June 8, 2011

Owens Community College Announces New Interior Design Degree Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College is enhancing its educational opportunities within the School of Arts and Sciences by announcing the creation of a new Interior Design Associate Degree Program. Beginning Fall Semester 2011, the new academic program will be offered on the Toledo-area Campus.

The two-year associate degree program recently received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.

“Owens Community College is extremely excited to expand our fine and performing arts educational opportunities and offer a new Interior Design Degree Program to students and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Doug Mead, Owens Chair of Fine and Performing Arts. “The Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ Interior Design Certificate Program, which was established several years ago, has grown in enrollment and popularity among students during the past several years. The creation of the new Interior Design Degree Program will open new doors for students and help support the continued growth and development of the field of interior design.”

Owens’ associate degree in interior design will require approximately 65 credit hours of coursework, which includes introduction to interior design, fundamentals of drawing floor plans, history of interior design, fundamentals of lighting for interiors, textiles, furniture, fixtures and equipment, environmentally responsible design and CAD for interiors basics, among other academic curriculum.

The new program is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of interior design. Students will develop strong knowledge in residential and contract design, as well as learn about technical drawing, rendering and CAD design, color theory and furnishings. Additionally, Owens students will have the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art finishing rooms, computer laboratories complete with innovative CAD software and a natural lighting studio space.

Upon program completion, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in entry-level or higher employment positions specific to drafting, interior design and interior construction management, among other opportunities.

In addition to the new Interior Design Associate Degree Program, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers an Interior Design Certificate Program.

For additional information about Owens’ new Interior Design Associate Degree Program, call (567) 661-7081 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext 7081.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.