Interior design degrees, is getting an Associates acceptable?

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designer in Los Angeles, California

70 months ago

pupcake:

seriously, if you can apply for state college/university which has accredited program in interior design, it will save you some money.

as long as the program is accredited, you will learn all the basic skills you need for your career. the most important thing is real working experience and networking. interning and working for firms that you like will be very beneficial to your career. without real work experience, even you go to a famous art schools, it doesn't help much.

don't get yourself into more debt.

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pupcake in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

Thanks for your advice.

Which accrediting organization should I look for when looking into the cheaper programs?

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pupcake in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

Thanks "designer" but I already checked that last thoroughly. None of those are cheap by any means. I got barely any money from Federal loans and I can't get approved for a private loan, so it looks like I can't go to any of those on the list. The ones that are slightly cheaper (not by much) are about 2-5 hours away. There's no way I can afford it without private loans.

If I go to a community college toward an Associates or something, will any of those classes ever transfer over to one on the CIDA list if I can somehow get enough money later on? I'm thinking no, since they won't be CIDA accredited?

This is so frustrating. Why is it so expensive, ugh.

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designer in Los Angeles, California

69 months ago

i thought state university will be cheaper. may be it's different in IL.
for course work transfer, you have to check with the school(s). different schools have different systems or transfer program.

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AprilAries in Fort Worth, Texas

68 months ago

Hi pupcake,

Definitely call Harrington and verify that the courses you take at the community college will transfer. Some universities allow transfers, but only for certain courses.

Good luck!

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ReviveDesignStudio.com in Goodyear, Arizona

68 months ago

Whether you decide to pursue a bachelors degree can depend on the type of design you plan on doing. If you want to pursue commercial or hospitality, your best bet is to bite the bullet and go for the 4-year degree. I have an associates degree and work in residential design and that has been great for me. Although I learned quite a lot in school, as others have stated previously, your internship and hands-on experience will teach you much, much more than you can learn in school. So get a great internship.

My advice for those of you still in school is to make as many connections within the design community as you can. These will help you immensely when it comes time to look for internships and employment. Get involved in ASID, IIDA, etc and really put yourself out there now. Best of luck to all of you!

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tlc_designs in Spokane, Washington

67 months ago

I just recently found this discussion forum on Indeed. And I thought your particular stream of discussion was interesting and thoughtful. I don't know if you've already made a decision, pupcake, but I have these thoughts to share...

Two years ago, I graduated from a CIDA accredited university, which has a transfer program specific to a few select community colleges within Washington state. The university actually works in concert with the local comm. colleges to provide standards for a transfer to the 4-year university after an AA is obtained. I advise that you investigate if the CIDA accredited university that you're considering, has such a transfer program.

So let me share with you what I observed... I wasn't a transfer student, but I worked with students who transfered to the University after their AA was completed. The university required them to do an intensive immersion studio, a 6-7 hour studio class daily for 6 weeks over the summer. But after completing that class they continued on in the curriculuum as juniors. What I observed is that many of the transfer students had excellent portfolios of work from their community college experience. I thought that they were actaully more versed in using digital drafting and rendering programs than most of the 4-yr. university students. Further, they had made important contacts in the communities that they would later work. This differs drastically from the limited exposure attained by students like myself who studied in a university-centered small town. Those who got internships in the thriving cities that they studied in, where there is usually an more active design industry that the comm. college instructors are connected with, still have jobs today. Of the approximately 45 co-graduates that I went to school with more than 60% have recently been laid-off. Those still working, have had important experience in internships and may still work for the firm that they interned with originally. Best wishes

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NICOLEM in Addison, Illinois

66 months ago

I would not suggest going this route, since in order to sit for the NCIDQ, you must have a Bachelors degree. I go to IADT and have found that the experience of learning from actual professionals to be extremely beneficial.

