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Catalog 2022-2023 
Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interior Design

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Important Information

Short Description

Interior designers combine problem solving skills and artistic vision to create environments that are safe, functional, sustainable, creative, aesthetically pleasing and enhance the human experience.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Department Chair:

William Niebauer
443-840-1568 or wniebauer@ccbcmd.edu

Program Coordinators:

Art, Design, and Interactive Media AFA/AA Area of Concentration:
CCBC Catonsville
Sarada Conaway
443-840-4699 or sconaway@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Essex
Jessica Walton
443-840-1567 or jwalton2@ccbcmd.edu

Interior Design A.A.S.:

Additional Information:


CCBC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland. If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the CCBC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state. If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, click here .

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Short Session

Semester 3

Semester 4

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 18-20 Credits

General Education Requirements:

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses . One course must be a Diversity course. 

  • Arts and Humanities (CMNS 101  recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 125  or MATH 132  recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 101  or PSYC 105  recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Additional General Education course (HLTH 126  Recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 42-46 Credits

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*,**


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**A total of 60 Interior Design related course credits are required for NCIDQ exam eligibility. The AAS degree includes 42 of these credits; the additional 18 credits can be supplemented with elective courses. Verify with NCIDQ for acceptable courses.

Program Description

Interior designers combine problem solving skills and artistic vision to create environments that are safe, functional, sustainable, creative, aesthetically pleasing and enhance the human experience.  This degree program prepares students to apply their technical training and study of design fundamentals and concepts for positions in both residential and commercial specialties including interior design firms, architectural firms, corporate and facility planning, the materials, textiles, furniture and furnishing’s industries, to-the-trade and retail sales and services, interior design product design and manufacturing, and many other positions in the applied interior design and arts related industries.

Students who desire to transfer courses to an institution with a bachelor or master’s degree in an interior design related program should inquire with the program coordinator for course compatibility and transfer patterns. 

Courses may be taken in any sequence as long as course prerequisites are met. Some courses may be offered in alternate semesters only.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply specialized knowledge, creative and technical solutions to the planning and design of interior environments that promote health, safety, and welfare while supporting and enhancing the human experience.
  2. Employ the interior design process, which follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including to: analyze, plan, design, document, and manage interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards and regulations.
  3. Create design intent using a combination of oral, written, and graphic presentation strategies. Create a variety of document types utilizing both manual and computer-aided techniques.
  4. Interpret specifications for furniture, fixtures, equipment, and material finishes to select the correct product for each residential and commercial application, based on functionality; the aesthetic design concept; applicable building codes; user social, psychological and physiological needs; as well as the environmental impact of the project, such as sustainability, lifecycle performance, lifetime energy costs, and disposal/re-use.
  5. Coordinate and collaborate in concert within the scope of allied design professionals and consultants, including, but not limited to: architects, mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection engineers and designers, and acoustical, audio-visual, low-voltage, food service, sustainability, security, technology, and other specialty consultants.

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