The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design (BAA) offers a broadly based and professionally-relevant curriculum that embraces the responsibility of preparing and inspiring the designers of the future. The BAA program provides a learning environment based on a foundation of holistic, creative problem-solving. The BAA program is accredited as a professional level degree by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The BAA program is an upper-division course of study for students who have completed a two-year foundation in interior design-related studies. The degree offers a combination of core courses, general education, and electives that help students achieve their particular career goals.
The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design is a self-support program and therefore does not follow the upper division tuition schedule published in the catalog and schedule. These courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.
Degree Requirements Overview
The program works closely with the professional design community to keep current with the changes in interior design technologies and practices. The curriculum helps students gain insight into the various forms of spatial configuration, and learn from history and current strategies 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.
Students graduating from the BAA should have the skills and abilities to be employed by companies specializing in interior design services, including interior design and architectural firms who practice in commercial, institutional or residential interiors and space planning, provide furniture-related design and/or specifications, offer specialized consulting services, or participate in green-building and sustainable design projects. Program graduates should be able to:
- Apply interior design principles and practices.
- Recognize the implications of globalization on design practices and demonstrate an understanding of how social, political and physical influences shape the design of built environments.
- Utilize the principles of lighting, acoustics, thermal comfort and indoor air quality to enhance the health, safety, welfare, and performance of building occupants.
- Select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials on the basis of their properties and performance criteria, including environmental attributes, maintenance, installation, and life cycle cost.
- Apply ethical and accepted standards of practice for project management, project communication, and project delivery.
- Demonstrate leadership by engaging in multi-disciplinary teams representing a variety of points of view and perspectives collaborations, consensus building, and team-oriented activities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of laws, codes, standards, and guidelines that impact the design of interior spaces and protect the health, welfare, and safety of the public, including fire and life safety, accessibility guidelines, and industry-specific regulations in the design of interior spaces.
- Appraise the job market, create a search strategy and professional portfolio; leverage internship experience for career success; earn experience necessary to qualify for NCIDQ certification.
To determine the specific courses required for graduation, meet with an Interior Design Program advisor.
To qualify for admission to BC's BAA Interior Design program, eligible applicants must have:
- completed an Associate of Arts degree or higher (or equivalent), in one of the following degree categories: Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture, or Industrial Design,
- Official transcripts from an accredited college or university, and
- a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
To be considered for the bachelor of applied arts program, prospective students must submit the following:
- Completed Bellevue College bachelor application form,
- Non-refundable application fee of $125,
- Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college, and
- Digital portfolio containing examples of your work.
The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design is a self-support program and therefore does not follow the upper division tuition schedule published in the catalog and schedule. Tuition is $198 per credit plus applicable college and course fees. These courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.
Students must apply for graduation. Submit your graduation application form two quarters prior to the expected graduation date and pay the application fee. Application deadlines:
- Fall: June 1
- Winter: October 10
- Spring: December 10
- Summer: March 15
Basic Graduation Requirements
A complete description of the required curriculum is shown on the following page. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must achieve the following:
- Complete a total of at least 191 applicable college-level quarter credits (including the 90 credits required for admission to the degree program).
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the general program and concentration requirements.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges.
- Complete at least 45 quarter credits for the degree in residence at Bellevue College, of which 30 credits must be upper division.
Cost & Fees
BAA Program Costs:
Tuition and Fees: The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program is self-supporting and tuition waivers are not permitted.
Application Fee: A nonrefundable fee of $125 is required to apply to the BAA 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. 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.
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