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Turn your creative talents into an interior design career.
The two-year Interior Design program at Madison Area Technical College provides excellent career training to prepare you for entry-level residential design and sales positions in retail stores and design studios or for commercial design work in office dealerships and corporate facilities. In your courses, you will learn the art of interior design as well as build business skills to work effectively with budgets, deadlines, customers and industry partners.
Top Career Training
Students in Madison College's Interior Design program learn to design interior spaces that are functional, safe and beautiful. In first-year courses, you will gain fundamental and technical knowledge in interior design principles, reading and drawing floor plans, building construction techniques, architectural and interior materials, finish selection, decorating, and space planning. Interior design students also sharpen skills in computer-aided drawing using AutoCAD and SketchUp. In second-year courses, students focus on designing commercial and residential spaces, with an emphasis on corporate offices, residential remodeling, and kitchen and bath design. They also build a portfolio of work that is shown off at our annual portfolio and can be used for job interviews.
Check out our latest portfolio show and see what you can expect to learn as an interior design student.
Interior Design Program Details
Students in the Interior Design program can attend full or part-time.
Interior Design Program classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.
Your Advantages at Madison College
On-campus classes with industry-accredited, experienced interior design faculty to master professional skills and industry tools and software.
- Focus on the latest interior design trends such as sustainable or “green” design and aging-in-place.
- Instructor insights into workplace challenges and opportunities for interior designers.
- Hands-on career training through field trips, industry trade shows, and internships in the professional interior design community.
- Build industry network through relationships with professional organizations such as American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
- MATC’s annual portfolio show where soon-to-be interior design graduates show their work to potential employers and the public.
Interior Design Careers
Earning your associate degree in Interior Design at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for a range of professional positions in the design industry, including:
- Interior Designer
- Kitchen and Bath Designer
- Corporate In-House Designer
- Commercial Designer
- Facilities Planner
- Sales Representative
- Home Decorator
- Home Stager
Madison College graduates are employed by interior design firms, furniture stores, flooring stores, paint and decorating centers, building centers, kitchen and bath design firms, office dealerships and corporations.
Successful interior designers are creative and visually sensitive individuals who enjoy working with people and the components of interior design. They are organized and decisive with the ability to follow through on all tasks, as well as effective sales-oriented communicators.
Strong Job Opportunities
Graduates who complete their associate degree through Madison College's Interior Design Program are recognized as top candidates for entry-level interior designer positions with employers throughout Madison and earn an average monthly salary $3,040.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First Semester10-304-1023 credits10-304-1063 credits10-304-1073 credits10-304-1293 credits10-304-1772 credits10-804-1233 creditsSecond Semester10-801-1953 credits10-801-1963 credits10-304-1203 credits10-304-1233 credits10-304-1273 credits10-304-1423 creditsThird SemesterFourth Semester
Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
1. Admission Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.
2. Education Completion
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Wisconsin Private SchoolsStudent who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
Out-of-State SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
After completing the Interior Design program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Integrate the codes and standards that impact the interior environment.
- Model professional practices of the Interior Design industry.
- Validate the design process.
- Evaluate design decisions within the parameters of the built environment.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 26 24 8 Number of Surveys Sent 26 24 8 Number of Surveys Returned 20 10 6 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 19 9 6 Percent Available for Employment 95.00% 90.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 5.00% 10.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 18 9 5 Percent of Graduates Employed 94.70% 100.00% 83.30% Employed in Related Occupation 11 8 5 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 61.10% 88.90% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 7 1 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 38.90% 11.10% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 5.30% 0.00% 16.70% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.3 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 10 6 Very Satisfied (4) 8 5 4 Percent Very Satisfied 40.00% 50.00% 66.70% Satisfied (3) 12 4 2 Percent Satisfied 60.00% 40.00% 33.30% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 10.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 20 10 6 Preparation for Getting a Job 11 4 4 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 55.00% 40.00% 66.70% Career Change 5 4 2 Percent Career Change 25.00% 40.00% 33.30% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 2 1 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 10.00% 10.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 2 1 0 Percent Personal Interest 10.00% 10.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 18 9 5 Before Enrollment 3 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment 16.70% 0.00% 0.00% While Attending the College 3 4 4 Percent While Attending the College 16.70% 44.40% 80.00% After Training at the College 12 5 1 Percent After Training at the College 66.70% 55.60% 20.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 15 9 5 In College District 15 8 5 Percent In College District 100.00% 88.90% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 11.10% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 6 5 Average Monthly Wage $2,998 $3,291 $3,286 Average Hourly Wage $17.43 $19.13 $19.10 Average Work Hours per Week 41.9 41.9 38 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 1 Average Hourly Wage $18.61 $16.50 Average Work Hours per Week 20 32
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Caliber Custom Cabinetry Design Assistant Brooklyn Elle Maven Homes Interior Designer Sun Prairie Gary Brink and Associates Interior Designer Middleton Silver Leaf Design Gallery Junior Interior Designer Zander's Interiors Junior Interior Designer
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