How Do You Get An Interior Decorating Degree?

How do you get an interior decorating degree? There are different levels of accreditation you can get as an interior decorator. Interior design is a popular field and with the increase of design shows and...

Interior design is a popular field and with the increase of design shows and networks on television, many people have become interested in learning more about this field. There are a number of ways to pursue your decorating dreams. The following are a few of your options available.

Kathy Dodson, award-winning interior decorator and owner of Decorating Dens, says that there are plenty of interior decorating schools where you can begin or further your design education. She says that it is not a standard four-year college degree, but that there are various levels of accreditation that you can achieve. To become a professional interior decorator, however, she says you will need to get a design license. "For that, there are tests you have to take," she says.

According to, to become a professional interior designer, many states require a state-issued license. It also states that in order to get a certification by the American Society of Interior Design, one would have to pass an exam given by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification. To learn more, you can visit for testing requirements.

Dodson also says, "To decorate though, you don't have a have a license. You can say you're a decorator and be a decorator." She says that there are some innate skills you have to have whether or not you're going to get a degree. "Some people just have a knack for it. People who have never been able to pull their own house together probably shouldn't be an interior decorator. If that is the case, going to school is not really going to teach you what you need to know to be a designer."

If you think you have what it takes to do interior design, but you do not want to do it professionally and go to the trouble of getting a license, you can always further your own personal design skills in a number of ways. For example, many community colleges offer interior design classes that teach the basics of interior design. Once you have learned the basics, you can often build off of those with your own personal style. If you do not want to have to study or take tests, some community colleges will let you take these courses as non-credit courses, meaning you will not receive formal credit for them, but you also don't have to be graded.

Another great place to learn design skills is through local businesses. Many home improvement stores, for example, offer design seminars free of charge or for a nominal fee. These seminars may center around decorating in general or focus in on a particular topic.

Whatever your goals for interior design, there are many resources to help you achieve them. Searching online will provide a wealth of information about interior design associations, various classes available and schools dedicated to decorating, just to name a few. With a little research, you can find the method of learning that best suits your needs and be on your way to becoming a better interior designer.

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