interior-design

FAQs

Can I take evening and weekend classes in the Interior Design Associate Degree program?

Currently the interior design program classes are not offered in the evening or as weekend classes; however, there are a number of general education classes that are required to complete the degree which are available to students in the evening and on weekends.

Can I take online classes in the Interior Design Associate Degree program?

Currently the interior design program classes are not offered online; however, there are a number of general education classes that are required to complete the degree which are available to students online.

Can I take classes part-time or is this a full-time program?

Our program is made up of both full and part-time students.  Students enrolled full-time complete the program in four semesters beginning with a fall enrollment.  We recommend that students wishing to take classes part-time meet with an instructor to discuss the order in which classes are taken so as to maximize their experience each semester. If you would like more information about how the program could fit into your life and schedule, please contact Jessica Mahne, Interior Design Program Director, at jmahne@madisoncollege.edu.

Are Home Decorating and Adult Continuing Education courses the same as the Interior Design program?

They are not the same. The Home Decorating Certificate courses offered through Adult Continuing Education are to enhance a personal interest in home decorating, not become a professional interior designer. Students who have taken these non-credit courses will not receive transfer credit for taking these classes.  

I'm interested in Decorating, but not in becoming a professional interior designer, are there courses for me?

Yes, please refer to our Home Decorating Certificate courses here - http://madisoncollege.edu/program-info/home-decorating-certificate

Can I receive transfer credit for classes I have taken at another college?

If you have taken interior design and design-related courses at another college or university, you must have the approval of the program director to receive transfer credit.  This is achieved by reviewing your transcripts, course work (assignments/projects) and the course descriptions of that institution and transfer credit is then given based upon review of those documents. If you think you have coursework that would apply to the degree and you would like to have it reviewed, please contact Jessica Mahne, Interior Design Program Director, at jmahne@madisoncollege.edu.

Are there any articulation agreements with other colleges?

At this time, we do not have any formal articulation agreements with any interior design programs at four-year institutions.  We have had students go on to get their four year degree in interior design, and receive some transfer credit for our courses, but it is not guaranteed; it is reviewed by the other college on a case-by-case basis. However, the college has developed partnerships with a variety of colleges and universities to provide students a smooth transition for other bachelor's degrees. Please see more information about transfer opportunities at http://madisoncollege.edu/transfer-opportunities.

Which campuses have interior design classes?

All the courses offered in the interior design program are currently taught in our dedicated classrooms, state of the art computer labs, resource rooms and production studios at the Truax Campus only.

Do I need my own computer to complete this program?

While a number of students find it very beneficial to have a computer at home to work on assignments and do research,  the interior design program has two dedicated computer labs and a number of other work stations which have state of the art software applications, wide screen monitors and updated graphics for interior design students to use for their work. 

Is it possible to get a scholarship or are there any scholarships affiliated with the interior design program?

Students enrolled in the interior design program are eligible to receive a number of scholarships through the Madison College Foundation. 

Do you work on "real life" interior design projects from the community?

Yes - we sometimes do! If you have a residential or commercial space that is in need of interior design assistance, we MAY be able to have students work on it as part of a course.  We review all requests to determine if the timing of the request and scope of the project will work for our curriculum needs.  We are only able to potentially accommodate requests within a 45 mile radius of the Truax Campus. 

If you are interested in having your home or business interior design project as part of one of our courses, please email Jessica Mahne, Interior Design Program Director, at jmahne@madisoncollege.edu and send a short description of your project, including specifically what room/rooms you are looking for input/design ideas on, what your "wish list" for the redesign might be, the approximate sizes of the rooms, and any timeline/schedule you are on. Also, include photos of the areas of remodel/redesign. This will give us a general idea of your needs, and if we decide the project will work for us, we get into more details. If the project fits our needs, the design work is free - and you take it from there. If you are extra-appreciative of the students' efforts, a tax-deductible donation to our Madison College Interior Design Foundation fund for scholarships is always welcomed, but is completely optional.

Our business is in need of an interior design intern - do your students need internships to graduate? 

Yes, our students complete 144 hours of internship work to graduate. If you own, or are employed at, an architectural firm, interior design studio, retail store, kitchen/bath design studio, office furniture dealership, etc. and would be interested in mentoring a student as an intern, we would love to speak to you! Please contact Tiffany Esser, Instructor and Internship Program Coordinator, at tesser@madisoncollege.edu. In your email, please be as detailed as possible in your job description and desired skills and abilities.