About this course
Interior Design curriculum at PCA is designed to prepare students for this professional life, and to provide the necessary training through a combination of education and employment opportunities. Our courses are not only practical, but also help students prepare for the professional licensing exams.* )
The National Council of Interior Design Qualification states: "The Professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces… improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. (He/she) analyzes the client's needs, goals, life and safety requirements; integrates findings with knowledge of interior design; formulates preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and aesthetic; develops and presents final design recommendations through appropriate media; prepares working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment; collaborates with licensed practitioners who offer professional services in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval; prepares and administers bids and contract documents as the client's agent; reviews and evaluates design solutions during implementation and upon completion."
The relationship between interior design and architecture is strongly emphasized. Basic structural principles & construction methods are introduced. Studio courses incorporate programming, conceptual design & development, and presentation skills. Guest juries of architects & design professionals regularly critique student presentations. Courses such as ID Business, Materials, Kitchen & Bath, and History of Interiors provide students with the tools and critical thinking needed to succeed. Special consideration is given to new "green" and "sustainable" codes & regulations.
Instructors include licensed architects, interior designers and specialists in relevant fields. Our program prepares students for employment in residential, hospitality, contract & commercial, transportation, and retail & health care, where job opportunities are numerous. Graduates include practicing interior designers & architects, interior decorators, kitchen designers, sales representatives, and retail business owners & employees.
PCA is recognized as a leader in interior design education in Connecticut by national businesses in the ID community (i.e., Kimball Office Furniture, Corporate Express, CTKBA), which sponsor juried competitions where students can form long-lasting professional relationships. Paier students also have the opportunity to join campus chapters of NKBA, ASID and IIDA. Positions vary from entry to intermediate level and self-employment.
- If your first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should be taken, and a minimum score of 500 is advised. Alternately acceptable is the successful completion ELS of level 109.