There are many degree options for individuals interested in studying residential design. Training options include certificate and diploma programs, as well as associate's and bachelor's degree programs.
Schools with Residential Design Programs
Below is a list of a schools that offer residential design programs at various degree levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)**|
|Kent State University||Kent, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $10,012; Out-of-state: $18,212|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma and Associate's||In-state: $2,664; Out-state: $8,808|
|Missouri State||Springfield, MO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $7,060; Out-of-state: $13,930|
|Colorado State University||Fort Collins, CO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $10,558; Out-of-state: $27,267|
|Harcum College||Bryn Mawr, PA||2-year, Private||Certificate and Associate's||$22,060|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||Reno, NV||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $2,805; Out-of-state: $9,450|
|The Art Institutes||Online||4-year, Private||Diploma and Bachelor's||Bachelor's: $84,600*; Diploma: $16,920* (total 2016-2017 tuition costs for programs)|
Sources:*School website, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When research schools consider the following before deciding on a residential design program:
- Prospective students should determine whether a program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), since these programs offer better career opportunities upon graduation.
- Internships offer opportunities for students to gain professional experience in the field. While most residential design programs offer these hands-on experiences, most certificate programs in the field do not.
- Individuals should consider career goals when deciding on a program at a specific degree level.
- Look for programs that will prepare you for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, which ensures individuals are competent to meet industry standards in their profession.
Residential Design Certificate
Consisting of 3-7 classes, these programs teach students to read and draw floor plans, in addition to introducing them to lighting concepts and furniture styles.
Residential Design Diploma
These 1-year programs generally consist of lecture and studio instruction. Students usually must complete an internship and design project.
Associate's Degree in Residential Design
Students in these 2-year programs are provided with didactic, studio and field experience in design and construction. Some programs emphasize green design through classes such as solar energy and green building science. Internships and a final design project are typical components of program curricula.
Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design
These 4-year programs consist of general education and field-specific coursework. Internships are a common component of most curricula, and students also might be required to complete a thesis design project prior to graduation.
Individuals looking to study residential design will have many options to choose from, including varying undergraduate program levels and school locations. It is important to remember that programs accredited by CIDA will better prepare individuals for a career in interior design after graduation.