Interior Design and Interior Architecture

Interior Design and Interior Architecture

Create Beautiful Spaces, Build a Rewarding Career

Turn your eye for design into an incredible career. You’ll learn how to design amazing spaces that support wellness, and create a more accessible, inclusive world!

You’re already passionate about solving problems and helping people while maintaining exceptional aesthetics — so take the next step and make it a rewarding career!

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Kirkwood is the affordable option. We have more than $3 million in scholarships available every year!

  • Global Perspectives and Human-Centered Design: Student work demonstrates an understanding of design within a local, regional, and world context and how design needs may vary in cultural and social groups with different economic means. Students also understand various levels of human-centered design and theories.
  • The Design Process: Student work demonstrates understanding and ability to apply aspects of the design process to creative problem solving to generate and execute creative design solutions.
  • Communication: Students apply a variety of communication techniques and technologies appropriate to a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Professionalism and Business Practice: Students use ethical and accepted standards of practice, are committed to professional development and the industry, and understand the value of their contribution to the built environment.
  • Core Design Components: Students understand historical design, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional space and form, color, furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials (FFE).
  • Systems and Sustainability: Students have knowledge of building systems, lighting, acoustics, and sustainability and understand methods to improve the health, safety, and welfare of users through design.
  • Technology: Students learn about and utilize a variety of industry software to design and create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional designs, products, and presentations.

A 90-minute program conference is recommended prior to starting the program. You’ll learn more about the program and have an opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty.

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Program Costs

Interior Design & Interior Architecture 

School Year: 2023–24

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Total
Credit Hours per Semester 16 16 6 19 17 0 74
In-State Tuition $3,360 $3,360 $1,260 $3,990 $3,570 $0 $15,540
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $0 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $764 $964 $288 $714 $740 $0 $3,470
Course/Section Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $4,714 $4,374 $1,598 $4,754 $4,360 $0 $19,260


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $210 (In-State), $281 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Iowa's Only 2-year Interior Design and Interior Architecture Degree

Interior design student at Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood’s immersive program is the only 2-year Interior Design and Interior Architecture degree option in Iowa. We offer the same high-quality training as 4-year institutions — in half the time — so you can start your new career sooner.

At Kirkwood, you’ll create classroom projects with industry-leading software tools like Photoshop and Revit, and receive hands-on instruction from our faculty experts. You’ll also have amazing opportunities to visit showrooms, architectural firms, and landmarks in nearby metro areas like Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.

The result? You'll graduate with an extensive portfolio and the experience to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam to prove your skill.

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Design and practice like a professional as you build a portfolio and resume you can use when applying for internships and careers.

Look forward to gaining insight into a wide range of design markets and trends, including:

  • Residential and commercial
  • Hospitality
  • Sustainable design
  • Historical design
  • Product design

When you enroll at Kirkwood, you’ll receive the foundation for the technical and theoretical knowledge to enter the design industry upon graduation. Classes cover a wide range of design aspects and provide training on common industry software. You’ll take classes like:

  • Architectural Sketching
  • Residential and Commercial Design Studios
  • SketchUp for Interior Design
  • Theories and Visual Application
  • Textiles for Interior Design
  • Architectural Photoshop Techniques
  • Revit for Interior Design

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Kirkwood interior design graduates put their creative mark to work in an endless variety of fun and exciting environments. Most of our students already have a job or internship in place immediately after graduating.

Some of these amazing experiences include:

  • Residential firms
  • Architectural firms
  • Interior design firms
  • Kitchen design
  • Facilities planning and design
  • Contract furniture dealerships

Explore Job Options

Earn a Design Introductions - Certificate after 1 term.

Becoming a part of Kirkwood Student Interior Designers allows you to learn about job openings quickly. You can also connect with professional design organizations and network with other professionals. Contact program advisor Jillissa Moorman at: 319-398-4917 to learn more.

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Kirkwood’s interior design program is the only 2-year interior design degree program in Iowa. We're also a recognized campus center for the International Interior Design Association.

Program Requirements 

To ensure your success in the Interior Design and Interior Architecture program at Kirkwood, please complete the following:

  1. Apply to Kirkwood.
  2. Register and attend a program conference.
  3. Submit placement scores PRIOR to New Student Orientation.
  4. Register for and attend New Student Orientation.


There are a limited number of spots in the program each year. Once the spots are full, you'll be added to the waitlist for the following fall semester.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Interior Design and Interior Architecture program at Kirkwood Community College is to prepare and equip students to practice and serve the community with respect to interior design in the areas of residential, commercial, sustainable, or another closely related area of specialization.

This is achieved by providing a respectful, student-centered approach and equipping students with a high-quality learning environment and experience that emphasizes ethical, technical, creative, and responsible problem-solving through design.


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