Interior Design Professional, Certificate of Specialization


This certificate program is designed for graduates of two-year interior design programs to meet the educational standards required to become a certified professional interior designer.  The coursework will address the following content areas of the national certification requirements:  building systems, construction standards, design application and specifications, and building and life safety codes.  The program will also provide students with the advanced research, graphic, and computer-aided design skills to successfully apply both the theoretical and practical knowledge required for employment as a professional interior designer. 

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. apply the codes, standards, and federal regulations that impact the design of the built environment to interior design projects.
  2. apply knowledge of common interior design business practices in the creation of interior design business documents.
  3. analyze strategies and solutions to common ethical situations.
  4. create presentation drawings, construction documents, schedules, and construction details for interior environments utilizing BIM software.
  5. develop concept drawings into comprehensive detailed drawings to clearly communicate design choices in interior environments.
  6. research interior design related topics and synthesize information into a comprehensive research project.
  7. apply the knowledge and skills interior designers must acquire to protect the public health, safety, and welfare to successfully complete the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX).
Program Requirements
AT 285Interior Design Codes and Specifications3
AT 286Interior Design Business Practices and Ethics3
AT 287Architectural Graphics and Technology II3
AT 288Interior Detailing and Construction Documentation3
AT 289Interior Design Research Methods2
AT 290Interior Design Professional Preparation1
Electives 3
Choose one of the following:
Bath Design
Advanced Kitchen Design
Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design
Lighting Design
Total Credit Hours18

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2021, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 285 Interior Design Codes and Specifications3ART 251 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyFirst 8 weeks
AT 286 Interior Design Business Practices and Ethics3ART 251 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencySecond 8 weeks
AT 287 Architectural Graphics and Technology II3ART 154, ART 251 both with minimum grades of "C", and Reading ProficiencyFull 16 weeks
Credit Hours9
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 288 Interior Detailing and Construction Documentation3ART 186, AT 287 both with minimum grades of "C" and Reading ProficiencyFirst 8 weeks
AT 289 Interior Design Research Methods2ART 252, ENG 101 both with minimum grades of "C" and Reading ProficiencySecond 8 weeks
ART 155 Bath Design
or Advanced Kitchen Design
or Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design
or Lighting Design
3ART 151, ART 154, and Reading ProficiencyElective options can be completed during the Fall
Credit Hours8
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
AT 290 Interior Design Professional Preparation1AT 285, AT 286, AT 287, AT 288, AT 289 all with minimum grades of "C" and Reading ProficiencyApply for graduation
Credit Hours1
Total Credit Hours18

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.