Interior Design Technology

Rhode Island Interior Design degrees at New England Tech

Interior Design

With an Interior Design associate degree, you will learn to create interior spaces that answer the economic, functional, technical, psychological, and esthetic requirements of buildings today. Learn the basic theories of design, color, and spatial composition that form the foundation of creative design for both residential and commercial properties.

Associate in Science Degree

The Interior Design Technology Associate Degree program at New England Institute of Technology provides the students with the necessary skills to design and execute interior design projects including their furnishings. The Interior Design program allows the students to develop the abilities to create building interiors that answer the economic, functional, technical, psychological, and aesthetic requirements of a project by emphasizing the fundamentals of interior design in conjunction with the technical aspects of planning, structures, and construction methods.

The Interior Design students are introduced to the basic elements and theories of design, color and spatial composition that form the foundation of creative design for both residential and commercial properties. Interior Design students, through topic-specific courses, are introduced to both manual and CAD drawing skills. Theory and technical courses familiarize the student with the fundamentals in design attributes of materials, lighting, furniture, textiles, architectural history, specifications, building codes, and building systems. Studio courses require the student to incorporate the learned theoretical and technical knowledge into a comprehensive design based upon specific program requirements. Studio project types include residential, office, and retail.  Green Technology and Sustainable Design are incorporated into the entire curriculum

Students can earn their Associate Degree in Interior Design Technology in as little as 18 months. Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree program, students can continue into the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Technology. 

“The graduates we’ve hired from New England Tech are very knowledgeable in design, inside and out. We’ve hired several people from New England Tech, specifically from the Interior Design Technology Program, and they worked out very well.

I know how well New England Tech prepares their students for the real world because I am a New England Tech Grad myself.”
Larisa Vlasov
Cardi’s Furniture, Swansea, MA


Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission:

The Interior Design Technology programs, at both the associate's and Bachelor's level, prepare the student to be proficient in the art and technology of designing the interior built environment relative to the user’s social, psychological, and aesthetic needs.

Program Goals:

The Program Goals of the Interior Design programs are:

1 To educate students in the fundamentals of interior design and building sciences through a seamless and comprehensive study combining the theoretical and practical concepts of design, building systems, components, and construction.
2 To expand our students’ observational skills and critical thinking abilities.
3 To instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society at large through the development of a professional and personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision making.

Program Outcomes:

The Interior Design graduate will be able to:

1 Function as an integral member of the building team.
2 Act in an ethically and morally responsible way with regard to the profession, public safety, and regulatory authorities.
3 Evaluate and analyze problems relative to the interior built environment and develop solutions that meet the economic, social, technical, and aesthetic needs of the client and society.
4 Demonstrate a historical appreciation and professional accountability within the context relative to the interior design industry.
5 Demonstrate effective oral and written communications.
6 Present design concepts through a graphic and verbal presentation
7 Generate construction documents using electronic mediums.


Courses Offered

Associate in Science Degree

ABT 110 Introduction to Architecture and Building Technology
ABT 112 Technical Drafting and Graphic Communications
ABT 114 Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
ABT 115 Introduction to Structures
ID 121 Interior Building Systems
ABT 122 Two & Three Dimensional Design Theory
ABT 124 Construction Methods & Materials
HI 235 Architectural History
ID 132 Interior Design Studio I - Residential
ID 134 Color and Composition
ABT 216 Presentation Techniques
ID 212 Programming
ID 136 Introduction to Environmental Systems
ABT 218 Building Information Modeling I (BIM I)
ID 225 History Of Interior Design
ID 226 Finishes and Materials I
ID 228 Interior Design Studio II - Retail
ABT 236 Building Codes
ID 232 Professional Practice for Interior Designers
ID 233 Computer Graphics and Applications
ID 234 Portfolio Review
ID 235 Interior Design Studio III - Office