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Why Choose Interior Design at PPCC?

When studying Interior Design at PPCC you will develop an understanding of the principles and elements of design. You will also have the opportunity for more in-depth study with instructors who are well connected and part of the local professional industry. They work closely with you to complete an internship and get hands-on experience with professionals and future employers.

What will I study?

As a PPCC interior design student, you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of design, drafting, textiles, finish materials, graphic communication, space planning, residential design, lighting design, commercial design and sustainability.

Your studies will also include technical courses in AutoCAD, Google SketchUp and Revit, as well as courses that prepare you for the business end of interior design. The educational experience is enhanced with an internship.

Example Classes I Might Take

An introduction to design elements, principles and theory. Application techniques, emphasizing design relationships and composition, will be explored. Basic skills and techniques of both visual and oral presentations will be introduced.
Introduces the basic drafting tools and techniques, graphic references and symbols, use of pencil and technical pen. Student learns to draft floor plans and interior elevations. Course also covers basic interior dimensioning and lettering as well as isometric drawing construction for interior components.
Teaches visual communication techniques, methods of communicating interior design plans, ideas and elements using sketching, 2D and 3D drawing and renderings. Emphasis is placed on 2D and 3D perspective drawings, illustrations and renderings.

Career Options

Opportunities abound both locally and nationally for qualified interior designers. Hospitals, hotels, restaurants, clubs, and offices all work with interior designers on their teams as well as cruise ships, airlines, architects, and builders.

Among the diverse opportunities are airline interiors, barrier-free design, carpet and rug design, furniture design, historic preservation, manufacturer representative, marketing specialist, real estate property staging, model home furnishing, purchasing, residential design, showroom design, textile design, wall-covering design, and window treatment design.

Typically, an interior designer will specialize in either residential or commercial design; some may eventually specialize even further to focus on particular rooms, such as kitchens or bathrooms.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Interior Design program, students should be able to:

  • Produce a comprehensive set of construction documents
  • Produce presentation boards according to industry standards
  • Create and present a project in front of a panel of industry experts
  • Follow the complete design process, to include: Programming, Location/Demographic Research, Concept Development, Space Planning, Construction Documentation, and Specifications