Interior design technology involves using computer applications, modeling, and computer-aided design (CAD) in planning interior spaces. Training may be achieved through interior design certificate and associate's degree programs, some of which include a specialization in technology. The majority of interior design programs available in North Carolina include cooperative work experiences in addition to classroom training. At least one of the schools allows individuals with no declared major to take choice classes in this field.
Read below about 3 schools in North Carolina with interior design technology coursework and programs.
Carteret Community College
Carteret Community College is located in Morehead City, near the Atlantic coastline. It offers an 18-credit certificate program in interior design that includes a couple of classes in interior design technology, such as materials calculation and architectural graphics. Some other courses include color theory, history of interiors and principles of design.
Carteret also offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in interior design that takes about 2 years to complete. Technology-based courses include graphic presentation, math modeling and CAD for interior design. Students in this degree program are also required to study furnishings, color theory, textiles, residential design, commercial design and business practices. Additionally, they complete a cooperative work experience.
Central Piedmont Community College
Situated near uptown Charlotte is Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), which has a certificate program in CAD drafting, offered through the school's architectural technology department. This 13- to 14-credit certificate program gets students ready for entry-level interior design drafting roles. Some of the classes offered are basic and advanced architectural CAD, digital architecture and architectural video.
A 72-credit A.A.S. degree program in interior design at CPCC includes some of the same technology classes as in the certificate program, and students in this degree program often incorporate the entire certificate program into their associate's degree curriculum to become trained in the technological aspects of interior design. Associate's degree students also take traditional interior design coursework and may choose electives in kitchen and bath design, interior design codes, lighting design and green design. A cooperative work experience is an optional part of the curriculum.
CPCC also offers a shorter diploma program in residential interior decoration, which can be completed in about 1 year. It has similar coursework to the A.A.S. degree program and provides the chance to complete technology classes.
Wake Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College is located in Raleigh about 10 miles from the downtown. It offers an A.A.S. degree program in interior design. The program teaches technical skills and design principles, preparing students for residential and commercial interior design careers. Some of the core courses include architectural CAD, building codes, graphic presentation, lighting design and textiles. Technology-related electives are also available in commercial construction technology, advanced CAD, solar technology and digital architecture. Participants must complete a work experience during the program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Interior Design Technology Programs Offered||Undergrad Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Carteret Community College||2-year, public; distant town|| Certificate in Interior Design,
Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design
|$2,704 in-state; $7,312 out-of-state*|
|Central Piedmont Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Architectural Technology - Pre-Architecture Certificate,
Interior Design Certificate Specialization In Introduction To Interior Design,
Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design,
Diploma in Residential Interior Decoration
|$2,664 in-state; $8,808 out-of-state*|
|Wake Technical Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design||$2,768 in-state; $8,912 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.