Love the space you're in? From homes to offices to hospitals to restaurants, our feelings, our productivity, and even our health, are influenced for better or worse by our interior environment. The interior designer must bring beauty, comfort and function together to design spaces that work for the people who live, work and play in them. If you picture yourself in a career where creativity, skill and psychology come together, the Interior Design program at OCC is a place to start. If you're a working professional already in the field, add a new dimension to your practice by completing a specialization certificate. Earn a certificate or degree and go to work, or transfer to a bachelor's program and continue your education. Either way, you can design your future at OCC. Read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Interior Design Studio
  • Architectural Drawing & Design Visualization
  • Color & Design: Two-Dimensional
  • History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings
  • Space Planning
  • Fundamentals of Lighting


Did you know?

Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for the architectural, engineering, and
related services industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you'll be well-prepared to enter a career in interior design.

Build upon your skills if you're already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Interior Design - Digital Design Communication

Learn to design and produce digital files using a variety of industry-standard software with an emphasis on developing interior spaces, giving you more marketable skills with higher earning potential.

Level 1 - Interior Merchandising 

Prepare for an entry-level position in retail furnishing and merchandising. Gain a working knowledge of the design process, principles and elements of design, materials and products and application of color theories. This program prepares you for the Level 2 Interior Design associate degree. 

Level 3 - Interior Design Professional 

Build upon your Level 2 Interior Design Assistant knowledge and prepare for an entry-level position as a professional interior designer and prepare to pursue industry certifications. A Level 2 Interior Design Associate in Science degree is a prerequisite for this program.


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Interior Design - Kitchen & Bath - Advanced

Build upon your Level 2 Interior Design Assistant knowledge and prepare for an entry-level position as a specialized kitchen and bath designer. You also will be prepared to pursue industry certifications.

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Level 2 - Interior Design Assistant

Build on your Level 1 certificate and prepare for an entry-level position as an interior design assistant to a professional interior designer through this associate-degree program. Learn about design history, space planning, drafting, illustration, computer applications, selection and specification of materials and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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