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Interior Design AAS - Academic Plan


Total Credits = 75-76

The Interior Design Program at ACC has been educating Interior Design professionals since 1975, and is one of the oldest programs in the State of Colorado. This program enjoys an excellent reputation of quality education in the Colorado Interior Design community. Interior Designers play an important role in developing efficient, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces in both residential and commercial interior environments. The Interior Design program at ACC prepares students for a career as a professional interior designer. Students learn to develop not only creative abilities and how to express them, but also the methods and processes needed to practice design ethically, responsibly and profitably.

NKBA Accreditation: The ACC Interior Design Program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and was awarded the NKBA Award for Excellence in Education (2011-2012); one of only three schools nationally to receive this award.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze information to synthesize design solutions to meet the client's needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively research a complex design problem that will be incorporated into a final design solution.
  • Demonstrate a professional work ethic expressing value as a designer with problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pertinent business practices required for the Interior Design industry.
  • Demonstrate professional presentation skills.
  • Develop skills to produce professional quality interior design.
  • Apply current product knowledge to customer's needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design construction and systems.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time)

Year 1 - Summer

Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course, 3 credits

Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course, 3 credits

Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course, 3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time)

Year 3 - Summer

Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course, 3 credits

Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course, 3 credits

Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Course, 3 credits

Year 3 - Fall
Year 3 - Spring
Year 4 - Summer
Year 4 - Fall


  • *This course requires college-level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of the appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001 – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021 or ENG 1031 must also register for ENG 0094 unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094 standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • Major Elective: Select one (1) Interior Design Elective from: CAD 2210, CAD 2220, IND 2075, IND 2502, IND 2080, or MAR 1011. Recommended courses are listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5664) or the Interior Design Department for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2023/2024 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree.