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I am a high school student and I have some sense of what I want to study in college. I have come down to Interior Design or Interior Architecture. I know that Interior Architecture is somewhat of a combination of Interior Design and Architecture, except they work on the inside of the building rather than exterior.
I like the sound of getting to re-do the entire interior of the house/building so I want to get into Interior Architecture but after searching for colleges that have Interior Architecture as a major, I couldn't find a lot. I guess I did find some but I don't really like the schools.
So I was wondering if I would be able to major in interior design and get a M from Architecture and maybe be an Interior Architect that way? Or would that take too much time?
I've heard that many interior designers end up going back to school to get degrees for architecture as well so I'm in debate. I'm not really into the whole exterior of a building thing...
Please help me! Thank you!
My new co-worker got her interior design degree and then later an M.arch and she is a better architect than I will ever be - why? I believe designing from the inside out creates a better design - and no it does not take any more time + with all the TI(tenant improvement work) the dual degree, Interiors then architecture is a better mix - You don't want to be just a lo paid "grunt" like me - I have no future in my office - none
Interior Design v. Interior Architecture is mostly semantics. People often think Interior Design = Decorator (which isn't true) so they throw the word architecture in there to make it sound more legit.
That said I would highly recommend pursuing Interior Design/Architecture as opposed to traditional architecture. I would argue that you will probably do more "architecture" as an interior designer than most architects would.
I've heard this from many people that interior arch/design is fr more lucrative than straight architecture. Why is that? Aren't "interior architects" not licensed?
In the office I work, the Interior designer makes way more than I do -
I agree (with August) that interior design and interior architecture are basically the same thing. I would go with the best program rather than excluding the "interior design" options.
Perhaps Interior Design/Architecture is more fun because designers are spending more time working on actual projects rather than chasing silly licenses :)
When pursuing Interior Architecture, do the masters programs teach the same basic design courses? Or is it an entirely different approach and set of classes?
Also, I was warned that pursuing a masters in architecture while working full time would be next to impossible but a lot of the ID/IA programs I have found and night part time options. So it is making me wonder if ID/IA is a bit of a different course than straight architecture.
there is a masters degree program in Interior architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, and this program is specifically designed for working professionals, all classes are evening classes.
interior architecture and interior design are more or less the same thing...interior decorator is a different story
"interior architecture and interior design are more or less the same thing...interior decorator is a different story"
sad part is many architects do not understand that concept either. and we expect clients to differentiate between interior designers and interior decorators.
About the Cal Poly program, is it basically a design oriented program along the same lines as a regular M.Arch?
I am trying to figure out what the difference is? I mean I was told by my advisers that arch school required a lot of attention and that they're all full time. I mean it was told to me that it would be like going to med school and that it would be tough even with a part time job?
So that is why I am wondering why there would be a part time program for interiors? I am wondering if it's less design oriented? Less rigorous?
this is actually very informative.
Yes this topic discussion is very informative. Keep it going guys!