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5 Steps to Becoming an Interior Designer

5 Steps to Becoming an Interior Designer


Step Two: Get Educated!

A degree from an interior design school is a good first step to building your interior design career. It’s essential to get the instruction you need to build on your natural design talent and launch yourself into the competitive world of interior decorating and design.

Training programs are available from professional design schools or from colleges and universities and usually take two to four years to complete. Graduates are awarded certificates or associate degrees in interior design and normally qualify as assistants to interior designers upon graduation. However, graduates with a bachelor’s degree usually qualify for a formal design apprenticeship program.

While each school’s curriculum may vary, these are some of the subjects you’ll cover while enrolled in interior design classes:

Color Theory • Computer Aided Drafting • Creating Specifications for Interior Construction • Ethics • Graphic Communication • History of Interior Design/Architecture • Interior Design Business Practices • Interior Design Specialties • Interior Design Studio • Lighting • Materials, Methods and Finishes, etc. • Problem Solving • Safety and Building Codes • Space Planning • Two- and Three-Dimensional Design

Step Three: Finding Internships and Designing Your Portfolio →

Find the right campus or online art or design program for you!