Interior Design


Recent Graduates

There are 22 recent graduates of this Madison College program.


Student Satisfaction

100% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $39,948.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 103041

Credits: 65

Area of Study: Arts, Design and Humanities

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,028.50
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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. 

Program Details

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.

Interior Design Program classes may be offered at the following Madison College campuses: 

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Interior Design


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.

To Apply

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Students 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.
Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
Student 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.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Students 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



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.


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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates251222
    Number of Surveys Sent251222
    Number of Surveys Returned231220
    Percent of Surveys Returned92.00%100.00%90.90%
    Available for Employment221219
    Percent Available for Employment95.70%100.00%95.00%
    Not in Labor Market101
    Percent Not in Labor Market4.30%0.00%5.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed211216
    Percent of Graduates Employed95.50%100.00%84.20%
    Employed in Related Occupation191015
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation90.50%83.30%93.80%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation221
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation9.50%16.70%6.30%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment103
    Percent Seeking Employment4.50%0.00%15.80%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses231220
    Very Satisfied (4)17712
    Percent Very Satisfied73.90%58.30%60.00%
    Satisfied (3)658
    Percent Satisfied26.10%41.70%40.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses231220
    Preparation for Getting a Job1349
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job56.50%33.30%45.00%
    Career Change758
    Percent Career Change30.40%41.70%40.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills001
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%5.00%
    Preparation for Further Education121
    Percent Preparation for Further Education4.30%16.70%5.00%
    Personal Interest211
    Percent Personal Interest8.70%8.30%5.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses211216
    Before Enrollment001
    Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%6.30%
    While Attending the College1379
    Percent While Attending the College61.90%58.30%56.30%
    After Training at the College856
    Percent After Training at the College38.10%41.70%37.50%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses211216
    In College District151214
    Percent In College District71.40%100.00%87.50%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District302
    Percent of In Wisconsin14.30%0.00%12.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin200
    Percent Outside Wisconsin9.50%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown100
    Percent Location Unknown4.80%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count15911
    Average Monthly Wage$2,761 $3,097 $3,329
    Average Hourly Wage$16.05 $18.01 $19.36
    Average Work Hours per Week44.942.241.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count413
    Average Hourly Wage$12.78 $18.00 $13.33
    Average Work Hours per Week25.52526.7
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    American Family Insurance Workplace Environment Consultant 2
    Bauer & Raether Builders Lead Designer
    Dream Kitchens Inc Design Engineer
    Emmons Business Interiors Interior Designer
    Gerhard's Sales & Design Consultant Monona
    Indeco Interior Design Interior Designer/Project Manager Jefferson
    Lerdahl Business Interiors Designer Middleton
    Lerdahl Business Interiors Interior Designer Middleton 2
    Nest Interiors Interior Designer Assistant Sun Prairie
    Nonn's Flooring Assistant Cabinet Designer Middleton
    Potter Lawson Interior Designer
    State of Wisconsin Facilities Designer
    Workspace Studio Interior Designer Middleton

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