What is Design?

Design is everywhere - and that's why looking for a definition may not help you grasp what it is. It's what drew you to the last piece of furniture you bought, and it's what made online banking possible. It's made London taxi cabs easier to get in and out of, and it made Stella McCartney's name. It's driving whole business cultures and making sure environments from hospitals to airports are easier to navigate.

The single word "design" encompasses an awful lot, and that's why the understandable search for a single definition leads to lengthy debates to say the least. Design work is creative, fast-paced and in demand by most businesses. Sinclair Community College has two programs within its Design Department - Interior Design and Visual Communications.

Why major in Design?

The goal of Sinclair’s design program is to provide state-of-the-art instruction aimed at helping you develop real-world job skills.

The interior design program, as well as the field itself, includes many aspects of interior decorating, but also includes lighting, built-in cabinetry, space planning, and even the shape and material of non-load bearing partitions. You will have the opportunity to learn advanced design and drafting skills, business practices and portfolio development to help you prepare for employment in the industry. Interior designers work with clients to design interior spaces to meet the functional, social and psychological needs of the occupants. This complex field involves a professional approach to problem solving—and, the solutions often include collaboration with related professionals to insure the design protects the health, safety and welfare of the occupants.

Visual communications graduates typically pursue careers as graphic artists in corporations and private design studios, advertising and marketing agencies, newspapers, magazine and book publishers, and even interactive media and Web design studios. Graphic design work is creative, fast-paced and in-demand by most businesses and Sinclair is prepared to help you enter this growing field. In addition to design experience and program understanding, you will also gain advanced computer skills, develop a portfolio and practice job-seeking techniques.From stationery to magazines and packaging to multimedia, graphic designers have a variety of career options and marketable skills.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You consider yourself artistic and enjoy creating in a variety of mediums.
  • You would like to work in fast-paced, team-oriented, creative environments.
  • You are familiar and enjoy working with computers and new technologies.
  • You find yourself admiring advertisements and want to make your art seen.
  • You would enjoy working as a designer or consultant.
  • You thrive working in a creative, fast-paced and detail-oriented field.
  • You would like to work with people to help design or decorate their businesses and/or homes.
  • You often find yourself looking around you and visualizing designs.



Available Programs

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Associate of Applied Science
Interior Design

The program prepares students for careers in the creative, detail-oriented field of interior design. Students will develop the knowledge and technical skills necessary to design an interior. Developing floor plans and selecting and coordinating colors, floor and wall coverings are common tasks performed by interior designers. They also place furniture, fixture and cabinetry, and prepare drawings, cost estimates and contracts. Sustainability, building codes, the ADA and basic business practices are included, as well as the development of individual design portfolios.

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Visual Communications

The program prepares students for careers in visual communication which is creative, fast paced and in demand by most businesses. Students will develop the knowledge and technical skills necessary to create both printed and digital design work. This includes the design of stationery, brochures, magazines, advertising, packaging, signage, web pages, interactive media and other pieces. Creativity, problem solving and the design process are stressed. Advanced computer skills, portfolio development and job-seeking strategies are also incorporated into the curriculum.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Design Processes

This certificate provides an introduction to the design process including hand sketching, development of thumbnails, digital illustration and imaging, page layout; and, composition techniques to support a variety of entry-level design positions. Students will be exposed to the latest version of the Adobe products.

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Digital Design

This certificate provides an introduction to the digital design process and digital applications that are used by designers to create interactive media. Specifically, students will learn the basics of design principles and layouts for interactive media, including web development, 2D animation, video, media optimization and file management to provide support in a variety of entry-level design positions. Students will be exposed to the latest version of the Adobe products.

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Processes for Interior Design

This certificate provides students with an introduction in the field of interior design. It will include the following introduction to the design process: problem solving techniques, space planning, production selection, ADA compliancy, ergonomics, lighting, color, furniture placement and accessorizing, scaled floor plan, elevation and detail drawings, defining/applying architectural and interior-related materials, estimating/budgeting products, writing specifications; and, presentation skills.

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