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A Center of Excellence for Interior Design Established at SCC

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SCC has expanded its Interior Design program. Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, funding, resources and faculty will move from Mesa Community College (MCC) to the newly established Center of Excellence for Interior Design at SCC, the college with the longest running interior design educational program in Arizona.

“The Center of Excellence for Interior Design model provides the highest quality design educational opportunities for students to explore their creativity and nurture design innovation through combined resources and expanded facilities,” said Chris Haines, SCC interim president. “The backgrounds and industry connections of the stellar faculty will enhance student learning in the classroom and in providing real-world experiences through internships and service learning.”

By combining the program resources from MCC with the already extensive Interior Design program offering at SCC, students can expect an expanded learning experience through greater access to course options and learning materials. CJ Robb, a faculty member at MCC and a Chandler resident, will join SCC faculty members Chuck Cooper, Applied Sciences Division Chair and a Scottsdale resident, and Rachel Simmons, Program Director and a Phoenix resident.

The Center of Excellence for Interior Design is a rigorous two-year program culminating in an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design. The program focuses on residential design, emphasizing design fundamentals, design technology and real-world design experiences.

Each semester, students broaden the understanding of the world they live in, while employing what they learn in the classroom to projects conducted with community partners such as the Area Agency on Aging, The Dream Center, Chrysalis, and the Salt River Pima - Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). Students also have opportunities to participate in formal internships at local design studios, showrooms, and manufacturing companies.

Students earning an associate’s degree in interior design through the program have the option of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University while remaining on the SCC campus, providing students the convenience and cost savings of continuing their education without the need to relocate.

More Information

Visit the SCC Interior Design program page for complete details on this area of study.

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