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Interior Design

Transform offices, homes, and the world with your interior design degree

The interior design career program at Monroe Community college offers a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge you’ll need to design creative and functional interiors for commercial and residential clients.

This two-year associate degree program offers:

  • Rigorous classroom and studio environments
  • A dedicated interior design resource library
  • Opportunities to work on real-world projects

You’ll learn how to collaborate with architects, engineers, business owners, and home builders, so when you graduate, you’ll be ready to excel in the profession.

You may start your career with employers like these:

  • IndÄ“ Kitchen Remodelers
  • Gunlock Office Furniture
  • LaBella Associates
  • Edge Architecture
  • Calico
  • J.C. Penney
  • Ethan Allen

You will also have the option to continue your studies in an interior design bachelor’s degree program.

Interior Design Lets You Tap Into Your Creative and Practical Sides

The interior design associate degree program at MCC combines study of the creative process with the practical requirements of materials, space planning, and building codes.

We emphasize how to use a variety of tools, including drawings and computer processes, to communicate solutions to design problems.

You’ll work on projects that address both residential and commercial needs so you graduate with a broad understanding of the field of interior design. You’ll also develop your creative vision while strengthening the business and organizational skills you need to succeed in the field.

Your first job title could be:

  • Interior designer
  • Commercial and industrial designer
  • Home furnishings consultant
  • Materials sales representative
  • In-store design associate

Some students choose to continue their studies before joining the workforce. MCC graduates have gone on to several excellent four-year schools, including:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Syracuse University

To find out more about the interior design A.A.S. from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Visual and Performing Arts

School(s): Arts & Humanities

MCC Program Code: ID01

This program's design is based on: Traditional MCC General Education

The Interior Design program combines a study of the creative process with the practical requirements of materials, space planning, and building codes. Emphasis is placed on using a variety of tools, including drawings and computer processes, to explore and communicate the solutions to design problems. Projects addressing both residential and commercial needs are incorporated into the program to provide a broad understanding of the field of interior design.
Admission and continuation in the Interior Design program is conditional upon completion of the following requirements:
A) A grade of C or better in High School Geometry or Math A exam.
B) Completion of required ESOL or Transitional Studies courses.
In addition, an understanding of the use of computers is expected. Those students who do not have such knowledge are encouraged to complete CRC 101 - Practical Computer Literacy prior to enrolling in IDE 131 - Building Information Modeling.
(Housed in Visual and Performing Arts Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Explain the contributions and requirements of the practice of
design in contemporary society.
2) Identify the social political and physical influences affecting historical changes in design of the built environment.
3) Read and interpret construction drawings and documents.
4) Incorporate the elements and principles of design and color theory into design decisions.
5) Apply a broad range of materials and products that include
consideration of sustainability
6) Produce competent presentation materials and apply both oral and visual material to the presentation of ideas.
7) Design solutions that consider structural and mechanical systems vertical circulation systems and methods of construction.
8) Develop design solutions in a collaborative environment.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (one-year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
IDE 101 Introduction to Interior Design I3
IDE 131 Building Information Modeling3
ART 104 Drawing I: Foundation3
ART 109 Two Dimensional Design: Foundation3
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
SECOND SEMESTER: 17-18 Credit Hours
IDE 102 Introduction to Interior Design II3
IDE 132 Digital Visualization Techniques3
AAD 104 Introduction to Graphic Design, 2D3
ART 125 Three Dimensional Design: Foundation3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher*3
MCC-HW - Health and Wellness Elective 2-3
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
IDE 201 Residential Planning and Design3
ART 118 Perspectives of Art History I: Ancient3
IDE 270 Interior Design Seminar3
PHL 105 - Technology and Values - GR - WR3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
IDE 203 Contract Design and Planning3
ART 119 Perspectives of Art History II: Modern 3
IDE 250 Color and Light 3
** PROGRAM ELECTIVES (complete one sequence):
For Transfer:
ART 130 Sculpture I 3
AAD 160 Graphic Illustration: Vector Drawing 3
For Professional Study:
FPT 107 Introduction to the NYS Building Codes 3
SPC 142 Public Speaking 3

* Math course must meet MCC-QL - Quantitative Literacy; it is recommended that students who intend to transfer select a Math course that satisfies SUNY-M.
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