FAQ’s

Below are our most often asked questions.  If you do not see the information you need here, do not hesitate to contact our office are 704.330.6548 or email the Program Chair at mick.campbell@cpcc.edu.

Q:  What degree or award will I received upon completion of the Interior Design Program?

A:  The degree awarded upon completion is the Associate in Applied Science Degree – Interior Design.  The program brochure, available from the program office, explains how the courses are laid-out per semester.  The courses that are in bold type are ones that are needed as soon as possible as they are prerequisites for other courses offered in the program.

Q:  Can I take Interior Design courses at any CPCC Campus?

A:   Our program specific courses, DES & ARC prefixes, are only offered at the central campus (uptown location).  However all of the required general education courses may be taken at any campus with many also being offered onli

Q:   How long can I expect it take to complete the program.

A:  The program can be completed in two years if the student follows the course sequence outlined in the program brochure.  This would be for a student attending full time.  However, the program can be completed on a part time basis.  Also, the Diploma in Interior Residential Decoration and Staging can be competed in a little as three semesters.

Q: What is the cost of the program?

A:   Currently the cost for courses taken at CPCC is $76.00 per credit hour, or a maximum of  $1,216.00 for 16 or more credit hours, for students that are residents of NC*…so the total cost for tuition would be approximately $5,400.00.  To be considered a resident of NC a student must have lived in NC for one year or more.  The cost for non-residents is substantially higher at $268.00 per credit hour.  NOTE:  The costs listed above do not include lab fees, parking fees, activity fees, materials, or books.  In addition to tuition and fees, students should also expect to spend approximately $150.00 – $300.00 per course on books and materials. All costs are subject to change without notice.

* To be considered a resident of North Carolina, you must have lived in the state for one year or more. If you have questions concerning your residency status please contact the Admissions Office at 704-330-6006.

Q:  Who do I contact for financial aid questions?

A:  If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 704-330-6942.

Q:  Okay, now that I have decided to attend CPCC, what’s do I do next?

A: Everyone interested in attending CPCC must first apply for admission to the college. This can be easily completed online at www.cpcc.edu. When the CPCC main page comes up click on the orange box in the upper left side titled “Get Started” and follow the directions for college credit   classes. There is no charge for applying and there is no obligation to attend.

Q: Are there any pre-requisites to get into the program?

A:  No.  Students are not required to complete any general education courses before beginning classes within the program.  However, it is highly recommended that you be at the ENG 111 and MAT 110 level before starting the program.  A placement test will help you determine your current academic level.  For placement test information, please call the Admissions Office at 704.330.6006.  If you have completed college level math and English courses and are having difficulties registering, call the Program Chair at 704.330.6548.

Q: I have previous college credit. Will this apply to the Interior Design Program?

A: There is a good chance that some credit hours completed both here and at other colleges / universities will apply to our programs. Students transferring in credit from other colleges or universities must have a transcript sent directly from that institution to the CPCC student records office. For questions concerning the transcript submission and evaluation process, contact Transcript Evaluation at 704.373.6778.

Q: When do I register and when do classes begin?

A: Early registration for the fall semester usually begins in May and regular registration for fall is during July & August. Early spring semester registration usually begins in mid November with regular spring registration in January. Fall classes begin in August and spring classes begin in mid January. Refer to the CPCC academic calendars for exact dates. TO ENSURE YOUR SEATS IN OUR CLASSES, REGISTER AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.