Since the 1870s interior design has been delivered in South Africa and this education is on par with such programs that are offered in most developed countries in the world. There are many interior design schools, colleges and universities in Africa. Furthermore many of the interior design programs are offered at registered private colleges. The educational requirements in Europe differ between interior architects and interior designers. Traditionally Interior Architecture in Germany has been taught at polytechnic universities or universities of applied sciences. Normally baccalaureate programs are three years in length. The adaption of the university system in this country to the international degrees Masters and Bachelors has led to a restructuring of degree programs. Many diploma programs have been transformed into consecutive graduate Master programs since university education traditionally lasted at least five years. Interior design education in Canada can be acquired through the university or college level. A degree is not required to become a registered professional designer unlike the programs offered in the United States. 7 years of combined educational and work experience is required before one can take the professional examination to become a registered interior designer once accepted into a program.

Interior design schools

Many interior design schools offer degrees in Interior Design. Some of the colleges furthermore offer Interior Design program as stand-alone program. Masters degrees are also available although this advanced degree is less common than the baccalaureate degree. Many educational institutions have expanded beyond the traditional, studio-based instruction in interior design by offering degree programs online for distance learners. Like the ones offered in traditional form, programs online feature a comprehensive curriculum under offerings ranging from 60-credit diploma courses to certificate programs, and to as many as 132 credits for a full-blown baccalaureate degree program. Post secondary education is recommended, especially a bachelor’s degree. However, it is not required for entry-level positions in Interior Design. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico plus 3 states license interior designers and nineteen states certify or register them. Graduates may enter a one-year to three-year apprenticeship to gain experience before taking a national licensing exam or joining a professional association, following formal training. Training programs are available for interior design schools, colleges and universities and usually take two to four years to complete. Graduates of both 2-years and 3-years programs are awarded certificates or associate’s degrees in interior design and normally qualify as assistants to interior designers upon graduation. All the graduates with bachelor’s degrees usually qualify for entry into a formal design apprenticeship program. Designers may choose to take the national licensing exam or choose to become members of a professional association following the apprenticeship. Membership in a professional association is an indication of an interior designer’s qualifications and professional standing because registration of license is not mandatory in all states. People with degrees from any interior design school must be creative, imaginative and persistent and must be able to communicate their ideas in writing, verbally and visually in addition to processing technical knowledge.