Offered at: Larimer
The Interior Architecture & Design program creates an arena of academic excellence that bridges the gap between learning and employment in the interior design and kitchen and bath industry. We promote industry collaboration, ethical practices, and professionalism through leadership in the classroom and internship placement.
This degree program provides an in-depth study of architecture, CAD, and interior design skills necessary for a career as an Interior Designer and/or Kitchen and Bath Designer. You'll learn to develop creative abilities through the study of visual elements and principles of design. You'll also learn to prepare design graphics through sketching, manual drafting, and computer-generated presentation drawings.
Learn more about the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Exam.
Fundamentals in Interior Design, Drafting & Communication
This certificate teaches the fundamental skills used in interior design, drafting & graphic communication. To become an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certified designer, you must complete both the A.A.S. degree in Interior Design and the Kitchen and Bath certificate.
Kitchen & Bath Design
This certificate prepares students for a career in kitchen and bath design. As part of the program you'll complete a four-credit internship working under the direction of the program director at a design firm or design-related company in northern Colorado. Past internships have been offered at companies such as Hixon Interiors, Eheart Interior Solutions, Earthwoods, and HighCraft Builders. Graduates with an Interior Architecture & Design AAS degree, including internship, will be able to apply six months of experience towards the Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD).
Upon completion of the A.A.S. in Interior Architecture & Design program, you will be able to:
|NKBA-certified Kitchen & Bath Designer*||N/A||$87,000||N/A|
|Kitchen & Bath Design Firm Owner*||N/A||$114,000||N/A|
|Kitchen & Bath Dealership Owner*||N/A||$118,000||N/A|
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Occupational Statistics Survey (2018)
* NKBA Salary Survey (2008)
Interior Design Resources
Interior Design to me:
Almost 20 years ago, I serendipitously fell into a position in interior design. I knew nothing of the subject, only that my background in art, theatre, service industry, and a good business sense somehow helped me land my first position as a showroom designer for a tile company.
What I imagined a professional career in interior design to look like is very different than what I know about the profession and industry today. I imagined interior design to be a glamourous process of selecting beautiful things and putting them into place for clients. That false expectation (what I often see on design shows) is what I consider now to be the “10% jewel” of the project. If I were to quantify the process as percentages from beginning to end, the final product is 90% planning and the 10% “jewel”, the “fun stuff” we see on all the design shows on television.
Architecture, design, and construction are much like a meticulously planned and executed theatrical production with the opening night being the certificate of occupancy. Teams of design experts work together facilitating their piece of the puzzle towards the approved user group’s vision. The final product of what you see, the built environment, is the byproduct of countless hours, days, and most often years of coordination between skilled design professionals and trades. Large building designs, such as museums or airports follow the same systematic approach, the design process, as would a designer for a small powder bathroom.
Thoughts for new designers:
One thing I can promise the new interior design student and practitioner, your design career is that of practice and growth, hence the term “practicing design” as it is, and always will, change.
Learn, apply, practice, repeat.
Just as we see new products hit the market, better products surface then the next best thing is launched, so are the patterners of our industry. It is constantly seeking “better” as advisors to our clients, for our buildings, and for our planet.
As our user groups are diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, so are their needs. Our design solutions for the built environment should therefore be human-centered design solutions; adaptable to change for the sake of longevity, flexibility, inclusiveness, and timelessness.
My mantra for those who are exploring this rewarding career:
Nowell Allayla Vincent, M.S.
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