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Interior Furnishings, Career Pathway certificate

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  • Do you want to bring out the hidden potential of an environment?
  • Are you interested in learning the communication, design, drafting, and drawing skills sought after by employers?
  • Would you like to learn how the layout, furnishings, textiles, and lighting used in a space work together to create a functional and beautiful room – and apply these skills to sales and retail showroom positions?

The Interior Furnishings Career Pathway prepares you for entry-level employment in the interior furnishings industry, for positions in sales and retail showrooms. This certificate also creates the foundation to advance your interior design skills, career options, and education at PCC and beyond.

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As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.

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Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Interior FurnishingsLess than 1 year

Learn more about Interior Design and all 4 awards available »



The average wage for Interior Designers is $50,000 to $55,000, with Interior Furnishing Sales positions usually starting at $25,000 to $35,000 per year.

Finish your degree

The Interior Furnishings Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional Interior Design certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.

Is it for me?

  • Who: High school graduates (and high school equivalency). Placement into Reading 115, Writing 115, MTH 20.
  • Where: PCC Sylvania
  • When: Three terms

Program cost

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Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ID 100 Design Drafting and Visual Communication 3
ID 122 History of Furniture-Ancient to 1800 3
ID 131 Introduction to Interiors 3
Second Term
ID 120 Interior Products and Materials I 3
ID 123 History of Furniture-1800 to Present 3
ID 125 Computer Drafting for Interior Designers 3
ID 130 Building Systems for Interior Design 3
ID 135 Professional Practices for Designers 3
Third Term
ID 121 Sustainable Materials for Residential Interiors 3
ID 230 Textiles for Interiors 3
ID 232 Business Communication for Interior Design 3
ID 236 Lighting Design 3
 Total Credits36

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