Kitchen and bath classes are typically found in interior design programs. Many interior design programs are available in North Carolina, although kitchen and bath certificates may not be offered. In the absence of that specialized certificate, many schools offer associate's and bachelor's degrees, diplomas, and certificates providing general training for aspiring interior designers. Cooperative work experiences are included as part of the curriculum of many such interior design programs.
Below are the nine largest schools in the state with interior design programs.
Appalachian State University
Boone's Appalachian State University has a 4-year interior design program taught by a faculty of approximately 6 members and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Students must pass a freshman portfolio review in order to take upper-level courses, such as the interior design studio course, which provides training in kitchen and bath standards and specifications. The kitchen and bath workshop course teaches students how to use the National Kitchen and Bath Association's (NKBA) design guidelines. The Appalachian State Interior Design Society is available so that students will have opportunities to meet professionals in their field.
Cape Fear Community College
The facilities at this school's North Campus in Castle Hayne include state-of-the-art labs and presentation space, in addition to a modern sample space providing a wide range of finishes and samples. Interior design courses address residential design, history of furnishings, architectural graphics, lighting and computer-aided design. Students also take part in 3 cooperative work experiences to earn this 2-year degree.
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)
Charlotte's CPCC has a 3-semester diploma program comprised of 41 credits in topics such as drafting, graphic presentation, residential design and architectural computer-aided design, in addition to an approved elective in kitchen and bath design. The associate's degree program contains many of the same courses as the certificate program, but it provides additional training in commercial design and industry codes & standards. A broad list of electives is offered, including a kitchen and bath design course and a cooperative work experience.
East Carolina University
The bachelor's degree program at this Greenville university is CIDA- and NKBA-accredited. In order to take the upper-level courses, students must pass a sophomore portfolio review. Courses in this major include computer-aided design, residential design, history of interiors, commercial design and an interior design laboratory experience, in addition to an interior design internship and a kitchen and bath design course. Students will utilize a computer design lab, design studios and a well-stocked textile lab.
Forsyth Technical Community College
Situated in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Tech has an associate's degree program with courses in residential design, graphic presentation, textiles & fabrics, architectural computer-aided design and sustainable design. The 5-semester program includes a summer term. Graduates will have gained experience in the methods for creating a professional portfolio.
Randolph Community College
The curriculum of the associate's degree program in interior design at this Asheboro-based college includes training in business practices, residential design, drafting, color theory and computer-aided design. Full-time day students could expect to complete the program in 1.5 years, while evening students could take 3 years. All students will take part in a cooperative learning experience during the final semester.
Winston-Salem's Salem College offers a bachelor's degree program in design that involves many hands-on experiences, such as internships and field trips. Courses include historic preservation, lighting, computer-aided design and architectural representation, in addition to a residential interior design course with detailed kitchen and bath design training. Students will also take part in a senior exhibit for degree completion.
Wake Technical Community College
Located in Raleigh, this technical school provides training in computer-aided design, environmental systems, building codes and residential design in its associate's degree in interior design program. Students will also choose from a wide range of electives in related technologies, in addition to a course in portfolio development. A cooperative work experience is required of all students.
Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee offers a bachelor's degree program in interior design that is accredited by the CIDA and requires an internship and a senior research project. Required training in the curriculum includes 2 kitchen and bath courses, in addition to courses in contract design, residential design, lighting, perspective drawing and space planning. The design facilities at WCU include design studios and workstations, a lighting studio, resource and plotter rooms and a display window for student exhibits.
Interior designers in North Carolina aren't required to obtain licensing. However, there's a coalition of designers in North and South Carolina working towards registration of designers, so individuals entering the profession may want to check into the most recent developments.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Interior Design Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Appalachian State University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Interior Design|| $7,364 in-state,
|Cape Fear Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design|| $2,748 in-state,
|Central Piedmont Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Residential Interior Decoration Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design
| $2,792 in-district, $2,795 in-state,
|East Carolina University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Interior Design|| $7,188 in-state,
|Forsyth Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design|| $2,199 in-state,
|Randolph Community College||2-year, public; town fringe||Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design|| $2,373 in-state,
|Salem College||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Design||$29,166*|
|Wake Technical Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design|| $2,768 in-state,
|Western Carolina University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Interior Design|| $3,926 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator