Major Overview

Are you interested in designing the interior of empty spaces and structures? Do you want put the finishing touches on that newly built office building or apartment complex? Although interior architects share a lot with interior designers, they do much more than just pick colors and patterns. Interior architecture focuses on the actual architecture of the building and its construction. So you may choose furnishings for a space, as well as design windows, molding and other decorative finishes. Students will also learn technical issues like making old buildings safe from environmental hazards. Essentially this means that students of interior architecture will learn how to design indoor spaces that are both functional and attractive.

As an interior architecture major, there will be many different classes that you will need to take. Although each institution has its own requirements, a majority of these classes will include: art, design, environmental psychology, history, building systems, English, geometry, physics, architecture, drafting, professional development and computer design.

Required Skills

This is a unique field that attracts many creative and self-motivated individuals. It combines two very popular fields of study into one occupation. In order to be successful you should be ready to learn about how to preserve and restore old buildings. This field requires extensive knowledge on architectural design and style throughout history and today. It is imperative that you understand building codes and safety regulations. A student will be able to build both physical and virtual models and draw plans of their own designs to scale. Perseverance and determination are important characteristics for students who will be drawing and redrawing, thinking and rethinking, making and remaking, and inventing ways to look at the world and create it into a physical space.

A student of interior architecture needs to meticulous and yet creative. Not only will students be designing spaces, but they will also be marketing their business skills, preparing estimates, configuring contracts, and planning and managing projects. Internships or work experience are highly recommended for success in a future career.

Careers

A degree in interior architecture allows students to go in many different directions. Some students decide to work for architecture and engineering firms. Others may choose to go into interior design firms. Although it is not necessary, some people decide to continue their education in a more concentrated manner. More advanced degrees allow students to get jobs more readily in their specified field.

Graduates with a degree in interior architecture average $35,258 as a starting salary with a mid-career salary of $67,403.

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Yearly Graduations
 400
Average Starting Salary
$35,258
Average Mid-Career Salary
$67,403

Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Interior Architecture might open up.

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Interior Designers
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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