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Family and Consumer Science: Interior Design Merchandising

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

The associate degree and certificate program in interior design merchandising prepares students to transfer to universities and technical schools of interior design and for immediate employment as specialty store salespersons, design product representatives, or owners and managers of their own businesses. Students integrate design principles, textile characteristics and personal style with marketing strategies to create and present projects and a portfolio tailored to their chosen career. Job opportunities include store buyer or manager, interiors consultant, interiors promotion and sales representatives.

The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Family and Consumer Science: Interior Design Merchandising will:

  • Integrate fashion principles with respect to industry changes and marketing strategies and present project.
  • Analyze textile characteristics for sensory appeal and present project.
  • Create a portfolio and project using interior design elements and principles by selecting color and furniture combinations and placements which achieve the desired interior character and effect.
  • Compare and contrast various types of window treatments, wall coverings, soft and hard surface floor coverings, paints, glass, metals, plastics, woods, fabrics and lighting fixtures. See business department for Business SLO’s (BUS 102 & 103).

Program Requirements

A major of 24 units are required for the certificate.

Required core courses (18 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
BUS 102 Marketing 3.0
BUS 103 Advertising 3.0
FASH 103 Textiles 3.0
FASH 101 Fashion Industry and Marketing 3.0
FCS 170 Interior Design 3.0
FCS 171 Interior Design Materials 3.0

Plus a minimum of 6 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
ART 110 Design 1 3.0
or
ART 108 Design 1 on the Computer 3.0
ART 112 Design Color Theory 3.0
ART 113 Three Dimensional Design 3.0
ARCH 121 Architectural Drawing 1 4.0
BUS 106 Small Business Management 3.0
CBIS 101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3.0
FCS 131 Life Management 3.0
FCS 149 Cooperative Work Experience: Occupational 1.0 - 8.0 units
FCS 199 Special Topics in Family & Consumer Sciences 0.5 - 3.0 units