If you’re interested in becoming an interior designer, deciding the right school can be a complicated choice. Maybe you’re already busy with another 9-5 job and looking to make a switch- without putting your career on hold during the transition. Or maybe you’re a parent and can’t afford the time it takes to travel to and from a residential campus and sit in class. Maybe hands-on learning is important to you and you want to complete practical drawing and scaling projects.
In any case, there are tons of things worth considering before you dive in. For answers to a ton of questions about starting an interior design career, check out our most complete, comprehensive guide.
NYIAD’s Interior Design Course was created with the mission of making education more accessible and practical for aspiring creative professionals. Our courses are entirely online, and we don’t enforce deadlines or due dates. Even though it only takes the average student six months to finish the program, we give everyone two full years to work their way through, fully self-paced.
So when North Houston-based interior design blogger Jessica Conner enrolled in our interior design course, we asked her to document her experience with each unit on her blog. The course itself is six units long, covering everything from lighting and fabrics to contracts and pricing. She’s currently on unit four, so if you’re interested in hearing about her journey so far, be sure to check that out.
“I am so incredibly thankful for NYIAD trusting me to represent them through this course,” she shares. “The school has been so helpful at helping me navigate something that is truly near and dear to my heart. If you have any questions about the course please feel free to email me, I’d love to help!” (You can reach out to her with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Each unit includes reading assignments and tons of HD video. You’ll watch professional interior designers walk through showrooms, talk about concepts of balance, discuss their own design careers and more. You’ll complete interactive projects such as the “room condition checklist” and “lifestyle questionnaire” in unit one. Not only that, you’ll do mock designs of your own- starting with the basics of room sketching. By the end of the course, you’ll actually graduate with a small beginners portfolio you can share with clients.
“So,” Jessica begins, “let me start off by saying I am halfway done with the course and I feel very equipped to handle clients and give my professional opinion. I have learned so much that I feel very confident halfway in! Take the leap, plunge, jump whatever you want to call it. If you truly feel that tug in your heart that this is something you want to pursue… DO it!”
To read her full overview and feedback on Units 1-4, click here for the interior design course review.