Interior design, as defined by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, “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.” In the state of Louisiana, interior design is a licensed profession.
To be a licensed interior designer in Louisiana, there are three requirements: education, experience, and examination. The interior design program in the School of Architecture and Design offers the Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) degree, a first professional degree that prepares students with the entry-level knowledge and skills required to pursue a variety of careers in interior design. To become a licensed professional a graduate of our program also must earn 3,520 hours of eligible work experience under a licensed design professional (1,760 of these hours can be earned before education is complete). This combination of education and experience makes you eligible to sit for the interior design licensing examination. Upon passage of the exam, you can become a licensed and registered interior designer in the state of Louisiana. In addition to Louisiana, 25 other states including Florida and Texas, plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico require licensure of interior designers.