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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design

Harper College
4 semesters + 2 summer sessions
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design

In order to get the most out of a room, interior designers use creativity, functionality and analyzation. From the kitchen to the bathroom, to an office or home, each space functions differently and requires unique furniture, decorations, colors and electronics to bring out the best for its intended use.

The Associate in Applied Science program at Harper College is endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Course topics are based on the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam that is required to be a licensed Interior Designer in Illinois.

Through the guidance of experienced faculty as well as hands-on learning with AutoCAD/CAD Studio and field trips, you will be thoroughly prepared for a career in the interior design industry by studying at Harper.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements for this program, please visit the college's website.

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Program content

First Semester:

  • Architectural CAD I
  • Design I
  • Theory and Fundamentals of Design
  • Interior Design Studio I
  • History of Furniture and Interior Architecture 
  • Materials and Sources


Second Semester:

  • Interior Design Studio II 
  • Interior Perspective and Rendering  
  • Problem Solving/Design Communication  
  • Codes for Interior Designers  
  • Interior Detail/Construction Drawing 
  • CAD Studio 

Summer Session:

  • Composition
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Third Semester:

  • Ancient and Medieval Art or
  • Gothic Through Romantic Art or
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • 3-D Design Studio F 
  • Architectural Lighting F 
  • Kitchen Design Studio F 
  • Environmental Design F 

Fourth Semester:

  • Interior Design Internship
  • Contract Design Studio S 
  • Professional Practices for Interior Design S 
  • Bathroom Design Studio S 
  • Portfolio Development

Summer Session:

  • Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Science

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college's website.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the college's website.


Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Collect, analyze and prioritize data about client needs.
  • Formulate design concepts and special solutions that are appropriate, functional and aesthetic.
  • Apply the elements and principles of design to interior environments.
  • Create and present design solutions in two and three dimensions.
  • Verbally and visually communicate and justify design solutions that reflect sensitivity to client needs.
  • Prepare design and construction drawings, specifications and estimates utilizing both manual presentation skills and computer applications.
  • Develop design solutions as they relate to greater societal, environmental and economic issues.
  • Apply the history of interiors, architecture and aesthetics to design solutions.
  • Apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of business, professional and ethical practices in design.

Career opportunities

Get a degree in interior design with this dynamic 72-credit-hour program ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in the furnishing and design industries. Take courses in interior design studio, history of furniture and interior architecture, materials and sources, interior detail/construction drawing, environmental design, kitchen design studio and more. 

Career options

  • Buying/purchasing
  • Interior design
  • Kitchen/bath design
  • Showroom management

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About this institute

Harper College

Harper College

Harper College, one of the United States’ premier community colleges, is located in the northwest suburbs just 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Harper offers more than 50 fields of study and more than 450 popular general education...

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Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
60067 Palatine Illinois
United States of America

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