There are only four schools within ten miles of Anaheim, CA, that offer interior design programs, with two of these schools being for-profit institutions. Based on distinction and student population, the following college is considered a top school in the Anaheim area for interior design:
- Winner: Fullerton College, located approximately three miles outside of Anaheim, is the largest school in terms of enrollment that offers interior design programs in the area. Students can choose from three related certificate programs or earn an Associate in Science in Interior Design Assistant.
School Info Chart
|Distinction||One of California's oldest community colleges in continuous operation*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,138 (in state); $6,010 (out-of-state)**|
|Interior Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Interior Design Certificate and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||11**|
|Most Popular Interior Design Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (9 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||21%**|
|Noteworthy||Ranks 3rd in California for number of transfers to California State University*|
Sources: *Fullerton College; **NCES College Navigator
- Internship opportunities available
- Integrates classroom studies with hands-on studio classes
- Interior design faculty with professional experience and affiliations in the field
Established in 1913, Fullerton College currently offers 93 associate degree programs and 147 certificate programs. There are ten departments within the Division of Technology and Engineering at Fullerton College. These departments include cosmetology, automotive technology, communications and interior design.
Students enrolled in the commercial design certificate program must complete at least 48 units of coursework. Required courses include architectural drawing, design theory, interior design studio and architectural computer-aided design (CAD). The residential design certificate program consists of 48 units of coursework, 32 of which are required courses and 16 of which are electives. Students learn about space planning, interior design, architectural history, art history and visual merchandising. A 27-unit Interior Merchandising-Level I Certificate program is available as well.
Students enrolled in the Associate in Science in Interior Design Assistant program must complete the Interior Merchandising - Level I Certificate, in addition to another 21 units of coursework. These additional courses include architectural history, architectural drawing and interior illustration. Lighting fundamentals will also be discussed.