Program at Scottsdale Community College is a comprehensive, vigorous two-year program culminating in an AAS Degree in Interior Design. Our program focus is in residential design emphasizing rigor in design fundamentals, design technology and real world design experiences for our students. Our graduates have become award-winning designers with their own firms hiring our industry ready graduates of tomorrow.

Our curriculum is offered in a mixture of formats; face to face, hybrid, and online. Classes are offered during tile day and evening for full and part-time students. An Associate's degree in interior design from Scottsdale Community College can be complete<! in four semesters at a projected cost of $6,500; including tuition, fees, books and materials. Many of our classes utilize Open Educational Material (OEM) which to keep text cost to a minimum. 

Articulations 

NAU 2 + 2 Bachelor of Science Interior Design

Career Outlook

Our graduates are prepared to enter directly into the design industry as Design Assistants or Junior Designers. Many of our graduated go into residential design finn both small and large. In addition some of our graduates choice to go into related fields; product representatives, showroom assistants, color specialist, staging, graphic design, product design, CAD and graphic specialist, merchandising, to name a few. 

Starting salaries in the area begin at S26,000 to $32,000 per year.

Career opportunities in the Phoenix area are good with a stable housing market; new and pre-owned home, employment in the design industry is strong. 

Experiential Learning

Scottsdale community College Interior Design Program has one largest and most active American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapters in the United States and has and continues to win regional and nations awards. 

The Interior Design Program prides itself in providing student with real world project whether it be in the classroom or through community and philanthropic endeavors. Each semester students have tile opportunity work directly with actual clients and environments. Some of our community partners include: Area Agency on Aging, The Dream Center. Chrysalis, The Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community to name a few. Community projects our student with opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world they live in but also allow them to utilize the skills they are learning in tile classroom. 

Interdisciplinary projects are another way our students can apply they unique skills with students from other programs and departments. Joint projects with Culinary Arts, Film, Theater are just a few of the opportunities that our students have participated in. 

Students can also participate in formal supervised internship opportunities. The program assists with internship placement of students in design studios, showrooms and manufactures base on their personal interest.

Student are encouraged to participate in the myriad of the experiential opportunities provide by the program. Students that become active participants in their education thrive in their design studies but also in the career growth. 

Program Curriculum 

The AAS Interior Design Degree is made up of 64 required credits made up of interior design, architectural technology and general education classes. The following sequence of courses is intended to give students the recommended order in which courses should be taken. Fall/spring schedules are designed with course sequencing in mind. 

Due to the demand for our classes, early registration and recommended sequencing is strongly encouraged. Please check with Program Advisor, Chuck Cooper, early in your program for a personalized schedule of Study. 

1st Level 2nd Level 3rd Level 4th Level
INT 105 Introduction to Interior Design INT 120 Modern Architecture and Furniture INT 160 Fabrics for Interiors INT 225 History of Decorative Arts
INT 115 Historical Architecture and Furniture INT 145 Drawing and Rendering INT 170 Interior Materials INT 230 Presentation Techniques
INT 145 Drawing and Rendering ARC 141 Architectural CAD I Introduction ARC 142 Architect CAD II: Plans & Elevations INT 215 Professional Practices
1st Level 2nd Level 3rd Level 4th Level
ENG 101 ENG 102 SCIENCE CRE 101 Or Elective
MATH PSY 101 SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL COMMUNICATION

How to Get Started

It's easy to get started at Scottsdale Community College. Visit our Getting Started page for steps to enroll.