Associate in Arts (Transfer)
The Interior Design Associate in Arts degree provides a foundation for students wanting to continue their studies in a bachelor's degree program. Elective courses in art and architecture are recommended in preparation for transfer.
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Completion of the Interior Design area of study prepares students for residential and business design positions in the retail industry. Study in this area affords opportunities in the commercial area of furniture, drapery, carpeting, home accessories, wallpaper, and paint stores.
This program offers effective background study for a student whose goal is a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Interior Design.
Vagabond Art Club, leadership opportunities through Student Government Association
Interior Design, Interior Planner, Interior Design Assistant, Kitchen and Bath Designer, Technical Designer, Project Manager, Retail Department Manager
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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How Do I Get Into the Interior Design Program?
Your talent in art and design, and your eye for color can take you to a career as an Interior Designer. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High school English, math, art, and computer classes are helpful.
- Art, design, and photography classes can be beneficial, but having an innate creative sense and artistic ability is most important.
What Can I Expect As an Interior Design Student?
- Foundational courses in drawing, art history, and design
- Introductory course in interior design
- Learn the history of furniture and furnishings and their function in interior design
- 60 hours of Transfer Credit courses including the General Education requirements
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.