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reading in Sacramento, California

66 months ago

Hello Renee,

I tried to email you but your email address will not go through, will you please check it and post your correct email. Thanks ! Terrie

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Renne3 in Valencia, California

66 months ago

Hi Terri,
Thank you for letting me know but, that is my correct email address. The only thing I see is that it has a period at the end of it that is not suppose to be there. So if you are copy and pasting it just delete that period. I hope to here from you soon.

Thanks again,
aRenne

Alyssarenne@yahoo.com

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materialgirl in Newburyport, Massachusetts

62 months ago

Well, I just finished my Associate's at Hesser College in Portsmouth, NH. and it is a state college and it is accredited. I am looking for work experience at this point. If this reaches anyone needing an extra hand with this type of business please reply back to me, thanks. (Here's to Interior Design, an exciting and growing profession!)

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materialgirl in Newburyport, Massachusetts

62 months ago

Renne3 in Valencia, California said: Hello Everyone,
As of today I am new to this forum. I have some great news to share with all of you.

I will first start off by saying that I am an Interior Design Student and I have been an Interior Design Assistant for about three years now. I am on my last semester of College and will be soon receiving my Associates in Interior Design, and I must say that work experience is KEY!!! I have learned more on the job than they could ever teach me in school. So my advice is to look for an internship if possible and get as much hands on training you can in every aspect of Interior Design.

Which leads me to the news I wanted to tell you guys.

I am in search for Student Recruitment Specialists. What this means is the Reputable Home Staging Academy I am working for is looking for Home Staging Designers OR Future Home Staging Designers to recruit students to come and take our Certified Home Staging Design 5 day 40 hour Class.
We are looking for Recruitment Specialists in San Diego County all they way up to San Luis Obispo County. This is a commission based job only and for every recruit signed up to take the class the person who recruited them will receive a commission per head.This is a great opportunity for all Interior Designers and Home Staging Designers to take advantage of during this economic crunch.

If you are interested in learning more information about this process, please feel free to send me a personal email at:

Alyssarenne@yahoo.com.

Please write a short Bio, list any work experience or marketing experience, and some of your goals in this related field.

To your success,
aRenne

Hello, fellow Interior Designer here wondering if they have any companies on the East coast?

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o'riffic in Athens, Georgia

61 months ago

You DO NOT have to have a Bachelors to take the NCIDQ. Read the eligibility requirements again. You can even take it if you have a degree in an unrelated field, and you can take it with an associates in Interior Design. You just have to get some work experience and then take it.

I think at the end of the day, get connected, work hard, focus on your internship and make sure your portfolio is great. Then be prepared to take a job that is not amazing at first until you get some experience. Depending on what you want to do, you should be ok.

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UniversumTech in Staten Island

60 months ago

There are a lot of interior design courses that will provide students with the best education and training about design in particular. Each school has their own specialties and styles that separate them from the rest., The Interior Design Program of Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a chance for aspiring designers to develop their creativity and business sense for interior designing. The program is also accredited by the CIDA, ensuring students that they are getting top education from one of the best interior design schools in the world., The Interior Design School of Winthrop University will allow aspiring designers to grow with their passion for interior design.

Aside from CIDA reference, you can also check out this link:

www.schoolofinteriordesign.org/why-get-an-interior-design-degree.html

Hope the information above will help you more. :-)

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dbrown

55 months ago

Just finished getting Bachelors degree in Interior Design at University of Alabama, looking for employment in Birmingham, Tuscaloose or Atanta or Athens Ga. that will get me NCIDQ certified while working on my masters. Where do I go to get in touch with places that would possibly hire?

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Pennyb in Acworth, Georgia

54 months ago

Hello everyone. I received a Certificate of Interior Design from St. Mary's University in 1993. Fast forward 17 years and I find myself laid off from an executive assistant position I held with a very prominent corporation for nearly 15 years. At age 51, I find myself contemplating the next move in my professional life. I have decided to pursue my one and only passion--interior design! Even in my executive assistant role, I managed to incorporate design into event planning, and even did a few small jobs for senior executives. I have enrolled in a community college in pursuit of my AA. The comments and suggestions on this board have been a real help.

