Houston, TX, is home to only two institutions that offer interior design training programs. Based on distinction, relevant programs and school type, the following college is considered a top school for interior design training in Houston:
- Winner: Houston Community College is the largest and only public postsecondary institution located in the city that provides interior design programs. Students can choose from an associate's degree program in interior design, as well as various certificate programs.
School Info Chart
|Category||Houston Community College|
|Distinction||One of the largest community colleges in the U.S.*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,630 (in-district); $3,358 (in-state); $3,754 (out-of-state)**|
|Interior Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Interior Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||13**|
|Most Popular Interior Design Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (9 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||11%**|
|Noteworthy||The school's Honors College offers qualified students the opportunity to participate in seminars, internships, study abroad opportunities and leadership development activities|
Sources: *Houston Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Houston Community College
- Internships in interior design available
- Interior design studies combine lectures with hands-on learning opportunities
- Interior design students can display their work in a portfolio show
Houston Community College's main campus enrolls nearly 59,000 students per year; this total tops 70,000 when adding students at its other seven colleges plus online and continuing education studies. The college's interior design programs are found within its Lifestyle Arts and Design Careers Division on its central campus.
The 20-credit hour Interior Decorating Certificate program focuses specifically on those skills related to the aesthetic design of interior spaces. Courses cover color theory, estimating and professional practices. Students learn how to work with fabrics and finishes to create a decorative interior space.
In the 4-semester Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design Professional Certificate program, students take courses in interior design graphics, color theory, lighting and materials for kitchen and bath design. A 2-semester Marketable Skills Achievement Award is available in interior design communication, wherein students take courses in technical drawing, AutoCAD software and rendering techniques.
The Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design program strives to provide students with the business sense, technical skills and creativity necessary to thrive in the interior design field. During the first year of courses, students learn technical and presentation drawing, rendering and space planning. The second year includes more advanced courses in commercial design, interior design history, residential design and building systems.