Although there are currently no colleges or universities in Vermont offering interior design programs, several schools do offer closely related programs involving architecture. In addition, two interior design programs located nearby in neighboring states are available. In such programs, workshops, fieldwork experiences, and/or internship opportunities are often included. Some programs may offer concentration areas. Read on for more information about the programs in Vermont that are related to interior design, as well as a comparative table.
Situated in Bennington, VT, this school offers a 4-year individualized degree plan that could appeal to aspiring interior designers wishing to study architecture. The architecture course options range from introductory to advanced and address topics such as drawing and modeling, lighting design and the history of architecture. Seminars, specialized architecture studies and thematic workshops are also included. Bennington's bachelor's degree candidates are required to spend a 7-week term each year completing off-campus fieldwork.
Manchester Community College
Located in Manchester, NH, this college is situated approximately 70 miles east of Vermont. The college offers a 23-credit interior design certificate program. Students take coursework in technical drawing for interiors and visual presentation for interior design and learn about codes and standards, lighting design and materials. Studio courses and seminar sessions are also required. Near the end of the program, students take part in a cooperative work experience in which they can gain experience at architectural firms, interior design firms or other businesses connected to the industry.
A 66-credit associate's degree program requires many of the same coursework; students also take general education courses, learn about the history of interior design and architecture and complete advanced interior design studio projects. Throughout the program, they compile electronic portfolios with examples of their best work. An interior design internship is also part of the program.
This school, located in Middlebury, VT, offers a degree in architectural studies. Students can also take a joint major that combines architectural studies with environmental studies. Students in both tracks complete courses in Asian art, Western art and modern architecture, in addition to taking part in architectural studios. Joint majors complete required science courses with labs. Design research and a senior thesis are required for completion of either option. Architectural studies majors often study abroad.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Located in Amherst, MA, about 35 miles south of Vermont, the University of Massachusetts - Amherst has a 2-year, 36-credit post-professional master's degree program in design for students with bachelor's degrees in interior design, architecture or a related field. Candidates from other disciplines may also complete additional undergraduate courses to qualify. Students choose a concentration in design studies, historic preservation or a personalized area of knowledge. Required areas of study for all concentrations include technology, history and research methods. Students also take electives and participate in design studios.
Vermont Technical College
Located in Randolph Center, VT, this technical school has two programs available related to architecture. An associate's degree in architectural and building engineering technology trains students to work with engineers, architects and contractors or to go on to 4-year engineering or architecture programs. Required courses include computer-aided drawing, technical math, construction materials and methods, physics, calculus, construction practices, architectural design and environmental systems.
There is also a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering technology that extends to training in electrical circuits, advanced math, thermodynamics, lighting systems, fluid mechanics and advanced computer applications. Graduates of the bachelor's degree program are eligible to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the Professional Engineer designation exam in many states.
Vermont has no licensing requirements for professionals wishing to sell their services as interior designers.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Interior Design and Related Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bennington College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Arts, Individualized Plan||$53,860* (undergraduate)|
|Manchester Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Certificate in Interior Design,
Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design
| $7,520 in-state*
$16,320 out-of-state* (undergraduate)
|Middlebury College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies/Environmental Studies
|University of Massachusetts - Amherst||4-year, public; large suburb||Master of Science in Design|| $15,887 in-state*
$34,570 out-of-state* (graduate)
|Vermont Technical College||4-year, public; remote rural|| Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology
| $15,108 in-state*
$27,780 out-of-state* (undergraduate)
Source: *NCES College Navigator