Careers in Interior Design
Iowa State interior design graduates are employed by interior design and architectural firms, retail stores, and the design departments of corporations and institutions. Some are self-employed and own their own studios. Some are involved in areas of specialization, such as offices; restaurants, hotels and resorts; health-related facilities; retail and exhibition design; places of worship; schools; museums and theaters; government facilities, etc. Still others are involved in specialized aspects of the field such as lighting, color and materials specification, manufacturer’s representation, sustainability, adaptive re-use and historic preservation.
Many employers prefer to hire entry-level interior designers who have internship experience, which significantly reduces the amount of on-the-job training they must provide. Our degree program includes an internship requirement, and we also offer a variety of specialized option studios that help students hone their competitive edge.