Baltimore Schools with Interior Design Programs
Aspiring interior design students in the Baltimore area can find interior design undergraduate programs at several community colleges. Learn about the required coursework at two of these schools, which are within 20 miles of the city's center. This article includes a table of statistics on the institutions and some details on a few other area education options as well.
- The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has three main campuses, all within about ten miles of downtown Baltimore. CCBC offers both an associate's degree and a certificate program in interior design.
- Anne Arundel Community College is about 18 miles south of the downtown Baltimore area and offers an associate's degree in interior design along with two certificate options.
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Comparison of Schools
Both the schools profiled have open admission policies, which is typical of community colleges. To find out about some of the differences in the institutions in areas like cost and student enrollment, check out this table.
|Community College of Baltimore County||Anne Arundel Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||19,349*||13,354*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,022 for in-district; $7,038 for in-state; $10,340 for out-of-state*||$4,646 for in-district; $7,706 for in-state; $12,566 for out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||74%*||39%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||48% for full-time students*||72% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2014)||12%*||20%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Community College of Baltimore County
The Department of Art Design and Interactive Media at CCBC offers an associate's degree and a certificate program in interior design. Portfolio development and internship opportunities are available to interior design students in both programs.
Interior Design Certificate
The certificate program in interior design consists of 42-46 credits. Students take classes on two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, color theory and drawing. There is also coursework in presentation techniques, textiles for interior design and historic interiors.
Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design
The major requirements of this associate's degree program are similar to the certificate program in interior design; however, associate's degree students complete 18-20 general education credits in addition to interior design courses. Specific coursework related to interior design includes architectural rendering, materials and resources, business practices and space planning.
Anne Arundel Community College
This school offers an associate's degree and two certificate programs in interior design. Students who already hold a degree may use the fast-track option and earn a 2-year degree without completing additional general education requirements.
Architecture and Interior Design - Interior Design Certificate
This certificate program requires the completion of 36 credit hours. History of interior design, space planning and detailing for interior construction are all topics covered in the certificate program's curriculum. This certificate also requires the completion of commercial and residential design studio courses.
Associate of Applied Science in Architecture and Interior Design
To earn this Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design, students have to complete at least 60 credit hours. Technology-focused courses include computer applications for design and computer-aided design. Other classes offered include space planning, architectural materials and methods and textiles and textile application.
Architecture and Design - Advanced Interior Design Certificate
The advanced interior design certificate builds off of the education acquired in an associate's degree program in interior design. This certificate program consists of 33-34 credits. The coursework covers the following topics: space planning, kitchen and bath design, portfolio and visual presentations, professional practices in interior design, sustainable interiors and lighting for interior design. Students complete an advanced residential studio class, and there is also an option for advanced kitchen and bath or interior design.
Montgomery College is located about 33 miles away from downtown Baltimore and offers two associate degree program tracks and two certificates in interior design. Students looking for a bachelor's or master's degree in interior design will have to travel about 35 miles to the nearby city of Washington, D.C. for programs at Howard University or George Washington University.