Bring your skills and your vision.

Create interiors that people love to be in.

Every new building, from houses to skyscrapers, is a shell until an Interior Designer brings his or her vision to the project. Using their creativity, sense of style and proportion, and attention to detail, interior designers plan, design, and furnish interiors that are aesthetically pleasing, and achieve the intended purpose, such as increasing productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Interior Design Associate Degree from Baker College

Interior DesignAssociate of Applied Science

Bring your skills and your vision.

Create interiors that people love to be in.

Every new building, from houses to skyscrapers, is a shell until an Interior Designer brings his or her vision to the project. Using their creativity, sense of style and proportion, and attention to detail, interior designers plan, design, and furnish interiors that are aesthetically pleasing, and achieve the intended purpose, such as increasing productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style.

Discover Your Future Interior Design Career

Career Facts

$47,600

Median salary for Interior Designers

13%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$73,090

Median salary for Architects

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Overview

As a student in Baker’s Interior Design associate degree program, you gain a basic understanding of the practice of interior design and the industry as a whole. 

Through our curriculum, taught by faculty carefully selected for their business success and outstanding teaching skills, you develop basic drafting, drawing, and presentation skills, and learn how to apply textiles, furnishings, and space planning to develop interior environments for residences and commercial buildings. You also learn how to apply current technology to develop and present projects stressing public health, safety, and welfare. 

As a program graduate, you’ll have a solid foundation for further studies in interior design, and well prepared for an entry-level position in interior design, kitchen design, or bath design.  

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

National Kitchen & Bath Association

Course Information
Interior Design Major73 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HUM 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops the student's appreciation and enjoyment of art. Time periods, geographical centers, cultural and societal influences, stylistic characteristics of major art movements, and the artists from each movement from the prehistoric period through the Renaissance are studied.

Art and Architecture I (Antiquity to Renaissance)4
IND 100
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces personal skills and resources needed to become a professional interior designer. Students utilize visual and creative skills to develop functional designs for interior spaces. Study focuses on: basic elements and principles of design, space planning, color theory, lighting, furniture arrangement, surface materials and portfolio building. Visual and oral presentation skills are introduced to prepare students professionally.

Introduction to Interior Design4
IND 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Offers a basic study of materials and components used in interior design. Focuses on selection, specification, and calculation of surface materials, drapery, and cabinetry.

Workroom Practices4
IND 104
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of the business of interior design and the essentials for conducting a successful design practice.

Prerequisite(s):
IND 102
Interior Design Business Practices4
IND 105C
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4 Quarter Hours

Generates an understanding of the textile industry and of the products the textile industry produces. Students learn to analyze and identify natural and synthetic fibers, the methods of construction and finishing of fabric, and the properties of fabric for its intended end uses.

Textiles4
IND 111A
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies basic theory of proxemics and human behavior to the design of residential facilities. Study includes advanced spatial planning of furniture and floor plan arrangements. Projects incorporate kitchen elevations and layout design, and allows students to research and specify materials.

Prerequisite(s):
IND 100, IND 121.
Space Planning I4
IND 112A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on more advanced space planning, requiring higher level skills. This course will include a capstone design project that will require code compliance and specifications.

Space Planning II4
IND 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces basic drafting skills necessary to create construction drawings. This course is essential for a basic understanding of proper use and application of drafting equipment. Students apply proper lettering, linework, and dimensioning techniques to produce floor plans, isometric drawings, and perspective drawings.

Interior Design Graphics4
IND 131
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces concepts of basic AutoCAD to students providing them with a foundation to move to greater productivity with the software in subsequent CAD courses.

Prerequisite(s):
any of the INF courses.
Introduction to CAD2
IND 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with the basic principles of effective sales techniques critical to the interior design industry for both residential and commercial projects. Topics include application of the programming process, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, networking and presentation in the sales process as well as diverse approaches to selling concepts, services, and products.

Interior Design Sales4
IND 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Gives interior design students a clear understanding of the architecture and furniture styles from prehistoric to present days.

History of Furnishing4
IND 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Helps students develop an individual rendering style, to produce perspective drawings, and to visually illustrate ideas.

Rendering Techniques and Perspectives4
IND 214
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2 Quarter Hours

Expands student's kitchen and bath design capability through the use of 20-20 design software.

20-20 CAD2
IND 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes residential design and blueprint reading. Students will obtain technical skills in residential building systems, codes, and construction. Students will also be exposed to methods of detailing and material usage.

Building Systems4
IND 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies design principles and presentation standards in the planning and designing of bathrooms. Following NKBA guidelines, students study proper application and construction techniques using electrical and plumbing fixtures. Cabinet selection and proper room layout applications will be covered. Projects include manual- and computer-generated drawings using 20-20 design software.

Studio Bath4
IND 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies design principles and presentation standards in the planning and designing of efficient kitchen layouts. Following NKBA guidelines, students obtain hands-on experience studying basic lighting, venting, plumbing, electrical, and construction techniques. Proper cabinet, appliance, and fixture selection and application will be covered. Projects include manual- and computer-generated drawings.

Studio Kitchen4
IND 253A
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the various methods used in the design and presentation of portfolios. Students will be required to submit a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s):
IND 112A, IND 201, IND 241, ACT 103 or IND 215.
Corequisite(s):
IND 104, IND 231
Portfolio Projects4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACT 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer to draw plans for a single-family residence. A series of drawings will be required.

Prerequisite(s):
or or IND 221.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing I4
IND 215
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer in the creation of drawings in place of traditional drafting methods. Students will create and edit drawings using computer software for interior design.

Interior Design CAD4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
WRK 265
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to perform a minimum of 160 hours of paid/unpaid, work experience at a kitchen and bath design studio that is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval
Kitchen and Bath Design Work Experience4
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
General Education Requirements28 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 101

Program Description

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in interior design as well as kitchen and bath design. Students apply elements and principles of design, space planning, textiles, and furnishings as they relate to residential and commercial interiors. Basic drafting, drawing, and presentation skills will be emphasized throughout the program. Applying current technology, students develop and present projects stressing public health, safety, and welfare. They will gain a basic understanding of the interior design practice and the industry as a whole. The program provides a solid foundation for further study in the interior design field. This program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), 687 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840; (800) 843-6522. This program is accredited on the Auburn Hills and Clinton Township campuses.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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