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Kitchen & Bath Design

20-304-2 Certificate (C) 34 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you are currently working as a kitchen and bath design professional, this certificate will prepare you for the industry’s professional designation, the Kitchen and Bath Design certification offered through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Your training will cover design fundamentals, color theory, estimating and sales, drafting, construction, furnishings and more. An internship will give you an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Fundamentals of Design
Provides a foundation in the principles and elements of design. The understanding of good design, taste and creativity is stressed in student projects. Students use their projects in a design show.
Color Theory
Explores the basic principles of color. Color harmonies are correlated with practical problems as they apply to interior design. Students present their plans, selection of furnishings and colors for group discussion and critique.
Internship 1 Kitchen & Bath
Provides students the use of skills gained through courses and related laboratory experiences. These courses provide the opportunities to test their philosophy, creativity, and theories, to make use of facts, knowledge and materials and to develop and refine skills and techniques while participating in the K&B business under the close supervision of experienced designers and qualified supervising instructors.
Prereq: Fund Dsgn 10304110, Basic Int Dsgn 10304125, Color Theory 10304127, Presentation Tech 10304146, and Basic Kitchen and Bath 10304153 OR pursuing Kitchen & Bath Certificate only
History of Furniture
Examines the history of art, architecture and furnishings from early Egypt through the Western World of the 20th century. Special attention is given to European court styles and the decorative arts of Colonial America.
Basic Kitchen and Bath
Provides students with the understanding of design elements and principles for kitchen and bath, including functions of the kitchen and bath as it relates to the house and its occupants. Application and knowledge of the NKBA Planning Guidelines, including assessment, measurement, product selection and communication of design will be introduced and applied to projects.
Prereq: Drafting Skills for Interiors (10304167)
Construction Applications - Mechanical & Lighting
Demonstrates knowledge of standard building terms, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Students will become aware of communication with the trades, building changes as they relate to cost and specify materials to satisfy design criteria.
Business Procedures for Designers
Includes demonstration of ethical business practices, including the NKBA standards of conduct and NKBA business contracts, business tools and forms. Students will have an understanding of management policies, including profit margin, business plan development, HR practices, marketing and advertising.
Advanced Kitchen & Bath Design
Approaches solutions to advanced knowledge of NKBA Planning Guidelines. Course work will include universal design projects, mastery of solving problems, developing concept and theme design, producing professional working documents according to the NKBA Graphic and Presentation Standards. Students will produce floor plans, elevations, mechanical and construction drawings.
Prereq: Basic Kitchen & Bath (10304153)
Materials & Estimating
Utilizes knowledge of appropriate cabinetry, appliances, ventilation, decorative plumbing and hardware, including surface and decorative materials. Students will competently research, estimate, recommend and order materials using product specification sheets.
Prereq: Drafting Skills for Interiors 10304167; Coreq: Basic Kitchen and Bath 10304153
Drafting Skills for Interiors
Introduces the techniques and language of architectural drafting and construction. Basic floor plan and elevation drafting is practiced.
Presentation Techniques
Introduces the student to a variety of techniques used in design communication. The student will learn and practice perspective drawing, illustration techniques and board layout styles. Good interior design requires adequate and appropriate methods of communication and presentation.

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