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Interior Design

Interior Design Bachelor of Arts

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Program Overview

In the Interior Design program, you'll study the design, safety, and usability issues of creating the spaces where we live, work, and play. Coursework focuses on space planning, traffic patterns, and the colors, surfaces and furnishings that make surroundings comfortable and livable. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as draftsperson, facilities planner, interior designer/decorator, or space planner.
Interior Design

Program Description

Accredited by CIDA

The Interior Design programs at many of our schools are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This assures you that your education will not only serve you during your time in school, but prepare you for future professional growth. You can be confident that the Interior Design programs at The Art Institute of Colorado meet the quality standards recognized by the profession.

Interior Design is the study and application of design, decor, and functionality of a space, whether the space is commercial, industrial or residential. Interior design engages other fields and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both.

Interior designers require a combination of both technical and conceptual skills, including:
• Demonstrating ability to comprehend creative processes and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrating proficiency in technical skills, including drafting, perspectives, rendering, and construction
• Knowledge of products and materials for the environment and design solution
• Advanced knowledge of industry-related software
• Demonstrating an understanding of fundamental business principles, ethics, and career opportunities

The Interior Design program at The Art Institute of Colorado is designed to educate students in the creative, critical, and technical methodology of a built interior environment. Students have the opportunity to learn to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces and to integrate the components of sustainability, health, safety, and welfare into each project.

Within the program, students can incorporate other fields of learning, including architecture, environmental studies, and business planning and sustainability. Students have the opportunity to become proficient in utilizing color, fabric, and furniture, budgeting and communication, procurement, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space.

Interior design helps create efficient, functional, and aesthetically pleasing places where we live, work, play, and gather in everyday life.

Students are first introduced to the fundamentals and history of interior design and have the opportunity to examine the industry from an architectural standpoint. Along with foundation-level skills, students have the opportunity to develop competencies in rendering, drafting, and various computer applications.

Licensure, Credentialing and Other Student Outcomes
The Art Institute of Colorado collects and publishes important information regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs in order to meet Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) program eligibility requirements. That information can be found here.
Interior Design
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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