Interior Design

Interior Design

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.

Program Code

3122 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design

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Program Contacts

Charles (Chuck) Cooper, ASAI, IDEC, ASID, NCIDQ Certified
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

Transfer Options

Our Interior Design program is proud to have partnered with Northern Arizona University (NAU) in a transfer agreement towards a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Interior Design:

NAU 2 + 2 - Bachelor of Science (BS) Interior Design

Please contact the program director for additional information, or to inquire about credit transfers to other institutions.

Career Outlook

Our graduates are prepared to enter directly into the design industry. Many of our graduates choose to work in small or large residential design firms, while others choose to work in related fields as product representatives, showroom assistants, color specialists, staging designers, graphic or product designers, CAD specialists and merchandise specialists, just to name a few. With a stable housing market, there are many employment opportunities in the design industry.

Beginning salaries: $28,000.00 - $34,000.00

Learning Opportunities

The Interior Design Program at Scottsdale Community College has one of the largest and most active Student Chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in the United States. Our ASID chapter continues to win regional and national awards.

The Interior Design Program prides itself on offering students real world project experience by way of classroom learning, community outreach and philanthropic efforts. Each semester, students have the opportunity to work directly with clients in a professional environment. Some of our community partners include: Area Agency on Aging, The Dream Center, Chrysalis, and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). Community projects provide our students with opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world they live in, while also allowing them a place to practice their classroom skills.

We also provide opportunities for our students to apply their unique skills through interdisciplinary projects, working collaboratively with students from other programs and departments throughout the college. Recently, collaborative projects have included working with the Culinary Arts, Film, and Theatre departments.

Students enrolled in the program may also participate in formal, supervised internship opportunities. We assist with internship placements in design studios, showrooms, and
manufacturing companies based upon individual interests and career goals.

Our students are strongly encouraged to participate in the myriad of experiential learning opportunities made available to them. By becoming active participants in their education, students not only thrive in their academic pursuits, but also their professional endeavors.