How do I Learn Interior Design Online?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

These days it is possible to take courses in almost every subject online, including interior design. You will be asked to complete reading and assignments just like students attending classes in traditional classrooms. One difference is that your professor will likely rely more heavily on web resources than a professor teaching courses in person. It is also likely that you will be asked to log in to an online meeting space at particular times during which you and your classmates can participate in a discussion with the professor.

A home decorated by an interior designer.
A home decorated by an interior designer.

You can choose to take just one course or to complete a degree in interior design through an online program. Furthermore, many universities now allow students to take some classes in person and some online. This is especially useful for students who have very busy schedules or live far away from campus.

While you are working toward a degree or certificate in interior design online, there are a number of topics that your courses are likely to cover. You will probably begin with the basic elements and perhaps the history of interior design. The basics of interior design include information on choosing colors, textiles, and furniture to outfit a specific space. When you get to a more complex level, you will begin to learn about how to tie together entire floors of residential and professional buildings.

As you study interior design online, you are also likely to learn how to work on specific spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens, and dens. If you decide to take a course that includes landscape and garden design, then you will also learn about how to decorate outdoor living spaces like patios and the areas surrounding swimming pools.

If you plan on opening your own business, you can also take courses in business management while you are working toward your certificate or diploma in interior design online. Many schools offer courses in how to manage the accounts and finances of an interior design business. It is also likely that you will have the option to take courses that will teach you how to market your interior design business and how to work successfully with clients.

There are a number of schools that allow students to study interior design online. A quick Internet search will allow you to peruse your options and choose the program that best fits your needs and your interests. If you are interested in combining traditional classes with online classes, contact the school that you wish to attend and ask if you can come to campus for an informational interview. If you plan to only study interior design online, you should be able to contact an admissions counselor with any questions that you might have.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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