Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree
Interior Design


The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design (BAA) offers a broadly-based and professionally-relevant curriculum that embraces the responsibility of preparing and inspiring the designers of the future. The BAA program provides a learning environment based on a foundation of holistic, creative problem-solving, and is accredited as a professional level degree by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The BAA curriculum is an upper-division course of study for students who have completed a regionally accredited Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), in one of the following degree categories: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or Industrial Design. The degree offers a combination of core courses, general education and electives that help students achieve their particular career goals.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the BAA should have the skills and abilities to be employed by companies specializing in interior design services, including interior design and architectural firms who practice in commercial, institutional or residential interiors and space planning, provide furniture-related design and/ or specifications, offer specialized consulting services, or participate in green building and sustainable design projects.

Program graduates should be able to:

  • Apply interior design principles and practices
  • Recognize the implications of globalization on design practices and demonstrate an understanding of how social, political and physical influences shape the design of built environments
  • Utilize the principles of lighting, acoustics, thermal comfort and indoor air quality to enhance the health, safety, welfare, and performance of building occupants
  • Select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials on the basis of their properties and performance criteria, including environmental attributes, maintenance, installation, and life cycle cost
  • Apply ethical and accepted standards of practice for project management, project communication, and project delivery
  • Demonstrate leadership by engaging in multi-disciplinary teams representing a variety of points of view and perspectives collaborations, consensus building, and team-oriented activities
  • Demonstrate understanding of laws, codes, standards, and guidelines that impact the design of interior spaces and protect the health, welfare and safety of the public, including fire and life safety, accessibility guidelines, and industry specific regulations in the design of interior spaces
  • Appraise the job market, create a search strategy and professional portfolio; leverage internship experience for career success; earn experience necessary to qualify for NCIDQ certification

Program Requirements

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]


Proficiency Requirement

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
An interior design-related associate degree, or equivalent, that includes: 90
Art History (5 Cr)
English Composition (5 Cr)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Cr)
Science (5 Cr)
Social Science (5 Cr)

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ART 108 Introduction to Hand and Power Tools 2
INDES 340 Interior Design Theory 3
INDES 350 History of Interiors & Furniture 5
INDES 351 Modern Interiors & Furniture 5
INDES 352 Design & Fabrication 3
INDES 390 Interior Building Systems 5
INDES 391 Lighting for Interiors 5
INDES 440 Design Research 2
INDES 471 Capstone Design Studio I 5
INDES 472 Capstone Design Studio II 5
INDES 480 Professional Practices & Principles 5
INDES 485 Practicum in Interior Design (150 hours) 3
Choose 15 credits from the following (may be repeated up to 15 CR): 15
INDES 370 Design Studio Residential (5 Cr)
INDES 371 Design Studio Commercial (5 Cr)
INDES 372 Design Studio Experimental (5 Cr)

Elective Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Any combination of courses from the following disciplines: 13*
140, 145, 146, 147, 163, 167, 171, 172, 179, 185, 194, 195, 197, 242, 261, 262, 265, 267, 273, 280, 285, 294, 295, 296, 297, 299, 340, 350, 351, 352, 360, 370, 371, 372, 390, 391, 394, 395, 399, 485
101, 103, 105, 110, 111, 112, 120, 121, 150, 151, 153, 154, 194, 195, 196, 197, 199, 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 221, 222, 225, 230, 240, 242, 245, 253, 254, 256, 260, 261, 280, 294, 295, 296, 297, 299
110, 147, 161, 163, 186, 187, 188, 210
115, 131, 151, 250, 260
210, 212, 215
102, 103, 104, 107, 108, 125, 126, 221, 231

General Education Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ART 203 History of Western Art 5
If you have taken ART 203 or an equivalent modern art history course as part of an associate’s or other transfer degree, you must substitute another art history course. For instance: ART 201, 202, or 205
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ENGL 201 The Research Paper (5 Cr)
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5 Cr)
ENGL 271 Expository Writing I (5 Cr)
ENGL 272 Expository Writing II (5 Cr)

Laboratory Science

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 5 credits from the AAS-DTA lab science course list. 5
Recommended: ENVS 207 or ENVS 250

Humanities Distribution

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
CMST 350 Professional Communication for the Designer 5

Social Science Distribution

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 5 credits from the AAS-DTA Social Science distribution course list. 5
Recommended: ANTH& 206, BUS& 101, CMST& 230, ECON& 201, INTST 150, PSYC 203, OR SOC 210

Total Credits: 191

Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to BC’s BAA Interior Design program, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed a regionally accredited Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), in one of the following degree categories:
    • Interior Design,
    • Interior Architecture,
    • Architecture,
    • or Industrial Design
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better

Degree Requirements

A complete description of the required curriculum is shown in the worksheet. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must achieve the following:

  • Complete a total of at least 191 applicable college-level quarter credits (including the 90 credits required for admission to the degree program)
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the general program and concentration requirements
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges
  • Complete at least 45 quarter credits for the degree in residence at BC, of which 30 credits must be upper division

Application Process

To be considered for the bachelor of applied arts program prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed general Bellevue College admission form
  • Non-refundable general admission fee of $34
  • Completed Bellevue College bachelor application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $125
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college
  • Digital portfolio containing examples of your work

For more information on the specific application requirements and instructions, please see the program website. You can also visit the BC Student Service Center or Interior Design Program office (Rm. L115C) or contact the program manager at (425) 564-2624, for more information.


The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design is a self-support program and therefore does not necessarily follow the upper division tuition schedule published in the college catalog and quarterly schedule. Tuition includes applicable college and course fees, plus current per credit rates. These courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.

Program Contact Information

For more information on the specific application requirements and instructions, please see the program website at, or visit the BC Student Service Center or contact the Interior Design program manager at (425) 564-2624,  

Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.

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Last Updated June 12, 2017