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Interior designers do more than just make rooms look pleasing to the eye. They also concern create structurally sound, compliant interiors that meet the needs of their clients. Once a client agrees on a plan, the interior designer's job is to oversee the installation of the project and ensure it stays within the scope of the client's budget, as well as regulatory requirements.

Florida Interior Design Schools

Usually a bachelor's degree is required for the interior design field. Many of Florida's universities and institutes of higher learning offer programs for prospective interior designers to gain the skills they need to succeed in their profession.

  • The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale: Students can earn a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Art Institute, where they will study economic design and safety with regard to interior architecture.

  • Florida International University: Voted the 9th best interior design school in the country by DesignIntelligence, FIU offers a CIDA-accredited interior architecture program for undergrad and graduate students.

  • Florida State University: The undergrad and graduate programs offered at FSU fully prepare students for National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification.

  • Ringling College of Art and Design: The school's "Better World By Design" program focuses on the social and economic impact of interior design, which goes a long way toward maintaining relationships with major industry associations and Fortune 500 companies.

  • The Art Institute at Miami International University of Art and Design: MIU offers bachelor's and master's programs in interior design, and accepts transfer students from select educational institutions across the country.

What to Expect from Florida Interior Design Programs

Though you will have many options when registering for specific interior design programs in Florida, your coursework will likely involve the following studies:

  • Architectural drafting and design: Learning best practices for creating economically and structurally sound interiors

  • CAD software training: Using computer software to plan and design interiors

  • Art Theory, Trends, and History: Understanding various styles of interior design throughout the ages, as well as the underlying concepts behind such designs

  • Sociology and communications: Studying the needs of your clients and learning to communicate effectively with others involved in the design process

  • Compliance: Studying the legal guidelines that must be followed when designing interiors

Florida Interior Design Certification

Though not required for professional interior designers in Florida specializing in residential buildings, those looking to work with commercial businesses and public organizations will need to earn a professional certificate from the state.

You may gain licensure by receiving endorsement from a current professional, business or corporation that specializes in interior design, or by passing the NCIDQ examination.

Resources for Interior Decorators in Florida

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More Florida Interior Design Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Total Enrollment
Miami
Doctorate
56,718
Miami
Bachelors
56,001
Gainesville
Doctorate
52,669
Tallahassee
Doctorate
41,362
Lake Worth
Bachelors
30,052
Jacksonville
Bachelors
21,092
Winter Park
Masters
18,605
Fort Lauderdale
Doctorate
18,335
Fort Pierce
Bachelors
17,598
Sanford
Bachelors
17,550
Cocoa
Bachelors
15,769
Daytona Beach
Bachelors
13,970
Jacksonville
Doctorate
4,222
Winter Park
N/A
1,546
Miami
Masters
1,461
Sarasota
Bachelors
1,456
Fort Myers
Bachelors
887
Clearwater
N/A
410
Tampa
Bachelors
8

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Interior Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Interior Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Interior Designers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville230 $51,530
Cape Coral-Fort Myers320 $47,690
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin80 $46,650
Lakeland-Winter Haven70 $41,310
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach1740 $53,210
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island230 $53,840
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton210 $45,890
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford600 $50,370
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-BrentN/A $42,340
Sebastian-Vero BeachN/A N/A
Tallahassee70 $47,550
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater590 $42,220

Sources:

  1. Ringling College of Art and Design, http://www.ringling.edu/Interior-Design
  2. Department of Interior Architecture and Design, College of Fine Arts, http://interiordesign.fsu.edu/about/
  3. Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, https://www.artinstitutes.edu/fort-lauderdale/programs/interior-design/470
  4. Interior Architecture, FIU, http://carta.fiu.edu/interiors/about/
  5. Interior Designers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/mobile/interior-designers.htm

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