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Interior Design


The Interior Design program has been developed to prepare students with a wide variety of skills and competencies for entry into various areas of the design field, ranging from residential to commercial design. Gallatin College is a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Supported School and is working towards becoming a (NKBA) Accredited School. Students in the program may choose to complete 70 additional internship hours to earn a certification in the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

  • Understand the theory and history of design and apply design principles and elements to their projects.
  • Communicate in the language of interior design using listening, verbal, and written skills to interact with clients.
  • Communicate graphically according to current architectural and NKBA standards using both hand-drafting and AutoCAD techniques.
  • Demonstrate research abilities and critical thinking in space planning, selection of finish materials, and application of codes for residential and commercial projects.
  • Increase their body of knowledge in a wide variety of areas including construction and finish materials, color and lighting technologies, NKBA guide-lines, residential and commercial codes, sustainability, and professional practice.
  • Employ creative skills to create presentations of their projects using hand- and AutoCAD drafting and rendering and professional sample boards and finish schedules.

Students are strongly advised to enter the program with good keyboarding skills.

Fall Semester Credits
IDSN 101--Introduction to Design 3+
IDSN 130--Interior Design Graphics 3+
IDSN 110--History of Interior Design I: Ancient - 1900 3+
IDSN 122--Textiles & Interior Finishes 3+
CAPP 120--Intro to Computers 3+
Subtotal 15
Spring Semester Credits
IDSN 131*--Presentation Drawing 3+
IDSN 111*--History of Interior Design II: 1900 - Contemporary 3+
IDSN 135*--Fundamentals of Space Planing 3+
IDSN 225*--Light,Color,Lighting Systems 3+
IDSN 230*--Interior Architectural CAD 4+
Subtotal 16
Summer Semester Credits
COMX 115--Intro Interpersonal Communication 3+
IDSN 298*--Internship 3-5+
Subtotal 6-8
Fall Semester Credits
IDSN 240*--Studio I 4+
IDSN 266*--Kitchen and Bath I 3+
WRIT 110--College Writing I 3+
CET 173--Architectural Construction & Materials 3+
Electives 3+
Subtotal 16
Spring Semester Credits
IDSN 250*--Studio II Commercial 4+
IDSN 275*--Professional Practices 3+
IDSN 267*--Kitchen & Bath II 3+
M 108**--Business Mathematics 4+
Electives 2+
Subtotal 15-16
Suggested Electives (6 Credits Required) Credits
ACTG 101--Accounting Procedures I 3
ART 101 101--Intro to Visual Arts 3
ART 140--Drawing I 3
BGEN 105--Introduction to Business 3
BMKT 241*--Sales 3
WRIT 122**--Introd to Business Writing 3
CIT 280*--Desktop Publishing 3
DRFT 256*--3-D CAD 3
PSYX 100--Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 101--Introduction to Sociology 3


Many students need preliminary math, writing, and biology courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and English placement before planning out their full program schedules.

+ A grade of “C-“ or above is required for graduation * Indicates prerequisites needed **Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment

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