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Associate of Arts

The Way We Live Now

Interior Design
What We Teach
Our program teaches students the fundamental creative and practical skills necessary to become a professional Interior Designer.

A Closer Look
The Interior Design Program combines theoretical elements of interior design with practical creative approaches to the solution of functional and aesthetic design problems in the living, working, and recreational human environment. Competencies developed by the program include architectural drafting, cad illustration and graphic presentation skills, and design proficiency. Students will also develop a working knowledge of the materials, resources, and business procedures pertaining to the interior design profession. Completion of the curriculum satisfies the educational requirement for professional membership in asid (American Society of Interior Designers) and iida (International Interior Design Association) and enables students to qualify for the ncidq (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination.

Knowledge is Power
Of Note FIDM Grad Meg Joannides designed a 10,000 sq. foot home featured in House & Garden. The home belongs to her client Kevin Bright, best known for being the producer of the hit TV show Friends. FIDM Fact Famed Interior Designers like Top Design judge Kelly Wearstler hire FIDM Students as interns. Q Which design firm did Jackie Kennedy use to redecorate the White House? A Jansen. The work of the design firm is included in the FIDM Library Collections.





“It’s important that students learn to draw by hand in addition to becoming skilled in the digital aspects of the program.” Ed Sierra, Architect at Altoon + Porter and FIDM Instructor


Advanced Study

Interior Design Design Specialties
Knowledge is Power
Art Deco A popular design movement that began during the “roaring ’20s” and featured opulent décor and architecture Did You Know? Interior Designers design for airplanes, yachts, cruise ships, theme parks, hotels, and retails stores as well as designing furniture and light fixtures.

A Blueprint for Success


To date, the highest amount bid at auction for rosewood chairs by Charles Eames

A Closer Look
The Advanced Study Design Specialties Program in Interior Design was created as a response to the growth and complexity of the interior design profession. Building upon a foundation of solid skills, the student will have the opportunity to explore the Residential, Commercial, and Product Design disciplines in depth. First-hand experience through industry collaboration, community service, and participation in field study projects, will enhance the student experience.

Q Who is Syrie Maugham? A Popular in the 1920s and ’30s, she was the first known Interior Designer to create an all-white room.


What We Teach
Our Advanced Study Program helps students to hone their skills and explore interests in greater depth as they study a specialized area of the Interior Design field.