#interior design careers
History and Theory of Interior Design
Interior design views and trends through various historical periods; cultural influences on interior design practices; overview of the interior design profession as it stands today, including space planning, use of color, and selection of furnishings and other materials.
Introduce students to the development and modern structure of the interior design field.
Materials and Applications
Types of materials used in interior design, including various kinds of stone, wood, plastics and fabrics; sources and methods of production for these materials; uses of materials in construction and interior design; evaluating and purchasing materials with the appropriate aesthetics (look and feel), cost margins and functions for the job.
Familiarize students with the material components of an interior design job.
Model Construction and Presentation
Approaches to creating architectural models, including sketching, handcrafting miniatures, laser-cutting and computer-aided design (CAD); materials and techniques used in drafting and crafting models; maintaining model accuracy; preparing and presenting models to clients.
Ready students to assemble and display models for interior design projects.
Color and Lighting Principles
History of color theory; scientific principles of color and light perception; technical terms used in discussions of color; development of color schemes for interior environments; designing and implementing lighting layouts; natural and artificial light sources, and their impacts on colors and textures.
Give understanding of color’s role in interior design, and of the effects of various lighting types.
Interior Design in Practice
Licensing and certification as an interior designer; day-to-day operations of an interior design business; writing proposals, bidding on jobs, setting budgets and schedules, negotiating with outside contractors, and managing a project from start to finish; marketing and expanding an interior design firm; legal and ethical issues in the field.
Prepare students to assist in running an interior design company.
Briefly introduces the interior designing career. Produced for the US Department of Labor.
Certifications and Licensing
Certification for interior designers varies by state, but most require designers to pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification examination. Visit the NCIDQ website for eligibility information. Interior designers who plan to specialize may opt for additional certification from trade associations or professional organizations; a certified kitchen and bath designer or lighting specialist, for example, can provide clients with additional expertise.
Full-time versus part-time:
Interior designers need flexibility in their schedules. Because so much of their work involves clients, they must be able to accommodate the clients’ schedules. Weekend and after-office appointments are common. Although most designers work full-time, self-employed interior designers have more scheduling leeway and may work part-time.
Here are some of the top websites for researching a career in interior design:
- American Society of Interior Designers � With state of the industry reports, videos and an extensive learning library, the ASID website is an excellent first stop for prospective interior designers. Visit the Student Lounge section to find information on becoming an interior designer, resources on career development and applications for student competitions.
- International Interior Design Association � This organization provides an international network of designers and design students with educational materials. The IIDA absorbed the Institute of Business Designers in 1994 and maintains a focus on business design, but residential designers are also well represented. Qualifying students may find help from the IIDA to defray the cost of qualification exams. The forums and resume center are especially useful to prospective designers.
- National Council for Interior Design Qualification � This website is a wealth of information about the NCIDQ certification exam. Eligibility requirements, testing supplies and webinars help students prepare for the test and focus their career aspirations. The Interior Design Experience Program gives entry-level designers valuable guidance in building their professional portfolio within a mentored program.
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design � The NASAD site lists information about hundreds of accredited interior design schools. Students who are looking for a good educational fit will find resources to help them choose the right program for them. A search feature provides contact information and site links to accredited programs.
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