What qualifications do you need to be an interior designer?
To become an interior designer, you'll need relevant education and industry certifications. Most interior designers have a bachelor's degree and have earned NCIDQ certification. However, those with an Interior Design Associate Degree can get their foot in the door with an entry-level job as assistant designers, visual merchandisers, residential designers, and more.
How long does it take to become an interior designer?
Since interior designers need a relevant educational background and may be required to earn professional licensing after graduating, it can take a minimum of two years to become a designer. It also helps to start building your portfolio of past projects to show off to potential employers. You can even include some of the completed projects from the interior design courses at Penn Foster.
What is the average salary of an interior designer?
The national average salary for assistant interior designers was $41,243 in 2022, according to data from PayScale.1 Salary for designers can vary based on where you live, your work experience, and a variety of other factors.
Can I learn interior design at home? Can I start my own interior design business?
Through Penn Foster's online Interior Design Degree, you can learn the skills and knowledge to become an interior designer from home, on your schedule! You'll also learn the basics of starting an interior design business through our Professional Practices course, including marketing and managing your business.
What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?
While the terms interior designer and interior decorator are often used interchangeably, they each have different job descriptions and duties. Interior designers are required to have more in-depth education and their duties can include making structural design changes and understanding building regulations and codes. Interior decorators, on the other hand, don't work with architects or other professionals to create new spaces, but instead, work with clients to decorate spaces that already exist.