The Department of Interior Design offers the following two degree paths to assist students with their educational goals.
- A two year Associate in Arts in Interior Studies degree
- A two year Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design degree.
Where Do I Fit?
Associate of Arts in Interior Studies degree
Students without an Interior Design-related Associate or Bachelor Degree would need to start out in the AA program. Once students have received their AA Interior Studies degree (GPA of 2.0 or above), they will be admitted into the BAA program after they submit the online BAA Application with required fee, digital portfolio and proof of degree completion.
Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design degree
Students with an Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), from either BC or another regionally accredited institution in one of the following degree categories may be admitted into the BAA program after they complete the application requirements: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or Industrial Design.
Program Information Sessions
To learn more about our AA and BAA programs, please make arrangements to attend a program information session. So we can plan for you, please RSVP if you plan to attend a program information session, as they may cancel due to snow, illness or other unforeseen circumstances, RSVP TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Information Sessions – Fall Quarter 2014
1. Thursday, October 16th, 12:30 – 1:30pm in L113 – Dan Beert, Chair
2. Thursday, November 6th, 12:30 – 1:30pm in L113 – Margaret Wuerth, Program Manager
3. Tuesday, December 2nd, 12:30 – 1:30pm in L113 – Dan Beert, Chair
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Please note that ALL visitors will be required to pay for parking.
Associate in Arts Interior Studies
This two-year, 95 credit AA degree offers a professionally relevant curriculum that helps students build skills for Interior Design paraprofessional positions. The program includes core courses in art and Interior Design that teach foundation skills in both manual and computer-aided graphics along with exposure to design studio processes and methodologies. Other courses help the student to strengthen visual, oral, and written communication skills. Students who successfully complete the Associate in Arts degree in Interior Studies will be eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program.
There are no formal requirements for the Associate in Arts in interior studies degree program, The Associate in Arts in interior studies degree program has an “open door” non-competitive policy. Many Interior Design classes require prerequisites, and students must meet these requirements in order to register. Review the class schedules to identify any special requirements for specific class enrollments.
Students will need to apply for admission to Bellevue College, then register and enroll in classes to begin their studies. If you have any questions, call the Office of Admissions at 425.564.2222. Please review the eligibility requirements at http://bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/admissions/eligibility
AA Interior Studies Degree Completion Worksheet
Download the 2014-15 Interior Studies degree completion worksheet at:
AA Application Instructions
Apply for admission to Bellevue College either in person at the Admission Office or online at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/admissions/. If you have any questions, call the Office of Admissions at 425.564.2222.
- If you are new to college, continue on to Step #2.
- If you have college credits to transfer, continue on to Step #3.
Students who are first-time college students must take the COMPASS assessment and attend a Bellevue Advising & Registration Kickoff (B.A.R.K) session before registering for classes. Find out more at http://depts.bellevuecollege.edu/advising/first_time/
Attend a mandatory new student advising session at the Advising Center. Find out more at http://bellevuecollege.edu/advising/NewStudent.asp.
Register for classes, pay tuition and ensure that the courses you select meet the program/ graduation requirements. Register online for courses online and pay your tuition at https://www.ctc.edu/~bellevue/webreg/waci221.html. For further information about web registration, course prerequisites, payments & deadlines, or cancelling your registration visit http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/registration/
Course Prerequisites: Some courses have prerequisite requirements. You may be required to complete a specific course (often with a certain minimum grade) or demonstrate a skill before you can enroll in a more advanced course. To check if you have met the course prerequisite, see the course description at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/classes/. If you completed the prerequisite at another college or university, visit the Course Prerequisites website at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/transfer/prerequisites/ to find out how to verify completion of the prerequisite.
Complete instructions on how to transfer credits earned at another college or university to Bellevue College are outlined below in the Transfer Credits to Bellevue College section.
Bachelor of Applied Arts Interior Design
This CIDA-accredited BAA degree provides a learning environment based on a strong foundation of creative problem-solving. The curriculum helps students gain insight into historical and current strategies in order to achieve technological, sustainable and socially relevant solutions for interior environments. Multi-disciplinary studios help students focus their interests while learning from experts in the professional field. This creates opportunities for highly collaborative student-faculty-industry relationships throughout the program.
To qualify for admissions to the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program students must have an Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), from either BC or another regionally accredited institution in one of the following degree categories: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or Industrial Design.
Application requirements include:
1. Online BAA Application, submission of digital portfolio, copies of unofficial transcripts and the payment of required application fee.
2. Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution to document that you have obtained an Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), from either BC or another regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in one of the following degree categories: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or Industrial Design.
NOTE: Applicants may apply before completion of these requirements but must submit a final transcript showing completion of the requirements no later than 1 week prior to the beginning of their first quarter in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program.
BAA Interior Design Degree Completion Worksheet
Download the 2014-15 BAA Interior Design degree completion worksheet at:
BAA Application Instructions and Deadlines
- September 30, 2014—Winter Quarter 2015 deadline
- January 15, 2015—Spring Quarter 2015 deadline
- April 15, 2015—Fall Quarter 2015 deadline
Applications received after the most recent quarter’s submission deadline (listed above) will be automatically considered for the next quarter’s admissions cycle. BC students need
Step 1: To qualify for admissions to the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program students must have an Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), from either BC or another regionally accredited institution in one of the following degree categories: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or Industrial Design. Bellevue College AA students are required to apply for graduation and have received their AA Interior Studies degree prior to starting out in the BAA program. Applicants may apply before completion of their degree but degree verification will be completed no later than 1 week prior to the beginning of the applicants first quarter in the BAA program.
