Friday, March 2, 2012

Interior Design: School vs. No School?

Hello my lovelies!  I hope your Friday has been going well so far.  I am so excited it's the weekend!  I couldn't be more thrilled to have a few days to relax, spend time with friends, and sleep in!  Today I am posing a question to you beauties- and I am hoping you will comment with your thoughts!  There are so many wonderful interior designers out there.  I know that some of you went to school and got a degree in Interior Design, while some did not.   I know plenty of designers that have been successful going both routes.  Design is all in the details, and sometimes individuals just have that eye that can bring together a room nicely.

I posted here about my recent decision to pursue a Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Houston.  I couldn't be more thrilled about this- mainly, because I am finally taking a step of faith and obeying my inner pull towards design!  I already have an undergraduate degree in Energy Management, a business degree, from the University of Oklahoma.  I graduated with this degree in the spring of 2010 and quickly went to work for an energy company in Houston, TX- where I reside today!  I am so grateful for my business degree and the knowledge and real-world experience I gained from interning with 2 companies and now working with another for close to 2 years.

{Graduation Day- May 2010, me, on the left, and my friend Grace}

I had no idea I had any sort of passion for interior design until after I graduated.  It only took decorating my first apartment to realize how much I truly enjoyed fusing different elements together to create an overall beautiful aesthetic.  Still, it took 2 years for me to really discover this was more than a hobby for me.  I have decided to get my degree because I want the confidence in understanding every element of design.  I will be taking classes in drawing, drafting, lighting, human elements, color fundamentals, architecture, and environmental and sustainable design.  Do I think I HAVE to take these classes to become an interior decorator?  No, not necessarily.  I realize bloggers do E-Design and are hired for residential projects without any interior design degree or background.  But for me, I feel it is important to take the time to understand the science of design and become more knowledgeable for future clients. 

But I want to hear your opinion- do you think I am making a mistake by going back to school?  Do you think it is unnecessary to spend thousands of dollars of my savings on an education?  Or do you think I am making the right decision?  I would love to hear your comments- and will take each one in to consideration.  I value your opinion! 

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