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.
Careers 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.
Interior Design Career Paths
- Interior Designer
- Furniture Representative
- Furniture Sales
- Fabric Design
Degrees We Offer
- Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
- Specialized diploma | 1 year
- Kitchen and Bath Design Specialized diploma | 1.5 years
- This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus