Interior Design


Recent Graduates

There are 26 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 $35,976.

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 - $9,165.00
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

Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

After Acceptance

Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Interior Design Petition Requirements.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022              

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023


Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.


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 Graduates122226
    Number of Surveys Sent122226
    Number of Surveys Returned122020
    Percent of Surveys Returned100.0%90.9%76.9%
    Available for Employment121919
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%95.0%95.0%
    Not in Labor Market011
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%5.0%5.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed121618
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%84.2%94.7%
    Employed in Related Occupation101511
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.3%93.8%61.1%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation217
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation16.7%6.3%38.9%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment031
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%15.8%5.3%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses122020
    Very Satisfied (4)7128
    Percent Very Satisfied58.3%60.0%40.0%
    Satisfied (3)5812
    Percent Satisfied41.7%40.0%60.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses122020
    Preparation for Getting a Job4911
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job33.3%45.0%55.0%
    Career Change585
    Percent Career Change41.7%40.0%25.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills010
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%5.0%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education212
    Percent Preparation for Further Education16.7%5.0%10.0%
    Personal Interest112
    Percent Personal Interest8.3%5.0%10.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses121618
    Before Enrollment013
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%6.3%16.7%
    While Attending the College793
    Percent While Attending the College58.3%56.3%16.7%
    After Training at the College5612
    Percent After Training at the College41.7%37.5%66.7%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses121618
    In College District121415
    Percent In College District100.0%87.5%83.3%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District023
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%12.5%16.7%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count9117
    Average Monthly Wage$3,097$3,329$2,998
    Average Hourly Wage$18.01$19.36$17.43
    Average Work Hours per Week42.241.541.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count133
    Average Hourly Wage$18.00$13.33$18.61
    Average Work Hours per Week25.026.720.0
  • 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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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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