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Training Interior Design Professions Since 1968

For over 40 years, the Interior Design Department has offered courses to people interested in preparing for careers in the professional fields of interior design including specialization in Kitchen & Bath Design. The program includes a transfer path, an Associate's degree, and three Certificates of Achievement. Our faculty members, who are experts in their specific fields of design, are passionate about sharing their expertise with the students of the program.

Association & Accreditation Details

The Kitchen & Bath Design Certificate is accredited by the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association). The AS degree and Interior Design Certificate of Achievement meet the minimum required qualifications for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) allied membership. These, as well as the Kitchen & Bath Design Certificate, and the Interior Design Certificate, fulfill the educational requirement for the IDEX exam to become a Certified Interior Designer (CID) in California. Completion of the Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate prepares students for the AKBD (Associate Kitchen & Bath Design) exam, and along with sufficient work experience in the field, the CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) and the CBD (Certified Bath Designer) exams.

If a student has an earned Bachelor’s Degree, he/she needs to see a counselor regarding courses completed during the first two years of college that may be substituted for general education and/or other related courses. All requests for the substitution of interior design and related courses taken at other institutions for Cañada course requirements must be approved by the interior design department coordinator.

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Career Opportunities for our Graduates:

  • Residential Designer
  • Kitchen & Bath Designer
  • Home Stager
  • Space Planner
  • Lighting Designer
  • Color Consultant
  • Project Manager in Interior or Architectural Firm
  • Historic Preservation & Renovation
  • Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner
  • ...Transfer to a 4-year University

 

“I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a student in this department. The education that I have received here is second to none. I feel well equipped to enter the field of design and this is because of the faculty members. The patience that the faculty consistently shows to students of all abilities is remarkable. This culture of generosity is reflected in the student body. This department creates students who work together patiently, positively, and effectively.”

— Connie Bowie, Cañada College Interior Design Program alum

 

Associate Degree (60 units/degree)




 
 

 

 

 

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Communicate design concepts clearly and concisely (i.e. visual, oral, and written).
  • Develop competitive industry standard skills in the respective fields.
  • Understand the elements and principles of design through discipline-specific implementation.