Interior Decorating Services V200600 (Full-Time)
|August 20, 2013||
MTWRF (8 am - 2 pm)
12 Months (1050 Clock Hours)
Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(This program begins every semester.)
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
Basic Skill Levels:
TABE Test Scores: 9th Grade Reading, Math and Language
(In lieu of the TABE test, degreed applicants may submit proof of a U.S. college degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the Application for Admission. Please click here to view a list of approved regional accrediting agencies.)
This program prepares students for initial employment in interior decorating occupations or starting their own businesses.
The program concentrates on design and decorating fundamentals: furniture styles, window treatments, lighting, textiles, floor coverings, color design, wall coverings, furniture buying and accessory selection. Instruction includes orientation to interior decorating careers, working with clients, selling, using computer aided software (CAD) to draw and interpret floor plans and understanding climate control. Graduates receive a diploma from Erwin Technical Center in Interior Decorating.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Interior Books and Supplies for April 2013 Class
Interior Books and Supplies for June 2013 Class
Graduates are qualified to become self-employed or seek employment with department stores such as J.C. Penney's, Dillards, Macy's and Sears; furniture stores such as Thomasville, Haverty’s, Norwalk, IKEA, Restoration Hardware, and Kane’s.
Graduates may also work with small design firms, builders working with model homes/condos and kitchen planning, staging homes for realtors or working as event planners to decorate for weddings, large parties, etc.
Salaries for graduates range from $11.00 - $45.00 an hour. Many jobs are commission-based.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do students learn in the Interior Decorating Services program?
Students learn to work with clients, sell interiors, draw house plans, decorate different rooms in various styles, calculate floor, carpet, wall and window treatment measurements, meet project deadlines and work on a timetable.
Students also learn about color and developing color schemes.
What types of experiences might graduates experience as Interior Decorators?
Interior design decorators might arrange and sell furniture, sell carpet/floor coverings, select wallpaper/paint, design kitchens/bathrooms, decorate television studios/theatrical stages, be an accessory designer, decorate model homes, work on home renovations, decorate new homes, specialize in children's rooms, decorate condos/homes, decorate yachts/airplanes, coordinate colors, fabrics, and patterns. They might, also, stage homes for real estate sales or working as event planners.
What personal characteristics are important for success in the Interior Decorating field?
Interior Decorators should have a good eye for color, be creative, be able to work well with people, dress professionally, have high energy, be self motivated, be good problem solvers and have an out-going personality.
Interior Decorators should have good sales skills and be able to 'sell their personality' to clients.
What types of field trips are taken during the program?
Field trips are taken to decor firms, window treatment interiors, carpeting/tile companies, model homes, local significant historic architectural sites, granite fabricators, upholstery shops, and fabric wholesalers.
How would Interior Decorating Services graduates progress towards starting their own business?
Graduates can get a Interior Decorating Diploma from Erwin, be licensed and work as an Interior Decorator. Some graduates eventually want to begin their own businesses, but it is strongly suggested that one initially gains valuable experience by working for someone else.
Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by J. C. Penney's Custom Decorating, Ethan Allen Home Interiors, Home Depot Design Center, Burdine's Furniture Gallery, West Coast Paints & Wallpaper Co., Suncoast Paints & Wallpaper, Sears Custom Decorating, Norwalk Furniture, Kanes Furniture, All Interior Furnishings, Thomasville Furniture, Lowe's Design Center, Flack's Interiors of Atlanta, Macy's, Storehouse, IKEA, Restoration Hardware, MMD Events, and independent design firms.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about the Interior Decorating Services and Interior Design career fields?
Click here for more information.