I have heard that NCIDQ is adding an eligibility path based on experience? this change will be annouced this fall 2012? Does anyone have any information about the criteria? thanks!
Okay smartie pants what is the difference between an interior decorator, an interior designer and an interior architect?
1. Do you think peoples confusion with interior design and interior decoration will ever go away? And is HGTV all to blame?
2. Do you think the interior design organizations cater to woman? Lots of events they sponsor are female centered. Also awhile back the IIDA Facebook page posted a link about dressing for an interview. Upon clicking the link it was all for women… Not that I need help dressing myself its just a little alienating.
I am considering the independent study Interior Design course via NYIAD as a path to CID and doing interior decorating work. While I would like to pursue credentials as an actual interior designer, I am not sure that I am financially able to do a second BA/BS (I have a BA in Psych and an MA in Teaching)…not to mention, my “day job” doesn’t permit time to attend physical classes (100% travel). What is your opinion of the NYIAD course and CID certification?
This may not be a valid question. My apologies beforehand.
Is there such an issue as a historical concept of “Interior Design” or an “aesthetic foundation” to what we call Interior design?
I seem to remember a photograph a long time ago when I took an elective from the Interior Design Dept. of my art school that showed the ruins of an ancient greek house with holes in the floor for where the furniture was to go. (I think it was part of an article on recreating the greek furniture. this would be in the mid 60s of the last century).
I ask, because it would seem that an historical or aesthetic foundation would be a place to build from. A basic question I would ask if there were such a foundation would be, “What is the human motivation to organize and arrange the living environment relative to Interior Design?”
I’m sure it sue it shows, but I’m not in the field of Interior Design but have art history and aesthetics as well as general design as concentrations in my Fine Arts diploma. (Found you from LinkedIn).
Here’s something I have not been able to find any discussion of online and I could really use some advice on: I’m in the lighting design business, which has similarities to the interior design process. We have potential clients that sometimes ask for example images for their fixture needs that they will use to determine if they will hire us or not. Once we give them that, of course they never call us back because they are then shopping for this item themselves. How do you politely and clearly correct a potential client’s error in crossing the line on what they can (and should ask) versus what they should not ask prior to hiring us? As of now we say that is part of the consultation process, but that we are happy to give them references and to feel free to browse our portfolios (which we email them). This doesn’t seem to work. As of now, we have a 0% success rate for anybody that asks this question whereas we have a great success rate with people that do not ask this question. So obviously we’re saying something wrong.
Hi! My name is Francis and I’m already 28 y/o. I am thinking of going back to school again and take a new course that I am really interested with -well, a sort of career shift. I’m currently working as an accountant. I am eyeing for Interior Design course because I think it will develop my creativity and passion for the arts, at the same time I think that it is something that I would really enjoy doing. I’m not a very artistic person and not skilled that much but I think I have potentials awaiting to be developed. Now, one of my major concerns is the fact that I’m working. I have read some articles that being an ID student will require a lot of time in a day. Maybe you can share some advice? Thank you.
I have a question. What are your professional thoughts on the following school and their program: New York Institute of Art and Design and their online program in Interior Design. They offer the RIDQC certification through the Designer Society of America.
I am from UT and looking to move to Texas next year. I just finished my Associate’s Degree in Interior Design here, but unfortunately my program has less hours than is required to sit for the NCIDQ. My question for you is, are you allowed to practice Interior Design in Texas without being NCIDQ certified? Can you practice under the name “Interior Designer”? I understand you must be certified to become an RID with the state, but I couldn’t find any information for non registered and non certified designers. Could you shed some light on this topic for me?
I am working with an Interior Decorator (calls herself a Designer) who charged me 20% for project management on all the home improvement purchases (flooring, labor for installation, furniture, lighting, etc.). She did not list the 20% in the contract I signed. Do you have any recommendations for me on where to understand what my rights are as her client?
Hello! I appreciate you taking the time to reply to everyone here. I’m pretty sure I want to take my hobby and turn it into a small business. But first, I plan to complete an online certificate program (probably NYIAD… I know, I know) just so that I can get some sort of formal instruction on the topic, but mostly for my own personal growth and learning.
I’m not really interested in becoming a certified interior designer solely because the process seems very cost and time prohibitive for this 33 year old that already has a bachelor’s degree (student loans aren’t something I want to revisit). After reviewing the pathways for the NCIDQ and my state’s stipulations, I can say with certainty that getting your ID certification and license is more arduous than becoming a Registered Nurse! No joke! If money were no object I’d enroll in a 4 year program today. I would *love* to learn about building codes and all the other stuff that a piddly little certificate program doesn’t cover. But alas.
