Award: Certificate (code CRT.ACH.ADV-INT-DSGN)
Total Credit Hours: 33-34 credit hours.
About Architecture and Interior Design Department
Purpose: Prepares students working in the field of interior design by further developing essential skills required in the workforce. Builds on the Interior Design AAS degree by addressing advanced design aspects of interior design. Strengthens aesthetic, analytical and technical skills within the design process. Advances knowledge through concentrated studies in design history, structural and nonstructural materials, sustainable design, construction drawings, codes, regulations, business practices, lighting and illustration. Includes specific studies in sustainable and high performance design based on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and its role in the built environment. Projects focus on research, writing and graphic presentation skills with a strong emphasis on real-life design experiences as well as theory.
Offers an NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) directed pathway for kitchen and bath design. Provides specific coursework that can benefit those already in the workforce. Prepares students to qualify as candidates for certification as an interior designer in the state of Maryland through NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification preparation. This certificate is not a substitute for state certification. Credits may be transferred to schools offering a bachelor’s degree in interior design.
Range of Occupations
- Commercial designer
- Facilities design and management
- Hospitality designer
- Interior design manager
- Kitchen and bath designer
- Project manager
- Sustainable designer
Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center at http://www.aacc.edu/resources/careers-and-employment/career-services/.
Financial Aid: This program has not been approved or is pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education federal aid program eligibility. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid.