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How long do you have to go to school to be a Interior Designer ?

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Elaine’s Answer

Hi Brianna,

General speaking four year college with accredited Interior Design degree will help you to land in the world of design. You will started from internship and joining the firm as an entry level designer/assistant. Or have your own business practices. Even though you finish your college, it is important to be licences. In this case, you will continue to work, study and take exams. NCIDQ - IDPX exam at least 2 years of time to applied for exam. IDFX exam you can apply right after your school is finish. If you join ASID and IIDA, after your school end, you required to take 10 hours of CEU credit in order to continue with their membership.

In short, Interior Design profession is on-going studying.

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Daniela’s Answer


  • Someone who can envision how everything fits together practically in a room or another interior space and who can apply artistic skills to make that space aesthetically pleasing is a good candidate for this field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a professional program in interior design is required to get started, and that typically takes two to three years and awards a certificate or an associate degree, although bachelor's degrees are available, too (www.bls.gov). Degree programs in interior design may be accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation or from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Most schools that offer interior design programs enroll students through art, architecture or design departments.

  • The curriculum of an interior design program commonly includes classes in interior design, visual and design communication, materials and construction, lighting design, sustainable design, usability and interior design, computer-aided design, psychology and color, and learn how to apply those principles to interior design projects intended for residential and commercial projects. School facilities can include studio space for student work and in some cases, a research project or internship may be required.

  • An interior design career typically begins with an apprenticeship or other supervised professional experience. Depending on the state, a person can become certified, registered or licensed as an interior designer, all of which have certain education, work experience and testing requirements, although not all states require these professional credentials. Regardless of state requirements for interior designers, passing the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam allows one to be formally called an interior designer.

In: http://study.com/articles/Interior_Designer_Education_Requirements_and_Career_Information.html

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Stephanie’s Answer

You can call yourself and interior designer in most states with at least an associate's degree. Now, I will warn you it is nearly impossible to get a job in the field with an associate's. You need a bachelor's degree in order to really go places, and learn all the things you need in order to be a successful designer (code requirements, ADA, color psychology, space planning, universal design, sustainability, CAD). Unless you are teaching or the company you are working for will pay, I wouldn't suggest going for a master's or doctoral degree. The most important thing you need to start doing now is being active in the design community. A wonderful way to do this is by contacting your state chapter of ASID or IIDA. They offer lots of opportunities to meet with designers, even shadowing programs so you can watch them at work!