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Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.Education
A bachelor’s degree is usually required, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD). A bachelor’s degree in any field is acceptable, and interior design programs are available at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredits more than 180 professional-level (bachelor’s or master’s degrees) interior design programs.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association accredits kitchen and bath design specialty programs (certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree levels) in 45 colleges and universities.
Applicants may be required to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability for admission to interior design programs.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Licensure requirements vary by state. In some states, only licensed designers may do interior design work. In other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do such work; however, only licensed designers may use the title “interior designer.” In still other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may call themselves interior designers and do interior design work.
In states where laws restrict the use of the title “interior designer,” only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers. Qualifications for eligibility to take the NCIDQ exam include a combination of education and experience. For example, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design and 2 years of experience.
California requires a different exam, administered by the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC). Qualifications for eligibility to take the CCIDC exam include a combination of education and experience.
Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as healthcare interior design, allows designers to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of the occupation. Interior designers often specialize to distinguish the type of design work they do and to promote their expertise. Certifications usually are available through professional and trade associations and are independent from the NCIDQ licensing examination.Important Qualities
Artistic ability. Interior designers use their sense of style to develop designs that are aesthetically pleasing.
Creativity. Interior designers need to be imaginative in selecting furnishings and fabrics and in creating spaces that serve the client’s needs and fit the client’s lifestyle.
Detail oriented. Interior designers need to be precise in measuring interior spaces and creating drawings, so that it can be used by other workers such as engineers or other designers.
Interpersonal skills. Interior designers need to be able to communicate effectively with clients and others. Much of their time is spent soliciting new clients and new work and collaborating with other designers, engineers, and general building contractors on ongoing projects.
Problem-solving skills. Interior designers must address challenges, such as construction delays and the high cost or sudden unavailability of certain materials, while keeping the project on time and within budget.
Visualization. Interior designers need a strong sense of proportion and visual awareness in order to understand how pieces of a design will fit together to create the intended interior environment.
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Hispanic or Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.6%
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Fashion Institute of Technology12.3%
Savannah College of Art and Design10.1%
University of Phoenix7.8%
University of Florida5.6%
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising5.0%
University of Houston5.0%
Metropolitan State University4.5%
University of Kentucky4.5%
Rhode Island School of Design4.5%
Michigan State University3.9%
Middle Tennessee State University3.9%
West Virginia University3.9%
International Academy of Design and Technology3.9%
Winona State University3.9%
Academy of Art University3.4%
University of North Texas3.4%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.4%
Nova Southeastern University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Manager-Design Coordination||Crystal Martin Design (Ny) Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 15, 2012||$132,000|
|Project Design Coordinator||Tripp Design Naval Architecture, LLC||Norwalk, CT||Aug 27, 2011||$132,000|
|Project Design Coordinator||Tripp Design Naval Architecture, LLC||Norwalk, CT||Mar 01, 2011||$132,000|
|Production and Design Coordinator Executive||Daniel Romualdez Architects, P.C.||New York, NY||Nov 17, 2014||$100,000|
|Production Design Coordinator||NIS America Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Dec 02, 2014||$94,994|
|Industrial Design Coordinator (Packaging)||Mahle Behr USA Inc.||Troy, MI||Feb 23, 2016||$80,207|
|Spanish Curriculum Designer & Coordinator||Woodward Academy, Inc.||College Park, GA||Mar 02, 2015||$77,580|
|Signal Design Coordinator||Illinois Central Railroad Company||Homewood, IL||Sep 01, 2013||$77,536|
|Spanish Curriculum Designer & Coordinator||Woodward Academy, Inc.||College Park, GA||Jul 31, 2014||$75,075|
|Design Coordinator (Special Projects)||Project Cc LLC||Las Vegas, NV||May 27, 2009||$75,000|
|Project Manager and Design Coordinator||Eduardo Lacroze, AIA Architect||Cold Spring Harbor, NY||May 12, 2010||$75,000|
|Design & Interactive Coordinator (Digital Media & Comm.)||The New York Stem Cell Foundation, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 01, 2015||$67,692|
|Social Design Coordinator||Fit Associates LLC||Pittsburgh, PA||Jun 12, 2016||$66,248|
|Technical Architectural Design Coordinator||Domani Consulting, Inc.||Valley Stream, NY||Jun 21, 2010||$59,280|
|Technical Architectural Design Coordinator||Domani Consulting, Inc.||Valley Stream, NY||Jun 10, 2010||$59,280|
|Healthcare Design Coordinator||Stantec Architecture Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$58,386 -
|Design Coordinator||HDR Architecture, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 11, 2016||$58,074|
|Production Design Coordinator||NIS America Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Mar 26, 2012||$56,888|
|Production Design Coordinator||NIS America Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Jan 31, 2015||$56,537|
|Design Coordinator||HDR Architecture, Inc.||Pasadena, CA||Nov 09, 2016||$56,160|
|Architectural Design Coordinator||DN'a Design & Architecture, Inc.||Miami, FL||Feb 09, 2010||$56,056|
|Industrial Design Coordinator||Integrated Systems Design, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Sep 16, 2012||$46,644|
|Designer Coordinator||Mattel HQ, Inc.||El Segundo, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$46,155|
|Design Coordinator I-Interior Design||Stantec Architecture, Inc.||Boston, MA||Apr 06, 2015||$46,000|
|Design Coordinator I||Stantec Architecture, Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 10, 2015||$45,163|
|Design Coordinator I||Stantec Architecture, Inc.||Boston, MA||Oct 09, 2015||$45,163|
|Design Coordinator||Textiles From Europe, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jan 01, 2010||$45,000 -
|Design Coordinator||Textile From Europe, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jan 01, 2010||$45,000 -
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