Interior Design, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

Do you have an eye for design? Does an empty room set your imagination on fire? If so, an Interior Design degree from San Jacinto College may be just the thing to kick-start your career. Homeowners, architects, and businesses are putting more emphasis on quality interior design than ever before. Our program will prepare you for the creative, technical, and business sides of the interior design business. As a student pursing an interior design degree, you will plan and design residential and commercial interiors, explore and research problem-solving techniques, create and give presentations, and learn how to run a successful interior design business.

The San Jacinto College Interior Design program:

  • Is designed to develop the ability to identify, research, and creatively solve problems relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, and space planning;
  • Offers hands-on training with commercial and residential interiors by preparing presentations and learning business procedures used by interior designers; and
  • Includes five terms of study in interior design and related courses. Upon completion of the required 60 (effective fall 2014) semester credit hours, the student may file for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a degree in interior design pursue careers as:

  • Ceramic tile, accessory, furniture, or textile designers,
  • AutoCAD draftspersons,
  • Freelance writers for interior design publications/newspapers,
  • Product researchers,
  • Facilities managers,
  • In-house designers for government agencies, hospitals, and colleges,
  • Residential or commercial designers,
  • Manufacturers representatives,
  • Retail buyers for design related products, and
  • Showroom representatives.

Earning Potential

Interior Designer: $65,4541

For more information, students may contact: 281-991-2608 or email


Central Campus

This program is designed to develop the ability to identify, research, and creatively solve problems relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, and space planning. The students will work with commercial and residential spaces, prepare presentations, and learn business procedures used by interior designers.

The course work for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is offered over a five-semester period, which includes one summer term. The curriculum provides a balance of technical, creative, and business training necessary for a career in interior design.

Note: Students who begin their interior design education after Sept 1, 2006, will not be allowed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) to register with the state of Texas to become a Registered Interior Designer unless they graduate from a four-year program that is approved by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Registration in the state of Texas is completely voluntary and students can practice interior design without being registered with TBAE. However, a student graduating from a two-year institution can apply for certification by NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualifications) to be NCIDQ certified with a two-year degree and 5,280 hours of qualified interior design coursework. Students can see NCIDQ’s website for details

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
INDS 1311 Fundamental of Interior Design 3
INDS 1319 Technical Drawing for Interior Designers 3
INDS 1351 History of Interiors I 3
INDS 2307 Textiles for Interior Design 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Second Term
INDS 1315 Materials, Methods and Estimating 3
INDS 1349 Fundamentals of Space Planning 3
INDS 1352 History of Interiors II 3
DFTG 1409 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 4
Summer Year One Term
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
Speech 3
Third Term
INDS 1345 Commercial Design I 3
INDS 2313 Residential Design I 3
INDS 2321 Presentation Drawing 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
Fourth Term
INDS 2237 Portfolio Presentation 2
INDS 2325 Professional Practices for Interior Design 3
INDS 2335 Residential Design II 3
INDS 2386 Internship-Interior Design 3
Art 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: INDS 2386 Internship-Interior Design