A.S. Interior Design Technology Curriculum

Interior Design Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : INTDS-AS
CIP: 1450040801
Educational Plan: INTDS-AS

Program Description

Seminole State College’s Interior Design program reflects current client needs and trends, such as sustainable design practices, ergonomics, universal design and aging in place. All full-time interior design faculty are Florida-licensed professionals who are actively involved in the industry. The program is nationally recognized, and students have consistently won national and regional industry awards. Students can participate in community projects, visit major construction sites and design centers, and join the student chapters of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Once students complete the degree and four years of work experience under a licensed interior designer or architect, they will be eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam for state licensure.

Program Admission

How to Apply

  • First-Time College Students: Apply online to Seminole State College and declare the A.S. in Interior Design as your educational goal. Once you've earned an A.S. in Interior Design, you can apply directly to the bachelor's degree program.
  • Students with an A.A., A.S. or Bachelor's Degree in another field: Students who have completed an unrelated degree program will be considered but may need additional coursework. To be considered, apply to Seminole State College online by the stated deadlines.
  • Contact Admissions at 407.708.4550 if you have additional questions about applying to the program.

Degree Transfer

This A.S. degree is transferable into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Interior Design offered at Seminole State College.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
54
This course traces the application of art into the development of architecture, interiors and furniture 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, interior and furniture in today's setting. Terminology of both architectural styles and furniture will be stressed. This course will introduce the historic preservation registration process and respective preservation application.
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. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
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, sectional views, detailing, lighting, plumbing and the use of schedules. Student must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
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.
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.
This course gives the design student an in-depth understanding of the building codes, life safety codes and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) act. Knowledge of these codes are vital to all aspects of the design process. Lectures will be combined with practical applications.
This course presents 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 will be applied to projects. Graphic skills and presentation techniques are developed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course acquaints the student with the complexities of commercial interiors. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and problem-solving for commercial spaces. The projects encompass life safety and ADA codes, space planning, human factors, non-structural building systems, lighting technologies and the selection of commercial-grade interior finishes and furnishings. Design solutions will be conveyed using computer-generated software such as CAD. Students must complete this course with a grade of “C” or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is a survey of historic architectural interiors from the early American periods through contemporary architecture, interiors and furniture design. The influence of international schools of thought related to architecture, interiors and furniture design will be introduced. Current trends in interior furnishings and architecture will be examined.
This course provides an advanced individual and collaborative team approach to commercial design. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, spatial analysis, life safety and building codes, research and the selection and specification of interior finishes and furnishings. Projects will range in size and scope and will integrate non-structural building systems, lighting technologies and an understanding of millwork construction. Indoor environmental factors such as acoustics and speech privacy will be addressed. Design solutions will be conveyed using computer-generated software such as CAD. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to develop graphic skills and provide students with the ability to communicate spatial concepts. Emphasis is placed on visual communication tools employing a variety of media forms. Free-hand sketching, one- and two-point perspectives, material delineation, tonal investigation, compositional and presentation techniques are included. Lab fee required.
This course dissects critical building systems and their effect on the built environment. Structural design, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as indoor air quality and acoustics will be discussed. Lectures, field trips and guest speakers are included to stress the importance of collaboration between the related fields of interior design, construction and engineering.
In this introductory course students will learn the basic methodology of parametric systems using Revit software technology for interior applications. Three-dimensional projects will be created and rendered with a variety of materials, light sources, color and other graphic variations.
This studio course focuses on the preparation of comprehensive, computer-generated sets of construction drawings. Emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of residential and commercial structures, building systems and specifications. Students will further develop basic two-dimensional drafting using AutoCAD software within the course. Lab fee required.
Specialized information will be presented on establishing and maintaining a successful interior design business with emphasis on resume 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.
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.

