Interior Design Associate’s Degree Program Now at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

In addition to the Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale now meets the demands of its students and the industry with an Associate of Science degree in Interior Design.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 25, 2009 --( The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale announces the launch of a new degree program. The Interior Design department at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida offers a curriculum leading to an Associate of Science degree in Interior Design where students are prepared to seek entry level positions as a draftsperson, design or presentation person, implement computer applications to basic AutoCAD, produce rendering, supervised work in residential design, create and establish a graphic image, and work in retail.

The associate’s degree program includes 90 quarter credit hours, 27 of which are dedicated to general education and students may continue to complete another 90 quarter credits hours and graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. This Two+Two program with concentrations on architecture includes work studies, research, and studio teaching. Students can opt for a program of study in residential.

The Interior Design program has a long history of success with a solid reputation due to its industry professional instructors and their leadership. Heading up the Interior Design program since its inception in 1992, is prominent state-licensed interior design professional William Kobrynich. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was the first in The Art Institutes system of schools to offer an Interior Design program of study. Kobrynich is a practicing Commercial Design Consultant, is the former president of the American Society of Interior Designers’ Florida South Chapter, and current member of the Interior Design Association Foundation, the State of Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, Illuminating Engineers Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Working closely with Kobrynich is Assistant Department Chair Marty Gatz. “We developed the associate’s program to meet the needs of students and the needs of the industry,” says Gatz, who has been teaching design and drafting courses at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale since 2002. Gatz brings years of experience in historical restoration and design, store planning, signage, fixture, package and exhibit design into the classroom. His projects have included designing a traveling exhibit “Yesterday’s Tomorrows” for the Smithsonian Institute; providing design concepts, layouts and fixtures for the gift shops at the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and the Washington Monument; and a variety of exhibit, furniture, and retail space designs.

The associate’s degree program can be completed in a minimum of six (6) 11 week quarters (two year program) or students may elect to continue and enroll in the bachelor’s degree program for another six (6) 11 week quarters (two years) and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. The Associates of Science degree program is designed to produce practitioners with the competencies needed to perform at entry level in the first significant job in their career field. Graduates are able to solve problems, communicate effectively and to contribute to the creative team within the context of their job.

The college is committed to continuous improvement while maintaining a culture of learning that values individual responsibility, active participation and personal and professional development.

For information on this program, contact 1.800.275.7603.

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Arlene Wites