Gateway’s Interior Design degree program is filled with exciting hands-on learning opportunities putting concepts learned in the classroom into practice in a variety of projects. Students have access to the Creative Resource Center and computer lab where they can work on projects and class assignments. The center has catalogs and trade magazines, fabric, paint and carpet samples, among other interior finishing items. In the computer lab, students have access to state-of-the-art computer software including: AutoCAD, CAP Studio, 20/20 for Kitchen and Bath Design, Sketch-Up, and Adobe Creative Suites.
Beyond the classroom, students can design a room including furnishings and complete the installation at Gateway’s Center for Sustainable Living. Students also design and install a room each spring for the Milwaukee NARI student interior design competition. These opportunities provide students with the opportunity to network with industry professionals and build their portfolio.
Internships with area and national businesses provide students with an introduction to careers in the interior design industry and help students develop a professional network. Students also attend the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Career Day, which provides helpful seminars and great opportunities for networking with professionals. Gateway’s Student Chapter of ASID, sponsors a number of unique student activities including guest speakers, social gatherings and field trips. The organization also plans an annual “Chair-ity” Auction. This service learning opportunity features redesigned chairs created by students with recycled furniture. Auction proceeds benefit club activities as well as a local charity, chosen by students. There are annual field trips to the Chicago Merchandise Mart, Kohler Design Center, and the Kitchen & Bath Industry trade show in Chicago allowing students an opportunity to see the latest industry trends.