Interior Styling, Staging, and Production

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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Program Information

A student with the Interior Styling, Staging, and Production Associate of Arts Degree will be prepared to become a professional within the Interior Design field. Interior Stylists and Stagers identify, research, and creatively solve challenges pertaining to the function of interior design environments in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. This dynamic field pertinent to the California economy addresses function and aesthetics, lifestyle, technology, historical perspectives, environmental needs, demographic changes, legislative issues, and universal design. Academic and technical preparation essential to the profession includes analysis and synthesis of user needs, business, technical, and communication skills, as well as creative expression, fabrication skills, and development.

Working conditions and hours may be varied and may involve travel. Salaries are based on education, experience, and job responsibilities. Incomes of experienced professionals vary greatly depending on location, volume of business, and reputation. The greatest number of job opportunities and highest wages generally exist in larger urban areas. Employment opportunities may be found from the sole practitioner to large corporate firms.

Career Opportunities

The Interior Styling, Staging, and Production Associate in Arts Degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university. Completion of an A.A. degree in Interior Styling, Staging, and Production requiring a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, provides students with design assistant level qualifications in production, installation, planning, illustration, specifications, estimating, management, merchandising, self-employment, or entrepreneurship.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and identify textile fibers, yarns, fabrications, dyestuffs, and finishes and how these relate to performance and serviceability of materials.
  • assemble apparel and interior design table accessories, pillows, cushions, chair coverings, bedding, window shades, curtains, draperies, window top treatments, using techniques that meet the standards of quality construction for sewn soft furnishing products.
  • integrate proper use, care, and maintenance of sewing machinery, equipment, and notions.
  • apply pattern and fabric selection to appropriate product designs that develop required sewing skills.
  • apply design principles and elements in planning total interior environments that meet individual, functional, legal, and environmental needs; selection of all materials and products will be emphasized for functional aesthetic quality.
  • analyze, apply, and evaluate products and materials used in interiors; emphasis will be placed on the processes, materials, and resources for products in furniture, wall coverings, floor coverings, window treatments, lighting, architectural finishes, and ceiling systems.
  • apply layout and cutting techniques, use of industrial machines, professional pressing techniques, quality control and production procedures, and grading, sorting, and labeling of items.
  • use garment industry terminology and procedures for the processes of marker making, and multiple layer lay up using industrial cutting equipment.
  • demonstrate personal management skills such as planning, time management, and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

Associate in Arts Degree

The Interior Styling, Staging, and Production Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.