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Degrees & Certificates

Interior Design Degrees and Certificates

A.A. Associate of Art in Interior Design - This transfer program offers beginning college-level courses for students who desire to continue study toward an advanced interior design degree. Content offerings will include concentration on general studies and interior design foundations, fundamental design, drawing, color, space planning, finish treatments, and professional business practices for interior designers. Technical development will include basic knowledge of drafting, historical topics and presentation techniques for interior designers. Completion of all requirements for this program will lead to the award of the A.A. in arts and sciences. See http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/curricula/descriptions/cdintdesign.htm#idaa for the curriculum.

A.A.S. Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design General Track and A.A.S. NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association)Track - This program prepares students for entry-level positions in interior design and related professions or for portfolio preparation for transfer to out-of-state institutions. Content offerings will include fundamental design, drawing, color, space planning, historical topics; fabrics, lighting, window, wall, and floor treatments; and professional business practices for interior designers. Technical development will include architectural drafting; preparation of estimates; window dressing analysis; kitchen, bath, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems; and advanced presentation techniques for interior designers. Completion of requirements for this program will lead to the award of the A.A.S. Students may select one of two tracks: the General track allows students to select nine (9) ID professional electives; the NKBA track meets the requirements of the National Kitchen and Bath Association accreditation requirements and requires specific courses instead. A grade of B or better is required in all interior design classes for the NKBA track degree. If these conditions are not met, a General track degree will be awarded. Students with the NKBA track degree will be able to sit for the NKBA AKBD (Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer) examination upon graduation.
See http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/curricula/descriptions/cdintdesign.htm#idaas for the curriculum and http://www.nkba.org/industry_educators_acc.aspx for more information on NKBA accreditation

Introductory Certificate in Interior Design - This curriculum is intended to provide new skills for individuals with no previous related education or experience; for students currently employed in unrelated careers, intending to make a significant career change; and for individuals intending to enter a first career in an entry-level assistantship position. Focus includes general foundation core education in interior design, combined with advanced and more technical courses, geared specifically to meet the career goals of the student. Course selection requires close supervision by the interior design adviser. See http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/curricula/descriptions/cdintdesign.htm#iidc for curriculum.

Advanced Certificate in Interior Design - This curriculum is intended to upgrade skills for currently employed individuals in interiors-related careers, to provide new skills, or to provide skills for a change in job specialization. The concentration is on technical and specialized education in advanced design topics, such as lighting, kitchen, bath, office, ADA, specifications, and other specialty career options within the interior design profession. Portfolio and/or resume review approval by the program adviser is required prior to enrollment in the advanced courses. See http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/curricula/descriptions/cdintdesign.htm#aidc for curriculum.

Design Industry Partnership Certificate - This curriculum is intended to provide basic skills and foundation education in interior design and in a specialized career topic, indirectly related to interior design, in disciplines that partner with the interior design community. Typical interior design industry partners include advertising designers, architects, business owners (merchandising/retailing), contractors and builders, craftspeople, custom fabricators (drapery, etc.), fine artists (including sculptors), furniture designers and manufacturers, health care providers, insurance brokers, interior landscape designers, interior photographers, lawyers, mural artists and faux finishers, product representatives, specifiers and drafts people, theater and set designers, weavers and textile manufacturers, and Web designers.

The curriculum will provide the necessary knowledge of interior design as it relates to the student's success in a career that requires a professional partnership with interior designers. The selected interior design courses will be taken in combination with the courses selected from the other discipline, or the student will demonstrate experience and accomplishment or completion of the other discipline. College sources, such as program coordinators from the "partner" disciplines, will be consulted for advising in the course selection. Close advising by the interior design coordinator is required. See http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/curricula/descriptions/cdintdesign.htm#aidc for curriculum.


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