This award-winning NKBA-accredited AAS Interior Design program is a challenging course of study preparing students to launch a career in an exciting and dynamic profession. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the hands-on knowledge and skills to design functional and aesthetically engaging environments. The curriculum is architecturally based and explores spatial design and its' embellishment. All aspects of space—scale, proportion, configuration, and lighting, as well as textures, materials, and color—are studied in relation to their effect on human well-being. Technical skills are gained in the latest computer-aided design (CAD), building information management (BIM) software, and 3D visualization and graphics. Current software includes: Auto-Cad, Revit, Sketch-up, 20/20, Photoshop and InDesign. These skills allow students to produce professional presentations and construction documents.
The studios work closely in small groups with their instructors/industry practitioners on projects that develop in size and complexity. Service-learning and inter-disciplinary projects provide a real world experience. Graduates leave the program with a solid technical foundation and have the skills to collaborate with fellow professionals and deliver sustainable interior environments matched to the needs of their clients. Students also have options to transfer Interior Design credits to a 4-year university.
A.A.S. Degree – 85 credits
|Residential Interior Design
A.A.S. Degree – 64 credits
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
I left DCTC feeling very confident in my skills and experience. Anne and Kathy, our instructors, have great experience and connections in the industry, and the curriculum offered at DCTC is very comprehensive. A two-year program allows you to get a more in-depth experience earlier on, so I was well prepared for the rigor of the University of Minnesota program.
DCTC's Interior Design program has given me more than just a great education. The program has plugged me into the interior design industry network and given me the confidence, knowledge and skills I need for success in the real world. The instructors are amazing and each brings experience and a unique approach to teaching. Attending DCTC's Interior Design program has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. It has prepared me well for an exciting and successful career as an interior designer!
DCTC has taught me a lot about designing, preparing presentations and interacting with clients. My time at DCTC has really given me the confidence and skills I need to start working now. However, I am young and I enjoy going to school, so taking advantage of the opportunity to go to the University of Minnesota is right for me at this point.
Interior designers work closely with clients, home owners, businesses, architects, contractors, and tradespeople. They frequently work as members of a design team, primarily in architecture and interior design firms. This can be a highly competitive field, where use of the design process is critical to meeting project deadlines. Graduates will find employment in many areas, such as: residential and commercial design/ architectural firms, kitchen and bath studios, furnishings, product sales, facilities, builders, and showrooms.
According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for interiors designers is expected to grow 19.3 percent in the U.S. and 16.1 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "Competition for jobs is expected to be strong. Many talented people are attracted to careers as designers. People with little or no formal training in interior design will find it hard to establish a career."
Acquiring a solid, industry-driven education in commercial, kitchen and bath, and residential design gives DCTC interior design students a powerful competitive advantage. U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for architectural, engineering, and related services industries. In 2010, about 30 percent were self-employed."
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
|Transfer To||Degree||Major Offered|
|University of MN - Twin Cities||BS||Interior Design||View|
|University of WI - Stout||BFA||Interior Design||View|
|St. Catherine University||Interior Design||View|
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Interior Design program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in industry publications. Read about student success in design competitions, student field trips to national conferences and the accomplishments of our interior design instructors.
As a student majoring in Interior Design, you can get the latest news on your program and the design industry by following your instructors and fellow students on social media.
As a student in DCTC's Interior Design program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the design industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Interior Design students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the interior design field. The following two clubs are open to all Interior Design students:
Design Connexion provides a relaxed, supportive environment for DCTC students to network with fellow students and industry professionals. Design Connexion invites guest speakers to campus and gives students opportunities to attend local and national conferences for professional development in the interior design field. Check out our Design Connexion page on Facebook.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Students from many programs of study—including Civil Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Landscape Horticulture and Interior Design—come together in the USGBC-DCTC Student Group to learn and participate in hands-on green building experiences. USGBC students engage in service-learning projects while advocating for sustainable practices and policies on campus. The group facilitates site visits to green buildings as well as attendance at green building conferences and events, providing experiences that are both fun and educational. Visit our U.S. Green Building Council-DCTC Student Group on Facebook.