What I Actually Learned in Design School

When I realized after graduating from college that I wanted to pursue a career in interior design, I had some major decisions to make. From all of the job postings and career advice I had read, it seemed to me that a degree in interior design would be necessary to make it—or at least make money—in the industry. So I spent the summer researching programs and schools, eventually settling on a part-time program I could tackle in the evenings, while working in a design showroom at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart during the day.

Less than a year after finishing college, I was back at it, spending three evenings a week at design school in classes ranging from drafting to building codes to color theory. Looking back, was it worth it? Considering that some of today’s top interior talents are self-taught, it’s tough to say. But if I could go back and do it again, would I still go to school? Oh yeah.

Keep scrolling to find out what I learned and why I wouldn’t give it up.

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