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Employment and Endorsement

The Interior Design industry, like many professional career fields, is tied to the economy. Fortunately for designers and students, projects are increasing and firms are very busy again. In addition to design and architectural firms, career opportunities include kitchen and bath design, computer-aided drafting and rendering, sustainable design, advanced lighting design and universal/barrier free interior design.

Salaries range from $36,000 to $43,000 for entry-level interior design positions. These figures will vary depending on individual portfolio skills and specific career goals. Salaries may be based on the design position or tied to sales performance. Students generally need one to three years, or more, of additional work experience after graduation to establish higher salaries. Professional development may include additional education or passing profession exams of selected career paths and/or state registration requirements. 

Successful interior designers must combine design aestherics with strong technical skills. In addition, they need to be detail-oriented, have strong business management ability and possess interpersonal communication skills. They must have the ability to learn new technologies, meet work deadlines and be creative in problem-solving.

National Kitchen and Bath Association Accredited Program

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)  

The NKBA accreditation of COD's Advanced Kitchen and Bath Certificate validates the quality of the program. If you are considering entering this program, you can be confident that the information and skills taught in these classes are state-of-the-art in every respect. After completing this certificate program, your resume will be enhanced by the NKBA educational accreditation when it is reviewed by future employers and clients. 

Gainful Employment Information
View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities. 


Contact Information

For more information please contact interiordesign@cod.edu.

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Jane Kielb, Coordinator Interior Design
(630) 942-2508

Shelly Mocchi, Instructor Interior Design
(630) 942-2538

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048