Design Technology Department

Interior Architectural Design


Flora Barndt

Flora Barndt

Interior Architectural Design program graduate Flora Barndt and her husband own a construction company that specializes in kitchen and bathroom design.

About the Interior Architectural Design Program

Build a Framework for a Solid Career in Interior Architectural Design.

Santa Monica College boasts an award-winning interior architectural design program within the Design Technology department located at the cutting-edge Center for Media and Design. Explore a creative career in interiors or set design for the entertainment industry. Our program applies artistic and functional design techniques to professional planning, design, and furnishing for residential and commercial spaces, as well as for film and television.

Interior architectural design at SMC provides a thorough and analytical foundation from which you will examine not only design innovation, but also functionality and safety. Learn hand sketching as well as digital rendering and production skills using industry-standard software, including CAD, Revit, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, and more. We offer specialty courses in environmental design, lighting design, production design for film and television, and building and interior codes.

With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

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Program Paths

Interior Architectural Design Classes

Interior Architectural Design

Associate in Science or Certificate of Achievement

This program provides a thorough and analytical foundation of the Interior Architectural Design field that will enable students to practice professionally and serve their community with safe, functional, and innovative interior spaces. Students will develop employment skills in hand sketching and visualization, digital production skills using software such as CAD and Revit, specifications of surface materials and furniture. Significant academic and professional career-focused electives are offered in green design, lighting design, interior codes, and production design for film and TV. We offer a wide range of digital modeling and rendering courses, such as Photoshop, SketchUp, Rhino, and 3D Studio Max.

Interior Architectural Design Fundamentals Classes

Interior Architectural Design Fundamentals

Certificate of Achievement

This program provides a series of foundation courses in Architecture and Interior Architectural Design.  Students will gain a broad overview and acquire fundamental skills needed in the design profession. This would be the first of two tier stackable certificate program specializing in Interiors or Architectural Design.


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Design classes take place at the Center for Media and Design. Here you can find state of the art equipment, a computer lab with software for your classes, tutoring resources, and more! 

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