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Madison WI 53704
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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.
Interior Design is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree. The degree will prepare you for a good job and also allow you to transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.
Students in the Interior Design program can attend full or part time.
Students starting the Interior Design program in a spring semester will need a minimum of 5 semesters to complete the program due to some courses being offered fall only or spring only.
Interior Design Program classes may be offered at the following Madison College campuses:
Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.
All courses for this program are offered only in person.
On-campus classes with industry-accredited, experienced interior design faculty to master professional skills and industry tools and software.
View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.
After completing the Interior Design program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
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:
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.
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|Number of Surveys Sent||13||14||25|
|Number of Surveys Returned||10||14||23|
|Percent of Surveys Returned||76.90%||100.00%||92.00%|
|Available for Employment||10||13||22|
|Percent Available for Employment||100.00%||92.90%||95.70%|
|Not in Labor Market||0||1||1|
|Percent Not in Labor Market||0.00%||7.10%||4.30%|
|Percent of Graduates Employed||90.00%||100.00%||95.50%|
|Employed in Related Occupation||9||11||19|
|Percent Employed in Related Occupation||100.00%||84.60%||90.50%|
|Employed in Unrelated Occupation||0||2||2|
|Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation||0.00%||15.40%||9.50%|
|Employed - No Response||0||0||0|
|Percent Employed - No Response||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%|
|Percent Seeking Employment||10.00%||0.00%||4.50%|
|Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)||3.5||3.8||3.7|
|Number of Satisfaction Responses||10||14||23|
|Percent Very Satisfied||50.00%||78.60%||73.90%|
|Percent Very Unsatisfied||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%|
|Number of Primary Reason Responses||10||14||23|
|Preparation for Getting a Job||6||6||13|
|Percent Preparation for Getting a Job||60.00%||42.90%||56.50%|
|Percent Career Change||30.00%||50.00%||30.40%|
|Improvement of Existing Skills||0||0||0|
|Percent Improvement of Existing Skills||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%|
|Preparation for Further Education||1||1||1|
|Percent Preparation for Further Education||10.00%||7.10%||4.30%|
|Percent Personal Interest||0.00%||0.00%||8.70%|
|Number of When Employment Obtained Responses||9||13||21|
|Percent Before Enrollment||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%|
|While Attending the College||4||6||13|
|Percent While Attending the College||44.40%||46.20%||61.90%|
|After Training at the College||5||7||8|
|Percent After Training at the College||55.60%||53.80%||38.10%|
|Number of Employment Location Responses||9||13||21|
|In College District||9||9||15|
|Percent In College District||100.00%||69.20%||71.40%|
|In Wisconsin, Not in District||0||3||3|
|Percent of In Wisconsin||0.00%||23.10%||14.30%|
|Outside of Wisconsin||0||1||2|
|Percent Outside Wisconsin||0.00%||7.70%||9.50%|
|Employer Location Unknown||0||0||1|
|Percent Location Unknown||0.00%||0.00%||4.80%|
|Full Time Employment (Related Job)||Full Time Salary Count||8||11||15|
|Average Monthly Wage||$2,965||$2,462||$2,761|
|Average Hourly Wage||$17.24||$14.31||$16.05|
|Average Work Hours per Week||41.9||40.5||44.9|
|Part Time Employment (Related Job)||Part Time Salary Count||1||4|
|Average Hourly Wage||$15.00||$12.78|
|Average Work Hours per Week||25||26.4|
|Number of Full Time Positions Open||20||112|
|Number of Part Time Positions Open||16||60|
|Bella Domicile||Kitchen & Bath Designer|
|Cabinets & Design By Cozette||Sales Associate||Whitewater|
|Creative Business Interiors||Furniture Project Manager||Waunakee|
|CTW Abbey Carpet & Floor||Interior Designer||McFarland|
|Fluff Interior Design||Interior Designer||Omaha||NE|
|Gerhard's||Kitchen & Bath Designer||Monona|
|H&R Carpets||Interior Designer||Waunakee|
|Interiors By JW||Interior Designer||Sun Prairie|
|Kitchen & Bath Solutions LLC||Sales And Design Consultant|
|Mark Zingg||Interior Designer||Middleton|
|Marling||Kitchen & Bath Designer||Janesville|
|Potter Lawson||Interior Designer|
|Silver Leaf Design Gallery||Interior Design Assistant|
|Steinhafel's Furniture||Display Lead|
|Steinhafel's Furniture||Visual Display Associate|
|Zander's Interiors||Junior Designer|
|Zingg Design||Interior Designer||Middleton|
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Want to know what kinds of projects you'll work on in this program? View examples of Interior Design student portfolios or visit our annual spring portfolio show May 3, 2018 at the Truax Campus 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.