VMCAD College (formerly Virginia Marti College of Art & Design) in Lakewood, Ohio recently launched a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program that prepares students for successful careers in the field of interior design. With a focus on the convergence of design and business, VMCAD’s new bachelor’s degrees join an existing lineup of successful associate degree programs at the 50 year-old college.
Students graduating from VMCAD’s BFA in Interior Design program will be trained in a broad knowledge base of diverse course content in both general education and specific major studies. In addition, VMCAD students are prepared to apply for certification testing/credentials such as NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualifications) and NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association).
The Interior Design program was recently featured in the February/March edition of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine. The article highlighted VMCAD’s unique approach to teaching the next generation of interior designers. “Students are exposed to 21st-century competency skills; creative problem solving abilities, analytical critical thinking skills and how to communicate innovative thoughts,” according to Cristina McCarthy, VMCAD’s Interior Design Department Chair.
The decision to move to a bachelor’s degree is a strategic one as students need to understand not only the design process but also the business impact of their work. VMCAD’s BFA in Interior Design program will enhance students’ knowledge in the areas of sustainability, evidence based design and global design. Students will work on studio projects for retail, commercial, hospitality and healthcare clients. Courses on building codes, materials specifications, digital presentation techniques and software systems used in the industry are included in the curriculum.
VMCAD students also have an opportunity to participate in community outreach activities, including a partnership with the KEM Cancer Foundation, where students create a beautiful and healthy space for a patient to recover from cancer treatment. “We encourage our students to use their creativity to manipulate space while providing a safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing environment for their client,” said McCarthy. “Students become confident to speak freely about their design decisions, and they begin to steer their career in a purposeful direction.”