Top School in Charlotte, NC, for Interior Design Courses

Few schools in the Charlotte, NC, area have courses in interior design. Read on to find out what one school has to offer for interior design, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Info

There are only about three schools in Charlotte, NC, that offer formal programs or continuing education courses in interior design. These schools include a for-profit art institute; a 4-year, private not-for-profit university; and a 2-year, public community college. The top ranked school offers three different levels of interior design programs and provides aspiring professionals with the chance to complete affordable training programs while becoming familiar with standard industry practices and technology.

  • Winner: Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is a 50-year old school with six campuses in Mecklenburg County. The interior design programs are part of the Arts and Communication Division at CPCC's main campus in Charlotte and lead to a certificate, diploma or an associate degree.

School Info Chart

Category Central Piedmont Community College
Location Charlotte, NC
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $2,561 (in-state);
$8,705 (out-of-state)*
Interior Design Programs Offered Certificate, diploma and associate degree
Interior Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 16*
Most Popular Interior Design Program Level in 2012-2013 Associate (11 awarded)
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 entering class 12%*
Noteworthy School ranked among the top 100 associate degree-producing institutions in the country for 2012

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Community College Week.

Central Piedmont Community College

  • Degree-seeking students can participate in a hands-on cooperative work experience
  • Interior design students receive training in computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Continuing education program offers non-credit courses in home decorating and staging or decorating with accessories and art

Central Piedmont Community College enrolls more than 20,000 students a year and has a student-faculty ratio of 19:1. The interior design programs at the Arts and Communication Division range from a 1-semester certificate to a 2-year degree. Programs emphasis aesthetics, professional practices and technology.

Students who are new to interior design can enroll in 15-credit introductory certificate program that includes courses in fabric and textiles, architectural technology and graphic presentations. The same courses can be found in the 39-credit residential interior decoration program, which requires nine credits of general education courses as well as additional courses in residential design and the history of furnishings and interiors. Students who pursue the 72-credit Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design learn about building codes, commercial design and furniture construction. Technical electives found in the degree and diploma programs allow for specialized coursework in lighting or sustainable design, architectural animation or color theory, among other topics.

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