Online Interior Design Bachelor’s Degree

Overview

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Interior designers do much more than pick out throw pillows and paint colors – they carefully design spaces to improve the way we live, work, think and feel.

While considering factors such as cost and sustainability, interior designers work to make spaces functional and aesthetically pleasing. In addition to residential spaces, they design the inside of hospitals, offices, restaurants and retail stores.

An online interior design bachelor’s degree can give students the necessary creative, business and computer skills to excel in the field.

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Course Work

Example courses
Programming and space planning
Fundamentals of design
History of interiors and architecture
Residential design
Materials and sources
Color: perception and application
Introduction to sustainable design
Restaurant and retail design

Students in an online interior design bachelor’s degree program will complete core course work in 3-D design, computer-aided design, drawing, drafting, materials, architectural detailing, lighting, color, residential design, office design and the history of design. Generally students must also complete an internship.

Some online degree programs allow students to focus their course work in specialties such as sustainable design, branded environments, digital technology, historic preservation and commercial interior design, among others.

In some states interior designers must hold a license. Requirements for licensure vary by state, though most include a passing grade on a state-approved exam, a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of interior design work experience, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Assistant interior designer $33,000
Junior interior designer $38,000
Senior interior designer $65,000
Design director, interior design $84,000

*per PayScale.com

Many interior designers are independent contractors or work for specialized interior design firms. They may also work with architectural and engineering services, furniture and home furnishings stores, building material and supplies dealers, and construction services, according to the BLS.

Employment in the field is expected to grow 19 percent by 2020, slightly higher than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS. Professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association offer continuing education, career and networking services.

Interior designers earn a median salary of about $46,000, with the top 10 percent earning more than $85,000 annually. The top-paying metropolitan areas include San Francisco; Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Hartford, Conn., according to the BLS.

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