Step 2: Complete the online application at http://getstarted.bellevuecollege.edu/ApplyBachelors and pay the non-refundable $125 application fee. Online applications will not be considered complete until fee has been paid.
In the online application, upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from other regionally accredited institutions. Bellevue College transcripts do not need to be uploaded. NOTE: Bellevue College AA Interior Studies students do not need to resubmit copies of transcript(s). All previously submitted and processed transcript evaluations will appear in the BC Degree Audit system, and include all possible (approved) transfer credits for both the AA and BAA degrees.
Step 3: Email the Interior Design Program Manager, Margaret Wuerth at email@example.com with your portfolio saved as a pdf file. Portfolio requirements are below and must be submitted by the quarterly application deadline.
- Your portfolio should be anonymous and should not contain any references to your name, or any other personal information.
- Creative work. Portfolios should be submitted as a pdf file and not exceed twenty (20) pages. The Cover page is included in the 20 page limit. PDF should also be formatted no larger than 11″x17″.
- Please contact our Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the portfolio content.
Step 4: Submit official (sealed) transcripts to the BC Evaluations office (see address below) to document that you have obtained an Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in one of the following degree categories: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or Industrial Design. Official transcripts must be submitted no later than 1 week prior to the beginning of the applicants first quarter in the Bachelor of Applied Arts Interior Design program. Applicants may apply before completion of these requirements but must submit their final transcript showing completion of the requirements within the timeframe outlined above.
NOTE: Bellevue College AA Interior Studies students do not need to submit copies of final transcripts documenting degree completion.
Mail official transcripts to:
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
Step 5: Notice of Acceptance
Candidates for admission to the Interior Design BAA program will receive acceptance notification from the Bellevue College Interior Design Program via the email address provided on the candidate’s application form.
Please contact Program Manager, Margaret Wuerth at email@example.com, 425.564.2624 with any questions you have about this process.
Step 6: International Students Only
International students should meet with their International Student Programs (ISP) advisor once they have received notification of admissions into the BAA program. Additional information can be found at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/isp/
BAA course registration
Student accepted into the BAA program you will be allowed to register for 300 level BAA classes (except for the 300-level studios, 440, 471 and 472). If an entry code is required follow the instructions below. It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program/ graduation requirements. To check if you have met the course prerequisite, see the course description in http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/classes/.
Register online for courses online and pay your tuition at https://www.ctc.edu/~bellevue/webreg/waci221.html. For further information about web registration, course prerequisites, payments & deadlines, or cancelling your registration visit http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/registration/
BAA Interior Design– Student Achievement
Interior Design AA and BAA Program Advising Guide
The Bellevue College Interior Design AA and BAA Advising Guide is in the process of being updated and will be posted soon.
Transfer Credits to Bellevue College
If you have earned credits at another regionally accredited school prior to attending BC, you may request an official transfer credit evaluation to determine how many of those credits will apply toward the AA in Interior Studies at BC. Students are strongly encouraged to request a transfer credit evaluation review during their first quarter at BC. In general, BC only accepts credits earned at institutions accredited by their regional accredited association provided such credits have been earned through college-level courses that are applicable to the students program at BC. There are six regional accrediting agencies. For more details visit the BC course catalog at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/about/publications/catalog/.
- Guidelines for requesting a review of your previous coursework can be found at: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/transfer/review/.
- The form can be downloaded at: http://s.bellevuecollege.edu/wp/sites/147/2014/07/CRform.pdf
If you have college level Interior Design or Art specific credits and want to understand which credits may be applicable to your studies at Bellevue College, set up an individual meeting with your Interior Design Faculty Advisor by contacting the Interior Design Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to bring copies of your college transcript(s) and course descriptions to the meeting.
Credits from non-regionally accredited institutions follow the college’s policies and procedures for awarding non-traditional credit. BC awards non-traditional credit for prior learning. Credit may be awarded for work completed in private study, at non-accredited institutions, or for certificate/training. Credit is awarded through examination, evaluation of certification/training, or submission of portfolio or other form of assessment. To apply for the credits, students must be registered at the college for the quarter in which non-traditional credits are requested and have completed ten quarter credit hours at the college. For more information, go to http://bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/academic/nontraditional/
Costs and Assistance
AA Program Costs:
Tuition and Fees: For current AA courses (Lower Division Courses (299 & below) tuition and fee rates, refer to the information at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/tuition/. Additional college-wide mandatory fees will be in addition to the listed credit fees for Washington residents and non-residents.
BAA Program Costs:
Tuition and Fees: The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program is self-supporting and tuition waivers are not permitted. For current BAA upper division courses (300 & above) tuition and fee rates, refer to the information at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/tuition/.
Application Fee: A nonrefundable fee of $125 is required to apply to the BAA program.
To determine whether you are eligible for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. To find out more information, please visit the BC financial aid website at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/fa. Students in either Interior Design degree may apply for federal, state and institutional grant funds, such as:
- The Pell Grant
- WA State Need Grant
- Bellevue College-sponsored grant
Students in either Interior Design program may be eligible to apply for Bellevue College scholarships, including several scholarships specifically for Interior Design students. Scholarships are for use during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. All BC Foundation Scholarships are for use at Bellevue College only and can be applied to tuition, fees and (in some cases) books. Visit the BC Foundation Website / Scholarship Page for instructions, application deadlines and access to the online application http://bellevuecollege.edu/foundation/scholarships/.