Interior Design, Associate in Applied Science

Meramec

This program prepares students for careers in interior design or transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in visual art skills, architecture and space planning. Utilizing these foundations, students develop creative projects using a systematic approach to the design processes.

The coursework for the interior design program includes solving interior design-related problems by developing free-hand and drafting skills, computers skills and oral presentation skills. Graduates will be familiar with local and national trade, professional and industry resources. Issues in sustainable design are also explored within the studio environment.

Persons interested in this program should have a strong desire to work with people, enjoy functional problem solving and appreciate the impact of design in our environment. Previous drawing, design or drafting courses are also helpful.

Graduates of the program are qualified for entry-level positions in residential and/or commercial interior design and related fields. Careers in interior design may include: residential design, commercial design, health care design, hospitality design, kitchen and bath design, office design, architectural firms, retail stores, wholesale showrooms and lighting design. Graduates also may be employed as manufacturers’ product representatives, freelance designers or facilities planning assistants.

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: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. 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 free-hand drawing, hand drafting, computer drafting, rendering, and oral presentation skills to communicate design ideas.
  2. develop creative projects using a systematic approach to the design processes.
  3. apply the principles and elements of design to design solutions.
  4. evaluate interior construction methods, building systems, building codes, fire codes, and life safety codes and their impact on interior planning and design.
  5. analyze architecture, interiors, and art within a historical and cultural context.
  6. integrate visual art skills in two dimensional and three dimensional design to design solutions.
  7. compose design solutions that reflect color and light in interior environments.
  8. evaluate the accepted ethical standards for the industry and the commitment of a professional interior designer to the built environment.
  9. develop design solutions that incorporate behavioral science and human factors on interior design planning.
  10. select interior finishes, furniture, and equipment appropriate for the designed interior environment.
  11. prepare interior finish, furniture, and fixture specifications.
  12. identify sustainable design solutions and apply them to studio coursework.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or ENG 103 Report Writing
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
XXX xxxScience/Mathematics Requirement6
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements 1
ART 102Art History II (MOTR ARTS 102)3
ART 109Drawing I3
ART 107Design I2
ART 108Design II2
ART 150Design Communication for Interior Design and Architecture I3
or ART 110 Drawing II
ARC 110Architectural Graphics3
ART 151Interior Design I3
ART 251Interior Design II3
ART 252Interior Design III3
ART 253Interior Design IV3
ART 152Textiles3
or AT 151 Interior Specifications, Materials, and Methods
ART 153History of Cultural Environments I3
ART 254History of Cultural Environments II3
ART 154Computer-Aided Interior Design3
ART 186Building Systems and Construction for Interior Designers3
Approved Elective 1
Select one of the following:3
Art History I (MOTR ARTS 101)
History of Modern Art
Computer Art Studio
Design Communication for Interior Design and Architecture I
Textiles
Bath Design
Advanced Kitchen Design
Interior Specifications, Materials, and Methods
Lighting Design
Computer Aided Kitchen and Bath Design
Workplace Learning: Interior Design
Architectural History and Theory
Introduction to Building Information Modeling
Sustainable Materials and Technologies in the Built Environment
Total Credit Hours66

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ARC 110 Architectural Graphics3Reading Proficiency.
ART 151 Interior Design I3Prior or concurrent enrollment in ARC 110 and Reading Proficiency.It is highly recommended that students take ARC 110 and ART 151 concurrently
ART 107 Design I2Reading Proficiency.
ART 109 Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3 Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079.
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be activity
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 186 Building Systems and Construction for Interior Designers3Reading Proficiency.
ART 251 Interior Design II3ARC 110 and ART 151 and Reading Proficiency.
ART 154 Computer-Aided Interior Design3Prior or concurrent enrollment in ARC 110 and ART 151, and Reading Proficiency.Must be taken before ART 252 and ART 253
ART 152 Textiles
or Interior Specifications, Materials, and Methods
3Reading Proficiency.Students transferring to Maryville should take AT 151; Students transferring to the University of Missouri should take ART 152
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
or Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110)
3ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be activity
Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 252 Interior Design III3ART 251 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall semester only
ART 150 Design Communication for Interior Design and Architecture I
or Drawing II
3Reading Proficiency.Students transferring to Maryville should take ART 150; Students transferring to the University of Missouri should take ART 110
ART 153 History of Cultural Environments I3Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall semester only
ART 108 Design II2ART 107 and Reading Proficiency.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours17
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 253 Interior Design IV3ART 252 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring semester only; See program coordinator for special permission to take ART 253 before ART 252
ART 254 History of Cultural Environments II3 ART 153 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring semester only
ART 102 Art History II (MOTR ARTS 102)3Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
Natural Sciences or Mathematics Elective3 Students transferring to Maryville should take MTH 140 or a 3 credit hour Science course; Students transferring to the University of Missouri should take MTH 160 or a science with a lab (4 credit hours)
Approved Elective3  
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Natural Sciences or Mathematics Elective3 Students transferring to Maryville should take MTH 140 or a 3 credit hour Science course; Students transferring to the University of Missouri should take MTH 160 or a science with a lab (4 credit hours)
Credit Hours3
Total Credit Hours66

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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.