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Beaumont Bell Bellflower Bell Gardens
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Carlsbad Carmichael Carson Castro Valley
Cathedral City Ceres Cerritos Chatsworth
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Colton Compton Concord Corona
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Dublin East Irvine East Los Angeles Eastvale
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Elk Grove El Monte Encinitas Escondido
Fairfield Fair Oaks Fallbrook Florence Graham
Florin Folsom Fontana Foothill Farms
Foster City Fountain Valley Fremont Fresno
Fullerton Gardena Garden Grove Gilroy
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Hanford Hawthorne Hayward Hemet
Hesperia Highland Hollister Hollywood
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Irvine Jurupa Valley La Canada Flintridge Laguna Hills
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La Verne Lawndale Lincoln Livermore
Lodi Lompoc Long Beach Los Altos
Los Angeles Los Banos Los Gatos Lynwood
Madera Manhattan Beach Manteca Martinez
Menifee Menlo Park Merced Milpitas
Mira Loma Mission Viejo Modesto Monrovia
Montclair Montebello Monterey Park Moorpark
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Vallejo Van Nuys Ventura Victorville
Visalia Vista Walnut Walnut Creek
Watsonville West Covina West Hills West Hollywood
Westminster Westmont West Sacramento Whittier
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Yuba City Yucaipa


 

What to Ask Interior Design Schools

Once you have decided on the interior designer degree that you would like to earn, you can start the task of reviewing your college options. Location will be an important factor, particularly if the school must be within driving distance from your CA residence. Of course if you have decided on attending a school online, or are willing to move to attend classes, then location may not be a qualifier. The fee for tuition will narrow down your options also. But choosing the cheapest school or the one that is closest to your house are not the ideal ways to make your decision. There are other factors that you need to look at as well, such as the reputation and accreditation of the program. Following are a few concerns that you may want to address with the programs you are looking at to get those answers in addition to others in order to help you compare and subsequently pick the ideal degree program.

Is the Interior Designer School Accredited? It's imperative to make sure that the interior design college and program that you enroll in has been accredited by either a regional or national agency. One of the most highly regarded in the industry is the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Schools earning accreditation from the NASAD have gone through a rigorous assessment of their programs and instructors. Just confirm that both the degree program and the college have been accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency. Not only will it help establish that the reputation of the school and the quality of the training are excellent, it may also help when obtaining financial assistance or a student loan. Often they are not available for non-accredited schools. Also, a number of California employers will only employ graduates of accredited colleges for entry level jobs.

Does the College Ready you for Licensing? As we previously mentioned, several States do require that interior designers get licensed. This would require a passing score on the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam as well as a degree from an accredited program. And in several of those States requiring licensing, at least 2 years of work experience may be required also. Therefore aside from providing an exceptional education, the  CA school you enroll in should also furnish the proper training to pass the NCIDQ examination and satisfy the minimum licensing requirements for California or the State where you will be working.

What is the Program's Job Placement Rate? Once you have graduated and earned your interior designer certification, you will probably need some support in finding your first job. Ask the schools that you are reviewing if they have a job assistance program. If yes, find out what their job placement rates are. A high rate is a good sign that the school and its programs are highly esteemed within the interior design profession and its students are in demand. It could also indicate that the school has a sizable network of  CA business contacts where they can refer students to secure internships or jobs after they graduate.

Is Financial Aid Offered? Get in touch with the financial aid departments for the  CA schools you are reviewing and find out what kind of assistance they offer. Many of interior design schools provide financial assistance to their new students. Certain colleges provide partial scholarships while others provide support in acquiring federal student loans or grants. It must be stressed again that choosing an accredited college is essential for qualification in most cases. Often a program that has a higher tuition may actually be less expensive than its competitors because they offer more generous financial assistance.

How Big are the Classrooms? Small classes are more personal and conducive to personalized instruction. If classes are larger, you probably will receive limited individual instruction from the teachers. Ask the CA schools you are reviewing what their typical student to teacher ratios are. If practical from your home, go to the school and attend a couple of classes. Take the opportunity to speak with some students and ask what their experiences have been. Ask the instructors what their teaching philosophies are and what their credentials are in interior design.

Are Classes Accessible that Fit your Schedule? Last, make certain that the interior designer school you choose provides classes the fit your busy schedule. This is particularly important if you plan to continue working while attending college. If you can only attend classes in the evening or on weekends near CA, make certain that those classes are offered. If you have a full-time job and can only enroll part-time, confirm that is an alternative as well. Finally, find out what the process is for making up classes missed because of work, family or illness.