Interior Design at Kirkwood

Interior Design at Kirkwood


It’s an exciting time to be in design. Our software is always changing. What was relevant five years ago
isn’t anymore. Something that’s really awesome
about our program is I know Jillissa has kind of taken it over and
revamped it. I know within the past year she’s
changed like 17 credits in our program. It’s really important that I myself
am also current on everything. I need to know what’s going on within
our industry, so I depend a lot on going to InterDesign Education Council conferences. I talk with other educators across the nation
and see what they’re doing for their students to make sure that my students
are still at that competitive point where they can compete with students at four-year programs
or two-year programs. So I kinda keep my ear low to the ground
and see what other people are doing. I also am involved in professional
organizations, and so that allows me to speak with people that are practicing
interior design and interior architecture and say, “Hey, what are you using for your software?” We’re really providing students with
what others are doing and beyond that as far as software is concerned. What’s really nice, too, is she is a
graduate of Iowa State, So, as she’s teaching our program she’s
actually having us create projects that Iowa State is
doing currently, right now. So, when we graduate from our two-year
program, we’re actually coming out with the same types of projects that
Iowa State is doing, which makes our portfolios like just as good as
a four-year colleges’. I know that overall in the state,
Iowa State is the top for interior design, but we’re really coming like right up on
their coattails–like, right behind them, and I think that it’s almost better for
us because by the time they’re still in school, we’ll be out in the working world,
getting experience. We’re working sometimes on three or four
different projects at one time, which is very realistic in the field. So, that’s going to help a lot when we
all go out and find our jobs depending on what it is that we’re gonna do. So, she’s prepared
us really well for that. I used to be a nursing student and had
worked at Mercy Hospital, but I loved design and I–you know–really
wanted to actually come into this field. So, I almost think it would be cool
to be in some kind of career that even designs hospital
facilities, medical facilities– just since I kinda have a background in that. Since I was younger, I have always been
really obsessed with houses in general and real estate in general. So, I wanted to get into interior design
not only to design it, but to also eventually get my real estate license, too. And I think they go hand in hand almost,
because you can hire a realtor and also that realtor could design
your house for you. One of the important parts that I was looking at when I was
evaluating our curriculum before was, “How can we get students to cross-collaborate
a whole lot more?” “How can I get my students to interact with
individuals and majors who they will be interacting with when they graduate?” So, that means reaching
out to architecture, construction, or graphic communications, or–
you know–anybody, really. Getting them that cross-collaboration
makes them stronger students and it also makes them more prepared to
enter the working world.


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