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jim in Rowlett, Texas

53 months ago

o'riffic in Athens, Georgia said: You DO NOT have to have a Bachelors to take the NCIDQ. Read the eligibility requirements again. You can even take it if you have a degree in an unrelated field, and you can take it with an associates in Interior Design. You just have to get some work experience and then take it.

I think at the end of the day, get connected, work hard, focus on your internship and make sure your portfolio is great. Then be prepared to take a job that is not amazing at first until you get some experience. Depending on what you want to do, you should be ok.

yes, you are correct. anyone can take the ncidq exam with a certain amount of experience. this to me is a problem. i only say this because i am college educated (BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS), internationally experienced interior designer in persuit of my ncidq and am having an unbelievably hard time finding a job. my portfolio is impeccable, my interview skills are fantastic and i am an all around good guy. the reason i find this to be a problem is because the ncidq exam is one of the hardest exams for certification of any profession. it has a lower passage percentage rate than the bar exam. the bar exam people!!! to me it just not make any sense that anyone with, oh, 6 years experience and no schooling can take the same test i can with my excellent education and international experience and can land the same job. no attorney in this country would ever stand for that and i do not think we, EDUCATED interior designers, should either. sorry for the rambling.

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A.S. Interior Deziner in Newburyport, Massachusetts

53 months ago

I agree with the NCIDQ being very difficult to obtain. I hold a 2 year degree in Interior Design. I do not know if I will ever have enough credentials to take that flippin exam and or license. For now I guess the clear lines that divide the profeesion and clarify the qualification of someone in this field is tough, the legislature in my area Mass/NH has not been passed for anything yet. It is a tricky field I have realized myself. I do not plan on going to work for any firms seeing as you do need a Bachelor's and or NCIDQ. I feel that for us "Interior Designer's" it is a revolutionary period where we may need to think in different perspective and also I believe we could all benefit more if we narrowed down the type of specialty work we do seeing as it is such a vast and diverse field. Anyway, POWER TO THE DESIGNERS!!!!

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Interior Design Hopeful in Annandale, Virginia

53 months ago

Hi all, I am currently looking to change careers into interior design. I am coming from a legal background and I have completed both my MBA in 2004 and a MA in interior design in 2009. The advice on this board would have been soooo helpful as I was starting out. I had an option after finishing my MBA to go into an accelerated BS program, but I opted to work towards the second masters. I have to say that I loved my graduate interior design program and I think it was the best option for me - as it rolled the undergraduate courses into the graduate courses - making the entire program about 5 years in length. Now I am trying to get out of my legal job and into interior design. I have to take a paycut - but that was to be expected. I have managed to incorporate design into another passion - wedding and event planning - that I am hoping will help make up for the difference in salary that I will experience. Any advice that anyone could give me for breaking into the interior design profession?? All comments would be truly welcome!!

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Interior Design Hopeful in Falls Church, Virginia

53 months ago

Hi ShareDivisions!! I just wanted to thank you for your kind words and your advice (on all of my questions on the forums here)!! I have printed them off and will definitely be visiting your website. Thank you again!!

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Joe Heller in Maple Shade, New Jersey

53 months ago

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candyp in Mahomet, Illinois

50 months ago

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FutureInDsnStar in Fairfax, Virginia

48 months ago

Hello, I'm currently an Int. Design student who is working on completing my Bachelor's Degree. Within these last few months, I've stumbled upon some information that has me seriously wondering.....1) Do I really need to graduate w/ my Bachelor's & incur the endless tuition costs associated w/ such & 2) Do I really need to graduate from a CIDA accredited institution? I work in DC right now, and there is a great school (Corcoran) but it turns out they are not CIDA accredited. Seems that much of the info. that is fed to up & coming Int. Design students is that they must graduate w/ a 4 yr degree from an accredited school. Would love some feedback from fellow Interior Designers who are already in the field and can vouch one way or the other which indeed is true. Your help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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arath in Medina, New York

48 months ago

i finished a 2 year interior design program at alfred state college last year, and i do not want to go back to school, i dont want to be in anymore debt than needed. i was curious to know if i will be able to find a job..currently im looking down south, georgia or virginia, maybe the carolinas. not sure yet. but i dont know how far i'll get..is there any hope??

