Kansas City Interior Design Schools with Degree Information

There are a few schools near Kansas City that have interior design degree programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission information for three schools that are withing 20 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Interior Design Programs in Kansas City

Several schools in the Kansas City area offer programs in interior design. This article looks at three schools that are no more than 25 minutes from downtown and the programs they offer. It includes a table of information about the schools, such as tuition, enrollment, percentage of students who graduate on time and financial aid availability for first-year students. There's also a little information about one more school, more distant from downtown, with a degree program in interior design.

  • Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley has an associate's degree program and an advanced certificate program in interior design. This school is right in Kansas City, about three miles from downtown.
  • About 10 miles out from downtown Kansas City is Park University. This private school has a bachelor's degree program for interior design.
  • Johnson County Community College offers associate degree programs for interior design majors. The college is about 18 miles away from downtown Kansas City.

Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley

Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley works in conjunction with Johnson County Community College to offer various interior design programs. Alternative interior design certification options here include merchandising entrepreneurship, interior design retail sales and manufacturers and interior products sales representative.

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

The general education requirements for this program are completed at Metropolitan Community College while the major requirements are taken at Johnson County Community College. Business communications, art history, business mathematics, composing and reading, physical education and economics make up the general education requirements. The major itself requires two internships along with a seminar on procedures and practices. Interior design specific coursework focuses on leadership in design, lighting design and planning, residential design and window treatments.

Interior Design Advanced Certificate

This advanced certificate option is intended for students who already have an associate's degree in interior design. The program requires 21 credits. The specific requirements of the program consist of classes on interior design issues, commercial design, intermediate CAD, interior textiles and planning and design for kitchen and bath. Students also choose from the following electives: 20th century designers, advanced floral design, elements of floral design and accessory fundamentals.

Park University

Upon graduation of the interior design program here, students can qualify for the NCIDQ licensing examination.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

The senior seminar requirements for the bachelor's degree program in interior design consist of two classes for the thesis, project and portfolio. Advanced interior design courses in this program go over professional practice and building construction systems. There are also several studios on office design, furniture design, visual communications and drawing systems. The history requirements for the program are broken up into two courses. One covers antiquity to middle 19th century while the other one picks up from the middle 19th century to the present.

Johnson County Community College

In addition to the standard interior design major, this school also offers degree options in interior merchandising and interior entrepreneurship.

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

To graduate from this associate's degree program, a minimum of two internships have to be completed in order for student's to advance in creative, technical and business aspects of interior design. Asian rugs and carpets, history of Asian furniture and design, case goods and upholstered furniture are all classes typically completed in the fourth semester of the program. Before then, students learn about budgeting and estimating, professional selling, business communications, design presentation and space planning. Other courses of interest that students might consider pursuing here include elements of floral design, sustaining design, 20th century designers and accessory fundamentals.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring interior design students need to consider many factors when choosing a school. This table offers data on all three schools and provides a way to quickly compare them.

Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley Park University Johnson County Community College
School Type Community college; public University; private not-for-profit Community college; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 5,409* 11,759* 21,020*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $2,640 for in-district; $4,710 for in-state; $6,330 for out-of-state* $9,290* $2,430 for in-district; $2,880 for in-state; $5,670 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) 56%* 80%* 60%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - Open admissions* 76%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2011) 46%* 67%* 56%*
Graduation Rate (2011) 9%* 39%* 17%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Other School Options

Students who're willing to go a little farther out can find an interior design bachelor's degree program at the University of Kansas, which is around 43 miles out from downtown Kansas City.

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