Interior Design

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Interior designers have a flair for combining color and texture with design elements to create aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly surroundings. They keep the purpose of the space – and the people who will use it – top of mind, maximizing its functionality and creating a look that reflects individual personality and style. In the Interior Design program, develop a strong foundation in computer-assisted design, furnishings, lighting, textiles and sales. Learn the fundamentals for success in the field, including choosing interiors for residential and commercial spaces.

  • Prepare for jobs such as design consultant, commercial environmental specialist, interior designer, showroom designer or commercial environmental specialist.
  • Cooperative education experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • The Interior Design Club allows members to share and explore ideas through the achievements and goals set by the club, and build camaraderie within the organization.
  • Biennial international study/tour opportunities expose students to architecture and design in countries throughout the world. In recent years, students have traveled to England, France, Italy, Greece, Prague, Budapest and Vienna.
  • As a capstone experience, all students participate in an end-of-year Interior Design Showcase, which spotlights their best work.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $21,000-$38,000
    • Average Salary: $29,683
    • Median Salary: $31,176
    • Average Hourly Wage: $13.65
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $28,225

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 304-100 Principles of Interior Design3 *
 304-101 History of Furniture3  
 304-102 Interior Design Drafting3 *
 304-121 Space Planning2 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 304-103 Appl Textiles Interior Design3 *
 304-106 Sales and Professional Develop3  
 304-116 AutoCAD for Interior Designers3 *
 304-122 Illustration3 *
 304-125 Building Materials & Finishes3 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 304-110 Interior Design Co-Op I3 *
 304-112 Intro to Commercial Design4 *
 304-117 Kitchen and Bath Planning3 *
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 304-111 Applied Interior Design3 *
 304-120 Interior Design Co-Op II3 *
 304-118 Advanced Commercial Design3 *
 809-195 Economics3+*
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

304-100 Principles of Interior Design 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 69
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management, Bachelor of Science in Human Service Management69
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 70
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Brooks Kyler-Eberlein

Brooks Kyler-Eberlein

Phone: 262.691.5307

Education

  • BA, Ottawa University
  • AAS, WTC

Certifications

  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), affiliation

Teaching Philosophy

"Learning is to be embraced at any age. My aim is to promote a positive attitude, approach and environment conducive to critical thinking and learning. The classroom should be an environment that encourages – not discourages – the goals, aims and ambitions of all who attend."

Program instructor, Leslie Lawton

Leslie Lawton

Phone: 262.691.5307

Education

  • BS, Interior Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certifications

  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
  • Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer

Teaching Philosophy

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill