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Interior Design

Design your future with an Interior Design AAS degree or Residential Kitchen and Bath Design Specialist certificate from Arapahoe Community College.

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Do you see design potential in every room you enter? Turn your eye for design into a career in Interior Design and get your associate degree or certificate at ACC. Get the skills and formal training required to be a professional Interior Designer and enter the residential or commercial design industry upon graduation. Your education from ACC will prepare you to sit for the qualifying exams for certification as an interior design or a kitchen and bath designer. Starting Fall 2021, you can get your ACC Interior Design education in-person or entirely online.

 

ACC Admissions
Admissions
admissions [at] arapahoe.edu
Dawn Viola
Faculty / Program Chair
Interior Design
dawn.viola [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Our Interior Design program will teach you valuable skills to begin your career as a designer. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze information to create design solutions to meet client needs
  • Research complex design problems to incorporate into design solutions
  • Showcase professional work ethic and problem-solving skills
  • Build and perform professional presentations
  • Produce professional quality interior design
  • Apply product knowledge to meet customer needs
  • Design construction and systems

CIP 500408 (IND)

The Interior Design Program at ACC has been educating Interior Design professionals since 1975, and is one of the oldest programs in the State of Colorado. This program enjoys an excellent reputation of quality education in the Colorado Interior Design community. Interior Designers play an important role in developing efficient, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces in both residential and commercial interior environments. The Interior Design program at ACC prepares students for a career as a professional interior designer. Students learn to develop not only creative abilities and how to express them, but also the methods and processes needed to practice design ethically, responsibly and profitably.

NKBA Accreditation

The ACC Interior Design Program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and was awarded the NKBA Award for Excellence in Education (2011-2012); one of only three schools nationally to receive this award. The Kitchen and Bath industry is a specialized area of residential design. As students near completion of the Interior Design Program, they are qualified to sit for the AKBD exam, which is the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer qualification. After practicing in the field for a specified number of years, designers may sit for the CKD or CKB exam which qualifies them as a Certified Kitchen Designer or Certified Bathroom Designer. Kitchen and Bath is a part of the regular curriculum of the Interior Design program. However, students who are interested in an abbreviated format specifically in Kitchen and Bath design education, may enroll in the Kitchen and Bath Specialist Certificate program that is now being offered by the ACC Interior Design Dept. (See specific information for the Certificate.)

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Students must attend an Interior Design Program Orientation prior to registration. Dates for orientations are listed on the ACC website.
  • Students should have been assessed to be at college-level in English (see Student Resources and Services - Assessment in this Catalog)
    • OR 236 on the NextGen Accuplacer
    • OR ACT or SAT scores within the last five years
    • OR have earned a previous college degree
    • OR have completed any necessary developmental courses, if required, with a grade of "C" or higher before taking Interior Design courses.
  • Students wishing to transfer in Interior Design or General Education credits to fulfill degree requirements must have official transcripts sent to ACC Admission and Records Office. If you have questions after Admissions and Records has evaluated your transcripts, please call 303.797.5958 to schedule an appointment with the IND Department Chair.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (15 credit hours)
  • 9 Credits of Guaranteed Transfer courses - 9 Credits
Restricted Electives (3-4 credit hours)

Note: Interior Design students must select one (1) elective course below to complete the 75 credit Interior Design Program requirement.

Total: 75-76 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this A.A.S. degree must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to meet admission and graduation requirements.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

CIP 500408 (BATH)

Kitchen and Bath Design is an exciting and profitable specialty of the Interior Design industry. The Interior Design Program at ACC is now offering an abbreviated format in Kitchen and Bath Design education – the new Kitchen and Bath Specialist Certificate. This Certificate allows students to attain the necessary training, enabling them to enter the job market in the Kitchen and Bath industry. Students can complete the certificate in three short semesters.

The Interior Design Program at ACC is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Students must attend an Interior Design Program Orientation prior to registration. Dates for orientations are listed on the ACC website.
  • Complete ACCUPLACER assessment with the following minimum scores:
    • 95 on Sentence Skills
    • OR ACT or SAT scores within the last two years
    • OR have earned a previous college degree
    • OR have completed any necessary remedial courses, if required, with a grade of "C" or higher before taking Interior Design courses

Students wishing to transfer in Interior Design or General Education credits to fulfill certificate requirements must have official transcripts sent to the ACC Admissions and Records Office. If you have questions after Admissions and Records has evaluated your transcripts, please call 303.797.5958 to schedule an appointment with the IND Department Chair.

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this certificate must earn a grade of "C" or better to meet completion requirements.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

CIP 150101 (INA)

The Computer Aided Drafting certificate prepares the students for advanced levels of computer aided design within industry, utilizing the latest hardware and software releases. The certificate may be completed within one year. This certificate prepares students to perform 2D and 3D design including customization and AutoLISP programming with their CAD system. Students may choose from an area of design concentration including architecture, mechanical design or interior design.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered, if there are any pre-requisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

The ACC Interior Design degree is fully accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and offers graduates a streamlined approach to professional certification. The program has been awarded NKBA Program of Excellence for 2015-2016.

NKBA Accreditation

The ACC Interior Design Program is founding member of the accredited schools through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and has been awarded the NKBA Award for Excellence in Education nine times since 2004. Several students have placed in the NKBA Student Design Competition including three consecutive first place honors in the Bath Design portion.

The Kitchen and Bath industry is a specialized area of residential design that requires highly technical and detailed design work. When students complete of the Interior Design Program or the Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design, they are qualified to sit for the CKBD exam after completing three years of industry experience.

ASID and CIDA Accreditation

CIDA does not offer accreditation to Associate Degree Programs but ASID views ACC as a 3-year program due to the 60 credits of Interior Design coursework. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCIDQ exam after obtaining 3 years or 5280 hours of experience working under the guidance of an NCIDQ certified designer. 

Job Potential in Interior Design

Get your Interior Design AAS and/or your Residential Kitchen and Bath Design Specialist Certificate from ACC and you’ll be ready to enter the workforce right after you graduate. With your interior design skills, you’ll be ready for a career as a(n):

Discover Interior Design Jobs through Purple Briefcase

Review the jobs below and more through Purple Briefcase (accessed through MyACC – Training & Technology – Career Services).

Interior Design Orientation

At the orientation, faculty and staff cover many aspects of the industry and the programs at Arapahoe Community College. Whether you're planning to obtain a certificate, degree, or just take one class - this is a program requirement.

View the Interior DEsign Program Orientation

Kitchen and Bath Design Specialist Certificate

Enter the Kitchen and Bath profession after just three semesters with our Residential Kitchen and Bath Design Specialist Certificate. This 29-credit certificate teaches the fundamentals of kitchen and bath design. Upon graduation, combined with your work experience, you’ll have the foundation and experience you need to take the Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD) exam.

You'll work with basic and advanced drafting tools, such as AutoCAD and learn how to draft floor plans and interior elevations. During the program, you’ll become familiar with trade resources and requirements for the NKBA.

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