Course Information

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This 72 credit-hour program is designed for students interested in careers in the furnishing and design industry. The program offers creative, artistic and challenging career opportunities. Graduates are trained to work as kitchen and bath designers, retail designers/salespersons, interior design assistants, assistant buyers of home furnishings, manufacturers’ representatives or Merchandise Mart showroom managers.

Periodic field trips are required and will help students learn about current design trends. Students are encouraged to have computers at home although campus computer labs are available for student use. AutoCad and CAD Studio courses are required courses and several other courses are offered online.

The associate in applied science degree in Interior Design may be used to meet the interior design education requirement for registration of Interior Designers in the State of Illinois. The program is endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). In addition, the curriculum provides an overview of topics tested by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, which must be completed before interior designers may be registered by the State of Illinois.

Many courses are pre-requistes for other courses. Please review "Course Descriptions" to view these prerequisites.

Some courses are offered only once per year as follows. This becomes integral when planning your schedule. Please see Carl Dittburner, Coordinator of Interior Design to help you plan your schedule.

Fall Only Classes:

IND109 Architectural Lighting

IND211 Professional Practices

IND233 Kitchen and Bath CAD 20/20 Software

IND230 Kitchen Design Studio

IND205 Historic Styles Design Studio

Spring Only Classes:

IND114 Codes (Blended)

IND102 Design Studio II

IND203 3-Dimensional Design Studio

IND232 Bath Design Studio

IND285 Sustainable Lighting

IND209 Contract\

Summer Offerings:

IND283 Introduction to Green Design (on-line)

IND207 Internship

IND281 Environmental Design (on-line)



Students should begin the program with IND 100-Theory and Fundamentals of Design.

Other courses they can also take during the first semester include:

  • IND 101 Interior Design Studio I
  • IND 103 History of Furniture and Interior Architecture
  • IND 106 Materials and Sources
  • IND 110 Problem Solving & Design Communication



Harper College is accredited by the NorthCentral Accrediation Assoc.

Harper's Interior Design Program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association