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Interior Design: Getting Started

Contact Interior Design

Kathleen Galipeau, CID, Assoc. AIA, ASID IIDA
Associate Professor Interior Design
(909) 652-8029

Interior Design Faculty are industry professionals with both higher education teaching and practical work experience. The Interior Design faculty have combined expertise in a variety of areas including projects completed in residential and commercial design, kitchen and bath design, retail and store planning, architectural design, restaurant and hotel planning, multi-unit housing, home staging, educational design and resource sales among others.

Interior Design Curriculum is reviewed by an Advisory Board comprised of local industry professionals, students, faculty and staff dedicated to bi-annual curriculum review in order to include the most current topics, tech-forward skills and to enable the highest employability of our students.

Interior Design at Chaffey College

Interior Design

Interior design is a rapidly growing profession that requires both ingenuity and technical knowledge. As an interior design student, you will gain creative and conceptual awareness through project-based activities. Our studio design courses involve collaborative projects and provide valuable hands-on experience in both residential and commercial design. Guest lecturers from related design disciplines will keep you up-to-date on developments in the industry. You'll also have access to a multitude of internships and networking opportunities.

Explore Your Programs Degree/Certificate Options

Interior Design AS Program Map

Interior Design Certificate Program Map

Interior Design Visual Communication Certificate Program Map

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Associate of Science in Interior Design – recommended for students who do not yet possess a college degree and for those who wish to continue on to a 4-year University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Architecture.
  • Interior Design Certificate - recommended for students already possessing an associate of arts, an associate of science or a bachelor of science in another discipline who wish to enter the profession of Interior Designer. Students who complete the 40-unit Interior Design Certificate are eligible to take the California Certified Interior Designer examination – IDEX
  • Interior Design Visual Communication Certificate - recommended for students interested in a technical design support position. This certificate can be completed in two semesters.

The Research Process

The Research Process:
1.   Develop your Research Topic:

2.   Select Keywords from your Research Topic:

  • Use Keywords for searching for Books/eBooks and the Article Databases.
  • How many Sources do you need and do they have to be Scholarly or Popular Sources?

3.   Search the Library Catalog to find Books & eBooks:

  • Books & eBooks provide background research.
  • Background research gives you an overview and helps you to understand the main topic points.

4.   Search the Library's Databases to find Articles:

  • Add Keywords to focus your search so that your topic is not too broad or too narrow.
  • Getting too many results? Try narrowing your search by publication date range, so you get the most current results.
  • Keep track of your sources and citations as you find them.

5.   Evaluate your Sources:

  • Ask yourself, do the Sources fit your Research Topic?
  • Are they scholarly or popular sources that fit the assignment requirements?

6.   Create your Works Cited or Reference page:

  • A Works Cited or Reference page list your sources and citations.
  • It shows where you got the information to support your Research Topic and gives credit to that person or organization.
  • It also shows that you did not plagiarize or copy someone else's work.

Need help? Ask a Librarian, we are always here to help you with your research assignments. 

Career Opportunities

  • Residential Designer
  • Specialty Commercial designer such as retail, hotel /restaurant, medical facilities, schools
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Color consultant
  • Staff designer for large firms and retail operations
  • Interior Renderer and CADD Designer
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Antique specialist
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