Interior Design

Interior Design

Increasingly, our interior living and working spaces are being developed for a more sophisticated society. Interior designers are trained to create highly functional, comfortable, safe, and aesthetically-pleasing environments inside commercial and residential buildings. The Interior Design program at Central Piedmont will prepare you to design the interior spaces of today and tomorrow using the best of today's technology.

What You Will Learn

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you 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. Upon completion of the interior design program, you will: 

  • have acquired the skills and knowledge to competently design both residential and commercial interior spaces using the latest in products, finishes, textiles, and furnishings in a way that will meet client needs and budget
  • be able to produce, by hand and computer-aided design, pictorial presentations of design schemes using industry accepted techniques in perspective drawing and color rendering, and basic model building skills
  • have developed an understanding of building and accessibility codes and the basic technical aspects of design and construction
  • have demonstrated the ability to produce construction working drawings that are both code compliant and up to excepted industry standards
  • have been exposed to interior design business practices, including business ethics, and will be prepared for employment interviews and the professional work environment

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.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Learn via field trips, guest speakers, outside professionals critique, and our industry-recognized faculty, such as Loyd Dillon, a long-time interior designer who is a noted expert in the history of interior design and architecture, and Marcella Davis-Burks, a long-time interior designer specializing in kitchen and bath and in designing for those with special needs.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science in interior design, a diploma in residential interior decoration, or from specialized interior design certificates. With computers now an integral design tool, many of our interior design students are also completing the certificate in computer-aided drafting-design, offered by the architectural technology program, as a part of their regular coursework. Careful planning will allow you to attain the computer-aided drafting/design certificate with the completion of only one or two additional courses. The college catalog details the interior design program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center (LINK).

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer interior design course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Interior Design Program Requirements

    The associate degree can be completed in as few as five semesters by full-time students following the recommended course sequence. However, the program may be completed on a part-time basis as your schedule allows. There is a good chance that some credit hours completed both here and at other colleges/universities will apply to our programs. For detailed information on interior design course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

  • Locations

    While interior design program courses are only offered at Central Campus, you may elect to complete required general education courses at any campus. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)
    • Online

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Interior Design Careers

    Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed interior design career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

    Gainful Employment

    Federal education regulations (34 CFR668.6(b)(2)) require colleges to provide specific information about programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name:

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Interior Design at Central Piedmont