About Interior Design

The curriculum in Architectural Interiors has a strong emphasis on both architecture and art.

The course of study includes instruction in the following: Orthographic projection, descriptive geometry, perspective, and shades and shadows; two-dimensional basic design; delineation and rendering; materials of construction; freehand drawing; professional practice/interior design; legal aspects of contracting; architectural technology (drafting); art history; basic design; basic drawing; material specification.

Students may satisfy the requirements for graduation from the College. Students who satisfy these requirements and complete the curriculum with an average final grade of C (2.00 grade-point average) or higher receive the degree of Associate in Science and the Award of Achievement in Architectural Interiors.    Additionally, the program offers a short,  entry-level, 15 units, Certificate of Accomplishment, Assistant Interior Designer, Core Skills. 

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Interior Design can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Interior Designer
  • Assistant Interior Designer
  • Drafter
  • Staging Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Showroom Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Exhibit Designer

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Course maps may not be up-to-date. Please consult with a counselor/department coordinator for further information.

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 100 Introduction to Architecture and Design 3  
ARCH 20 Architectural Graphics I 3  
ARCH 29A Freehand Drawing I  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
GE Area A Communication and Analytical Thinking 3  

Total Units: 14-16 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 29B Freehand Drawing II 1  
ARCH 22A Delineation and Rendering 3  
DSGN 150/VDMD 118 or ART 126 Color in Design or Color 3  
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  
GE Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement 3  
egree Applicable Elective   3  

Total Units: 16-21 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 101 Architecture Design Studio I 3  
ART 170A Beginning Sculpture 3  
INTD 124 Interior Building Materials & Systems 3  
ARCH 214 or BIM 120 AutoCAD I or Revit Architecture I 3  
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  

Total Units: 15

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
INTD 138 Global History of Interior Design 3  
INTD 102 Interior Design Studio I 3  
ARCH 160 Professional Practice 3  
GE Area C Natural Sciences Requirement 3-6  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 15-18

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
INTD 100 Introduction to Residential Design 3  
ARCH 20 Architecture Graphics I 3  
Choose One:

INTD 124 (fall only) Interior Building Materials and Systems or

 ARCH 120 Fundamentals of Building Construction


Total Units: 9 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
BIM 120 Revit Architecture I 3  
Choose One: 

ARCH 160 (spring only)  Professional Practice or 

BSEN 74 Written Business Communication


Total Units: 6 

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Interior Design programs at the following institutions: 

  • San Jose State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • California College of the Arts 

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.