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Interior Design

Associate of Applied Science

TCC interior design student measuring and planning a room's space

TCC is the only college in southern Virginia to offer an associate degree in interior design

Graduates prepared to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam, the path to professional interior design certification

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Looking for an alternative to expensive, private design schools? By completing Tidewater Community College's Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design, you’ll learn to create spaces that are practical and inviting, using the latest in computer software and design techniques.

By completing the two-year degree, you gain skills in many areas, including visual presentation, space planning, color theory and selection, material selection, estimating and construction documentation.

Learn from faculty who have real-world experience and work in the field. Day, evening and online classes accommodate your busy schedule. 

Graduates find work as residential, commercial or hospitality designers. You can also find employment as a design specialist for a retail outlet or real estate sales or work in an architectural firm.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for the Council for Interior Design Qualification exam, the path to professional interior design certification.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
66 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,233.10 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.


Where can you go?

Gain experience through for-credit internships offered during the last semester of the program. Many graduates find work in the firms where they interned or are connected to jobs through contacts developed through the program advisory committee.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are creative
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with people
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Provides a foundation in both commercial and residential spaces

TCC’s interior design program offers face-to-face, hybrid and online classes to suit your schedule.

Master the latest in computer-aided design software, including AutoCAD, Revit and Chief Architect

Program spotlight

Interior Design students put their creative skills to work preparing furnishings and creative items for the third annual silent auction


Interior design alumna Whitney Regan living Happily Ever Now

Student success

Navy veteran opens his own design business

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.