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Interior Design

Interior designers are creative, imaginative and artistic. They also need to be disciplined, organized and skilled business people.

Interior Design Program

The Interior Design program is a broad-based educational curriculum for students planning to work in residential or contract design. The program provides the necessary academic foundation for students to continue beyond the associate’s degree level.

What Will I Learn?

The curriculum prepares students for professional examinations such as the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), Council for Qualification of Residential Interior Designers (CQRID), Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD).

What is Unique About Our Interior Design Program?

The JJC Interior Design Program has been a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) since 2008, and fully accredited by NKBA since 2009. Graduates of the Interior Design Program can take the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) exam immediately following graduation. Graduates of the AAS program can seek a bachelor’s degree in interior design by transferring credits to a four-year program through our 2+2 options.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Professional interior designers are qualified by education, experience and professional examinations. Interior designers review the client’s needs; satisfy life/safety requirements; propose preliminary design concepts; develop working drawings (for non-load bearing walls); design space, lighting and furniture plans; specify surface materials and finishes; and prepare bids and services necessary to implement a design solution.

Career Opportunities

  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Contract
  • Residential
  • Gallery (sales, display, hanging collections)
  • Model Home Accessorizing
  • Rendering
  • Real Estate Consultation/Staging
  • Showroom Management
  • Lighting Specialist
  • Teaching
  • Store Coordination


Interior Design is a highly diversified field offering a variety of career opportunities. The Associate's Degree program in Interior Design provides a broad based educational program for students who plan to work in residential and/or contract design. In addition, the program provides the necessary academic foundation for students who plan to continue their education beyond the associate's degree level.

AAS Degree Requirements


The JJC Advanced Designer Certificate of Achievement is an optional third-year program to be taken after completion of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in interior design. This program prepares the student to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, which is required to become a certified, licensed, professional interior designer in the state of Illinois. 

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