You may be able to study interior design from home, or online, or go to a number of different schools, colleges and universities.
Check for accredited courses and note who the accreditation is with - do thorough research into your choice of course before you make your final decision.
In the much of the United States and Canada, you will likely have to take the N.C.I.D.Q. qualification exam (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) to call yourself an 'interior designer'.
Recommended Reading if you are Considering or Starting Interior Design as a Career
Some books you might find useful when deciding if interior design is the career for you, or if you are starting, or progressing your career...
Becoming an Interior Designer - C Piotrowski
A great look at interior design as a career - a good book for anyone contemplating interior design as a career, or looking into interior design career paths...
Starting your Career as an Interior Designer - RK Hale and TK Williams
Ready to launch your new career as an interior designer? Start with a look at this useful book...
How To Open & Operate A Financially Successful Interior Design Business - D. Leone
A great starting point for anyone considering interior design as a business. Lots of useful information, business plan help and accompanying CD-Rom.
Advanced Redesign: How to Maximise your Profits - B Jennings
A good book for those starting an interior design career and especially those looking to develop and grow existing businesses.
Make more profits by including additional services, and expanding your range.
Professional Practice for Interior Designers - C Piotrowski
Looking at interior design as a business - including business practices you need for your business to succeed...
The Interior Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating and Budgeting - TS Williams
If, like most new designers, you find the hardest part is knowing what to charge for your services, this excellent book is the one for you.
Number one for the money and accounts side of your business and making a profit...
Interior Design Clients: The Designer's Guide to Building and Keeping a Great Clientele - TL Williams
For any successful business you need customers - this great book covers how to find your first customers, how to present your services, keeping your customers happy - and building up your clientele base.
Good luck with interior design as a career.
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