Interior designers create the environments in which we live, work and play. They work with residential and non-residential spaces and generally specialize in one or the other. They understand not only the fundamentals of design, but also its technical development in such areas as drafting, computer-aided design, presentation and interior construction. Interior designers also must have knowledge regarding lighting and building systems as well as federal, state and local building codes.
Interior designers are an integral part of any such project and should be 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 a space and to learn about the client's 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 select furniture. They also plan additions and renovations.
The College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) at the University of North Texas (UNT) offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Interior Design. Our faculty members have years of experience, both nationally and internationally, as independent designers, consultants and architects. Your coursework will focus on computer-aided design, lighting, green and sustainable design, design for special populations and the history of furniture and architecture, among other subjects.
Many graduates of UNT's interior design program work as designers with established design and architectural firms or own their own businesses. Teaching interior design at the college level may require an advanced degree.