Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree Interior Design

Degree Requirements Overview

The program works closely with the professional design community to keep current with the changes in interior design technologies and practices. The curriculum helps students gain insight into the various forms of spatial configuration, and learn from history and current strategies to achieve technological, sustainable, and socially relevant solutions for interior environments. Multi-disciplinary studios help students focus their interests while learning from experts in the professional field. This creates opportunities for highly collaborative student-faculty-industry relationships throughout the program.

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.

Degree Requirements

To determine the specific courses required for graduation, meet with an Interior Design Program advisor (e-mail

Download the completion worksheet for the BAA degree (2014-15) [PDF]

Course No. Course Name Credits

An interior design-related associate’s degree,
or the equivalent of at least 90 credits in an
interior design-related degree program, from
a regionally accredited college or university,
and includes the following:

  • Art History (5 Cr)
  • English Composition (5 Cr)
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Cr)
  • Science (5 Cr)
  • Social Science (5 Cr)

Core Courses (see note 1)

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: 15
These courses may be repeated up to 15 credits  
INDES 370 Design Studio Residential (5 Cr)  
INDES 371 Design Studio Commercial (5 Cr)  
INDES 372 Design Studio Experiential (5 Cr)  

Elective Requirements (see note 2)

Any combination of courses from the following disciplines

INDES studio or special topics; ART studio; DRMA 210,
212, 215; or Digital Media Arts

General Education Requirements (see note 3)

ART 203 History of Western Art
(see note 4)
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 5
Choose 5 credits from the AAS-DTA
lab science course list
Recommended: ENVS 207 or ENVS 250
Humanities Distribution 5
CMST 350 Professional Communication for the Designer  

Social Science Distribution

Choose 5 credits from the AAS-DTA
Social Science course list
Recommended: ANTH& 206, BUS&
101, CMST& 230, ECON& 201,
INTST 150, PSYC 203 or SOC 210
Grand Total 191

Notes 1 through 4:

  1. Students must earn a C or better in Interior Design Core Courses.
  2. The exact number of elective credits to achieve 191 credit hours required for graduation will be determined during the admission process based on the student’s prior academic record. Students completing Bellevue College’s 97-credit AA in Interior Studies will need 8 credits to satisfy the elective requirement. 
  3. Admitted BAA students with an accredited Bachelor's degree will automatically have all of their GE requirements met (including CMST 350 and the lab science requirement). Transcripts will be formally reviewed to determine / verify previous degree(s) earned. General education requirements are listed below.
  4. If you have taken ART 203 or an equivalent modern art history course as part of an associate’s or other transfer degree, must substitute another art history course. For instance: ART 201, 202, or 205.

Program Eligibility

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

  • completed an 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, and
  • a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Application Process

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

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

For more information on the specific application requirements and instructions, please see the program website at 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 follow the upper division tuition schedule published in the catalog and schedule. Tuition is $198 per credit plus applicable college and course fees. These courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.

Staying on Track

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Graduation Application

Students must apply for graduation. Submit your graduation application form two quarters prior to the expected graduation date and pay the application fee.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Winter: October 10
  • Spring: December 10
  • Summer: March 15

Basic Graduation Requirements

A complete description of the required curriculum is shown on the following page. 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 Bellevue College, of which 30 credits must be upper division.

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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 Cetner or the Interior Design department office in room L115C or by calling (425) 564-2624.

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