The Department of Interior Design now offers two degree paths to assist students with their educational goals. The first two years, “2”, culminates in an Associate in Arts in Interior Studies degree. The second two years, “+2”, builds on the first two years to culminate in a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design degree.
Associate in Arts Interior Studies
This two-year, 97 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
How to apply to AA
Attend an Interior Design Departmental Orientation on the main campus of Bellevue College. Contact the Interior Design Department’s Program Manager at 425.564.2624 to find out about the next available orientation session. The orientation will give you a better understanding of Bellevue College’s Interior Design Program, degree options, curriculum requirements and general information about the field of Interior Design. You will also learn what classes to take along your chosen degree path.
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 #3.
- If you have college credits to transfer, continue on to Step #4.
Take your Math and English Assessment tests. Contact Student Services for additional information.
Attend a mandatory new student advising session at the Advising Center. Find out more at http://bellevuecollege.edu/advising/NewStudent.asp. If you have college level credits and want to understand which are applicable to your studies at Bellevue College, set up an individual meeting with the Interior Design Department Advisor by calling Interior Design Department’s Program Manager at 425.564.2624. You will need to bring a copy of your college transcript(s) with you to be reviewed by the program advisor who will discuss the steps necessary in order to transfer any college credits which apply to your Bellevue College records
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 social 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 admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program applicants must have:
An Interior Design-related Associate or Bachelor Degree
Completion of at least 90 college level credits, 65 of which must be in Interior Design or related coursework. Official transcripts from an accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better is required. Applicants may apply before completion of these requirements but must submit a final transcript showing completion of the requirements prior to the beginning of their first quarter in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design program. Students who are currently enrolled in either Interior Design degree program are eligible if they have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have completed or are currently enrolled in INDES 280 prior to the quarter for which they are applying.
How to apply to BAA
How to Apply
Admission to the Interior Design BAA program is competitive, and the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces.
Meeting minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission. You must have 65 units in Interior Design, Art or related fields and 25 units in academics, including English 101, Art History, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Science and Cultural Diversity.
Admission criteria focus on the quality of the portfolio submitted. The most important indicator of potential success in the program and profession is evident in the candidate’s portfolio work.
- July 17th – Fall Quarter Admissions
- September 15th – Winter Quarter Admissions
- January 5th – Spring Quarter Admissions
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 $125.00 non-refundable application fee. Online applications will not be considered complete until fee has been paid.
Apply Online: http://getstarted.bellevuecollege.edu/ApplyBachelors
Be sure to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts from other institutions. Bellevue College transcripts do not need to be uploaded.
Step 2: Email the Interior Design Program Manager, Margaret Wuerth at email@example.com with your portfolio saved as a pdf file. Portfolios must be submitted by the quarterly application deadline.
1. Your portfolio must be anonymous and should not contain any references to your name, or any other personal information.
2. Creative work: Portfolios should be submitted as a pdf file and not exceed the twenty (20) page limit. The Cover page is included in the 20 page limit. PDF should also be formatted no larger than 11″x17″.
3. Reviewers will evaluate the portfolio and contents based on following criteria:
- Technical Skills
- Line Weight
- Architectural Convention
- Model making
- Understand basic code
- Design Skills
- Elements and Principles
- Manipulation of 3D space
- Appropriate FF&E
- Spatial relationships
- Problem solving
- Ability to Communicate Design Intent
- Appropriate use of technology
- 2D composition
- Written Communication
- Appropriate representation
Step 3: Submit official, sealed transcripts from regionally accredited college(s) demonstrating completion of all prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.0 or above. Mail documents to:
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.,
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
Step 4: Submit two (2) letters of recommendation. All recommenders selected by the candidates must use the official recommendation form. Applicants must refer their recommenders to the INDES BAA Recommendation Form, which can be downloaded, completed, and mailed directly to the Interior Design BAA Admissions office.
Interior Design R230
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 Bellevue College Enrollment Services to the postal address listed on the candidate’s application form.
Please contact Program Manager, Margaret Wuerth at firstname.lastname@example.org, and 425.564.2624 with any questions you have about this process.
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 provided at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/tuition/. For credits between 11 and 18, plan on an additional $235 above published costs, per credit, due to self-support nature of program. Additional college-wide mandatory fees will be in addition to the listed credit fees for Washington residents and non-residents.
Application Fee: A nonrefundable fee of $125 is required to apply to the BAA program. In addition to processing the application, the fee covers a personal assessment of your prior educational record and a committee review of your portfolio.
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. For information, contact the Bellevue College Foundation at (425) 564-2386.