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A.S. Degree, Interior Design Technology

Degree Type: A.S.
Major Code: INTDS-AS
Former CIP: 1404050100

Interior Design Technology Program graduates pursue numerous career opportunities as consultants, sales representatives, assistants to interior designers and architects, set designers, space planners, visual merchandisers, manufacturing representatives, and rendering and drafting delineators.

In addition to classroom projects, students participate in various community projects, attend department field trips to regional design centers and participate with local chapters of professional organizations such as ASID and IIDA. Because of the graphic design and visual nature of many of the studio and technical courses, students should expect to purchase drafting and art supplies regularly.

After earning the A.S. degree and gaining four years of work experience, graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) state exam to become a licensed interior designer.

The practice of interior design has become more complex, technical and demanding. Seminole State's comprehensive curriculum enables graduates to work in many related occupations in the field of interior design.

Students may complete the following college credit certificate as part of the Interior Design Technology degree:

  • Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate
Major Courses
AvailableIND1233Studio I: Interior Design Fundamentals
This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental theories and processes of the profession. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and creative problem-solving that supports human behavior, functionality and aesthetics for today's interior environments. Students apply theories such as the elements and principles, human factors, spatial analysis and space planning and the science of color and color scheme development in a variety of residential settings. Emphasis is placed on visual communication to include the explanation and demonstration of various media; both hand- and computer- generated graphic techniques. Oral communication skills are developed through hypothetical client presentations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Note: IND 1010 and IND 1022 may substitute for the above course.
AvailableIND2012Studio II: Residential Interior Environments
This course presents intermediate projects in residential design. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and creative problem-solving. Floor plans will be analyzed for function and aesthetics. Color theories and schemes, the selection of appropriate interior finishes and the selection of furnishings and accessories will be applied to projects. A variety of graphic skills and presentation techniques are further developed to include, but are not limited to: sketching, rendering with a variety of media, wall elevations, scale variations, model building and Power Point presentations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2014Interior Design Capstone Studio
In this course students will demonstrate the mastery of design principles and technical skill sets acquired throughout the program on a comprehensive, non-residential project. The capstone project shall exhibit the highest levels of design development and advanced problem-solving. Emphasis will be placed on creative space planning, conceptual development, adherence to life safety codes and the selection and specification of commercial grade interior finishes, furnishings and equipment within budget constraints. As part of the course requirements, students will present their final design solutions to a jury committee. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2016Commercial Interior Design I
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the complexities of non-residential interiors. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and creative problem-solving for today's commercial spaces. The course projects encompass life safety codes and ADA codes research, space planning, human factors, non-structural building systems such as wall, flooring and ceilings systems, lighting technologies and the selection of appropriate commercial-grade interior finishes and furnishings. Tours of commercial installations and presentations from trade sources will be used to gain an understanding of systems furniture, emerging technologies and products. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Not availableIND2221Commercial Interior Design II
This course is a continuation of Commercial Interior Design I and provides an advanced individual and collaborative team approach to non-residential problem-solving. Development of interior commercial spaces from conceptual phases to final design resolution based on interior considerations and external influences will be applied using computer-generated software such as CAD. Emphasis will be placed on creative space planning and spatial analysis, life safety codes research and application of codes, the selection and specification of interior finishes and furnishings. Projects will integrate non-structural building systems, lighting technologies and consider indoor environmental quality factors such as acoustics and speech privacy. Professional level graphic techniques and client presentations will be used to convey design solutions. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Not availableIND2500Professional Principles and Practices of Interior Design
Specialized information will be presented on establishing and maintaining a successful interior design business with emphasis on resumé writing, cover letters, development of an individual business and preparation of a bank loan. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Support Courses
AvailableIND1100Historic Interiors I
This course traces the application of art into the development of architecture and interior design from ancient civilizations to the end of the 19th century. The student will develop the ability to recognize and use different period styles of architecture and furniture in today's setting. Terminology of both furniture and architectural styles will be stressed. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND1229Design Concepts
This course explores a variety of methodologies of concept development and graphic techniques to convey ideas to clients. Emphasis is placed on visual communication tools employing a variety of media forms. Free-hand sketching, scaled drawings such as one- and two-point perspectives, model building, rendering and computer-generated applications are introduced. Course projects reinforce design fundamentals such as elements and principles, human perception, spatial analysis and color principles. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND1404CTechnical Design I
This course is designed specifically for interior design students. It will aid the student in developing an understanding of basic principles with applications in the preparation of drawings, use and care of instruments and equipment, lettering, orthographic projections, sectional views, auxiliary views, detailing, lighting, plumbing and the use of schedules. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND1488Interior Finishes and Building Components
This course is designed to familiarize the interior design student with the materials and interior finishes used in both residential and commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on product knowledge and characteristics, building systems and indoor environmental quality. Cost estimation, fabrication techniques and installation methods will be introduced. As a result, students will foster professional terminology. A variety of field trips and/or guest speakers will be scheduled to enhance class lectures. Lab fee required.
Note: IND 1423 may substitute for the above course
AvailableIND1429Textiles for the Interior Environment
In this introductory course students learn to identify, analyze and select fibers, construction methods and finish treatments for both residential and commercial interior environments. Environmental and performance factors such as durability, flammability, care and pricing will be addressed. Cost estimation, fabrication techniques and installation methods for window treatments will be introduced. As a result, students will foster professional terminology. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND1935CBuilding Barrier-Free Design
