"Is an online interior design school right for you?"
Taking advantage of an online interior design school can be the perfect choice when a traditional college route does not fit your lifestyle framework. Perhaps you are caring for young children and need the flexibility of studying from home. Or maybe you want to keep your current job while you pursue the beginning of a new career.
That was my situation when I decided to begin some interior design course work. I wanted to continue working my current job while I studied, so an online approach was the perfect solution for me.
There are various online programs to choose from. The one I chose and recommend is The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.
Their training format is set up incredibly well.
What I loved most was the fact that classes were not at a specific time. I could work on my courses any time of the day or night while still having interaction with my classmates. Itís really an awesome program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design.
There is something you should understand, though. Just because a program is delivered online does not make it a breeze. At least thatís not what I discovered through my experience. It requires self discipline, especially when coupled with a full time job. I had to devote quite a bit of time working through class projects and assignment each week. The interaction with my instructors and classmates encouraged me to excel beyond what I thought was possible, though. I learned a lot!
The curriculum includes course work on drawing which is very important for developing realistic
interior design sketches
with proper representation of line and perspective. I started my drawing class demonstrating no special ability. Yet, only six weeks later I was able to sketch part of my own home's interior (shown here). It may not be a Picasso, but coming from a guy that could barely do better than draw stick figures at the start of the course, I think itís great! Vigorous study, practice and classmate critiques are key elements of the program that helped me go beyond what I imagined I could do.
The interior design program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online covers a wide range of interior design fundamentals and skill development in subjects that include color theory, drawing, computer aided drafting technology, history of furniture, lighting, space planning, specialty design, textiles and the list goes onÖculminating in the development of a thesis and doing an internship. Exciting stuff! All along the way you are building a portfolio of design projects.
Based on my experience, I highly recommend The Art Institute if you want to take advantage of an online interior design school.
Pursuing an interior design degree through an online interior design school is a great way to realize your dreams without completely disrupting your current career or life situation. I found it to be the perfect solution for me!
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