Arapahoe Community College

2015-2016 Catalog

Interior Design AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

CIP 500408 (IND)

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. The Kitchen and Bath industry is a specialized area of residential design. As students near completion of the Interior Design Program, they are qualified to sit for the AKBD exam, which is the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer qualification. After practicing in the field for a specified number of years, designers may sit for the CKD or CKB exam which qualifies them as a Certified Kitchen Designer or Certified Bathroom Designer. Kitchen and Bath is a part of the regular curriculum of the Interior Design program. However, students who are interested in an abbreviated format specifically in Kitchen and Bath design education, may enroll in the Kitchen and Bath Specialist Certificate program that is now being offered by the ACC Interior Design Dept. (See specific information for the Certificate.)

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Students must attend an Interior Design Program Orientation prior to registration. Dates for orientations are listed on the ACC website.
  • Complete ACCUPLACER assessment with the following minimum scores:
    • 95 on Sentence Skills
    • OR ACT or SAT scores within the last five years
    • OR have earned a previous college degree
    • OR have completed any necessary developmental courses, if required, with a grade of "C" or higher before taking Interior Design courses.
  • Students wishing to transfer in Interior Design or General Education credits to fulfill degree requirements must have official transcripts sent to ACC Admission and Records Office. If you have questions after Admissions and Records has evaluated your transcripts, please call 303.797.5958 to schedule an appointment with the IND Department Chair.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

(15 credit hours)

ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1) OR


ENG 131

Technical Writing


ART 121

Drawing I


Three additional general education courses **


** Recommended elective options: COM 125 Interpersonal Communications; BUS 115 Intro to Business; CIS 118 Intro to PC Applications

Interior Design Program Courses

(57 credit hours)

CAD 105

AutoCAD for Interiors


CAD 115



IND 100

Interior Design Fundamentals


IND 107

History of Interior Design


IND 111

Drafting for Interiors


IND 114

Space Planning


IND 116

Estimating Interior Materials


IND 151

Residential Design


IND 152

Commercial Design I


IND 200

Kitchen and Bath Design


IND 201

Commercial Design II


IND 205

Professional Practice for Interior Designers


IND 211

Interior Construction


IND 213

IND Portfolio Presentations


IND 225

Lighting Design


IND 231

Sustainable Design


IND 288

Practicum (Design Research)


IND 289

Capstone: Advanced Design


Interior Design Electives *

(3-4 credit hours)

IND 261

Advanced Kitchen and Bath Design


IND 280



CAD 224

Revit Architecture


MAR 111

Principles of Sales


* Interior Design students must select one (1) elective above to complete the 60 credit Interior Design Program requirement.


75-76 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this A.A.S. degree must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to meet admission and graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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