School and Ranking Info
There are five colleges and universities within 15 miles of Atlanta, GA, that provide training for aspiring interior designers; four of them are for-profit schools. The remaining school is a 2-year technical college with a campus in Marietta, GA, located about 14.9 miles from Atlanta, that offers two formal programs in interior design.
- Winner: Chattahoochee Technical College has eight campuses located throughout six counties in North Georgia. At the Mountain View campus in Marietta, students can earn a diploma or an associate degree in interior design while learning how to use current computer technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Chattahoochee Technical College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate:
|Interior Design Awards Offered||Diploma and associate|
|Interior Design Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2012-2013||9*|
|Most Popular Interior Design Program in 2012-2013||Associate (5 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||10%*|
|Noteworthy||Annual Career Expo provides students with information about continuing education and job opportunities, as well as face-to-face contact with potential employers|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Chattahoochee Technical College
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Interiors program includes a 3-credit internship
- Extracurricular Interiors Club provides opportunities for networking and portfolio development
- College offers student exchange and study abroad programs
Chattahoochee Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia and serves the academic and career training needs of about 10,500 students a year. The school offers approximately 50 different programs in the arts and sciences, business and technology and health sciences.
The 59-credit Interiors Diploma program requires basic coursework in English, behavioral science and math, as well as classes in computer technology, computer-aided design (CAD) and technical drawing. In addition to three interior design studios, professionals-in-training learn about the history of architecture and interiors, lighting, materials and textiles. They also become familiar with building codes and systems and the business practices used in the field. The 69-credit AAS in Interiors curriculum includes all of the occupational courses found in the diploma program, as well as 15 credits in general education and an internship.