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Benefits of Interior Design School

Students who attend college and study interior design are ahead of the curves and trends. These students are taught a wide range of skills and information they will need to work after school and continue on in this profession. Those who decide against school and try to start working in interior design are missing out on a number of things.

The students who study interior design are learning and building their foundation. They learn skills in a wide range of areas including production design, interior architecture, and the design of retail or commercial spaces. These skills are all things employers look at when hiring employees.

Interior design students also have the ability to build their portfolio. Interior design firms ask applicants to submit portions of their portfolio for their critique. The portfolio includes assignments the student completed in class, things they did to gain experience, and everything they did while interning. This shows employers the wide range of things the student learned during their years in college, and that the student doesn't need to be taught everything from scratch.

Schools that specialize in interior design or have completed interior design programs have the added benefit of external internships. Internships allow students to gain practical experience in a real life setting. Instead of learning in the classroom, they learn on the job. The internship teaches them how the interior design system works and allows them to gain some much needed experience. There are some internships that only allow students to act as gophers, but even then they see up close and personal how the design world works. It also allows the student to put a relevant item on their resume relating to interior design.

These schools teach the students how to present their skills and information to a wide audience. While in class the student will complete an assignment and present it to their classmates, therefore preparing them for speaking engagements in the future. The student can also take classes on working with clients and learn how to interact with their clients.

Interior design schools give students the chance to network and meet people who can help them in the future. Many interior design schools have societies for students and also allow students to join professional societies for a fraction of the price usually charged. The students meet others who run their own design firms and may have jobs available in the future.

Another benefit for students is that they have the chance to learn the newest technologies like working with AutoCad. Interior design is a constantly changing business. Professionals who studied a decade ago had no idea of the computer programs that would one day exist. Today, students can learn on the newest software and take that into their career. Employers like the fact that the students know this information and will not require additional training on the software.

These benefits are only available to those students who take the time to attend a four year program or go on to finish an advanced degree in interior design. These courses prepare students for the future and teach them the information they need to succeed in their profession.



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