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Get Started in the Interior Design Program

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about courses required for:

Developing Skills for Success

Cooperative (co-op) education is available for second- and third-year interior design students. Students take a position with a local design firm in the area of design they want to practice. The positions are often unpaid, but paid positions are available.
  • Interior Design faculty meet with the employer and student to establish goals and learning objectives.
  • Students are required to keep a weekly journal and participate in discussions regarding various topics related to the interior design industry.
  • Students must be supervised by an interior designer who has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam or with an individual in an established design firm.
  • At the end of the semester, another visit is scheduled with the employer to review the student’s goals and objectives and get a final evaluation from the supervising interior designer.

Scholarships Available for Interior Design Students

Though El Centro Interior Design professor Stan Bossler died in 2013, he left a legacy to future students in the form of endowed scholarships through his estate. Read more about Stan Bossler.
Additional scholarships, such as the Allen Oliver II Memorial Scholarship and Read and Pate Scholarship, are available; ask the program coordinator or counselor about them.


Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Related Programs

Check out other Design or Computer-Based Arts programs

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Our Interior Design faculty members not only have relevant degrees but also have real-world experience in the industry, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work closely with you, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Interior Design faculty.

Transfer Information

Interior Design courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Related Information

See links to some interior design-related organizations and informational sites.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Interior Design program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.