Interior Design Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose a career as an interior designer?

Design is an expression of the way we live, especially in the area of residential interiors. An understanding of basic principles in residential design expands the appreciation of our surroundings and offers a multitude of possibilities for professional, commercial and personal development.

What is the average salary for an interior designer?

Earnings of interior designers vary greatly, depending on education, training and, experience. A Miami Dade County Occupational License is required to offer residential design consulting services as well as registration with Miami-Dade County Tax Collector. (Note: the certificate does not allow students to qualify for a license as Interior Designers from the Florida Board of Professional Regulations.). THE CERTIFICATE IN INTERIOR DESIGN DOES NOT FULFILL NCIDQ LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS.

What sets the University of Miami Certificate in Interior Design Program apart from other programs?

Our program offers through an accelerated preparation a background in the basic elements of design as well as a broad introduction to the many aspects of the profession. A foundation based on core principles allows students a broader comprehension of concepts and decisions. Our instructors are all industry professionals who have demonstrated teaching ability and subject matter expertise.

Are there special admissions requirements?

No.We only require that you have a high school diploma and are computer literate.

When can I begin the program?

Refer to the academic calendar.

What materials are required for this program?



Recommended Text:

Nielson, Karla J., and David A. Taylor. Interiors: an Introduction. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2011

Foundations of Interior Design by Susan Slotkis


Interior Design Materials & Specifications by Lisa Godsey


Drawing I & II


Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors/Basic Skills by W. Otie Kilmer/Rosemary Kilmer

Sketch Up MAKE

Portable Parallel Drawing Board 18” x 24”

Two drafting triangles 30-60 and 45/90 (Any size is good, 12” is recommended)

Templates and Architectural Scales: Circle Template, Bath Room Template, Architectural Scale

Drafting Pencil: wood or mechanical with different leads

Eraser & drafting pencil sharpener

Drafting dots

Erasing shield

Color pencils

18” x 24” Tracing Paper Roll

11 x 17” and 18” x 24” Vellum Paper Pad

USB Drive

**Please see attached Basic Drawing Material Guide for recommended brands and tools

**Most supplies can be purchased at Pearl Art and Craft Supply, Utrecht and Jerry’s Artarama of Miami

Professional Practice

Recommended Text:

Becoming an Interior Designer:A Guide to Careers in Design,

2nd Edition, by Christine M. Piotrowski, ISBN-10: 0470114231

Presentation Techniques


USB Drive


Who should enroll:

  • International professionals that seek to practice design in the United States
  • Those searching a career change
  • Students interested in exploring design
  • Those that have always envisioned being able to better understand the mysteries of a good design as a personal expression

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