Specialized Interior Design Classes Offered for Spring

Published on: December 14, 2007

The Interior Design program at Lone Star College-Kingwood is offering something new for the spring semester, Lighting for Interior Design and Kitchen and Bath Design.  These specialized classes, combined with the core interior design classes, make up Lone Star College-Kingwood's outstanding program.

Kitchen and Bath Design is an upper-level course that concentrates on the effective layout of kitchens and bathrooms combined with universal design considerations.  The class will be taught by Jacqueline Mead, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD).  She brings to the classroom years of experience and the latest information and guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).  

"By attending an endorsed program, students are able to sit for the NKBA's qualifying exam much sooner on their road to becoming a certified kitchen and bath designer," says Professor Susan Ouren, lead faculty for the Interior Design Program at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

The Lighting class focuses on residential and commercial design.  It incorporates the study of light fixtures, techniques and energy considerations.  Effective lighting of a space is essential in the initial phase of construction to ensure proper wiring, energy loads and sustainable practices.

"Students with specialized knowledge are better able to anticipate these concerns in producing a thoughtful solution including both artificial and natural lighting in the final outcome," says Professor Ouren.

Those interested in pursing a career in the interior design business should have an eye for detail, the ability to multi-task, an easy-going personality, good problem solving and management skills, and a desire to continue learning. 

"The design field changes quickly in many directions. If someone is willing to work to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, the opportunities are limitless," says Professor Ouren.

Specialties in the interior design field include retail, sales representative for a fabric house or interior design product, lighting design, kitchen and bath design, faux finisher, facilities management, product design, and AutoCad specialist as well as professional employment in any area related to the field of design.

Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a one-year home decorating certificate or an associate degree in interior design and is one of the few schools in the state to be endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Students who attend the program are also mentored by design professionals and consequently earn an important foothold in the industry upon graduation. To learn more call 281-312-1639 or visit kingwood.lonestar.edu

Registration for the spring semester is going on now.  Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at kingwood.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://kingwood.lonestar.edu/.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit www.lonestar.edu.