Mar 03, 2024  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 

Interior Design: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 69 credits minimum

Visual Art & Design Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-4678
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Program Manager - Mojdeh Sakaki
Assistant Professor - Jeri Eastman

Program Description
The Interior Design program is designed to develop technical skills, creativity, and an understanding of all aspects of Interior Design. The graduates of this program will be qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The Interior Design program will prepare the students to:

  • Analyze clients’ needs, goals, and life safety requirements and integrate them into a comprehensive design program.
  • Formulate preliminary design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriate, functional, and in accordance with codes and standards.
  • Develop and present final design recommendations through industry standard presentation media.
  • Prepare working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, reflected ceiling plans, lighting, interior detailing, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in compliance with universal accessibility guidelines and all applicable codes.
  • Collaborate with professional services of other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval.
  • Prepare and administer bids and contract documents as the client’s agent.
  • Review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

Projects cover a wide range of interior spaces, including residences, hotels and restaurants, stores, historic settings, and supportive housing.

This AAS degree also provides educational credits needed to qualify for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam (NCIDQ).

This program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this program will have the skill and knowledge to work as:

  • Design assistants for independent designer or Design firms (residential & commercial)
  • Drafts-persons in architectural firms
  • Home Stagers
  • Freelance Designers
  • Sales/ Design in any interior related industries e.g. lighting, furniture, flooring, window treatments, cabinetry, etc.
  • Kitchen & bath designers
  • Manufacturing Representatives
  • Decorators

Transfer/Articulation Information
This AAS Degree is currently not directly transferable to four-year institutions; however, some of the General Education components are transferable. In addition, 7 courses directly transfer to Weber State University’s Interior Design BS Program (see the requirements for the Certificate of Proficiency in Interior Design). The Interior Design Program is committed to general and pre-professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis (See Utah System of Higher Education Institutions).

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $650.
Supplies: $350.
Course Fees: $183.

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 5 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

Demonstrate entry level professional skills for employment in the Interior Design industry.

1, 6

Evaluate and solve design problems visually and volumetrically to create functional and creative spaces through conceptualizing, diagramming, space planning and completing construction documents.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Measure and estimate the quantity and cost of materials needed for projects, i.e. paint, drapery, floor coverings, wallpaper, etc.

1, 3, 4, 6

Evaluate and specify textiles and materials for interiors regarding appropriate use and impact on the environment.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Demonstrate proficiency in creating industry standard documents required for Interior Design presentations and communication using hand and computer aided drafting skills.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate the proper use of industry terminology which will allow them to communicate effectively with other similarly engaged professionals.

1, 2, 6

Demonstrate professionalism through quality presentations, effective sales techniques, efficient organization, and working in a collaborative and constructive manner.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Apply entry level industry knowledge of local and national building codes relating to residential and commercial Interior Design projects.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing industry technology and software including: Autodesk CAD and REVIT, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, and Virtual Reality equipment and software.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Create high quality printed and electronic portfolios to use for job applications. The portfolio will reflect class work and projects completed during the program.

2, 4, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas


*MATH 1030  is the QL course that transfers to USHE Interior Design Bachelor programs.

**INTD 1010  is a Fine Art General Education course. Courses that meet General Education requirements may be used to meet program requirements. If this option is chosen, student must complete additional elective courses in Interior Design to meet the total credit hour requirement. Please meet with an academic advisor to discuss options. 


Electives Courses (8 credits minimum)

Select a minimum of 8 elective credits from the following. It is advised to meet with the Interior Design academic advisor, program manager or faculty for guidance as to the best selection for the student’s career and/or transfer goals.

Advising Notes

Students should contact the Interior Design Academic Advisor or the Interior Design Department for additional information on:

  • Elective courses that would be most beneficial to the student’s career goals.
  • A pathway to transfer to 4 year institutions.

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before class may be taken.

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