Interior Design Department


 

Interior Design
 
Department

 

Greetings from the
 
Interior Design Dept!


Thank you for your interest in our program. There are two possible tracks at Delgado for persons seeking an education in Interior Design. The first is the Interior Design Associate Degree program. This program caters to students that are seeking a post secondary degree in Interior Design. The Associate Degree is 72 credit hours or two years. (That is two years with a minimum of 18 credit hrs per semester including a summer semester).

 
The second option is the INTD Technical Diploma program, which is 60 credit hours or two years. (That is two years with a schedule of 12 hrs per semester including a summer semester.)  The Technical Diploma is only for students that hold a postsecondary degree; the program provides the required number of classes in order for students to sit for the NCIDQ licensing exam while exempting students from retaking general education classes. (For current NCIDQ exam requirements go to ncidq.org)
 
The program requirement sheet detailing both programs can be found by clicking here; it provides the order in which you should take your classes.

 

 

Who Are Interior Designers?

  According to National council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The Interior Design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience and examination, to protect and enhance the health, life safety and welfare of the public.” Please go to NCIDQ.org for the full definition.

 

 


       Why is a Degree important?

  Did you know that using the title Interior Designer is restricted in 26 states in the US? Louisiana restricts the title and practice of Interior Design. The Louisiana State Board of Interior Designers (LSBID) is the state regulatory board for Registered Interior Designers in Louisiana. The LSBD states, "Practice of interior design means the rendering of services to enhance the quality and function of an interior area of a structure designed for human habitation or occupancy.” For further information on Interior Design licensing, please go to lsbid.org.