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Does anyone have any college recommendations for interior design

im looking into it

Thank you comment icon Here is an article on the top schools. https://www.decorilla.com/online-decorating/interior-design-schools/ Adrienne Barron

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Julie’s Answer

Colleges are ranked online, so it all depends on where you are looking geographically, but that information is easy to find depending on what is important to you, i.e. cost, location, BS vs BA, etc. A school with opportunities to study aboard would be a bonus.

My advice to anyone entering the field of Interior Design is to consider going the direction of technical design (interior architecture) with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts where you can bring your talents to an architectural/engineering firm. Many people with a bachelors or associate degree in Interior Design work in retail, which is rewarding, but on the lower end of the pay scale. Do your research and make sure you have realistic expectations of the job market for the direction you want your career in Interior Design to go.

Best of luck to you!
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Imani’s Answer

"Otis College of Art and Design prepares students in the art and design capital of Los Angeles for a dynamic future in the creative economy. The College educates a diverse community of over 1,200 students in a supportive setting to become highly skilled professionals in established and emerging creative sectors." https://otis.edu/
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Everett’s Answer

Research schools and interior design programs... then read the fine print and select ONLY the ones that are CIDA accredited. This is a type of 'formal' accreditation that the School obtains that proves they are providing a legit Interior Design curriculum that meets the requirements that are set forth by the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Designer Qualification).

You may ask yourself, 'Ok, so why is this important?'
This is important because you can take your BA of Interior Design from the CIDA accredited institution and submit it with your application to the NCIDQ Board to obtain your formal NCIDQ Certificate.

You may ask yourself, 'Ok, so why do I need an NCIDQ certificate?'
You need an NCIDQ certificate to submit with your application to the State in which you live and choose to provide design work in.

You may ask yourself 'Ok, so why do I need to register with the State (ie. Nevada, if you live in Nevada for example).
You register with the State to provide interior design services to "The Public" (ie. not just Residential Design). Also, some states have LAWS that specify you can't call yourself or Market via your website, that you're an "interior designer" unless you're actually registered with the State's Board.

You may ask yourself 'Ok, so what happens if I get 'caught' callling/marketing myself as an Interior Designer if I'm not registered with the State.
Answer...You'll receive VERY large fines by the State. I know of a few people I went to school with whom didn't obtain their NCIDQ license, and therefore couldn't register with the State of Nevada, and they were 'caught' and served $25k fines to pay.

The more you know :)
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