Associate in Science
The Interior Design Associate of Science (AS) degree provides students with a comprehensive professionally-focused academic foundation to pursue multiple careers in interior design. Students will receive a strong background in design and color theories, history of interior architecture and furnishings, space planning, lighting, materials and products, building systems and codes, design process, manual and computer-aided design and visual communication. They will acquire technical skills, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and practical applications necessary to obtain various entry-level positions in the interior design field. The Interior Design AS degree is part of a stackable sequence of awards and requires completion of the Level II certificate program and Saddleback College general education requirements. This is a high unit major due to industry requirements for employment therefore the combination of the major units and general education required for this degree may take longer than two years to complete. Employment opportunities include design assistants for residential and model home designers, color or lighting consultants, CADD specialists, 3D renderers, e-designers, design journalists, space planners, or interior design positions as part of a larger design team. Students who complete the Interior Design AS degree will meet the minimum required units and educational standards established by the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) for eligibility to sit for the Interior Design Certification Exam (IDEX), the first step towards pursuing a qualification as a Certified Interior Designer (CID).
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $34,000 to $178,000 with an average salary of $74,000.