Interior Design

DesignIncreasingly, our interior living and working spaces are being developed for a more sophisticated society. The Interior Design program at CPCC prepares students to design the interior spaces of today and tomorrow using the best of today's technology. Interior Designers are trained to create highly functional, comfortable, safe and aesthetically-pleasing environments inside commercial and residential buildings.

About the Interior Design Program

The Interior Design curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in the fields of both residential and non-residential interior design. The focus of the studies is technical knowledge, professional practices, and aesthetic principles.

Curriculum content includes residential, commercial and institutional interior design, architectural drafting, computer aided design, and universal design. Also included are basic design, history of interiors and furnishings, color theory, products, business practices, graphic presentations, and general education courses. Coursework also includes the principles of sustainable and green design.

Graduates qualify for a variety of jobs dealing with interiors including residential and commercial interior design, set design, showroom design, and sales positions for furniture, textiles and accessories.

Earn a Degree in Interior Design or a Diploma Interior Decoration

Students may pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree - Interior Design or the Diploma in Residential Interior Decoration. These awards will be bestowed by the College upon successful completion of the respective program.

Earn a Certificate in Interior Design or CADD

For high school students interested in interior design, we now have the Introduction to Interior Design Certificate.  This certificate is an approved Technical Education Pathway Program. For more information on the certificate, please contact the program office.

Also, with computers now an integral design tool, many Interior Design students are also completing the Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting/Design, offered by the Architectural Technology department, as a part of their regular coursework. Careful planning will allow the student to attain this certification with the completion of only one or two additional courses.

Earn an Associate of Applied Science

The Interior Design curriculum offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree upon completion of the program. Depending on your education goals, you may also choose to earn a diploma in a specific area of interest in either field or any number of available certificates along the way.

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • CPCC Placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Advancement studies for math and English classes are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the College Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.
  • Orientation appointment follows placement test.

First Step to Enroll

Before registering, new and prospective students should contact the Interim Program Chair, Angela Stephens-Owens at (704) 330-6192 or the Construction Technologies Division office at (704) 330-4408.