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AAS Degree – Code #0656

Betty Torrell, Program Coordinator
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This program is designed to provide you with basic knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the interior design discipline. The program consists of a core graphics sequence with additional courses in appropriate technical areas. Computer applications are integrated throughout the four semesters, with a strong component in 2-D and 3-D computer graphics.


  • The faculty consists of expert interior designers, as well as licensed architects and engineers.
  • Students develop the ability to think creatively, visually, and volumetrically, exhibiting a variety of ideas, approaches, and concepts when designing interior projects.
  • Students gain an understanding of how design solutions affect and are impacted by construction systems, power and mechanical, lighting and ceiling systems, acoustics, building methods, and materials.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the interior design program. Laptop specifications are available at

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Think creatively, visually and volumetrically, exhibiting a variety of ideas, approaches, and concepts when designing interior projects.
  • Understand and utilize color principles, theories, and systems in design projects.
  • Demonstrate competent design skills in selection of interior finishes, layout of furniture, lighting, and decorative elements.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ergonomics and the relationship between human behavior and the built environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the history of art, architecture, interiors and furnishings.
  • Apply 2- and 3-dimensional design principles and elements in the development of the spatial envelope.
  • Demonstrate programming skills, including identifying the problem, client and user needs, and gathering and analyzing  information.
  • Demonstrate competence in manual and computer aided graphic presentation of interior design projects.
  • Express ideas clearly in oral presentations and critiques, and communicate clearly in writing concept statements, reports, and research.
  • Understand that design solutions affect and are impacted by construction systems.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State interior design graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA or the interdisciplinary studies BTech degree program.

Articulation Agreements

An articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Villa Maria College (with placement based on a portfolio review and an interview).

Occupational Opportunities

  • Interior designer (after successfully passing the NCIDQ and completing internship requirements)
  • Kitchen and bath designer
  • Space planner
  • Product showroom manager
  • Product specifier
  • Manufacturer's representative
  • Facilities manager

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 33 percent are employed; 67 percent continued their education.

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry

Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Interior Design - AAS Degree



ARCH 1184 Design Fundamentals 1 4
FNAT 2333 Survey of Design 3
FNAT 1303 Architectural History I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
 XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective/Social Science 3


DSGN 1433 Furniture & Finishes 3
ARCH 2394 Design Fundamentals 2 4
ARCH 2014 Computer Visualization 4
MATH xxx3 Gen.Ed. Elective/Math 3
 XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective/Natural Science 3


DSGN 2204 Interior Design I 4
DSGN 1443 Color, Lighting and Acoustics 3
ARCH 3014 Construction Technology 1 4
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
FNAT 1313 Art History 3


DSGN 2304 Interior Design II 4
ARCH 4014 Construction Technology 2 4
ARCH 4013 Municipal Codes & Regulations 3
BUAD xxx3 Business Elective 3

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Minimum of “C” is required for ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, DSGN 2204, and DSGN 2304.


A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average.