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Interior Design

Associate in Applied Science (AAS),
Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Offered through Arts and Communications

@ Meramec

The Interior Design program prepares you for careers in interior design and space planning with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest industry software. St. Louis Community College offers some of the best interior designer classes in St. Louis. The coursework for the interior design program includes solving interior design-related problems by developing free-hand and drafting skills, computers skills and oral presentation skills. Upon graduating, you will be familiar with local and national trade, professional and industry resources. Issues in sustainable design are also explored within the studio environment. St. Louis Community College is one of the finest interior design schools in Missouri.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

Interior Design (AAS)

Interior Design Professional (CS)

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

Professor/Program Coordinator

Erin LeClerc
314-984-7156

eleclerc@stlcc.edu

Assistant Professor

Marica Paljakka-Cargo
314-984-7631

tpaljakkacargo@stlcc.edu

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