Interior Architectural Design is a Santa Monica College
award-winning program in the Design Technology Department,
located at SMC’s Academy of Entertainment and Technology,
1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Students focus on (1) professional
career development, (2) academic transfer, (3) an
Associate in Arts Degree, and/or (4) personal and professional
skills useful in the local and international Architecture and
Design Industry. The program applies artistic and functional
principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing,
and furnishing of residential and commercial interior
spaces. The program also includes the processes and techniques
of designing living, working, and leisure indoor environments
as integral components of a building system. The program
includes instruction in design, drafting, careers, color coordination,
surface materials and textiles, sketching, computer aided
design, historical and contemporary furniture and housing,
interior lighting, business principles, interior codes, markers,
model building, green design, universal design, on-site internships
with local trade businesses, and applications to office,
hotel, restaurant, and housing design. There are also specialized
courses for Set Design and Advanced CAD. Designer careers
include homes, kitchens/baths, offices and other retail uses,
space planning, remodeling, specifying, sketching, management,
staging for real estate sales, consulting, lighting, retail
sales, preservation, health care, green design, and accessible,
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE – 60 UNITS
Students must complete major requirements in effect at
the time enrollment begins or major requirements in effect at
graduation as long as continuous enrollment is maintained.
(See page 48 for definition of continuous enrollment).
At least 50% of the required major units must be completed
at Santa Monica College.
All coursework for the major must be completed with a
grade of C (2.0) or higher.
There are two levels to the Interior Architectural Design
LEVEL I – Interior Architectural Design I: This program
leads to multiple careers opportunities in retail and wholesale
design. The focus is on design fundamentals, beginning
drafting, design careers, perspective sketching, color, beginning
computer-aided design, and materials and products.
After the completion of the 24 units program, a Certificate of
Achievement is awarded in Interior Architectural Design I.
Course No./Course name (Prerequisites) Units
INTARC 28, Interior Illustration (3) (formerly INTARC 43)
INTARC 30, Fundamentals of Interior Architectural Design:Theory (3)
INTARC 31, Fundamentals of Interior Architectural Design:Lab (3)
INTARC 32, Beginning Drafting for Interior Architectural
Design (Manual Drafting) (3)
INTARC 33, Interior Architectural Design Careers (3)
INTARC 34, Applied Color and Design Theory (3)
INTARC 35, Computer Aided Design/Drafting (Prerequisite:
INTARC 32 or Equivalent) (3)
INTARC 36, Interior Materials and Products (3)
Total Level I units 24
• If a student has previous skills, a waiver for the equivalent
course is possible.
• Students can cross levels and take any class or
Recommended Elective at any time in the two Levels if
no prerequisite is required.
• Students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or higher in
each Interior Architectural Design Program Course to
receive a certificate.
• At least 50% of the units required for Certificates of
Achievement must be completed at Santa Monica