The Interior Design program is a comprehensive, professional curriculum which provides courses focusing on the vital and basic aspects of interior design. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the fundamental relationship of interior design, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts. The program prepares students to become professional interior designers who identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. Designers also perform services relative to interior spaces, including design analysis, programming, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings. They prepare drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The Interior Design Program is nationally accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. It works closely with the organization to assure adherence to kitchen and bathroom design standards.

In addition to Interior Design certificates, the program offers specific advanced certificates that promote program development in terms of successful course completion, alternative basic skills, and enhanced workforce development. These certificates - Kitchen and Bath Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Facilities Planning and Design, Interior Restoration and Preservation - provide alternative paths, and at the same time, answer critical industry needs. Please refer to our additional "major sheet" which lists the curriculum required for these certificates, as well as additional background information.

Successful completion of the program prepares students to become professional interior designers who are able to:

  • identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment;
  • perform services relative to interior spaces, including design analysis, programming, space planning and aesthetics;
  • use specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings; and
  • prepare drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Career Opportunities

  • Commercial Design
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Education & Research
  • Facilities Planning and Management
  • Furniture Design
  • Healthcare Design
  • Historic Preservation and Restoration
  • Hospitality Design
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Residential Design
  • Restaurant Design
  • Retail Design
  • Space Planning
  • Textile Design

Profession

Today's interior designers deal with a variety of contemporary issues. They work with the elements and principles of design and deal with diverse human needs. They must be familiar with interior building materials and technology as well as governmental health and safety codes. Interior Designers make ecologically conscious design decisions to provide energy efficient spaces and to help preserve the environment. Whether or not the interior space is a store, office, restaurant, hospital room, or home, the interior designer learns to develop spaces that are beautiful and inspirational. If you are good in art, like helping people, or are well-organized and detail-oriented, Interior Design may be a career for you!

To find more about how interior designers work with clients, you may visit the American Society of Interior Designers

Why Come Here

  • See what our students have to say.
  • Inspiring educational training: Click here to see some of our students work. By going through our courses, you too can produce great work.
  • High quality comprehensive interior design courses and training.
  • Award winning students, alumni and faculty.
  • Strong student organization
  • Our faculty is focused on the student and is highly qualified. It includes practicing interior designers (specialties: residential, kitchen/bath, CAD, retail, historic preservation, lighting, health care, hospitality, commercial design), architects, artists and business people.
  • You have the chance to work on hands-on, real life projects. With Design Response and other sources, students can design and participate in projects that get built.
  • You can get high quality computer aided design training. We offer introduction and advanced AutoCAD classes (taught by those trained in Interior Design, Architecture, Engineering and Drafting). We also offer courses in Adobe Photoshop and a variety of other computer applications programs.
  • You can benefit from the high placement rate of our graduates.
  • The college gives you help with job placement.

Program

The Interior Design program is a comprehensive, professional curriculum which provides courses focusing on the vital and basic aspects of interior design. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the fundamental relationship of interior design, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts. The program prepares students to become professional interior designers who identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. Students are prepared to perform services relative to interior spaces, including design analysis, programming, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings. They prepare drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The program is nationally accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Beyond its accreditation, our program offers many other advantages:

  • Faculty focused on student needs.
  • Hands-on and "real-life" design projects.
  • Computer application through the curriculum.
  • Field trips to design firms, art museums, historic sites, show houses, and architectural sites.
  • Computer lab.
  • Involvement in professional organizations.
  • Professional guest speakers, jurors and critics.
  • Internships offering practical experience.
  • National and regional competitions.
  • Multiple opportunities to interact with design professionals.
  • High placement rate of graduates.
  • Exhibits of Interior Design projects and student work.

Organizations

Participating in professional associations allow students to network within the field. Here are some of the organizations students may want to join.

Careers

West Valley College prepares graduates for successful careers in residential and commercial design, as well as related areas such as lighting, display, sales, professional showroom management, facilities design and management

Residential Design - Interior designers who work in this area plan functional and aesthetically pleasing home environments. Designers often work in residential design firms, in the design studio's of large department stores or in furniture stores.

Commercial Design - Commercial designers plan the interior spaces of offices, banks, hotels, restaurants, retail stores libraries, and schools. These designers work for interior design firms, architects, large corporate facilities, or institutions such as hospital's or universities. Interior Design training at West Valley College can lead to a variety of exciting career opportunities:

  • Residential Design
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Facilities Management
  • Furniture Design
  • Healthcare Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Restaurant Design
  • Retail Design
  • Space Planning
  • Textile Design

In addition, design careers are found in education, research, historic preservation, and many other specialized areas.

To learn more about specialties within the interior design profession, or Interior Design jobs click here and visit IIDA's website, or click here and visit ASID's website.

West Valley College's Career Program Center offers work experience programs. Job postings are also available directly through the Interior Design Department. The faculty are here to guide you as you network with resource people including the Interior Design Advisory Board Members, visiting Interior Design professionals, alumni contacts, and other industry professionals.

last published: 7/11/18