Aud

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Vidhya Krishnan in Iselin, New Jersey

44 months ago

I have wasted 4 years BS in another line which is not ment for me. Now I am a sit-at-home mother. I love Interior designing and want a carrier in this. I have saved few bucks for it. I think $5000 certificate program in college(which is just 3 months) is better than $6500 for online BA and want to go for it. I need some advice. Do you think this certificate program provided in NY universities are better? Do you think it can give me a start as internships?
Thanks in advance for your advices

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Hope in Riverside, California

44 months ago

Hi there,

I am 19 years old and I am attending a community college close to home. I have been doing research on-line about becoming an interior designer/ decorator. I have my heart set on this career choice. But I am having difficulty choosing the right school. I have considered Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco. I would love to go to any of those locations, however; I read that while at FIDM i would only obtain an Associates degree and my research has informed me that a Bachelor's Degree would be a better choice. I was hoping for some advice as to what school I should attend (Southern California area) and also what cities would be the best choice to work in, considering the recession were are currently in.

Thank you for your time and consideration, i greatly appreciate it.

Sincerely, Hope

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Hope in Riverside, California

44 months ago

Hi there,

I noticed you are from the Los Angeles area, and was hoping for some advice. I am 19 years old and I am attending a community college close to home. I have been doing research on-line about becoming an interior designer/ decorator. I have my heart set on this career choice. But I am having difficulty choosing the right school. I have considered Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco. I would love to go to any of those locations, however; I read that while at FIDM i would only obtain an Associates degree and my research has informed me that a Bachelor's Degree would be a better choice. I was hoping for some advice as to what school I should attend (Southern California area) and also what cities would be the best choice to work in, considering the recession were are currently in.

Thank you for your time and consideration, i greatly appreciate it.

Sincerely, Hope

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Amahlman in Issaquah, Washington

36 months ago

Is it necessary to get a degree versus certification? Bellevue college offers certificates for sustainable design, and other design certificates. Would be cheaper, faster and more specialized. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Lindsey in Kernersville, North Carolina

35 months ago

I am about to Graduate from a community college with an interior design degree I also have had 2 internships and What I am wondering is what are all the options for me as far as jobs? I know of commercial and Residential but what else is there....

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nerdygirl in Pune, India

7 months ago

Hi,
I am from Mumbai. I am a law graduate and wanted to shift to design. Spatial design to be precise. I applied to 3 programs and got into all 3:

SCAD, Savannah (MFA in Themed entertainment design - 2 yrs)
Parsons, New York (AAS in Interior Design - 1 yr)
FIT, New York (AAS in exhibition design and visual presentation - 1.5 to 2 yrs)

Can anyone give me any comments on the merits and demerits of these programs? I need to decide quickly where I should join. Money is not that big an issue since I ve been saving for some years for this.

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Megan in Mountain View, California

2 months ago

Hi

Can you tell your story a little bit? I am having a hard time with switching from a Bacjelor of Scuence background into design because of the portfolio. How did you build yours? How has this gone for you? Did you choose. School?

nerdygirl in Pune, India said: Hi,
I am from Mumbai. I am a law graduate and wanted to shift to design . Spatial design to be precise. I applied to 3 programs and got into all 3:

SCAD, Savannah (MFA in Themed entertainment design - 2 yrs)
Parsons, New York (AAS in Interior Design - 1 yr)
FIT, New York (AAS in exhibition design and visual presentation - 1.5 to 2 yrs)

Can anyone give me any comments on the merits and demerits of these programs? I need to decide quickly where I should join. Money is not that big an issue since I ve been saving for some years for this.

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