Interior designers are artistic, imaginative, and creative people with technical, managerial, and interpersonal skills. Becoming an interior designer requires more than just having these characteristics and skills. Most companies require at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in interior design or a related field. However, many will accept a bachelor’s degree in another field as long as the potential employee has coursework and experience in interior design. With the technologies available today, many schools are now offering an interior design degree online.
In addition to a degree, some states require accreditation and licensing before working as an interior designer. The two main accrediting agencies are the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam will also need to be passed in order to become an interior designer.
Once a degree and the proper accreditation are acquired, designers can head out into the real world with a variety of different fields available for them to pursue.