Kitchen & Bath Design

In our Kitchen & Bath Design Associates of Science and Associates of Applied Science program, you can learn the knowledge and skills to create kitchen and bath designs that your customers will love.

Enhance your Kitchen & Bath Design skills

In this program, you can:

  • Gain a strong foundation in drawing, perspective, drafting, and color—then move on to courses that provide practical expertise based on The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s guidelines
  • Use industry-specific software that help you plan functional and creative spaces
  • Study lighting, materials, building systems and codes, as well as business fundamentals such as estimates, project bidding, marketing, and promotions
  • Undertake two internships to gain field experience and help build your professional portfolio
  • Get guidance from instructors with professional backgrounds in kitchen and bath design

* Some programs are not available in all states. To find out if your program is available in your state, please contact an admissions representative prior to enrollment.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to seek entry-level employment in the Kitchen and Bath Design field, including:

  • Kitchen/Bath Designer
  • Kitchen Planner
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Installation Coordinator
  • Draftsperson
  • Kitchen and Bath Retail Sales Consultant
  • Manufacturer’s Representative

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that's right for you.

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The Art Institute student portfolios

Our students, alumni, and faculty are invited to join The Art Institute Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network — to gain broader exposure for your work, connect with fellow students and alumni, and make it easier for potential clients, recruiters, and creative enthusiasts to find your work.

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Course listing

The courses in the Associate’s in Kitchen & Bath Design are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Lauren Liebler

Lauren obtained her Master of Architecture as well as her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. Having worked in the design field for over twelve years, Lauren’s experience spans a variety of venues, including kitchen design focusing on custom designed cabinetry. She has also worked in a variety of architectural offices and acted as a Project Manager for the winner of the Michigan American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm of the Year award during her time there.

Lauren’s passion for sustainability led her to become an accredited professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The organization has set the pace for “green” architecture and design and provides a platform for clients, contractors, and designers. Guiding students in making sustainable selections for their assignments is one of the many strengths she brings to the classroom.

As full time faculty for the Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Kitchen and Bath Design program, Lauren loves to bring her experience to the classroom. She is a certified Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and is working towards the next level of certification, Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD).

Dawn Viola

Dawn is a Certified Kitchen and Bath Educator (CKE, CBE) through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and has over twenty years design experience. She holds advanced degrees in Architecture and Construction Management from the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

Her dedication to lifelong learning has led her to pursue a doctoral candidacy at Argosy University. She is currently researching ways help students design modern kitchens to fit contextually within historic structures.

Dawn has been teaching online for over five years and she is passionate about sharing her love for Kitchen and Bath design with her students. She has worked in the past with several students that have won national recognition in the annual NKBA student design competition and continues to guide our students at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division to a strong showing each year.

Marica Paljakka-Cargo, CKD

Marica has over 14 years of experience in the Kitchen and Bath design field. Marica is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), and has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Indiana State University.

Marica worked as a Kitchen and Bath designer for more than 12 years prior to becoming an educator for The Art institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division. Marica’s classes come alive for students as she shares her vast experiences in each course she teaches.

Marica keeps up with her continuing education by attending NKBA professional seminars, local chapter meetings and tradeshows. As an advocate of the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Marica arranges to meet with her students during this annual event. Marica believes that the world of teaching is constantly evolving and to be a great teacher, you have to be a great student.

Kitchen & Bath Design degree requirements

The prospective student must be a high school graduate with a minimum, cumulative, final high school CGPA of 1.5 or higher, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or associate's degree or higher as a prerequisite for admission.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Software requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Creative Suite - includes Photoshop and Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe Flash Professional (Version CS6 or higher)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Version 10.0 or higher)
  • Apple QuickTime (Version 7 or higher)
  • 2020 Design
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum technology requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Intel i5 - i7 processor or Windows 7 with SP 1, 4GB RAM, 30GB available hard disk space recommended, 17" color monitor that supports a screen resolution of 1280x1024 or greater, 512MB VRAM, OpenGL 2.0-capable system.
  • Mac: Dual Boot Required Users should have systems with the following specifications: Apple® Mac® Pro 4.1 or later; MacBook® Pro 5.1 or later; iMac® 8.1 or later or *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 4GB RAM, 30GB available hard disk space recommended, 1280x1024 display with 16-bit color, 512MB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0–capable system. Dual boot requirements: Boot Camp (comes with mac OS X), Windows 7 (64-bit required if running OS X 10.7) and Additional 20 GB HD Space required for Windows Partition. Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud. Additional notes about installing Windows via Boot Camp if students do not have it already set up: Students will need to purchase: Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5) See Windows 7 requirements -or- Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro (Boot Camp 5 only) See Windows 8 requirements. Helpful link:

Important Note: “Virtual machines” are not supported by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division for the Kitchen & Bath Design program.

Web browser requirements

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

Purchase hardware and software

Visit Journey Ed, America's leading seller of hardware and software to students. Select from a wide variety of software programs and purchase all of your required software online - at a student discount.


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