Interior Design

67-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-304-1

Interior designers have a flair for combining color and texture with design elements to create aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly surroundings. In this program, develop a strong foundation in computer-assisted design, furnishings, lighting, textiles and sales. Learn the fundamentals for success in the field, including designing interiors for residential and commercial spaces.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • Earn two degrees in three years by combining Interior Design with Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology. Learn more about this dual degree option.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Engage in the Interior Design Club to explore industry trends, participate in service learning and begin building your professional network.
  • Earn program credit by participating in a biennial international travel experience focused on architecture and design. Past trips have included visits to England, France, Italy, Greece, Prague, Budapest and Vienna.
  • Engage in hands-on, real-world projects as part of a capstone experience. Display your best work in the end of program Interior Design/Architecture Drafting Portfolio Community Showcase.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

This program includes general-education courses as well as introductory and advanced technology core courses. You may also have the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by August 5, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by August 12, 2019

Spring 2019 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$32,000 – $52,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you enjoy creating living spaces and work environments that reflect individuality and personal style, a career in interior design may be for you. Those in this field are creative with a strong sense of customer service. They have a love of decorating, and they possess a keen eye for detail, maximizing the functionality of interior spaces.

  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Commercial Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Facilities Planner

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusBS Business Managementup to 64
Milwaukee Institute of Art and DesignBachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture & Designup to 60
Mount Mary UniversityBA Interior Design67+electives
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 65
College Program Name Credit Awards
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Program Instructors

Brooks Kyler-Eberlein, BA | 262.691.5307
Leslie Lawton, BS | 262.691.5120