Interior Design Schools in Baltimore, MD with Course Summaries

There are about five schools in the Baltimore, MD, area that have interior design degrees and certificates. To discover which one is right for you, read an overview of the program requirements at two colleges located within 35 miles of downtown.

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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 a 45-minute drive 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 21 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

All of 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 Community college; public Community college; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 22,887* 15,274*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,712 for in-district; $6,650 for in-state; $9,718 for out-of-state* $4,464 for in-district; $7,374 for in-state; $12,024 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 75%* 45%*
Acceptance Rate (2015) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 52% for full-time students* 66% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 7%* 16%*

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 watercolor, 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.

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 Interior Design

To earn this Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design, students have to complete at least 66 credit hours. General education credits make up 22 credits and 38 credits are in interior design. 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.

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.

Other Schools

Montgomery College is located about 43 miles away from downtown Baltimore and offers two associate degree program tracks 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, George Washington University or the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

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