Applied Design | Pierpont C&TC
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Interior Design

Beach, Rachel

Coordinator of Interior Design
Instructor of Applied Design
304-367-4367
316C Wallman Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

The Interior Design program prepares students for professional service in residential and/or commercial design work. Students have various opportunities to explore and apply principles and elements of interior design and to create functional and aesthetic interior environments.

Interior Design includes a study of design; functional space planning and universal access; furnishings and window treatments; materials and components; and technical rendering and presentation skills in conjunction with a business orientation. The program is designed to provide both classroom and studio work with an on-the-job work experience in area businesses. The learning experience goes beyond the classroom and includes working with actual clients and participating in design competitions through the student chapter of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers.

This AAS degree in Applied Design, Interior Design meets the academic requirements for ASID allied and professional membership.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply knowledge of design theory and the elements and principles of design through organizing, manipulating, and solving design problems related to their field
  • Identify historical periods, materials, components, and products that impact current trends and issues
  • Communicate and justify, through written and oral presentation and portfolio development, the details, inspiration, problems, solutions, and the vision of their design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of business practices, work ethic, professionalism, and consumer marketing principles as related to the products and services of their field
Opportunities: 

Graduates of the Associate degree in Interior Design are prepared to enter the job market at entry-level positions and pursue careers in professions such as interior designers, assistant designers, kitchen and bath designers, lighting designers, retail furniture and/or home improvement sales, and home staging consultants. Many new graduates begin their careers in small to medium size design firms as sales associates and assistant designers, with opportunities to advance. The placement of students is excellent.

The Interior Design program of Pierpont Community & Technical College is a student chapter of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers. Students who are members of the ASID student organization may become allied members upon graduation. Allied members of ASID who graduate from this program meet the academic eligibility to sit for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam and to become a professional member. Although West Virginia does not require professional interior designers to be licensed, many states do. Students should consult the ASID website for further details regarding ASID membership and states requiring licensing.

Students may also take two additional courses to receive an AutoCAD certification and CAD Advanced Skill Set while completing their degree. Students with AutoCAD certification have additional job opportunities in the entry-level design field.

Upon completion of this degree a graduate has the option to transfer to West Virginia University, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design for an additional 2 years to complete a bachelor degree in the Design Studies Program. All Pierpont credits transfer directly into the program for a seamless transition into a bachelor degree. The offering of an interdisciplinary design major by West Virginia University is unique in the state and within the University.  Design Studies brings together positive aspects of the studio-based design majors and the multi-disciplinary studies major to provide a design-focused program that is flexible and student-centered.  Acceptance into the program is noncompetitive.  Employment in design-related occupations is expected to continue to grow.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

APPD 1151

Design Concepts
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.  ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s):  ENGL 1104.
Must obtain a "C" or better in all English courses.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
42 CHs

APPD 1130

History of Design Through 19th Century
3
CH(s)

APPD 1140

Introduction to Interior Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 1160

Construction Details & Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2210

Textiles
3
CH(s)

APPD 2217

Visual Merchandising
3
CH(s)

APPD 2235

Design in Social Media
3
CH(s)

APPD 2240

Residential Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2250

Design in Home Furnishings
3
CH(s)

APPD 2255

Kitchen and Bath Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2260

Contract Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2200

Fundamentals of AutoCAD
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2215

Architectural Drafting
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2245

Architectural Design
3
CH(s)
 
 
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
3 CHs

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)

Required Elective (Select One)

APPD 1131 History of 20th Century Design 3
APPD 2200 Design Thinking 3
BUSN 1102 Introduction to Business 3
AutoCAD Certificate Option
DRFT 2205 Solid Modeling (PR)     3
DRFT 2235 Technical Drafting (PR)  3
 
DRFT 2205 AND DRFT 2235 Prerequisite(s): DRFT 2200
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

APPD 1140

Introduction to Interior Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 1151

Design Concepts
3
CH(s)

APPD 1160

Construction Details & Design
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

Spring Semester

APPD 2210

Textiles
3
CH(s)

APPD 2250

Design in Home Furnishings
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2200

Fundamentals of AutoCAD
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.  ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1104.
Must obtain a "C" or better in ENGL 1108 or ENGL 1109 to graduate.

 

Summer Semester

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
3 CHs
APPD 2295 Prerequisite(s): APPD 1115
Students have the option of taking the Applied Design Practicum in the summer.
Fall Semester

APPD 1130

History of Design Through 19th Century
3
CH(s)

APPD 2240

Residential Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2255

Kitchen and Bath Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2215

Architectural Drafting
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
DRFT 2215 Prerequisite(s): DRFT 2200.
Spring Semester

APPD 2217

Visual Merchandising
3
CH(s)

APPD 2235

Design in Social Media
3
CH(s)

APPD 2260

Contract Design
3
CH(s)

DRFT 2245

Architectural Design
3
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Required Elective (Select One)
APPD 1131 History of 20th C Design  3       
APPD 2200 Design Thinking 3
BUSN 1102 Introduction to Business 3
OR - AutoCAD Certificate Option
DRFT 2205 Solid Modeling (PR)    AND/OR 3
DRFT 2235 Technical Drafting (PR)  3
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