Interior Design Certificate


Certificate (Eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate or if combined with AS degree)


This Interior Design Certificate is designed to give students the basic knowledge and information needed for a base foundation of the interior design profession. Students will learn rudimentary drafting, drawing, and color principles. This certificate can be paired with the AS degree for students who desire to transfer to other schools to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this certificate, students are prepared to work at entry-level positions in furniture stores as staff designers or as sales representatives in floor covering, wall covering, or textile firms. Many design-related firms require their sales personnel to have a design background.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Use knowledge of design principles, theory and history to address client needs
  • Apply design process skills using hand and computer-generated solutions
  • Select and specify appropriate finishes, furniture, and construction components for end users
  • Apply understanding of sustainable and environmental principles in design
  • Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes, portfolios (if applicable) and interviews

Note: To give the program necessary depth and breadth, professionals employed full time in the interior design field teach many courses. Since these professionals have other work commitments, some classes will be scheduled only at night while others will be scheduled early in the morning.

Specifications for the Inspiration Board

The Interior Design program submission requirement and process has changed. Students will no longer submit the digital inspiration board to the admissions office and the requirement will now be to submit an electronic “Interior Design Inspiration Board” and a brief one-paragraph summary about "What Inspires You About Interior Design."

The requirements for the Inspiration Board are as follows:

  • 11x14 page size
  • Include title block with "Your Name" and "Interior Design Inspiration Board" as the title
  • Include inspiration images for what inspires you about Interior Design (no more than 10)
  • Add labels for all items
  • No solid white backgrounds allowed!
  • Save the page as a PDF titled with your first and last name and attach in an email (5 MB max size)
  • The one paragraph summary
    • Write a short 1 paragraph summary to accompany the board about what inspires you about Interior Design
  • Submit your digital inspiration board to ensignlink/idboard
    • You will need your admissions application netID or your Ensign College student ID # 

You will be notified as to whether or not you have been accepted into the ID program by email from the Interior Design Program Chair. The sooner you send in your inspiration board, the sooner you will be notified and the greater your chances of acceptance because enrollment is limited (see website for examples).

Professional Licensure

In general, most states, including Utah, do not require a license to work in this field. However, individuals who are licensed often have additional benefits, such as being able to stamp and permit their own drawings. Some states may have additional licensure requirements. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state in which you plan to practice in order to seek information and guidance regarding licensure requirements.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Religion Courses

Choose one course (2 credits)
Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & His Everlasting Gospel (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 275Teachings & Doctrine of The Book of Mormon (Cornerstone)

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:2
*Note: The required (2) credit religion course will count towards the (8) credits of required religion courses for students who are completing the AS degree + certificate 

Interior Design Certificate Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ID 104Principles of Design

2 credits

ID 110Color Theory

2 credits

ID 1183-D Design

2 credits

ID 120Digital Presentation Technique

3 credits

ID 125Drafting

3 credits

ID 127Drawing Techniques

3 credits

ID 128Textiles

2 credits

ID 131Introduction to AutoCAD

2 credits

ID 199Interior Design Internship for Certificate only

1 credit

ID 210Historical Furnishings & Architecture

3 credits

ID 211Modern Furnishings & Architecture

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:26

**Note: ID 199 will substitute for CAR 299 for students who are completing the AS degree + certificate, however, CAR 299 may not be a substitute for ID 199

Total Credit Hours: 28

Graduation Requirements

1. Minimum of 28 total semester credit hours as outlined
2. A 2.0 GPA or higher in all Interior Design courses
3. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher
4. 1 cornerstone religion course*

*Note: The required (2) credit religion course will count towards the (8) credits of required religion courses for students who are completing the AS degree + certificate

**Note: ID 199 will substitute for CAR 299 for students who are completing the AS degree + certificate, however, CAR 299 may not be a substitute for ID 199

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance. 

There are two scheduling options for completing the Interior Design Certificate:

  • Starting in Fall, going Fall and Winter
  • Starting in Winter, going Winter and Spring

Note: There are no Spring starts for the Interior Design Certificate Program

2 Semesters - F/W or W/S

Semester 1 - Fall or Winter

ID 104, Principles of Design, 2 credits
ID 110, Color Theory, 2 credits
ID 120, Digital Presentation Techniques, 3 credits
ID 125, Drafting, 3 credits
ID 210, Historical Furnishings & Architecture, 3 credits
REL*, Cornerstone Religion course, 2 credits

Total Semester Minimum Hours 15

Semester 2 - Winter or Spring

ID 118, 3-D Design, 2 credits
ID 127, Drawing Techniques, 3 credits
ID 128, Textiles, 2 credits
ID 131, Introduction to AutoCAD, 2 credits
ID 199**, Interior Design Internship for Certificate only, 1 credit
ID 211, Modern Furnishings & Architecture, 3

Total Semester Minimum Hours 13

Total Interior Design Certificate Minimum Credit Hours: 28