The Online Handbook for Applied Design Program
Introduction & Mission Statement
Applied Design Program Overview

The Applied Design program (APPD) is the only one in the state of West Virginia that provides an associate of applied science degree with an overall introduction to the applied aesthetics of visual design as found in fashion and interior design business industries. If your career path is leading you to a job that draws upon your creative talent for visual design as seen in our personal styles then consider a degree in Applied Design.  The courses are relevant to 21st century design thinking approaches that are the foundation in successful visual design projects. 

The APPD student has the options of three declared majors to pursue upon completing an Associate of Applied Science degree at Pierpont Community & Technical College;

The APPD student experiences learning in a nucleus of shared enthusiasm with others in the program courses developed specifically to the degree. Each major's category courses provide current industry content to prepare the graduate for immediate employment or continuing on in furthering their education. Our learners complete a practicum work experience in one of the related fields gaining valuable time immersed in a business or retail environment.  

This program offers flexible delivery with many options in online studies.

Our faculty are experienced professionals and educators in their related fields.

What does it take to be a designer? What are the essential functions necessary to complete the tasks required in the industries' jobs?

Our mission is to create design thinking graduates who contribute and communicate applicable aesthetic, sustainable skills and solutions in the visual environments; retail, apparel, interior furnishings and entrepreneurship opportunities.

LINK to the History of the College and Program:

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Counseling & Disabilities Services

Those students seeking alternative solutions in achieving success in college, please take a moment and look at what we can offer to help.

Course instructors are not able to accommodate a student without appropriate documentation.



Financial Aid &


We understanding financing our education is a struggle.  

Below are some links to look at for federal and state grants plus links to scholarship sites.

Our program usually has one work study a year.  

Our admissions office staff are very nice including the financial aid advisers. You will find our Student Services Department in Hardway Hall at the Locust Avenue Campus shared with Fairmont State University or drive down the interstate towards Whitehall and get assistance for Pierpont Students at the Northern Advanced Technology Center at the High Tech Park off of I79.

Map to Locust Avenue campus in Fairmont, West Virginia
This is a shared campus with Fairmont State University.
Location of the program's faculty offices and classrooms.
Wallman Hall 1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV
Front of Wallman Hall on Locust Avenue Campus

1201 Locust Ave

Plan ahead for parking.

Welcome to Applied Design!

FALL 2018 


Time to meet Location
WH318 = Wallman Hall
WH322 = Wallman Hall
ED-105 = Education Building

APPD + Course # -Course Name- (CRN#)


 APPD 1140  Intro to Interior Design  (10687)

11:00AM - 12:15PM    WH 318 Online/HYBRID LAB

Course Instructor:  Angie Retton      

ASID Student Chapter Meetings 12:15  WH 318

APPD 2240  Residential Design  (10689)
1:00PM - 2:45PM    WH 318 Online/HYBRID LAB

Course Instructor:  Rachel Beach               


Institution Mondays
President's Cabinet 1st/3rd Mondays  10:00 - 11:30


General Education Courses

Instructor Office Hours in the morning or by appointment

Mrs. Beach's Office Hours are 10:00 - 11:00

Institution Tuesdays
School of Business, Aviation & Technology Meetings 
12:30 on 1st Tuesdays in ET Bldg.

Board of Governor's on the 2nd Tuesday from 2:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Management every Tuesday 3:00 - 4:30


APPD 1160  Construction Details & Design  (10845)
9:00AM - 10:45PM    Educ Bldg 105   Online/HYBRID LAB

Course Instructor:  Rachel Beach  

APPD 1115  Introduction to Fashion Business  (10686)

11:00AM - 12:15PM    WH 318   Online/HYBRID LAB
Dr. Beth Newcome

APPD 2255  Kitchen & Bath  (10853)

1:00PM - 2:15PM     ED 105  HYBRID

Rachel Beach

APPD 1116  History of Contemporary Fashion  (10886)
 1:00PM - 2:15PM    WH 318   Online/HYBRID LAB
Dr. Beth Newcome

Institution Wednesdays
Budget Committee every Wednesday from 1:30 - 3:00



General Education Courses

Instructor Office Hours in the morning or by appointment

Mrs. Beach's Office Hours are 10:00 - 12:00



11:00 - 12:00 General Education Committee Meeting (2nd Fridays)

Curriculum Meetings (TBA)


1:00   -  3:00 Faculty Senate (2nd Fridays) 

ONLINE Courses:  

(links to the Google sites require first to be logged into your Gmail/Google and with permissions)

Dr. Newcome/Mrs. Beach

Mrs. Rachel Beach

APPD 1103 Clothing & Culture                   10098

Mrs. Hawley

APPD 1130 History of Design thru 19th c  10580

Mrs. Hotard

APPD 2220 Fashion Accessories                10878

Dr. Newcome

Applied Design Program Director:
Professor Beth Newcome, PhD
Fashion Design & Merchandising, 
Faculty Advisor, Historic Textiles
and Fashion Collection Curator
Bio Link

Program Coordinator:
Assistant Professor
Mrs. Rachel Beach - 

Interior Design &

Design Assistant, 

Faculty Adviser for the Student Chapter of ASID 

(American Society of Interior Designers)

Adjunct Faculty:


Mrs. Fonda Hawley - 

Clothing & Culture, Sewing Mechanics

Career Planning Course 

Bio Link

Adjunct Faculty:

Instructor Mrs. Katie Hotard - 

History of Design,

Fashion Merchandising

Adjunct Faculty:
Instructor Mrs. Angie Retton - 
Interior Design, 
Fashion Merchandising and ASID Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

Adjunct Faculty:

Instructor Mrs. Bethany VanGilder - 

Construction Design & Details



Associate Degree Programs (Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Associate in Arts (AA)

Advanced Skill Set in Applied Design