Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design
The design program provides hand skills and a visual design sense necessary for professional work in the interior design industry. Students graduate with a presentation portfolio sufficient to continue in higher education or move immediately into an interior design career. This program also prepares students in the business skills of interior design such as use of computers and business writing. Graduates from this rigorous program have a reputation for excellence in the design industry.
LDS Business College design students are required to compete in the annual IIDA Portfolio Review featuring students of both two-year and four-year interior design programs throughout the region. The College’s students have a long tradition of top placement in the competition. Winners of the 2010 competition included second place and honorable mention awards, and a national award from the IFDA.
Fine furniture stores have openings for staff designers. Students may choose to work as sales representatives for one of the design-related industries. Limited positions are available in architectural and interior design firms for apprentice designers. In time, students may decide to open their own design firm. Whichever direction students pursue, they can be assured of an exciting and creative career. Students who successfully complete the AAS degree in Interior Design plus four years of work experience are qualified to sit for the NCIDQ Exam.
Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able to:
- Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner.
- Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles.
- Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools.
- Comprehend and think critically to solve problems.
- Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and life-long learning opportunities.
- Use knowledge of design principles, theory, and history to address client needs.
- Apply design process skills using hand and computer generated solutions.
- Select and specify appropriate finishes, furniture, and construction components for end users.
- Apply understanding of sustainable and environmental principles in design.
- Practice design industry business procedures.
- Create and use a visual portfolio to acquire employment or clientele.
- Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes, portfolios (if applicable) and interviews.
NOTE: To give the program necessary depth and breadth, professionals employed full time in the interior design field teach many courses. Since these professionals have other work commitments, some classes will be scheduled only at night while others will be scheduled early in the morning.