At NEIT, with our Interior Design associate degree, you will become an interior design professional with the sophistication needed to create environments where people live, work, socialize, and recreate. You will develop a fundamental knowledge of design theory, space planning, color and spatial composition, attributes of materials, textiles, building codes, lighting, and building systems.Read More
The Interior Design Associate Degree program at New England Institute of Technology provides 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 in Science degree in Interior Design 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.
Potential Career Opportunities
The associate degree program will prepare students for careers as residential or commercial interior designers. Students may also begin work as interior design assistants to prepare for more advanced roles.
Graduates of the associate degree program can also pursue opportunities such as the following:
Residential/Commercial Interior Designer
Kitchen & Bath Designer
Color & Materials Designer
Interior Design Consultant
Can you be an interior designer with an associate degree?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most career opportunities across the design industry are targeted towards professionals with a bachelor’s degree, though, some interior designers will accept assistance from individuals from associate programs or with related work experience.
Is an associate degree in interior design worth it?
Associate degrees take two years to complete and will help familiarize students with important concepts associated with the interior design field. It can help prepare students for entry-level jobs as assistants to interior designers or to move forward in their educational careers.
Interior designers have mastered how we craft the space around us to create a functional and decorative environment. Interior designers must also be able to draw, read, and edit blueprints.
What type of career placement opportunities and networking is available to students?
Our Career Services Office can help connect graduates of our degree programs to design firms in need of new hires by providing employers with resumes of recent graduates and alumni, posting employment and internship opportunities for employers seeking part-time student workers and interns, and arranging on-campus recruiting activities.