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Interior Design Technology

Program description. The Interior Design Technology program provides students the solid design foundation needed to start working toward becoming a professional interior designer. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in residential design as well as sales positions related to interior design. Graduates are employed by interior design firms, furniture stores, flooring stores, paint and decorating centers, building centers, kitchen and bath design firms, and residential building contractors. Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Typical job opportunities: Design assistant, interior decorator, residential consultant, design sales associate

After successfully completing the Interior Design Technology program, graduates are prepared for advanced work in a four- or five-year interior design program or for immediate employment. Graduates of the IDT program are able to communicate a design through appropriate visual skills including hand drafting and sketching, CAD drafting, and other visualization methods. They enjoy working with people and the components of interior design. They are effective communicators who are organized, creative, and have the ability to follow through on all tasks.

Graduates of the program confer with clients to determine the purpose and function of the environment, style preferences, budget, types of construction, equipment to be installed and other factors that affect planning interior residential environments. They integrate findings with their knowledge of interior design and formulate plans to be practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes including improving the lifestyle of occupants. They advise clients on interior design factors, such as space planning, the layout and utilization of furnishings and equipment, color schemes and coordination, and the selection of interior components. They estimate material requirements and costs, prepare drawings and materials for presentation to the client for approval and coordinate the implementation of all phases of a residential design project. Program goals. Graduates will be equipped to do the following:

  1. Understand fundamentals of art and design, theories of design and human behavior, and design-related history.
  2. Apply the knowledge, skills, processes and theories of interior design.
  3. Communicate effectively.
  4. Design within the context of building systems and use appropriate materials and products.
  5. Apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards, and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Contact: Engineering and Media Technologies, (865) 694-6483

Interior Design Technology—Courses and Course Sequence

This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Semester I (Fall)
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
IDT 1105 Interior Design Fundamentals 3
IDT 1110 Materials & Finishes 3
IDT 1200 Textiles for Interiors 3
IDT 1310 Architectural Drafting: Studio I 3
Semester II (Spring)
ARTP 1110 Two Dimensional Design 3
IDT 1030 History of Interiors 3
IDT 1216 Visual Communication: Studio II 3
IDT 2110 Space Planning, Codes & Human Factors 3
MATH/NS 1 Mathematics/Natural Sciences Elective 3-5
Semester III (Fall)
ARTP 2950 Intermediate Design & Color 3
IDT 2030 Modern Interiors & Architecture 3
IDT 2116 Interior Design Presentation: Studio III 3
IDT 2306 Computer Applications for Interior Design 3
IDT 2611 Kitchen & Bath Planning 3
Semester IV (Spring)
GEN ED 2 General Education Elective 3-5
HUM/FA 1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
IDT 2606 Digital Methods of Visual Presentation 3
IDT 2640 Residential Design: Studio IV 3
SBS 1 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60



MATH/NS/HUM/FA/SBS 1 See the list of General Education courses in the Academic Information section of this Catalog for electives.
GEN ED 2 Elective to be chosen from one unduplicated course in the categories of Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Mathematics/ Natural Sciences or Social/Behavioral Sciences in the General Education section of this Catalog.


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