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In JCCC’s Interior Design program you learn how to professionally create functional and aesthetic beauty in residential and commercial interiors.

Not only does interior design focus on creating beautiful spaces, but it also promotes client health, safety and welfare where we live, work, eat, sleep and play. If you are looking for an Interior Design program in the Kansas City area, JCCC has a lot to offer you!

What will I learn in JCCC's Interior Design program?

At JCCC, our Interior Design degree is made up of courses covering a wide variety of design topics, including 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, 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

Why JCCC's Interior Design program?

Get your associate degree from the only College in Kansas affiliated with 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.

JCCC’s Interior Design program is unique because it has three different paths that you can take.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design: 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 percent. 
  • 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, pursue an associate degree at JCCC or transfer credits to a four-year university.
  • Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate: You can prepare for a career in kitchen and bath design at JCCC through various interior design courses that focus on this specialty. After completing 54 credit hours, you will be qualified to take the Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD) exam.

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

For educational and additional requirements for registration or certification as an interior designer, see JCCC’s professional licensure disclosures.

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.

Resources and tools for Interior Design students at JCCC

To delve deeper into the profession, you can join the  Interior Design Student Association (IDSA) to network with industry professionals 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. JCCC students also have access to our Career Development Center and Academic Resource Center. 

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 or you can graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to open even more doors. With three certificates and an AAS degree, JCCC can help you launch a career tailor-made to your aspirations. 

Discover design processes, professional design documents, and best business 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/or finishes coordinator

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 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 Interior Design 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.


JCCC is dedicated to ensuring money does not stop a student from pursuing an 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:

Textbooks and supplies vary depending on your classes.

JCCC offers financial aid specifically for Interior Design students. These scholarships include:

  • 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 an affiliated program of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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