Accredited interior design distance learning degrees

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Accredited interior design distance learning degrees
Interior architecture has become increasingly important in interior design education. (creative interior design image by L. Shat from

Online degrees allow students to pursue studies while continuing to work or meet other obligations. An online degree in interior design can lead to a promising career as an interior designer. Interior designers construct and design interior spaces that provide aesthetic appeal. Interior designers are now increasingly involved in interior architectural design as well. Online interior design schools offer students the opportunity to learn anywhere they can connect to the Internet.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers online degree programs in interior design that give students the assurance that their education is coming from an accredited and respected program in the academic community. The institute's degree programs have received regional accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education's Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has likewise granted the school the right to offer degree programs. The interior design program, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree, has received further accreditation from The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The program places emphasis on entry-level training within the interior design profession. The program places extensive emphasis on various aspects of design, such as computer-aided drafting and design, architecture and space planning. It requires that 117 of its total 180 credit hours for the degree come from the interior design field. The remainder includes electives and general education credits.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

1400 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Harrington College of Design

The Harrington College of Design in Chicago also offers online interior design programs that have been fully accredited. Harrington offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Interior Design as well as baccalaureate and graduate interior design degrees. Harrington received accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission's North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges (ACIC). The bachelor's degree program offered by Harrington has further accreditation recognition through the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The bachelor's degree at Harrington requires the completion of 130 credit hours, while the A.A.S. degree requires 66.5 credit hours. The master's degree programs require 36 credit hours for completion.

Harrington College of Design

200 W. Madison St., 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60606


Rhodec International

Interior design and other art-related programs allow for international studies to be construed positively. The advantage of programs offered by foreign schools includes the expanded cultural awareness and additional cultural perspectives. Students in interior design may wish to consider the U.K.-based Rhodec International for an online interior design degree for these reasons. Rhodec International is accredited by the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council, an independent accrediting body first established by the British government in 1968. Rhodec International offers a Bachelor of Arts program online that builds on its online introductory course in interior decorating. Upon graduating from the diploma course, students may receive the bachelor's degree with just one additional year of study. The program is administered by Rhodec International in conjunction with Staffordshire University, the institution that grants the degree.

Rhodec International

35 East St.

Brighton BN1 1HL



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