Published on: March 05, 2008Lone Star College-Kingwood's trade show is the place to be for those considering a design or remodeling project or have an interest in a career in design. Visit with the students and faculty in LSC-Kingwood's nationally recognized Interior Design Program to learn about a career in interior design and explore many common design products.
Beginning March 18 and continuing through March 26, the public is invited to view the outstanding design work of students during the Interior Design Trade Show. The community will find lots of information to apply to their own design and remodeling projects. Showcased products will include: glass, sisal, linoleum, quartz, brick and wood.
Linda Ferguson, the instructor for Materials, Methods and Estimating for Interiors, assigned each student a specific product and instructed them to thoroughly research its qualities and uses in interiors.
"This mini trade show is a major part of their grade. The students are challenged to become experts on their individual product and then prepare a trade show exhibit to sell the product and educate the buyer," she says.
Ferguson has been teaching in the Interior Design Program at LSC-Kingwood for 16 years. She says this class was added to the curriculum at the suggestion of the department's advisory board, which is made up of design professionals. "This show proves that we are a serious design program, not just pillows and painting."
The knowledge that the students gain not just from their own presentation but from the presentations by fellow students will help them in their future work. Ferguson says she was contacted recently by a former student who thanked her because she was able to quickly supply information during the first week of her internship on a product the class had studied.
LSC-Kingwood offers a one-year home decorating certificate and an associate's degree in interior design and is one of only a select few colleges in Texas endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Students who enroll in the program are mentored by design professionals gaining an important foothold in the industry upon graduation.
The trade show will be held in the North Art Gallery of the Student Center/Fine Arts Building, March 18-26. The public is invited to attend a casual noon-time reception with students and faculty on Tuesday, March 18, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center/Fine Arts Foyer. For more information, call 281-312-1639.
Make plans to attend the Interior Design Department's annual Open House on April 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Classroom Building B, room 108. Ask questions about this outstanding program and visit the interior design lab and teaching facilities.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://www.kingwood.LoneStar.edu/.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the 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 LoneStar.edu.