Interior designers tackle residential and commercial design projects, managing everything from color analysis to legal and financial issues when renovating indoor spaces. Here are a few qualities that effective interior designers have in common:
- Intuitive: It’s important to stay a few steps ahead of trends and trust your instincts.
- Persistent: You need to work hard and stand by your projects and ideas to get others on board.
- Self-motivated: You take charge of projects and always offer opinions and advice to help others.
- Creative: In design you need to think outside the box and bring in fresh ideas.
- Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
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What is the difference between Penn Foster Career School’s Interior Decorating Career Diploma and Penn Foster College's Interior Design Associate Degree programs?
The Penn Foster College Interior Design Associate Degree Program teaches students to tackle residential and commercial design projects, covering everything from color analysis to legal and financial issues. The Penn Foster Career School Interior Decorator Career Diploma Program focuses solely on design aspects such as style, budget, and room layouts. Note that interior designers are required to be licensed in most states, while interior decorators aren't. Interior design graduates can work as design assistants but will have to have several years of assistant work before they can take the licensing exam. Interior designers must have knowledge of building codes and construction, while interior decorators often do not.
Is the Penn Foster College Interior Design Associate Degree Program eligible for industry recognition and/or certification?
Graduates of the Penn Foster College Interior Design Program may submit Penn Foster College transcripts to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to receive education hours toward NKBA certification requirements. Graduates may also apply for membership to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Additionally, this program provides 45 credits towards meeting the educational requirement for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) licensing exam. Students must also complete at least 5,280 hours of work experience under the supervision of a licensed and/or NCIDQ-certified designer before becoming eligible to sit for the exam.
Will my Penn Foster College credits transfer to other schools?
Penn Foster College credits have been accepted for transfer into many colleges across the country. Students should check with a specific college to see if they accept our credits, as credit transfer can vary depending on the school. Also, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. For more information on transferring credits, click here.
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