Art Institutes

Online Kitchen & BathDesign Program

I'm ready to transform my future.

Listen to any real estate agent, or watch any home remodeling reality show, and you can learn that nothing adds more instant value to a house than an updated kitchen or bath. That’s why homeowners and investors work with professional designers to enhance the form and the function of those two rooms. And that’s a profession that demands not just creativity, but the ability to stay on task and on budget. In our online Kitchen & Bath Design degree program, we’ll help you develop the technical, aesthetic, and business skills to plan kitchen and bath spaces. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty* who are committed to helping you succeed in a career where you can do what you love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty & instructors.

Degrees Offered

Associate of Science in Kitchen & Bath Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
91
Timeframe:
8 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes & Requirements
X

Associate of Science in Kitchen & Bath Design

Outcomes & Requirements

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/1901 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Client Expectations: Graduates will demonstrate design and visual communication skills to meet employer and client expectations.
  • Design Skills: Graduates will apply industry guidelines to generate design solutions that meet client needs.
  • Practical Application: Graduates will apply concepts of construction and mechanical systems to evaluate appropriate installation procedures and code compliance for kitchen and bath applications.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will employ professional and ethical business management practices.
  • Materials Knowledge: Graduates will select and specify products and materials appropriate for design solutions.

Requirements

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Associate of Applied Science in Kitchen & Bath Design (MN Residents Only)

Quarter Credit Hours:
95
Timeframe:
8 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes & Requirements
X

Associate of Applied Science in Kitchen & Bath Design (MN Residents Only)

Outcomes & Requirements

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/5391 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Client Expectations: Graduates will demonstrate design and visual communication skills to meet employer and client expectations.
  • Design Skills: Graduates will apply industry guidelines to generate design solutions that meet client needs.
  • Practical Application: Graduates will apply concepts of construction and mechanical systems to evaluate appropriate installation procedures and code compliance for kitchen and bath applications.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will employ professional and ethical business management practices.
  • Materials Knowledge: Graduates will select and specify products and materials appropriate for design solutions.
Requirements

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Classroom Experience

I'm willing to earn my place in the profession.

You have a unique vision—and a strong passion—for designing the spaces where people live and work. Our online Kitchen & Bath Design program is all about turning that passion and vision into a career that's both challenging and rewarding. You'll have the opportunity to learn to design attractive environments that are safe, accessible, and sustainable, while meeting today’s demanding technical requirements and regulations. We’ll start by guiding you through basics like perspective, proportion, color, drafting, and rendering. Then you can to build skills in areas from textiles, furnishings, and lighting to traditional and computerized design and computer-aided drafting. You’ll explore residential, commercial, institutional, and office design with courses in materials and specifications, building and safety codes, sustainable building principles and practices, environmental design, and human factors. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the online Kitchen & Bath Design program that interests you.

Meet Our Alumni

  • Nicole_Simila

    Nicole Simila

    Digital Photography , 2016

    "[My education] helped me to learn ways to use my camera that I had never thought of, or couldn't seem to teach myself."

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    Nicole Simila

    Self-employed Business Owner and Photographer at EvelynJo Photography

    Nicole Simila is a self-employed business owner and photographer at EvelynJo Photography. She runs her business on nights and weekends, after she completes her full time job. This determination, and her passion for photography, keeps her motivated. “There are going to be times where you feel like you may have failed but keep your head high and you will succeed.”

    She discusses a time when she was shooting weddings—only to realize that it wasn’t what she wanted to be doing. “The stress and worrying that came a long with it wasn't worth the time and effort. I figured out through [my education] that I wanted to mainly focus on working with children.” Today, she says that her studio work with children provides smiles and creates joy for the children’s parents, friends, and family.

    Nicole adds that since she’s completed her education, her photography workload has increased. She attributes this to the confidence she’s gained as a photographer.

    “My hard work and determination throughout school helped me to succeed and learn so much more than I had known before.” She says that she always has room to grow and seeks out tips and tricks to add to her repertoire.

    Nicole, who in 2016 earned an Associate of Science in Photography from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division, says that her education helped her to learn about studio lighting and camera operations. “It helped me to learn ways to use my camera that I had never thought of, or couldn't seem to teach myself.”

    See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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    William Douglas

    Digital Photography , 2015

    "I try to encourage others to express their creativity and think outside the box."

