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Interior Design Training in Milwaukee with Program Summaries

The Milwaukee area has about five schools that offer interior design programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission information and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 20 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Schools in Milwaukee with Interior Design Programs

Several schools in the Milwaukee area offer interior design programs, and this article looks at three within a 25-minute drive of downtown and at the programs they offer. It also includes a table of important information about these schools, such as the size of the student population, tuition and the percentage of students who graduate on schedule. There is also information about a few other schools in the area that offer relevant programs.

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College is about a mile from downtown Milwaukee region and it offers an associate's degree in interior design.
  • A bachelor's degree program in interior design is available at Mount Mary University, which is almost 11 miles from downtown.
  • Concordia University - Wisconsin is about 17 miles from the city center. It offers a bachelor's program in interior design as a cooperative experience with Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table offers statistics that could be helpful to an individual who is weighing the merits of these schools.

Milwaukee Area Technical College Mount Mary University Concordia University - Wisconsin
School Type Community college; public College; private not-for-profit University; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 16,712* 1,385* 8,161*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $4,360 for in-state; $6,286 for out-of-state* $26,760* $27,100*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 82%* 100%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* 35%* 75%*
Retention Rate (2014) 54%* 78%* 74%*
Graduation Rate (2014) 12%* 49%* 61%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

The School of Technology and Applied Sciences is home to the interior design program. In this school, students prepare for immediate entry into the workforce after graduation. Interior design students can participate in the Wisconsin Technical College System Interior Design Competition.

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

After earning this associate's degree and obtaining four years of work experience, students qualify for the licensing examination for interior designers. The curriculum starts off with classes in basic architectural drawing, furniture design and interior elements of building construction. Students also take courses in interior design trends, client relationships, portfolio development and kitchen and bath design. Fundamental photography and digital imaging are the suggested electives for interior design students. This program is about 70 credits in length.

Mount Mary University

This program is available through the school's Arts and Design Division, and students can participate in class projects or field trips throughout the program. Interior design students participate in an annual showing of works at this school in conjunction with art and fashion students.

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

To graduate from this bachelor's degree program, students have to earn at least 128 credits. An orientation class is offered in interior design to help students discover if this is the right major for them. From there, students can study architectural drafting, textiles and sustainable design. There is also coursework in lighting, building construction, computer-aided drafting and interior public spaces. The program concludes with two required classes for the final senior project. One course is for research while the other is for design.

Concordia University - Wisconsin

Concordia University's cooperative program allows students to obtain a 4-year degree in a subject that is normally only available through an associate's degree program. Beyond the classroom, students can choose to participate in mission trips or study abroad programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Students take a liberal arts core at this school while the interior design major is finished at Milwaukee Area Technical College as part of a cooperative program. In addition to the interior design track, there is a facilities design track. While at Concordia, students complete 48 credit hours of coursework. In addition, students who plan to earn this bachelor's degree are required to complete a minor program in a field such as business or art.

Other School Options

Waukesha County Technical College offers an interior design program, and it is located around 21 miles from the downtown Milwaukee area. Additionally, about 37 miles away from Milwaukee's downtown is Gateway Technical College, which also has a program for interior design majors.

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