Hi! I'm a junior in high school looking to major in Interior Design. At
first I wanted to go into Architecture, but after a lot of research I
came to the conclusion that the workload would have been a little too
much considering I would love to join a sorority and get involved in
campus life. I've been research the Interior Design major, but haven't
been finding much so I was someone on here could give me some
Schools I'm thinking about if that helps:
On Friday 18 January 2013 10:30 jhonnilot wrote in alt.home.repair:
Being a Brit I have no idea how your Uni/college courses work - though I do
know about the British side because I work at one.
So in general terms I would say:
1) Do you have any natural design aptitude? Have you ever chosen a paint
colour scheme, actually done it and had people agree that it looked good
(and "everything white" does not count!)? Or designed a room layout, even in
your own house? I doubt if that ability could readily be taught. Enhanced
perhaps with a toolset of skills, but not if there's nothing there to begin
with. You could be taught technical skills with oil painting, but that will
not automatically make you Rembrandt.
1a) Related point - can you visualise 3D in your head? Are you good with
spacial distances? If I showed you a picture of a sofa and a picture of a
room, would you know exactly how the sofa would look in the room without
resorting to CAD? Some people are naturally good at this, some people are
completely hopeless. I do not think it is an absolute problem, but it is
2) Is an Architecture course so much harder that you really don't think you
could manage it or afford it? If you can become an accredited architect
(certified, however that works where you are) I suspect you will always find
work. Doesn't have to be the Empire State Building - plenty of "ordinary"
work doing homes and apartments too.
3) Do you really need a course for Interior Design (cf point 1 above) -
perhaps taking an internship with a respectable design company could teach
you a lot more. Might take longer, but you'll have the exposure to practical
skills that universities do not always teach. If you show aptitude, at least
you are likely to walk straight into a job with them - or another company
they recommend you to.
Choosing how to spend a few years in a life affecting way is always a hard
choice - worth spending some time.
What you should be able to do is visit some of those colleges (etc) that you
are thinking of, ask some questions - one of which should be "what
percentage of your alumni get jobs in the field of Interior Design?".
Good luck :)
Tim Watts Personal Blog: http://www.dionic.net/tim /
"It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent
College is four years, what you learn in college is forever.
If you plan to have a life long career after graduating, go for the
If you plan to have an occasional or part time career, a college degree
isn't needed for interior design. That is not to say that courses in design
would not be useful, merely that no degree or licensing is needed for
Clearly someone who has a skewed opinion about what time at a college is
2) join a sorority and have a "campus life"..
You can party much cheaper and even be paid for it, by going as a ski
patroller on a big hill.
If you go to school, do it for the most education you can get. "Campus life"
should ONLY be a sideline activity that you fit in around your studies.
If you go out and get a degree in architecture, you have a good chance of
doing FAR BETTER for the rest of your life. It also means that you will have
a shot at a much better social life FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE..
A mature nut..
My biggest discoveries in college was during frosh week.
While other guy was busy getting drunk, their dates were not
Since they were limiting their consumption, , they were more than
happy to hang out with a guy who also limited his consumption.
In many instances, I was the one who walked them home or to their dorms
I never had a problem getting a date.
And I was always a popular partner to events whenever a girl needed an
Consequently, being the early 70s, at the height of the "sexual revolution",
my odds of not sleeping in my bed that night were more than excellent.
I'll admit with hindsight, that a lot of it may have been "vengeance sex"
But I had no problems with that.
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