Interior Design Schools in Honolulu, HI with Course Descriptions

Students looking for interior design courses only have one option in Honolulu, HI: a school located roughly five miles from the downtown area. Read an overview of the university's program offerings and requirements to decide if one is right for you.

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Honolulu Interior Design Programs

Students seeking an interior design school in the Honolulu, HI, area have limited options. Learn about the program coursework and internship requirements at one institution that's just a 10-minute drive from downtown. Also included is a table of stats and facts about the school.

  • Located about five miles from the city center, Chaminade University of Honolulu is home to the only interior design programs in the entire state. The school offers an associate degree, as well as a fine arts bachelor's degree that can be used to meet the educational requirements for professional licensure as an interior designer. While enrolled at Chaminade, students can also receive career counseling.

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School Stats

Chaminade University of Honolulu
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 2,756*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $21,780*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 86%*
Retention Rate (2011) 76% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 49% overall*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Resources available to students enrolled in the interior design programs at Chaminade University include energy efficient classrooms and access to computer-aided design software. Its resource center also features a design laboratory, sample equipment and a fully functional kitchen.

Associate of Arts in Interior Design

This 62-credit-hour program is for students who want to learn the basics of interior design. First-year courses cover design theories, blueprint reading and mechanical drafting, while second-year courses explore topics like textiles, interior materials and the use of color. An 85-hour internship in the final semester allows students to gain industry experience. Graduates can apply their credits to the university's BFA program.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Chaminade's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program can develop students' creative problem solving skills and familiarity with sustainable design techniques. After completing introductory courses and passing a comprehensive exam, students can enroll in coursework for the major.

Topics of study include space planning, presentation methods and computer-aided design. Advanced courses cover kitchen and bath design, building information modeling, historic preservation, lighting design and design sustainability. In addition to coursework, students complete an internship and a series of design projects. These culminate in a senior portfolio reviewed by faculty members.

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