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Learn how to professionally create function and aesthetic beauty in residential and commercial interiors, promoting client health, safety, and welfare where we live, work, eat, sleep, and play.

What will I learn?

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, codes and specifications
  • Lighting, acoustics and indoor air quality
  • Sustainability in 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

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

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


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 created a portfolio of studio projects that will increase your employment options.

As part of the AAS degree, you will intern 160 hours and 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. Employment rate for our graduates has been 100%.

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

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 have an opportunity to redesign a room in the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, a fundraiser for the Kansas City Symphony.

To delve deeper into the profession, you can join the Interior Design Student Association (IDSA) to network with industry professionals in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

We recommend that you meet with an Interior Design advisor before you plan your education path. Classes need to be taken in a specific order to ensure timely completion. 

Ready to take the next step? Apply now

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

These scholarships are especially 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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