Interior Design

The Interior Design Program at Bellevue College provides a comprehensive, high quality interior design education that is responsive to the changing needs of its students and the design profession. Two educational pathways provide flexible, accessible options that promote student success and which are supported by outstanding faculty committed to teaching excellence.

Core courses in Art and Interior Design strengthen visual, oral, and written communication and for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Interior Design. Also provides training for paraprofessional positions such as production, sales, customer service, or private consulting. Students receive foundation skills in both manual and computer-aided graphics along with exposure to design studio processes and methodologies. Requires demonstration of the ability to create and execute a design portfolio, creative problem solving, and sustainability practices.


Associate in Arts Degree
Interior Studies

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The Associate of Arts in Interior Studies is a two-year degree open to anyone interested in a career in interior design. Graduates have found employment in sales, customer service, or professional support. The degree also forms the foundation for entry into the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Apply creative, critical, analytical and strategic thinking skills in all phases of the design process
  • Apply design fundamentals, theories and concepts to interior design problems
  • Apply knowledge of history in art, architecture, and interior design to contemporary design problems
  • Apply the design process to interior design problems, including design programming, schematics and design development
  • Produce competent contract documents including coordinated drawings, schedules and specifications
  • Communicate information, both oral and written, in a clear, concise and well organized manner
  • Use manual and computer-aided drafting skills to create accurate, measured drawings
  • Select and effectively integrate a range of presentation skills, including drawing, sketching, lettering, perspective, rendering, and model building, using appropriate media, colors and techniques
  • Apply knowledge of interior finishes and materials for appropriate selection, specification, installation and maintenance to interior designs
  • Demonstrate the attitudes, traits, and values of professional responsibility, accountability, and effectiveness within the context of interior design process and practice

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ART 101 Modern Architecture & Design 5
ART 110 Two-Dimensional Design 5
ART 111 Design Color 5
ART 112 Three-Dimensional Design 5
ART 120 Drawing I 5
INDES 140 Introduction to Interior Design 5
INDES 167 Digital Design Tools 2
INDES 171 Interior Design Studio I 5
INDES 172 Interior Design Studio II 5
INDES 242 Interior Materials & Sources 5
INDES 262 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design 5
INDES 265 Design Illustration 5
INDES 267 Digital Design Presentation 3
INDES 273 Interior Design Studio III 5
INDES 280 Contract Documents 5

General Education

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 5
Natural Science
Take ENVS& 100 or choose a course with a lab component from AAS-DTA transfer list: 5
Astronomy 101, 201
Biology 100, 108, 150, 160, 162, 211, 212, 213, 241, 242, 260, 275, 276
Botany 110, 113, 120
Chemistry 110 , 121, 131, 140, 161, 162, 163, 261, 262, 263, 265, 266
Environmental Science 207, 250
Geography 206
Geology 101, 103, 208
Oceanography 101
Physics 104, 105, 109, 114, 115, 116, 121, 122, 123
Cultural Diversity Requirement
Choose a course from a list at Cultural Diversity Site 5
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
Choose a course from the following selection: 5
Mathematics 107, 130, 131, 132, 138, 141, 142, 148, 151, 152, 153, 208, 238, 240, 254, 255
Philosophy 120
Art History 5
Choose a course from the following selection:
Art 201, 202, 203*, 205
*Students planning to pursue the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design, please note, the BAA degree requires completion of ART 203 and one of the other art history courses from the Art History list

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.

This website is designed as a tool to assist in making degree selection decisions, but may not be up-to-date in all instances. Please review worksheets with an advisor to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

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Last Updated August 19, 2015