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    William Douglas

    Spent 10 years in the United States Army as an 11B/4 sniper

    William Douglas spent 10 years in United States Army as an 11B/4 sniper. “I served during Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Just Cause and was honorably discharged as Staff Sargent,” he says. Today, he is the owner of Liam Photography in Atlanta, Georgia. He takes professional, editorial, portrait, and drone photos. And recently he was honored to have one of his photos selected by National Geographic to be on the cover of its newest book on “Big Cats.”

    William says that one of the biggest challenges he faced as a photographer was giving models instructions for poses. “I was able to overcome this by shooting friends and family members and working with some of the members of my photography club. I learned to be more of a leader when directing shoots. I try to encourage others to express their creativity and think outside the box.”

    He recommends that current students build their professional connections and experience through networking and reading photography blogs and articles. “I spend a lot of time on sites like SLR Lounge reading articles and blog posts,” he adds.

    William, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Science in Photography from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division, says that his education provided a strong foundation for his career. But he adds that being a photographer requires constant learning. “You cannot just graduate and think you will immediately make money as a photographer. It takes, time, patience, and networking—a lot.”

    See http://aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Jeffrey Siereveld

    Jeffrey Siereveld

    Web Design & Interactive Media , 2014

    "My education taught me the basic fundamentals of web design and interactive media, [including] the ability to read and manipulate it to get the results I am looking for."

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    Jeffrey Siereveld

    Jeffrey Siereveld is a freelance designer specializing in WordPress websites. He says that a typical day involves building sites or adjusting the layout of an already-existing website. “I spend a lot of time researching the industry. Whether that is testing WordPress themes or researching a niche for my next big idea, there's always something to do.”

    Before becoming a freelancer, Jeffrey was a web design intern for Blizzard Internet Marketing, creating sites for the vacation rental, travel, and tourism industry. He understands the competitive nature of his industry and recommends that students find ways to break up their days increase productivity. “It will help you to keep moving forward when the going gets tough.”

    Jeffrey says that the biggest professional challenge he’s encountered is making the decision to become a professional freelancer. “The agency I worked for told me it was going to

    He adds that he finds clients via word of mouth—saying they are better to work with and often pay more than those found on freelancer websites. Jeffrey says that designers need to understand that everyone must pay their dues as they make their way up the ladder. “There’s a good chance that you will have to take jobs that pay less than you expect. But until your professional portfolio is built out enough to attract or persuade people that don't know anything about you, it will be really hard to charge $100 per hour or more than $1,000 for a simple website. Eventually you will get there.”

    He cites a quote by Eric Thomas as being motivational: ”When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” And he keeps creativity flowing by maintaining a clean and organized workspace. “It's so easy for me to work late into the night and have empty cans or water bottles on or around my desk before I step over to my bed and fall asleep. So keeping my work area clean and organized definitely impacts my creativity.”

    Jeffrey states that his roommate is also a mentor. “My roommate is an search engine optimization (SEO) expert who has been working in this industry for about four years longer than I have. He’s created his own company that has been growing every day and he doesn't have any employees. Just seeing what he is doing, and learning about SEO from him, has given me the desire to create a company of my own and not give up on it.”

    He believes that his biggest challenge is the continually changing industry. He keeps growing and learning to keep ahead of trends. Jeffrey, who in 2014 earned an Associate of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division, says that his education provided the fundamentals he needed to move into a web design career. “The knowledge of HTML and CSS, and the ability to read an manipulate it to get the results I am looking for, have been a huge help.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/202 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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    Pocco Roberts

    Digital Photography , 2014

    "Without [gaining educational experience] in camera settings, understanding light, networking, the use of Photoshop/Lightroom, and how to run a photography business, I would never have been able to live my dream of being an artist."

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    Pocco Roberts
    Owner and Lead Photographer at PSR Images

    Pocco Roberts is the owner and lead photographer at PSR Images in Turner, Maine. He says that a typical day involves setting up photo shoots, working on current photos, and selling artwork through my website. He’s also a United States Army veteran who earned the rank of Sergeant.

    Pocco says that he enjoys a career where he’s able to create. And he recommends that current students be patient during classwork that may appear to be repetitive. ”I remember taking several classes that seemed to have little to do with the genre of photography that I was interested in. However, if you give it your very best, you will walk away with something that makes your photography better.”

