Interior Design Interior Design is a program in the applied visual arts that prepare people to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing residential and commercial interior spaces. Education Interior Design programs intend to prepare people for employment in the various fields of Interior Design. Four-year programs interior designers Two-year programs interiors salespersons product representatives interior design service persons provide the first two years of a four-year interior design program. National and California Pay CALIFORNIA PAY: Wages vary by level of skill, experience and reputation. Earnings are typically low during the first years, but increase with experience and skill. Many earn salary plus commission. California Labor Market Information (LMI) Entry/Low Pay Average Pay Top $3,315 $4,867 $5,823 & up NATIONAL PAY: Bureau of Labor Statistics Entry/Low Pay Average Pay Top $2,269 $4,252 $6,896 & up Licenses needed All interior designers must be licensed pass a certification exam. Working conditions Large corporations work regular hours in well- lighted and comfortable settings. Smaller design consulting firms adjust their workday to suit their clients' schedules and deadlines, meeting with clients during evening or weekend hours when necessary. Consultants and self-employed designers work longer hours and in smaller, more congested environments. Job Outlook Job availability for any occupation can change with national and global economics, unexpected political events and natural disasters. Current events can change demand for jobs quickly. Preparation needed A.A. degree Training programs related to interior design and interior architecture. Additional on-the-job training. Experienced, three to five years of work experience. College Preparation Computer applications drafting Graphic techniques Principles of interior lighting Acoustics Systems integration Color coordination Furniture and furnishing Textiles and their finishing The history of interior design Period styles Basic structural design Building codes Inspection regulations Applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design Skills Attention to detail, ability to work under pressure, and ability to communicate and work with clients. Knowledge of building systems, equipment, components, and interior construction. Knowledge of colors, textures, and design is important. Knowledge of woods, textiles, and decorating products. THANK YOU!
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