Posted by Julie R. on March 10, 2004 at 17:37:24:
In Reply to: Re: Interior Design vs. Interior Architecture as Careers posted by Clete on March 10, 2004 at 04:52:58:
Having just completed a four year master's degree in interior
design not interior architecture, I can attest the intense training covered a number of design courses. some of these courses included building codes and construction, lighting design, building systems, history of architecture, computer and hand drafting to name just a few.
All accredited four year programs in interior design should prepare each student to become professional designers. Some states require
interior designers have a license to practice. I wish every state did this, because one must have an education in design to obtain a license.
A majority of educated interior designers are not merely decorators,
concerned with fabrics and finishes but are well trained and equipped with the skills, insight and education to sculpt and manipulate any nonstructural space within a building's interior. I would suggest you and your daughter research the design program within each school she is interested in. There are various interior design concentrations some include, hospitality, commercial, institutional and residential. The only difference I have come accross is the architecture programs usually involve additional math/technical courses. A reputable design school goes far beyond teaching about just fabrics, furnishings and finishes. Good Luck!!
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