IND 29## Cooperative Education in Interiors

(Choice of IND 2941, IND 2942, IND 2946, IND 2947 or IND 2949 for a total of 2 credits)

2
Credits
The purpose of this course is to help drafting students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work at an entry-level job in such positions as CAD technician trainee, CAD system operator or CAD technician. This course is designed for students who have already received in-depth training in one or more application areas. Lab fee required.
This course will expose students to the impact of buildings on natural resources and the environment. Weekly lessons will cover sustainable rating systems, as well as modules in water efficiency, energy conservation measures, indoor environmental quality, and materials and resources. Sustainable best practices and standards will be emphasized.
Elective Courses
6
Choose 6 credits from the following list:
6

General Electives Specialization

This course introduces historic preservation with an emphasis on restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic building interiors, including the theory and history of the preservation movement. The process and standards of historic preservation will be studied and applied to case studies. Students must possess an understanding of architectural history concepts.
This course introduces students to Autism Spectrum Disorders and interior design configuration for individuals impacted. Coursework focuses on current research in the field of autism as well as best practices for meeting the variety of sensitivities to individuals with autism.
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.
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 led by experienced faculty and guest professionals. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure.
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of architectural design, including aspects and determinants of form and space. Drafting skills and the concepts of graphic communication are introduced and developed. Lab fee required.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects. Interdisciplinary teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects. Interdisciplinary teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.

Kitchen and Bath Specialization

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.
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.
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.
This course will introduce the kitchen and bath design student to the latest industry standard software. The student will learn basic commands and functions for use with two-dimensional drawings such as floor plans and elevations. Lab fee required.

Technology Specialization

This course is designed to teach the concepts, terminology and principles of desktop publishing using industry computer software to communicate visual concepts used for the printing of publications such as brochures, advertisements, books and magazines. The student will develop the skills necessary to create publications designed for print publishing and production. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to Photoshop software which provides an extensive variety of electronic tools for manipulating photographs and creating illustrations. The course is designed for the graphics individual who wishes to integrate photography with page layouts. Students will learn the basics of scanning, retouching, color correcting, proofing and output to printer devices. Lab fee required.
This course is designed for beginning Adobe Illustrator users. Fundamental concepts and features are introduced and applied to a variety of graphics applications. The world of vector graphics and professional illustrations is entered, explored and applied to a variety of graphic endeavors. Lab fee required.
In this course, students will learn advanced two- and three-dimensional drafting techniques. Menu and program modification will be emphasized along with improved speed and accuracy. Lab fee required.
This course is a three-dimensional CAD course which introduces the student to advanced concepts in Autodesk Revit Software. The student continues to learn how to draw and design in a three-dimensional architectural computer model format. Advanced concepts in three-dimensional modeling are introduced and implemented in class projects. This software allows the student to work in various views of the parametric building model at the same time. Each view may be opened separately and any changes that are made in one drawing are immediately updated in all other views. The Revit platform for building information modeling also allows the student to identify and produce a material list (automatically) for every item required for a particular design as the design develops and changes. This becomes an invaluable tool for the estimating and scheduling functions required by the contractor.

Building Construction Specialization

This course provides a broad overview of the built environment and the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. It offers insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to make a building from a concept to reality. The course introduces students to the construction process and those individuals who manage that process. Construction management involves the organization, coordination and strategic effort applied to the construction activities and the numerous resources needed to achieve the building objective. Construction management combines both the art and science of building technology with the essential principles of business, management, computer technology and leadership.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
This course addresses the Tiny House phenomenon from a lifestyle, design and construction perspective. Students will be introduced to the Tiny House Movement, financial independence, freedom and ecological responsibility. Various types of Tiny Homes (400 square feet or less) from homes on wheels to ones with concrete foundations, will be presented and the pros/cons of each discussed. Design topics include space efficiency, appropriate interior finishes, multi-purpose furnishings/appliances, sustainability (eco-friendly) features and smart technologies. Construction budgets, building codes and zoning ordinances will be reviewed so students can transition into this up-and-coming lifestyle.
During this course, students will examine the environmental impacts of building construction and explore the fundamental concepts of energy efficient design. Topics include sustainable site planning, green materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, water reduction and waste management. This class will prepare students to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
General Education Courses
15
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. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.

Mathematics General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
75
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.

Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate in arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

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.

Contact

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Holly Rodwick
Interior Design Program Manager
407.708.4531
Fax: 407.708.2449
Office: HEA331