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IB courses for interior designer

HELP! I'm starting IB soon and I wanted to know if subjects i picked seem acceptable. I'm aiming to pursue Interior Design in university. Please let me know what you think, if you have similar subjects as I do or even suggestions.

Portuguese HL
Visual Arts HL
History HL

English Language & Literature SL
Math sl

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Holley’s Answer

Hello Oci

Those classes sound like a good base for making you a well-rounded professional. As you progress, you will need more design courses, especially ones that teach you to use the various software programs employed by the interior design profession. History of architecture and design would also be good courses if available. It's also good to know the basics of building construction and building codes for the parts of the world where you will be practicing. I didn't take any business classes when I was in school, but kind of wish I had so I could better understand that aspect of the profession. And, finally, if you can get internships at design firms, those are great learning experiences.

Good luck!

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Laura’s Answer

Hi Oci!

Although I am not pursuing a career in the interior design field, I did take the IB in high school. My peers who opted for a college major related to design or architecture chose a similar subject combination as outlined by you above. I believe you are on the right track.


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Kate’s Answer


I agree, the classes look fine. I'd encourage you to start your portfolio as soon as possible. A portfolio is a collection of examples of your original artwork. Do an online search for portfolio examples.

In addition to your classes keep a sketchbook/digital sketchbook and sketch every day. Even if you can only spare 5 minutes, sketch something everyday. Make sure to take at least 30 minutes for your sketches 2-3 times a week. Capture your world, as you see it, in photographs. Try looking for something interesting, colorful, or unusual everyday to add to your photography portfolio. Photograph the build environment, nature, people, etc. Create original artwork such as collages, paintings, videos, etc.

Use online resources (Blogs, TED talks, etc) to gain knowledge of color theory, art history, creativity. Look at websites such as thisiscollosal.com.

After completing a University degree seek licensure. In the United States, to become licensed, registered, or certified, almost every credentialing state requires you to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination. Even if your state doesn't offer a credential, earning your NCIDQ Certificate can still be beneficial as you pursue your career.

Contact NCIDQ and other Interior Design Associations (IIDA International Interior Design Association and ASID American Society of Interior Designers) and to see if they have mentor programs that can help guide you.