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Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate Programs in Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta, GA, area has roughly six schools that offer kitchen and bath or related interior design programs, including three located within 40 miles of the downtown. Learn about the three schools' certificate and degree programs, admission info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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Atlanta, GA, Schools with Certificate Programs in Kitchen and Bath Design

Aspiring kitchen and bath designers in the Atlanta area can find programs at the three technical colleges highlighted below. To help students choose the college and program best suited to their career aspirations and budgets, the following resource includes a summary of the programs, school comparison table and section about two other educational options in the Atlanta vicinity.

  • Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) offers a certificate program focused on kitchen and bath design. GTC, located in Lawrenceville, GA, about 30 miles from downtown Atlanta, also offers general interior design programs.
  • In Marietta, GA, about 27 miles north of Atlanta, Chattahoochee Technical College offers a diploma and an associate's degree program in interiors at its Mountain View Campus.
  • Lanier Technical College offers a certificate for interior design assistants, in addition to a diploma and an associate's degree in interior design. These programs are offered at Lanier's Forsyth campus, about 37 miles from downtown Atlanta, in Cumming, GA.

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Comparison of Schools

As noted in the table below, all three of the three featured schools are public institutions that offer affordable tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students and open admissions policies. However, the Gwinnett Technical College is the only one of the three with programs supported by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Gwinnett Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College Lanier Technical College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,234* 9,942* 3,695*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Midsize suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,796 in-state; $4,932 out-of-state* $2,682 in-state; $4,818 out-of-state* $3,164 in-state; $5,834 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014) 86%* 89%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open Admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 57% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students* 51% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students* 59% for full-time students; 44% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for Students Who Began in 2011) 18%* 6%* 23%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Gwinnett Technical College

This school has student chapters of professional design organizations, such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the International Interior Design Association (IDA). Students can complete a kitchen and bath certificate program or a general interiors program.

Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design

This 38-credit program takes at least three semesters to complete. Prerequisites in developmental English and math may be required for program admittance.

Once admitted, students take required courses in codes and building systems, materials and resources, basic kitchen and bath design and technical drawing. They also learn about advanced kitchen and bath design, technology solutions and the business practices used by design professionals. In addition, aspiring designers complete a 4-credit kitchen and bath studio and a 4-credit kitchen and bath internship. Students can take the Certified Bath Designer and the Certified Kitchen Designer examinations after completing this program.

Interior Design Assistant Certificate

In this 25-credit visual arts program, taken over the course of three semesters, students learn how to design and furnish interior spaces. Required marketing courses cover topics in business regulations and compliance, visual merchandising and professional selling. Interior design courses include training in basic interior design, lighting technologies and technical drawing; students also become familiar with codes and building systems. Additional requirements include an introductory computer course.

Diploma and Associate of Applied Science in Interiors

Interiors students can choose between a 4-semester, 58-credit diploma program and a 5-semester, 68-credit associate's degree in interiors. Both programs include essential technical courses in design principles for interiors, the laws and regulations governing building codes and materials selection. In the associate's degree program, students also complete a 3-credit internship. Although both programs have general education requirements, students in the associate's degree program complete more of these courses.

Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta also offers a diploma and 2-year degree program in interiors.

Diploma and Associate of Applied Science in Interiors

The diploma and associate's degree programs in interiors at this school are similar to those offered at Gwinnett Technical College. The diploma program is 59 credits and the degree program is 69 credits in length. Students complete courses in history of design, lighting, textiles and technical drawing, in addition to general education requirements. Project-based studio courses allow students to solve residential design problems, which may include kitchen and bath design.

Lanier Technical College

Interior design programs at this school are offered at the Forsyth campus during the day and evening, and courses are also available online. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, with a high school diploma or GED.

Interior Design Assistant Certificate

This 26-credit program normally takes two full-time semesters to complete. Students learn skills that are useful in preparing for careers in kitchen and bath design. Courses include an introduction to computers and topics in code and building systems requirements, basic interior design and technical drawing for interior designers. Classes in business regulations and compliance, lighting technologies, professional selling and visual merchandising are also part of this program.

Diploma and Associate of Applied Science in Interiors

The diploma and associate's degree programs in interiors at Lanier Technical College include basic computer-aided design and the study of construction systems and building techniques. Studio courses allow students to apply their knowledge of textiles, furnishings and construction to design problems. Students in the associate's degree program complete an internship.

Other School Options

Other options for students interested in kitchen and bath design can be found in the general interior design programs at the Atlanta campuses of Savannah College of Art and Design and Brenau University. Additionally, the only program in Georgia accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association can be found about 70 miles away at the University of Georgia in Athens.

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