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Interior Design Schools in Cleveland, OH with Degree Overviews

Nov 13, 2018

There are currently five schools in the Cleveland, OH, area that have interior design programs. Get details on the degree requirements at three schools -- all located within 40 miles of the city center -- to determine which one fits your educational goals.

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Cleveland Schools with Interior Design Programs

Aspiring interior designers can find training options at schools that are all less than an hour's drive from downtown Cleveland. Read about three institutions' degree requirements and coursework, and then review the table that follows to get stats about each school.

  • Cuyahoga Community College District offers an associate degree program in interior design that readies students for entry-level employment in manufacturing firms, showrooms, architectural firms or interior design studios. The campus is less than a mile from central Cleveland.
  • Students who're seeking a bachelor's degree can find an appropriate program at the Cleveland Institute of Art. This school is less than five miles from the center of the city and it shares a campus with the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.
  • Those interested in a big college campus experience and still want a bachelor's degree in interior design may want to consider Kent State University at Kent. Although it is located outside of the immediate Cleveland area, the school is still only about 30 miles from the downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Take a look at this table to get additional info about each of the three schools, including details on costs, school types and acceptance rates.

Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland Institute of Art Kent State University at Kent
School Type Community college; public 4-year College; private not-for-profit 4-year University; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 23,900* 636* 28,972*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,136 for in-district; $3,953 for in-state; $7,648 for out-of-state* $40,655* $10,012 for in-state; $18,544 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 78%* 98%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 54%* 88%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates (2017) 58%* 89%* 80%*
Graduation Rate 15% (Students began in 2014)* 56% (Students began in 2011)* 58% (Students began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Cuyahoga Community College District

Commercial and residential interiors are studied as part of the interior design program at Cuyahoga Community College District.

Associate of Applied Business in Interior Design

A total of 65 hours have to be completed to earn this degree. In the first semester of the program, students take some introductory classes on architectural drafting for interiors and interior design. Coursework in the second semester consists of color theory and application and visual design. Once students are into the final year of the program, the curriculum is made up of courses on lighting fundamentals, interior design materials and sources, architectural materials and methods, textiles and the history of interiors. Students also complete two studio classes on interior design along with a practicum and a professional practice course.

Cleveland Institute of Art

As a part of the student exhibition shows on campus, interior design students can show off their works and projects. Faculty members also work with local businesses to provide student work opportunities.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture

Functional and spatial design are emphasized in the interior design program at this school. Students can learn about computer-aided design (CAD), rendering, drawing and 3D modeling. These are all important aspects of the presentation methods used in interior design work. At the end of the program, an advanced course allows students the opportunity to work with a professional in the interior design industry. This class is meant to be a final review to prepare students for employment as interior designers.

Kent State University at Kent

The undergraduate interior design program at Kent State University at Kent has received accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Students that typically enroll in this first professional degree program start off with an introductory course and studio. From there, students take additional classes that build on those foundations. The curriculum covers topics like design thinking, design and human behavior, methods and materials, space planning and human factors and integrated digital applications. Towards the middle of the program, the coursework then shifts over to issues like the history of interiors, standards and codes for interior practice, 3D rendering and modeling and detailing and fabrication. At the end of the program, students normally learn about current issues in interior design and community engagement. Finally, an internship in a professional setting is necessary for graduation.

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