This website is for students of interior design--a great resource that looks at the potential of a career in interior design. Definitions, career paths and skills needed are looked at here. Questions typically asked by students are answered--including "What is the difference between a decorator and an interior designer?"
American Society of Interior Design--This is one of the two main interior design organizations that works to advance the profession through education, advocacy and outreach. The larger of the two organizations with over 38,000 members, ASID has over 48 chapters and many student chapters at colleges and universities. On their web page you can find information about the career of interior design, student information as well as current issues in interior design.
International Interior Design Association--formed from the unification of a number of smaller organizations, IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of more than 10,000 Members in 8 specialty Forums, 9 Regions, and more than 30 Chapters around the world. This organization is more architecturally oriented and typically more commercially oriented than ASID, but both organizations have cross-pollination in all fields of design. As with ASID, on their web page you can find information about the career of interior design, student information as well as current issues in interior design.
National Council for Interior Design Qualification--this organization administers the professional examination for interior designers. This test is taken from two to four years AFTER GRADUATION from an interior design program, depending on the type of degree achieved. NCIDQ identifies five paths that students may take to be eligible to take the exam. Traditional students graduating from NVCC are more likely to follow routes 1 or 2; non-traditional students (career-changers) are more likely to follow routes 3, 4 or 5.
Council for Interior Design Accreditation--this organization accredits programs in interior design that culminate in a bachelor's degree. As NVCC's program is not a bachelor's program, but an Associate of Sciences, our program is not accredited by CFID, but our students often complete their bachelor's degrees at a local college or university that has been accredited.
Interior Design Educators Council--this organization is composed of instructors of interior design. This organization was started in 1963 and is dedicated to the advancement of education and research in interior design.