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|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $2,561 (in-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.
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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.