I think I understand the limitations I will have by not being certified (and it is a bummer because all of that stuff seems so interesting). I know if I want to make structural changes to homes I would need to align myself with someone qualified to approve that scope of work. So my question is… who would be the best professional to bring on board for these types of projects? Structural engineer? Architect? Remodeling Contractor? Or perhaps it all depends on the scope of work for each type of project?
I guess what I’m trying to figure out is what the typical “team” of professionals looks like when you what to knock out walls and the interior designer is not certified. Who does the client typically hire first? Who should I be networking with?
And last question. I would love to learn the (daunting) program Sketchup but would really like to enroll in a course of some type (Youtube videos just don’t do it for me). Do you know of any reputable online programs that can get a novice to a proficient level5?
Thanks so much for your time and consideration!
Hi! Question regarding recording your hours necessary for becoming a licensed interior designer. If I have worked at numerous firms (some during school others after graduation) am I allowed to submit individual work verification forms for each? I don’t need just one supervisor or sponsor to sign off on all the hours correct?
Hi! I am looking into becoming an interior designer in the state of Florida and want to just really focus on residential projects. My question is would you recommend becoming RIDQC certified or CID? Or both/ other option? I really want to just learn more about the benefits of these different certifications and why some would be better than others.
Please let me know and thanks!
I know some of the posts on NYIAD date back to 2014, but I finished the course earlier this year and I thought I would weigh in for those who are considering signing up.
First, I signed up for the course several years ago. I had a successful career in marketing and branding and retired early in 2016. If I would have followed my true calling, my career would have been interior design (my favorite part of running my agency was designing work spaces—kinda telling…). I signed up for the NYIAD for my own personal development and not to become a designer in these later years of my life. I knew realistically that if I wanted to hang up a shingle and do residential and commercial design, I needed more that what NYIAD could provide.
The course is self directed and you have several years to complete it without having to purchase an extension. The course materials are delivered to you, but I found them somewhat lacking and ended up adding a few more tools. The course covers the basics: how to properly measure rooms, windows, doors, etc., basic sketching of floor plans and elevations, color theory, lighting and lighting planning, furniture styles and history, fabrics, basic business practices for interior designers, and of course lots of manual drafting. I was disappointed that there was instruction on CAD, but I do feel the amount of manual drafting was helpful in really building that skill.
Overall, I really enjoyed the course. There were places where the curriculum seemed dated and a few of the assignment instructions were not very clear, but I felt I learned a lot and it supplemented my knowledge of interior design. Interaction with instructors wasn’t easy, you have to set appointments or email questions, but I do feel I got honest and fair critiques of my work and good advice. You are required to present moodboards for two rooms (along with a few other assignments) in order to graduate. I completed the course and was awarded a certificate of merit for my designs. In the end I did feel like this was a significant time investment and I felt a sense of accomplishment for completing the course.
I signed up for the RIDQC. I debated doing it since it is not very well received. In hindsight I probably would skip it and put that money towards more education.
On a final note, upon completion of the course, my advisor encouraged me to enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program where I would have access to studio time. That is kind of telling about how far the course can take you.
Hello Sir. I’m currently trying to decide between two ID Bachelor degree programs and would like your advice.
Program One is a BS that focuses primarily on the technical aspects of ID and architecture. Program Two is a BFA that focuses primarily on the design aspects and only has maybe one or two technical classes.
I assumed whichever program I picked, I’d shore up the weaknesses with a minor. However, the school offering Program A has weak or unrelated art minors and the school offering Program B has the same problem with tech minors.
I’m pretty balanced in art and tech myself, so, all else being equal, I wondered if you had an opinion on which of these programs would be most useful toward my intend career, which is residential design. Or, which one would be easiest to supplement?
Thanks in advance.
Hi! Looking to get certified as a interior decorator, though I know it is not necessary in FL. Which course/certification would you say is best for residential use? I am looking at CID vs RIDQC but open to other suggestions. Also, can a interior decorator assist with bathroom and kitchen tile, cabinetry, countertop and fixture choices?
Hi! Don’t know if this is the right place but I am looking for some NCIQD’s to help with me business. I am a licensed contractor who wants to kick things in high gear and need some designer help. Do you have a list of names I can contact in the Matthews area?