In a vocational school, students can gain a professional education in architecture, basic engineering, computer aided design (CAD), textiles, drawing, ergonomics, furniture design, perspective and spatial planning.
Many postsecondary schools that offer an interior design education will award degrees or professional certificates. Upon successful completion, graduates can go on to an apprenticeship program, after which they may take a national licensing exam from the NCIDQ (National Council Interior Design Qualification) to become a certified, licensed or registered Interior Designer. (Licensing requirements and titles may vary from state to state.) In addition, many professionals will seek continuing education courses to maintain licensure.
A quality arts and design education enables the graduate to work in several design industries, including architecture, engineering, fashion, furniture manufacture, and other related design fields. Of course, the professional interior designer with an advanced interior design education may opt to become an entrepreneur and create their own line of products and/or services for consumers and commercial markets. While earnings vary depending on level of training and experience, salaries may be as high as $70,000 or more annually.