Interior Design

Degree Options

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 $75 fee 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: indes.advisor@bellevuecollege.edu

Program Information Sessions – Spring Quarter 2014

1. Wednesday, April 30th, 12:30 – 1:30 in L113

2. Wednesday, May 21st, 12:30 – 1:30 in L113

3. Thursday, June 5th, 12:30 – 1:30 in L113

Get Maps & Directions at http://bellevuecollege.edu/about/gettinghere/directions/main/

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.

AA QUALIFICATIONS

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

How to apply to AA

Step 1

Apply for admission to Bellevue College either in person at the Admission Office or online at http://bellevuecollege.edu/classes/. 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.

Step 2

Take your Math and English Assessment tests. Contact Student Services for additional information.

Step 3

Attend a mandatory new student advising session at the Advising Center. Find out more at http://bellevuecollege.edu/advising/NewStudent.asp.

Step 4

Register for classes and pay your tuition.

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.

BAA QUALIFICATIONS

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, copies of unofficial transcripts and the required $75 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.

How to apply to BAA

Admission to the Interior Design BAA program is competitive, and the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces.

Application Deadlines:

  • May 1, 2014—Fall Quarter 2014 deadline
  • September 30, 2014—Winter Quarter 2015 deadline
  • January 15, 2015—Spring Quarter 2015 deadline

NOTE: Applications received after the most recent quarter’s submission deadline (listed above) will be automatically considered for the next quarter’s admissions cycle.

Step 1: Complete the online application for the BAA in Interior Design and pay the $75.00 non-refundable application fee. Online applications will not be considered complete until fee has been paid. Be sure to upload an unofficial copy 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.

Apply Online: http://getstarted.bellevuecollege.edu/ApplyBachelors

Step 2: 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 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. 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.

Mail official transcripts to:

Bellevue College
Evaluation’s Office
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484

Notice of Acceptance

Candidates for admission to the Interior Design BAA program will receive acceptance notification from the Bellevue College Interior Design Program both via email and to the postal address listed on the candidate’s application form.

Please contact Program Manager, Margaret Wuerth at indes.advisor@bellevuecollege.edu, 425.564.2624 with any questions you have about this process.

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.

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 indes.advisor@bellevuecollege.edu. You will need to bring a copy of your college transcript(s) and course descriptions with you to the meeting.

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 2013-14 Tuition sheet TuitionRatesSelfSupport300+

Application Fee: A nonrefundable fee of $75 is required to apply to the BAA program.

Financial Aid:

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

Scholarships:

Students in either Interior Design program may be eligible to apply for Bellevue College scholarships, including several scholarships specifically for Interior Design students. For information, contact the Bellevue College Foundation at (425) 564-2386.

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