INTERIOR DESIGN CELEBRATES 40TH
|Halifax Community College Interior Design
students are (from left) Tracy Rogers, Mary Lou Braswell, Aimee
Avent, Instructor Alice Vaughan, and student Rhonda Casper. Students
not pictured include Jeneane Drewette, Stephanie Hill, Mary
Mitchell, Barbara Smith, and Bonnie Vest.
The Interior Design Program at Halifax Community
College (HCC) will celebrate the college's 40th anniversary, March 25-31.
Interior Design was one of the first programs at HCC, starting in 1971.
The first instructor in the program was Charles Harris,
a graduate of North Carolina State University's School of Design, who
brought an architectural focus to the program. As the department grew in
depth, Mary Tillery joined the teaching staff. With her academic training
from East Carolina University, she brought a strong liberal arts
foundation to the program. She led the department for approximately 20
years until her retirement in 2005.
At present, there are only six Interior Design programs
available within the North Carolina Community College System. The program
enjoys strong ties to the state's furniture industry. Student field trips
include visits to the High Point furniture market, Williamsburg, Va., as
well as other historic properties. This is one of the few technical
degrees that provides computer-aided design, AutoCAD instruction.
Many area-related businesses have had employees enrolled at HCC to acquire
skills in this software.
Students during the years from 1971 to the 1990's
studied historical styles, color, furniture, hardware and accessories and
made models to show their skills, with computers being relatively
nonexistent. Today's student has a more in-depth view with the use of the
Internet to research information. Students use presentation boards to show
a project creation and use CAD and other software packages to
produce some of their drawings. Keeping with the digital innovations in
the field, students also provide mock clients with interactive
presentations and e-mails that provide electronic samples and selections.
At the beginning, the program offered only the Associate
in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and the student took six quarters to earn
a degree. Today, students have four different degrees available in the
Interior Design Program: the AAS degree, one-year diploma, one-year
certificate, and in 2002, a Computer-Aided Certificate was adopted for the
Alice Vaughan took the position of Interior Design
department head and instructor in January 2006. Broadening the focus of
the program, Vaughan has reinvigorated the foundations of color theory and
lighting with the addition of new coursework. Embracing the new
entertainment venues in the Roanoke Valley, area students are currently
completing internships involving costume and stage design as well as more
For more information about the Interior Design Program,
contact Vaughan at (252) 536-7266 or e-mail