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Interior Architectural Design


About Interior Architectural Design

Interior Architectural Design is a Santa Monica College award‐winning program in the Design Technology Department, located at the Center for Media and Design at 1660 Stewart Street in Santa Monica. Students focus on (1) professional career development, (2) academic transfer, (3) earning an Associate degree, and/or (4) developing personal and professional skills useful in the local and international Architecture and Design Industry.

The program applies artistic and functional principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. It also includes the processes and techniques of designing living, working, and leisure indoor environments as integral components of a building system. It includes instruction in design, drafting, careers, color coordination, surface materials and textiles, sketching, computer-aided design, historical and contemporary furniture and housing, interior lighting, business principles, interior codes, digital rendering, model building, green design, universal design, on‐site internships with local trade businesses, and applications to office, hotel, restaurant, and housing design.  

Designer careers include designing for homes, kitchens/baths, offices, and other retail uses, as well as space planning, remodeling, specifying, sketching, management, staging for real estate sales, consulting, lighting, retail sales, preservation, health care, green design, and accessible, universal design.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Programs Offered

Degree Option

  • Interior Architectural Design

Certificate Options

  • Interior Architectural Design
  • Interior Architecture Design Fundamentals

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Transfer Options and Opportunities

SMC students have many options and opportunities for transfer. Make your choice and see what you need to qualify.

Completion of major requirements does not satisfy all transfer admission requirements to UC, CSU, California Private, Out of State, or International institutions.

Please note: Not all schools offer this major.

For additional information visit the Design Technology department website.