Although this course is planned to prepare students for gainful employment upon graduation, it also provides an excellent springboard for those students who want to continue their education at a University or Art and Design School.

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Within three years, the course covers both residential and commercial design and decoration. Our primary focus is to enhance the student’s visual skills as a decorator.

Students will study the history of housing furniture, drafting and blueprints, measuring skills, color coordination, elements and principles of design, how to conduct client consultations, preparing and presenting client boards and the art of sales and retail services. Our goal is to prepare the student for a full-time position in all fields of decorating.

Another area of concentration is painting and ‘‘wall finishing.” Students will hang, seam, sand, prime and paint drywall. Students will graduate with their OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Certification. The extra skills enhance the student’s ability to work with clients, contractors, and builders. It will also give the student other opportunities after graduation. Students can specialize in the decorating or finishing field.

Jobs are available in each area of the field and depend on the individual’s talent, skill level, and training. Students who complete the program will graduate as an Interior Decorator and Painter. There are scores of prospective employers within the Blair County Area that hire interior decorators, painters or specialized sales associates within the decorating field.


  • Be able to master measurement requirements particular to this program
  • Be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Be self-motivated, and possess time management skills
  • Possess the ability to interact and communicate comfortably with new people
  • Have an interest in building construction as well as design

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.


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Interior Decorating & Finishing


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the  Interior Decorating & Finishing program.


  • OSHA 10
  • PA Builders Association Skills Certificate

Dodie Amigh

Interior Decorating & Finishing Teacher