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Associate in Interior Design

Gateway Technical College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

Associate in Interior Design

Interior designers use creativity and critical thinking to turn a concept into reality: wowing clients with stunning homes, workspaces or businesses. They also communicate clearly with clients, prepare construction documents, consider specifications and work within a budget. Gateway’s Interior Design associate degree equips you with the skills and the professional experience needed to prepare you for an exciting career as an interior designer.

The Interior Design program emphasizes the design of functional, aesthetic, and technically proficient environments that meet the needs of people in spaces that are both safe and universally accessible. Green/sustainable practices are infused throughout the curriculum. Graduates are prepared with the necessary foundation skills in both manual and computer-aided graphics along with exposure to design studio processes and methodologies. Students are prepared to pursue careers in creative positions, as residential or commercial interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, designers in architectural firms, and more. Requires demonstration of the ability to create and execute a design portfolio, creative problem solving, and sustainability practices.

This program is also available on a part-time basis.

Admission requirements

Students must meet one of the following: minimum high school GPA of 2.6, minimum college GPA of 2.0, or complete valid reading, writing, and math placement assessments.

For more information about admission and graduation requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • Basic Architectural Drawing
  • English Composition 1
  • History of Furniture and Decorative Arts
  • Interior Design, Principles of
  • Textiles
  • Advanced Architectural Drawing
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Residential Design Studio 1
  • Sustainable Materials and Finishes
  • Visual Communication for Interior Design
  • Center for Sust. Living: Practicum
  • Oral/interpersonal Communication
  • Psychology, Introduction to
  • Interior Elements of Building Const.
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Planning
  • Residential Design Studio Ii
  • Sales and Professional Practice for Id
  • Speech
  • Contract Design Studio
  • Economics
  • Internship for Interior Designers
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • Sociology, Introduction to

Tuition fees

The cost per semester is $2,700.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate the codes and standards that impact the interior environment.
  2. Model professional practices of the Interior Design industry.
  3. Validate the design process.
  4. Evaluate design decisions within the parameters of the built environment.

Career opportunities

  • Residential Designer
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Corporate Designer
  • Sales Representative
  • Home Stager

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About this institute

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College began in 1911 as America’s first publicly funded technical college, preparing students to achieve their academic and professional goals. Our hands-on training in over 70 programs of study prepares 21,000 students annually to enter new careers or...

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Gateway Technical College

3520 - 30th Avenue
WI 53144 Kenosha
United States of America

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