School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Interior Design

Jessica L Feggestad, IIDA, ASID, IDEC

CALL: (608) 246-6310

Interior Design

Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 103041


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.

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.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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 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:

  • 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.


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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 13 14 25
    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%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 9 13 21
    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%
    Seeking Employment 1 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 10.00% 0.00% 4.50%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.8 3.7
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 10 14 23
    Very Satisfied 5 11 17
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 78.60% 73.90%
    Satisfied 5 3 6
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 21.40% 26.10%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    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%
    Career Change 3 7 7
    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%
    Personal Interest 0 0 2
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 8.70%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 13 21
    Before Enrollment 0 0 0
    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%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    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%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 8 9 15
    Average Monthly Wage $2,965 $2,635 $2,761
    Average Hourly Wage $17.24 $15.32 $16.05
    Average Work Hours per Week 41.9 40.6 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 25.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 20 112
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 16 60
    Total Jobs 36 172
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    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
    Marling Kitchen Designer
    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

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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Want to know what kind of projects you’ll work on in this program?  Visit our graduating class of 2019 and see their work at our annual portfolio show, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Truax Campus 4:30-7:30 p.m.