Associate of Science Degree
The more we become aware of our environment, our homes, furnishings, lighting and color, the more we realize how complex achieving a pleasing environment has become. Interior designers plan, advise, select, and arrange furnishings with the client in mind. They design the interiors of residential and commercial buildings, working with people from other trades and occasionally supervise them. Generally designers start out working for design firms or retailers. Sometimes they are introduced to the field while working as sales representatives for home furnishings, manufacturers or as assistants in designer showrooms or with a design firm.
Formal training is increasingly necessary for entry level positions and creativity is essential. A strong color sense and understanding of materials, an eye for detail and a knowledge of the resources available, are needed for success. Other very important skills include the ability to work well with people, good sales techniques, and the responsibility carrying projects through. Good math skills are also important.
The Interior Design Program at Chabot College offers both day and evening classes. They are designed to prepare individuals for entry and intermediate level positions in interior design firms, home furnishings retail stores, and wholesale showrooms for the design industry.
Transferability of Courses to Four-year Colleges and Universities
Students who are interested in transferring to four-year colleges to continue their education toward bachelor degrees must plan accordingly with a careful selection of courses. Because each college has different program requirements, students are encouraged to consult with counselors and advisors at the four-year colleges to make sure the courses meet the four-year institution's program requirements. Contact Janet Courtney in the Chabot College Counseling Department.
There are a number of professional organizations which provide support and information and professional standing. They require a number of years of full-time work and sometimes the completion of the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) test for membership. Among the national professional design organizations are The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), The American Society of Interior Designs (ASID) and The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
For further program information, contact
Barbara Daher (510)723-6839