Interior Design

Become a professional interior designer

In order to get the most out of a room, interior designers use creativity, functionality and analyzation. From the kitchen to the bathroom, to an office or home, each space functions differently and requires unique furniture, decorations, colors and electronics to bring out the best for its intended use.

The Associate in Applied Science program at Harper College is endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Course topics are based on the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam that is required to be a licensed Interior Designer in Illinois.

Through the guidance of experienced faculty as well as hands-on learning with AutoCAD/CAD Studio and field trips, you will be thoroughly prepared for a career in the interior design industry by studying at Harper.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program.


Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Alison Walwark standing with fabric samples


My dream is to be a professional, degreed interior designer. My passion for interior design in the commercial arena has spanned over two decades. The skills I have acquired are self-taught, and they have served me well up to this point in my career. My new education paired with my field experience, will give me the necessary tools to further my career.  
—Alison Walwark, Scholarship Recipient