Academic Catalogs

Level 3 - Interior Design Professional, Certificate of Achievement

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Banner Code: 1_CF_IDP
Control Number: 19547

The Interior Design Professional certificate builds upon the foundation of Level 2 by applying added knowledge and technology to more advanced projects. Students in Level 3 are prepared to begin their interior design careers as entry level professional designers and to pursue industry certifications.

Program Outcome

  1. To prepare students for entry-level employment as a professional interior designer and for industry certifications.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Required Prerequisites

Level 2 - Interior Design Associate in Science

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ID A100 Fundamentals of Interior Design 3
ID A105 Interior Design Studio 1 3
ID A110 Design Communications 1: Design Graphics 2
ID A120 Interior Design Careers 1
ID A180 History of Interior Architecture and Furnishings 1 3
Semester 2
ART A110
Color and Design: Two-Dimensional
or Applied Color and Design Theory
ID A130 Design Communication 2: CAD 2D 3
ID A150 Interior Materials and Products 3
ID A190 Hist Arch/Furnishings 2 3
MKTG A110 Professional Selling 3
 Total Units27
Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Semester 3Units
ID A170 Space Planning 3
ID A200 Design Communication 3: Illustration 3
ID A210 Fundamentals of Lighting 3
ID A260 Design Communication 4: Digital Visualization 3
Semester 4
ID A215 Interior Design Studio 2 3
ID A220 Interior Design Construction Documents 3
ID A230 Business and Professional Practice 3
ID A240 Interior Design Internship 2
ID A245 Portfolio Development 2
 Total Units25

Program Major Units - 52
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 - Varies
Subtotal - 70

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
Semester 5Units
ID A250 Codes and Building Systems 3
ID A265 Studio - Project Specialization 3
ARCH A155 BIM 1 for Architecture 2
Restricted Electives (See List) 2-4
Restricted Electives - Select one course:  
BIM 2 for Architecture  
Color and Design: Three-Dimensional  
Furniture Making and Design
or Furniture Making and Design
Introduction to Display and Visual Presentation  
Introduction to Photography
or Introduction to Photography Honors
Introduction to Digital Photography  
 Total Units10-12
Requirement Units
Total Units 80-82