The Interior Design program at Northampton Community College is organized to meet the demand for professionally trained interior designers in both residential and contract design; with our associate's degree, you may gain employment upon graduation or consider pursuing a four-year degree. Computer technology is woven through the curriculum utilizing Sketch Up and Archicad software as a design tool in the studios and AutoCAD in the digital production drawing course. Presentation skills are gained throughout the program. The four semester design studio sequence is the heart of the program underpinned by architectural history. Faculty and advisory committee are members of the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Interior Designers. NCC has a student chapter of the ASID which students are encouraged to join.
Our Interior Design program has been carefully organized to meet the demand for professionally trained interior designers in both residential and contract design. With our associate's degree, you may gain employment upon graduation or consider pursuing a four-year degree.
This program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. We've designed this program for those who already have a college degree or need an accelerated alternative career path in the Interior Design profession. Returning students with previously earned bachelor's degrees find this program especially appealing. By adding your general education credits previously earned to the 24 credit diploma, you're only a few part-time semesters to an AAS degree.
This program offers students a focused learning experience in the design of kitchens and bathrooms. The program is shorter than the broader Interior Design specialized diploma. It provides an excellent opportunity for the part-time student who wishes to advance quickly in an exciting area of the field. If you decide to continue your education after earning the diploma, you can apply all of your courses toward the longer specialized diploma or to our AAS degree in Interior Design.
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations. Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for architectural, engineering, and related services industries. In 2012, about 25 percent were self-employed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of interior designers is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible.
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