Interior Design

What does an Interior Designer do?

An interior designer is a trained professional who creates conceptual, functional and quality interior environments.

Interior designers work with clients to develop design solutions that are safe, functional, and attractive to meet the needs of the people using the space.

Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually so that it can be communicated to the client. They must also know about the materials that will be used to create the space, and how texture, color, lighting, and many other technical aspects will combine and interact to make the space come together.

What do I learn in Interior Design major?

You will study the principles of design, space planning, and problem solving. You will take several design courses where you will apply your learning to interior design scenarios. Some studio classes will focus on residential, corporate, or retail design, others will introduce you to design theory and process for analyzing interior environments, documenting the needs of users and space planning. The AUT curriculum is made up of 99 credits divided between theoretical and applied courses.

Why study Interior Design at AUT?

You get top faculty teaching you, bringing in professional expertise to the classroom so your education is not only theoretical. AUT’s hands-on methods helps students build their portfolio to be market ready. The collaboration with Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design ensures you also have access to top designers to teach you special courses whether at AUT or in Milan during the summer. In addition, the internship requirements will allow you to discover the reality of the job market and get better prepared for employment or for starting your own design company.

Interior Design Career Outlook

There is rising demand for talented and creative interior designers for private homes and public spaces such as offices, restaurants, malls, museums hospitals, beach resorts and other establishments.

Interior Design Program – (105 Credits)

General Education Requirements26 credits 
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
Group A : Language and Communication (12 credits)
ENG260English Language Skills I (ENG 200 – English Writing Skills)3Placement
ENG280English Language Skills II (ENG 203 – English Communication I)3 
ENG305Research Methodology (ENG 204 – English Communication II)3ENG203
BUS210Business Communication Skills (COM 210 – Communication & Presentation Skills)3ENG203
Group B : General Business & Humanities (7 credits)
ENT301Start-up Business Entrepreneurship 3 
HUM212AUT Cultural Plus1 
HUM318Human Rights3ENG 203
Group C : Arts & Social Sciences (3 credits)
ART205Contemporary Arts 3 
HUM210Arts Appreciation3 
HUM211Music Appreciation3 
POL202Globalization and Political Change3ENG 203
SOC202Justice, Society and Gender3ENG 203
Group D : Mathematics, Science and Technology (3 credits)
HLT210Health and Wellness3 
NTR201Introduction to Nutrition3ENG 203
Group E : Health and Physical Education (1 credits)
PED.Physical Education1 
Core Requirements 18 Credits 
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
ART200Drawing &Illustration I3 
ART201Drawing & Illustration II3ART200
ART301Theories of Imaging3 
DES201Fundamentals of Design I3 
DES211Fundamentals of Design II3DES 201
MAT261Visual Math for Arts3 
Major Course Requirements58 CreditsGrade must be C or higher in every Major Course
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
IDP215Architectural Drawing3 
IDP251Rendering and Perspective3IDP 215, DES 215 & Co. IDP291
IDP290Design Project I4Co. IDP215
IDP291Design Project II4IDP290
IDP310History of Architecture and Furniture I3 
IDP315Computer Aided Design3IDP215
IDP320Materials and Process3IDP291
IDP330History of Architecture and Furniture II3IDP310
IDP335Problem Solving for Design & Present Tech3IDP390
IDP340Details and Manufacturing Techniques3IDP320
IDP345Virtual Reality / 3D MAX3IDP315
IDP390Design Project III4IDP291
IDP391Design Project IV4IDP390
IDP410Digital Presentation3IDP315
IDP420Professional Practice1IDP391
IDP490Senior Project I4IDP391
IDP491Senior Project II4IDP490
IDP445Advanced Virtual Reality3IDP 345
Free Elective (200 level or above) 3 Credits 
Code# CourseTitleCrPrerequisites
ART210Painting I3 
ART211Painting II3 
ART400Special Topics3 
DES350Design for the Stage3Junior Standing
COM206Principles of Photography3 
DES360Advanced Photography3COM206