This course is designed to give the interior design student an in-depth understanding of building codes and the Americans with Disabilities Guidelines (ADA) to enhance their space planning and material specifications. Basic building construction and fire safety design will be addressed. Lab fee required.
Not availableIND2130Historic Interiors II
This course is a survey of historic interiors from the early American periods through contemporary interior design. Current trends in interior furnishings and architecture will also be examined. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2305Interior Design Graphics I
This course is designed to develop skills in presentation techniques and drawing. One- and two-point perspective will be taught as applied to interior space and furnishings. Various rendering techniques will be emphasized. Graphic skills will be presented to aid in visual illustrations. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2424CTechnical Design II
This course teaches intermediate technical aspects of structures and mechanical systems. Emphasis will be on construction finish materials with execution of a complete set of working drawings. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2460CComputer-Aided Drafting for Design Professionals
This course is a study of the uses of a personal computer in interior and exterior design. Included will be commercial office space, industrial support areas and the development of an efficient and effective house. The designer will learn how to use the computer as a time saving tool. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2523Portfolio Review/Interiors
This course prepares the advanced student for entering the workforce and interviewing with prospective employers. Students will create an electronic portfolio of previously completed residential and commercial projects. Career development and job search seminars are included in the course. Emphasis is placed on professional level graphic techniques and oral communication skills. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
AvailableIDS2230Sustainability in the Built Environment
This course will help students understand the relationship between sustainability and buildings by addressing the three E’s of sustainability in the built environment. Students will explore the environmental influence of buildings on natural resources and the interdependence of economics, return on investment and the reduction of operating expenses. Social equality benefits to occupant production, health and quality of life will be examined. Sustainable best practices and standards will be emphasized.
Note: IND 2608 and Any IND two credit course may substitute for the above course
IND 29XXCooperative Education Internship in Interiors - (Choice of IND 2941, 2942, 2946, 2947 or 2949 for a total of two credits)2
Choose six credits from the following list:
Not availableIND2201Design Principles for Kitchen and Bath
This specialized design course for kitchens and baths utilizes the understanding of basic elements and principles to create spaces the consumer wants. One must learn to blend architectural styles, colors and themes with function and purpose. Lab fee required.
Not availableIND2309Drawing and Presentation Standards for Kitchen and Bath
Completed project documents assist the designer with presenting a professional presentation to the client through drafting a set of plans that will help the client and trades understand the project. Drafting techniques will be utilized. Lab fee required.
Not availableIND2402Kitchen and Bathroom Planning-Standards and Safety Criteria
Certain standards must be adhered to in order to ensure kitchen and bathroom space is functional and safe. Use of kitchen and bath guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) provides universal design criteria that retains area comfort and attractiveness. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2411Building Materials/Construction and Estimating for Kitchen and Bath
Knowledge of construction and systems is essential in kitchen and bath design. An understanding of foundation-to-roof construction, wiring, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning must be integrated. This first course discusses building codes, healthy houses, foundations and floor systems, wall systems, building materials and project estimating. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2420Mechanical Systems for Kitchen and Bath
An important element of kitchen and bathroom design is function. The proper planning of mechanical systems (electrical, heating/ventilation/cooling, lighting and plumbing) will make the spaces safe and efficient. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2421Equipment and Materials for Kitchen and Bath
To complete specific tasks in the kitchen, specialized equipment and materials are required to make the kitchen safe and functional. The bath, also needing to be functional, must use appropriate fixtures and fittings. All products must be evaluated and incorporated into the space. Cabinet systems, appliances, equipment and surfacing materials will be studied. Lab fee required.
AvailableIND2463Specialized CAD Using 2020 Software
This specific CAD course will provide the student with the opportunity to learn kitchen and bath design techniques utilizing widely recognized design software. Being able to use the same tools as industry professionals prepares the student for future employment. Lab fee required.
Not availableIND2930Selected Studies in Interior Design
This course is scheduled for students who wish to explore topics, emerging trends and/or technologies currently impacting the interior design profession. Coursework is presented in group instruction. Variable content depending upon the specialized topic in which student is enrolled.
AvailableIND2950Travel Study in Architectural and Interior Design
A global, multi-cultural experience has become an increasingly vital part of a student's education. This study abroad course provides students with opportunities to explore significant international historical and contemporary sites. Students are exposed to the cultural influences of architecture, construction methodologies and interior design. Lectures and coursework are complemented by walking tours lead by experienced faculty and guest professionals. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure.
IND 29xxCooperative Education Internship in National Kitchen and Bath Design - (Choice of IND 2946 or 2947)2-6
Note: The above IND prefix elective courses may be part of the Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate or Alternative Energy Certificate
General Education Courses
AvailableENC1101English I
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
AvailableENC1102English II
In this course students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
Mathematics General Education course3
Science General Education course (Area B or C)3
AvailablePHY1020Conceptual Physics
This course is for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts of physics with application of everyday experiences are covered. Topics include kinematics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism and special topics. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the physical factors in our environment.
Social Science General Education course3
Not availableINP2002Introduction to Industrial Psychology
This course applies psychological principles to individual and group functioning in organizational settings. Major topics include employee selection, motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and performance evaluation. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
or any Social Science General Education course (other than Area F)
Total Credits:75
Note: This A.S. degree is transferable into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Interior Design offered at Seminole State.
Note: Students planning to transfer into the B.A.S. program must also fulfill the state's modern language requirement by exhibiting a modern language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to two years in high school or eight college credits in a single language. A standardized examination for modern language may be used to meet the requirement. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.
Note: Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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