Masters in Interior Design Programs Overview
Many colleges, universities and interior design schools offer Masters in Interior Design programs where students learn design concepts and aspects of interior spaces as well as methods to understand the unprecedented challenges in the industry. Contemporary interior designers have to stay abreast of sustainable design practices, new developments in technology and find innovative ways to address social changes and new client needs.
Some programs are considered post-professional degrees, and are intended for students currently holding a Bachelor’s degree in interior design. Other programs are geared to students who hold a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. Prospective students may be required to submit a portfolio.
There are masters programs that focus on embellishing an existing space as well more architecturally-oriented programs focus on spatial design. Potential concentrations in the field include residential interiors, sustainable design, or healthcare interiors.
Accreditation and Licensure For Interior Design Schools and Professionals
Students may want to verify whether the National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredit the Interior Design Masters Program, or Interior Design schools they are considering. If the program fulfills the education requirement it will qualify graduates to sit for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) professional licensing exam.
Licensure requirements for interior design professionals vary by state. In some states, only licensed designers may do interior design work, while in other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do this work; however, only licensed designers may use the title “interior designer.” In still other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may call themselves interior designers and do interior design work.
FUN FACT: About 1 in 4 interior designers were self-employed in 2014[i]