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Interior Design Degree

The Interior Design program at College of DuPage offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and three certificates. The associate’s degree prepares you to perform a variety of skills, including drafting, computer technologies, space planning, construction details, code and life-safety issues, visualizing and rendering design concepts, lighting layout/specifying, client problem-solving, product review and specifications, and business principles and practices.

Student Planning Worksheet

When planning your coursework, use this Student Planning Worksheet.

Class Formats

During the fall and spring semesters, classes meet only once a week for the hours listed in the class schedule. This "block scheduling" works best for Interior Design project-type classes.

Program Format

Beginning and intermediate level classes focus on specific skills or information. The classes culminate in the four advanced studio classes where all skills and information are utilized in comprehensive projects in one of four specialized areas: residential, healthcare, contract (restaurant and retail), and office design. The final courses of Professional Practices and Ethics and Portfolio Review prepare students to enter the interior design industry.

Suggested First Semester Classes

INTER 1110, Intro to Interior Design

This is the most important class to take first since it is the prerequisite for many other classes. This class is available every semester, including summer.

INTER1125, Sustainable Design

Sustainable principles should be integrated in all areas of interior design. This course was developed to give students a basic understanding of these principles and how they apply to future design problems.

INTER 1212, Computer-Aided Interior Design

Computer drafting skills are essential for success in future classes and in the professional workplace. Begin developing these skills ASAP.

INTER 1135, Visualization Techniques

This course develops skills to visualize design solutions by using hand drawn techniques and computer software.

INTER1150, History of Interior Design

A survey covering architecture and interior design throughout history and their cultural influences.  

For more information, check Course Descriptions

Cooperative Education/Internship Program

College of DuPage's Cooperative Education and Internship Program (CEIP) provides a beneficial partnership among employers, students and the college.

Nothing can compare with skills learned in actual job situations. You are strongly encouraged to seek co-op jobs or internships as you work toward completion of your degree or certificates.

In addition to on-the-job training, these co-op positions provide course credit, industry contacts and valuable experience for inclusion on a resume. In fact, many of these jobs lead to employment after graduation.

Job openings are posted on the Career Services website, on the bulletin boards in the Interior Design hallway in the Technical Education Center (TEC) and on the Interior Design blog. You are responsible for contacting potential employers. 

Once you have secured a position, you must contact the CEIP for the required paperwork. Then you will need an appointment with your Interior Design faculty advisor for CEIP students. Your faculty advisor will assist you in developing learning goals for the job and receive signatures that allow you to register for class credit.


Contact Information

For more information please contact interiordesign@cod.edu.

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Jane Kielb, Coordinator Interior Design
(630) 942-2508

Shelly Mocchi, Instructor Interior Design
(630) 942-2538

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048