Interior Design

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Program Information

  • Location: West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 10-304-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Interior Design Degree

Program Description

Interior designers use creativity, technical knowledge, and aesthetics to create solutions that improve the function and quality of interior environments. Coursework includes manual and computer-aided design (CAD) drawing, and commercial and residential planning.

Demand for interior designers is strongest in kitchen and bath design and remodeling, and in corporate and industrial facilities design.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: Course topics include design fundamentals, an overview of the design process, and the interrelations of color, lighting and materials.

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Individualized Technical Studies

This associate degree program is designed to meet specific educational needs of students, business and industry not currently served by other degree programs. It is a customized program for students who need to combine skills and knowledge from different disciplines to be productive in tomorrow’s workforce. The curriculum will be drawn from existing offerings at MATC.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) INDSGN-100 Introduction to Interior Design 3
(1) INDSGN-102 Basic Architectural Drawing 3
(1) INDSGN-104 Interior Elements of Building Construction 3
(1) INDSGN-106 Materials and Furniture Design 3
(2) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) INDSGN-108 Residential Studio ‡ 3
(2) INDSGN-110 Advanced Architectural Drawing ‡ 3
(2) INDSGN-113 Textiles: Science, Application and Design 3
(2) INDSGN-114 Color and Light ‡ 3
(2) MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
(3) INDSGN-116 Kitchen and Bath Design ‡ 3
(3) INDSGN-118 Commercial Studio ‡ 3
(3) INDSGN-120 Interior Design Internship ‡ 1
(3) INDSGN-122 Styles of Furniture and Architecture ‡ 3
(3) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(4) ELECTIVES (Three credits needed)
Suggested elective: ARCHT-150
Introduction to Revit
(4) INDSGN-124 Advanced Commercial Studio ‡ 3
(4) INDSGN-128 Designer/Client Relationships 3
(4) INDSGN-131 Portfolio Development and Application ‡ 3
(4) SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society 
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Integrate the codes and standards that impact the interior environment
  • Model professional practices of the Interior Design industry
  • Validate the design process
  • Evaluate design decisions within the parameters of the built environment

Career Outlook

In southeastern Wisconsin, the areas with growing career opportunities are kitchen and bath design and remodeling, and corporate and industrial facilities design. Additionally, graduates may be employed in architectural firms, furniture dealerships, furniture showrooms and design studios. The program introduces students to specialty areas including lighting design, hospitality design, color consulting and computer-aided drafting.

Future Opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree upon completion of the program, check with a program advisor and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

Possible Careers

Design Consultant
Interior Designer
Kitchen Designer
Residential Designer
Lighting Designer
Manufacturer's Representative

Admission Requirements

Demonstration of proficiency in basic computer skills or completion of COMPSW-106


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Creative Arts, Design & Media Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, C Building, Room C210
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 10/07/2020