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Interior Design


Are you someone who loves wandering the aisles of home decor stores or spends hours creating the perfect dream home inspiration board? The American River College Interior Design Department offers certificates and an associate degree to help you turn your creative passion into a profitable career. The classes offered allow students to exercise their innovative abilities in design, like IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio. In contrast, other classes hone in the practicalness of functionality, such as IDES 350 Codes and Universal Access for Interior Design. With the course catalog, students have the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of interior design, business practices, design history, and work on a guided portfolio to help land their dream job.

In addition to residential and commercial interior design, the IDES program at American River College pioneered Design4Life. This program promotes health and longevity in people's homes to ensure that they can safely live in their homes with different abilities and needs. Courses like IDES 355 Residences: Designed 4 Life and IDES 108 Lighting For Better Health advocate for the importance of an intentional and conscious design to increase the quality of life.

American River College's Interior Design Department is mindful of the challenges students may have with commitments outside of school. We offer online classes with various class times on three, six, and eight-week schedules to accommodate the diverse student population. When planning your course schedule, we recommend referring to the catalog to see how a class is offered and if the class alternates being taught in the fall or spring. Presently, we do not offer courses for this program during the summer semester.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • A.A. in Interior Planning and Design
  • Para Professional Interior Planning and Design Certificate
  • Designed 4 Life Certificate
  • Event Design Coordinator Certificate
  • Green Building and Sustainable Design for Interiors Certificate
  • Interior Retail Merchandising Certificate
  • Sacramento Design History Certificate
  • Universal Design Certificate