Are you creative and artistic? Do you always have new ideas about how to improve your surroundings? Consider a career in interior design. El Centro’s Interior Design program can give you the skills you’ll need to succeed in this field.

What is interior design? Simply put, it’s the profession of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior.

More than just decorators, designers draw from many disciplines — including architecture, product design and environmental psychology — to plan the functionality and interior environment of buildings. Designers need to understand construction, furniture, fixtures, equipment, materials, accessibility and building codes.

El Centro College’s location in downtown Dallas puts you at the center of a professional design district with opportunities for hands-on learning, student internships and immediate employment after graduation. Our program is a particularly good fit for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree but want a career change.

Our rigorous program will prepare you to work as a design assistant with the potential to realize full professional status and independent practice. Licensure as an interior designer with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners requires both education and practical experience as well as passing the National Council for Interior Design Qualifying Exam.

Check out Interior Design course listings in the catalog.

Interior Design At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Interior Design jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

Interior designers work in a wide variety of commercial settings that include many high-growth career sectors. Demand for interior design services from the health care industry is expected to be high in designing facilities for the aging population. Hospitality businesses such as hotels, resorts and restaurants demand good design to stand out in a highly competitive industry. 

Homeowners also increasingly use the services of interior designers for remodeling and updating their homes. Interior designers may focus on specialty niches such as kitchens, baths or outdoor living spaces to set themselves apart from the competition. 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 21 percent for interior designers over the next decade. With a design industry in the area, job possibilities are higher than in most cities outside of the east and west coasts for interior designers with solid professional skills. 

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Interior Design Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College

El Centro is the only college among the colleges of DCCCD to offer the Interior Design program. Degree and certificate options include: