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JCCC’s interior design program gives students the opportunity to learn how to create beautiful, functional spaces. Students learn about both residential and commercial spaces. Interior design focuses on creating beautiful spaces, as well as promoting client health and safety where we live and work. If you are looking for a degree in interior design, JCCC has a lot to offer you!

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Interior Design Program?

At JCCC, our interior design degree program is made up of courses covering a variety of design topics. These topics include textiles, floral design, systems, and more. Whether you are launching a second career or just starting out, you will get a comprehensive education in:

  • Elements and principles of design
  • Color design and theory
  • Design furnishings, materials, finishes, and equipment
  • Construction methods
  • Lighting, acoustics, and indoor air quality
  • Sustainable design practices
  • Manual and digital drafting and interior design software applications
  • Space planning, ADA, and universal design
  • Design presentation and communication techniques
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Residential and commercial design

Why JCCC's Interior Design Program?

Get your associate degree or certificate from the only college in Kansas accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). By the time you complete your degree, you will have a portfolio of studio projects that will increase your prospects.

JCCC’s interior design program is unique because it has three different paths that students can take.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design: As part of the AAS degree, you will intern 160 hours. You will graduate ready to be successful from day one. Our connections to the industry can help you identify an internship and launch the kind of career you’re looking for.
  • Interior Design Assistant Certificate: Through 34 credit hours of interior design courses, you will learn about interior design, textiles, and more. Upon completion of these courses, you can enter the working world of interior design. Other options include pursuing an associate degree at JCCC or transferring credits to a four-year university.
  • Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate: You prepare for careers in kitchen and bath design. At JCCC, you will work through interior design courses that focus on this specialty. After completing 54 credit hours, you will be qualified to take the Associate Kitchen and Bath Design (AKBD) certification exam.

The Interior Design, AAS degree provides the educational foundation for the following exams:

The employment rate for our graduates has been 100 percent. Many graduates end up at design firms in the area.

Our experienced, award-winning professors maintain strong ties to the industry. Professional designers often are guest speakers in our classes, and interior design showrooms welcome our students for off-site learning experiences. Each spring, select students can redesign a room in the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, a fundraiser for the Kansas City Symphony.

We are also unique because we offer online programs in interior design. Our online interior design classes offer flexibility for our students.

Resources and Tools for Interior Design Students at JCCC

You can join the Interior Design Student Association (IDSA) to network with industry professionals in many different organizations. These organizations include:

We recommend that you meet with an advisor before you plan your education path. Classes need to be taken to ensure timely completion.

JCCC students have access to our Career Development Center and Academic Resource Center. Both centers offer free assistance to students.

The academic resource team can provide tutors to students. The career development center can help with job placement and resumes.

Maddy F., Kitchen and Bath Designer at Mission Kitchen and Bath
My education from JCCC set me up for success in the interior design industry; after graduation I left feeling confident in myself and my abilities.
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At JCCC, interior design is all about options. You can complete a certificate and join the workforce within a year. Another option is to 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 in line with your dreams.

Discover design processes, professional design documents, and best practices to prepare for your future as a:

  • Commercial or residential interior designer
  • Interior design project manager
  • Sales designer or consultant for interior design showrooms or product lines
  • Space planner for homes and commercial buildings
  • CAD designer for interiors
  • Kitchen and bath designer
  • Home stager, color consultant, and finishes coordinator

Let professors at Johnson County Community College guide you into this lucrative industry. You’ll complete the program with a portfolio featuring both creative and technical projects to showcase your work.

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 job prospects.

Download the Interior Design Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

JCCC is dedicated to ensuring money does not stop a student from pursuing their education. For this reason, we have various initiatives to make the cost of receiving an education more affordable.

Scholarships are available to interior design students. Be sure to look for grants and loans, also. Our Financial Aid Office can help you apply for aid.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

JCCC offers scholarships specifically for interior Design students:

  • Janet Alhom Memorial Interior Design Scholarship
  • Bill and June Bailey Interior Design Scholarship
  • IDSA Design Merit Award
  • Harris Polsky Interior Design Scholarship
  • Jack Harris Interior Design Scholarship
  • Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS Scholarship

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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