Interior Design

Interior designers are involved in planning the interior spaces of almost all buildings, including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and private residences. Designers’ jobs are important and essential to construction because they help increase productivity, attract clientele and increase the building’s market value. Students also […]

Interior designers are involved in planning the interior spaces of almost all buildings,
including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels,
schools, hospitals and private residences. Designers’ jobs are important and essential
to construction because they help increase productivity, attract clientele and increase
the building’s market value.

Students also have the option of earning a Certificate of Specialization (CS) in Interior
Design Professional Certificate and/or in Kitchen and Bath Design.

About the Program

The Interior Design program at St. Louis Community College-Meramec is a 66-credit
hour program that prepares students for careers in interior design or transfer to
a four-year institution. The curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in visual art
skills, architecture and space planning. Utilizing these foundations students develop
creative projects using a systematic approach to the design processes.

Completion of the Interior Design program requires two full academic years. Students
can also enter the program as part-time students and evening classes are offered as
well.

About the Certificate of Specialization

This certificate program is designed for graduates of two-year interior design programs
to meet the educational standards required to become a certified professional interior
designer. The coursework will address the following content areas of the national
certification requirements: building systems, construction standards, design application
and specifications and building and life safety codes. The program will also provide
students with the advanced research, graphic and computer-aided design skills to successfully
apply both the theoretical and practical knowledge required for employment as a professional
interior designer.

Since the state of Missouri limits the number of credit hours an AAS degree program
can offer and STLCC does not offer four-year degrees, we created the Certificate of
Specialization in Interior Design to prepare students to take the National Council
for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX)
which requires 60-credit hours of interior design coursework before the exam can be
taken. This program is offered entirely online to provide educational opportunities
for working designers and potential from outside the region that wish to become professional
interior designers.

The Critical Difference

State of the Art Facilities and Software Programs

  • AutoCAD
  • REVIT
  • 20.20
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Google Sketchup
  • Instructors who are also professionals in the field of interior design
  • Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Transfer agreements with Maryville University Interior’s Design Program and the University
    of Missouri’s Architectural Studies with an emphasis in Interior Design program.
  • Many highly successful graduates
  • Student chapters that work closely with professional organizations:
    • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
    • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    • National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
  • Students participate in community service projects that not only benefit the community
    but also give students real world experience in the field of interior design.

Opportunities in the Field

Graduates of the Interior Design program are qualified for entry-level positions in
residential and/or commercial interior design and related fields. Some of the careers
in interior design include: residential design, commercial design, health care, hospitality,
kitchen and bath, office design, architectural firms, retail stores, wholesale showrooms
and lighting design. Graduates also may be employed as manufacturers’ product representatives,
freelance designers or facilities planning assistants.

Students

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of
higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

Faculty and Staff

St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day by offering
high-quality educational experiences leading to degrees, certificates, employment,
university transfer and life-long learning.

Employment Outlook

Graduates of the interior design program are qualified for entry-level positions in
residential and/or commercial interior design and related fields. Some of the careers
in interior design include: residential design, commercial design, health care, hospitality,
kitchen and bath, office design, architectural firms, retail stores, wholesale showrooms
and lighting design.

Learning Environment

Interior designers are involved in planning the interior spaces of almost all buildings,
including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels,
schools, hospitals and private residences. Designers’ jobs are important and essential
to construction because they help increase productivity, attract clientele and increase
the building’s market value.

Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours,
program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related
to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree
or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply – Information provided is based on the
most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion
data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program
of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Faculty Information

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Dannielle Weintraub

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