    He is often challenged in his work and says that patience, determination, and asking for help when it’s needed has helped him to overcome obstacles. “Be smart, research, learn, and move to a new location if you must. But if your dream is to be an artist, and it is your passion, then nothing will get in your way.” He’s always striving to evolve and believes that “if your art is the best it can be, then it is time for a new career.”

    Pocco enjoys challenging himself and uses his art to take on social issues. He also marks the passage of time through visual statements. “Remember, art doesn't need approval, it just needs inspiration.” Today, he experiences the benefits of his hard would through networking and making new friends, a steady paycheck, and a positive reputation among his friends.

    Pocco, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Photography from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division, says that his education taught him proper camera settings, lighting techniques, networking, use of Photoshop/Lightroom, and how to run a photography business. [Without that foundation], I would never have been able to live my dream of being an artist.”

    See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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What Will I Study?

Online Student Working on an Assignment

I want a chance to show what I can do.

There’s a lot more to the job of re-doing residential spaces than just design. That’s why the curriculum for the Kitchen & Bath Design program engages both sides of your brain as you explore the creative and technical sides of the profession. You'll study:

  • Building Codes
  • Health & Life Safety Codes
  • Business Skills
  • Kitchen & Bath Software
  • Management Skills
  • Project Management
  • Soliciting Bids
  • Structural Requirements
  • Color Theory
  • Communication Skills
  • Functionality
  • Green Design
  • Materials and Finishes
  • Presentation Skills
  • Budgets for Clients
  • Building Codes
  • Space Planning
  • Universal Design
  • Use of Lighting


I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our online Kitchen & Bath Design degree program is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But along with that toughness comes all the support you’ll need at every step along the way. That’s why we provide the mentoring and real-world experience to help you prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field, along with opportunities to learn that go far beyond our kitchens. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

 

Meet Our Faculty

  • Krista Atkins Nutter

    Krista Atkins Nutter, LEED AP, MS Arch, NCIDQ

    Interior Design

    "In the interior design profession, deadlines aren't negotiable."

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    Krista Atkins Nutter, LEED AP, MS Arch, NCIDQ

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    I’ve been creative all my life, whether through music, theater, fine arts, or design.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?


    I use examples from my professional career to reinforce and supplement classroom discussion. I tend to teach courses that closely align with my professional experience, such as Sustainable Design.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?


    I’m particularly proud of an assignment I wrote for INTA312 Global Design, where students design a prototype for a temporary/mobile refugee shelter. I believe in volunteerism and community service, so I was happy to see that included in our curriculum.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    Teamwork is paramount to interior designers, who work with engineers, architects, vendors, contractors, and skilled tradespeople. In sustainable design especially, integrated design teams are essential in ensuring that the design meets energy efficiency and performance criteria.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?


    Organizational skills, punctuality, and meeting deadlines may seem like just a list of soft skills to add to a resume. But in the interior design profession, deadlines aren’t negotiable. Not meeting a deadline could cost commercial clients thousands of dollars in lost revenue. That’s why I stress the importance of building good, professional habits now.

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  • Elizabeth Thompson

    Elizabeth Thompson

    Interior Design

    "Never stop learning, researching, listening, and observing."

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    Elizabeth Thompson

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    Even at 10 years old, I knew I wanted to become an interior designer. My hobbies were building dollhouses and re‐drawing floor plans from the lifestyle section of the newspaper. It wasn’t until I attended college that I realized there are so many facets in the interior design profession.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    As an educator and a professional, it’s rewarding to share my skills and experiences with students. I connect assignments and objectives to the industry, and advise students to build and enhance their portfolios in school and throughout their careers. I encourage them to join professional organizations and network with industry professionals.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?


    Every class features a final project presentation. I advise students to think about their presentation throughout the process, instead of waiting until the end of the session. We often work with clients—who want to be part of the process, not just see the final drawings—so students need to be at the top of their games.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    Interior designers work with graphic designers, architects, engineers, contractors and other specialists. So, the more students can practice collaboration in school, the better equipped they are for the real world.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Never stop learning, researching, listening, and observing. Interior design is a career of lifelong learning.

    Anything else you’d like to share?


    It’s wonderful working with students across the country in shaping the future of the interior design profession.

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Digital Photography, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 2015