(Closed) Any interior designer bees?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
365 posts
Helper bee

I hate to break it to you, but SCAD is around $30,000/year.  Its a wonderful school and I’ve had a couple friends go there for various programs, but its expensive.  My school has the same tuition rate, but I’m on partial scholarship.  There are some schools that will give you a good education for far less, but as far as the way employers look at your degree, sometimes you get what you pay for…  Are you eligible for any federal grants or scholarships?

I *almost* went to school for interior design.  I did it as a hobby for a couple years, and after my mom had me collaborate with her designers when she redid her house, I had two job offers come in without having any formal education on the subject.  But I wasn’t sure that the income would be as stable as what I would like, and since I’m going to be the moneymaker more so than Fiance, I opted for a different field.  Also, I didn’t have nearly as much fun when I was designing for other people as I did for myself 🙂

You didn’t say what type of interior design you are interested in.  If it is commercial, then you might want a bigger school like SCAD.  However, if you are leaning towards residential, look at your state universities.  I live in Kentucky and I have had a couple friends go to the University of Kentucky for interior design and they actually had a decent program.  Be careful about some of the smaller schools.  Look at reviews for them online.  Some of them are not worth your time (I had experience with one of those pushy ones…turns out they were not worth my time or money and I’m glad I found that out beforehand).  Talk to your local design companies (have you had any prior experience or do you have a portfolio?).  Networking is one of the best shortcuts sometimes 🙂

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