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Interior designers create the environments in which we live, work and play. Students learn about residential and commercial spaces and generally specialize in one or the other.
As a student in the Interior Design program, your coursework will focus on understanding human needs, design for special populations, sustainable design solutions through space planning and finishes selection, color, computer-aided design, lighting, and the history of furniture and architecture, among other subjects.
Graduates of the program understand the fundamentals of design and technical development in areas such as construction document development, computer-aided design, presentation and interior construction. Interior designers also must have knowledge regarding lighting and building systems and federal, state and local building codes.
Interior designers are integral to any building project that includes interior spaces and are involved early in the building and planning process. Before beginning a project, the interior designer meets with a client to determine the intended use of space and learn about the client's needs and tastes. Interior designers prepare drawings and specifications for interior construction and work closely with architects and builders. They design lighting and interior details, coordinate colors and specify finishes and furniture.
Graduates of UNT's Interior Design program may work in specialized design services in architectural, engineering and related services. As licensed and registered interior designers, graduates may work with established design and architectural firms or begin their own businesses. Teaching interior design full-time at the college level requires an advanced degree, such as an M.F.A. in Design.
Commercial designers may specialize in the following specialty areas.
Projected employment for interior designers in Texas is expected to rise by 11.47 percent through 2028. Source: Texas Workforce Commission Labor and Career Information.