Students who want to earn a residential design certificate in Virginia have only one school option. Danville Community College offers a certificate program in residential design and estimation that can be completed in one year. Outside of Danville, there are nearly 30 colleges and universities in the state that offer programs in related areas, such as interior design, building, and construction.
In addition to a brief overview of the residential design curriculum, students will also find a table with school and tuition information.
Danville Community College
Located in the city of Danville, this community college offers a certificate program in residential design that teaches students to use design programs to create 3-D designs, layouts and surveys. It is open to students who are new to the construction industry, as well as those with prior experience in the field. The requirements include 41 credits of coursework, through which aspiring professionals receive substantial training in the use of 3-D design software.
During the first semester, students learn how to do construction math, read blueprints and write technical reports. They also take a course in drafting. Subsequent coursework covers topics in architecture, AutoCAD, surveying and construction estimation. Through lab exercises, future designers acquire experience working with construction-related computer applications. This program helps prepare students for entry-level careers as construction estimators and planners, sales technicians and site inspectors.
School Information Table
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Residential Design Certificate Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)|
|Danville Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Residential Design and Estimation Certificate|| $145 per credit hour for VA residents;
$339.60 per credit hour for out-of-state students*
Source: *Danville Community College