Hidden inside a living room is the potential for calmness. Hidden inside a large corporate meeting room is the opportunity for warmth and productivity— if accentuated by light exposure, complementary colors, and space constraints. Interior designers must be able to see what’s hidden inside a space to capitalize on its unique features: they must see which natural features may be emphasized or enhanced. But that’s not all.
Interior designers specialize in creating uniquely defined ambience's that cater to the spatial needs and functional requirements, using a diverse set of skills. In PCC’s Interior Design program, we offer you the opportunity to build a strong foundation in interior design in order to diversify and strengthen your skills. Our program provides you with the skills to bring out the hidden potential in any environment, working to make magic with interiors.
Degrees and Certificates
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Interior Design
- One Year Certificates
- Design for Accessibility and Aging in Place
- Kitchen and Bath
- Less than One Year Certificates
- Interior Furnishings
- Sustainable Design
See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.
Room to Grow: Solid Foundation, Applicable Skills
PCC’s Interior Design program is the only two-year degree program in residential interior design available in Oregon and Southern Washington. Our graduates are sought by employers for their unique abilities: adept design problem solving skills, the ability to draw from architectural and art-historical traditions, and interpersonal communication skills, all of which are strongly emphasized. In addition, our curriculum includes a broad range of courses that include graphic communication, architectural drawing, history of architecture and furniture, lighting design, and professional practices, ensuring a comprehensive foundation for your education.
Students gain hands-on experience through an internship program. This cooperative work experience gives students invaluable experience in the field, enabling a real-world learning environment. Articulation agreements with Marylhurst University and the Art Institute of Portland are in place for those students who want to further their education in a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
- Begin with the Portland Community College Admissions process. Visit a PCC Orientation Center if you need extra help!
- Read the information in the interior design new student information packet.
- Attend an information session. Most students find this session answers all their questions and provides the information needed to make educational decisions. Information sessions are located on the Sylvania Campus. No RSVP required.
- Take the COMPASS placement test in reading, writing and math. OR: If you wish to have credits from other schools transferred, your transcripts will need to be evaluated by the PCC Student Records Department.
- Register early! Space is limited and classes fill up quickly.