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Interior Design

Think creatively and collaboratively in Interior Design

Discover how to merge the practical and the artistic to create home interiors and commercial work spaces. Build a strong portfolio to impress interior design professionals, and take advantage of the volunteer and co-curricular opportunities.

Surroundings with purpose

Interior design professionals create home interiors and commercial work spaces that merge the practical and the artistic. The result is more than the sum of its parts. For example, the strategic use of color can help concentration. Lighting can affect mood. Contrasting patterns can help (or harm) a room’s personality. Simply put, interior design has the power to positively change people’s lives.

Learn, too, why these tenets of interior design are so important to the built environment:

  • Human-centric design
  • Safety and personal well-being
  • Sustainability and social responsibility

Options for your next career

At JCCC, interior design is all about options. You can complete a certificate and join the workforce within a year, or you can graduate with an associate of applied science (AAS) degree to open even more doors. With three certificates and three AAS degrees, JCCC can help you launch a career tailor-made to your aspirations. link to degrees and certificates page

Let professors at Johnson County Community College guide you into this multibillion-dollar industry. With an emphasis on projects that incorporate both the creative and the technical, you’ll complete the program with an impressive portfolio to showcase your work to potential employers.

Connections to the profession

JCCC’s award-winning, experienced interior design professors maintain strong ties to the industry. Professional designers appear as guest speakers, interior design showrooms welcome student field trips, and businesses provide multiple internship opportunities.

These “real-world” connections, layered atop the fundamentals learned in classes, will prepare you for your chosen career. That’s one reason area businesses seek out JCCC graduates.

Learn, grow and give back

Select interior design students have an opportunity to redesign a room in the KC Symphony Showhouse. The program raises money for the Kansas City Symphony, and JCCC students and alumni display the results of hundreds of hours of planning and hard work. It’s only one way JCCC interior design students give back to their community.

Clubs at JCCC give you another opportunity to explore interior design

  • Interior Design Student Association (IDSA) members network with professionals in American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
  • Floriculture Club members learn all about marketing, merchandising, buying and designing flower arrangements. Look for their awesome displays at the Pastry and Petals Sale, held Friday afternoons during the fall and spring semesters in the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy.

NKBA Excellence in Education Award logoN K B A Excellence in Education logo for 2014

The Interior Design AAS degree at Johnson County Community College is recognized by the National Kitchen & Bath Association as an NKBA Accredited Program.

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Job Prospects for Interior Designers

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving interior design. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and the job prospects.

Also, according to JCCC Program Outlook data from 2015-2016 survey, 100 percent of respondents who studied interior design were employed.