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This Certificate Could Change The Way You Approach Your Career

August 1, 2018 at 11:00AM
This Certificate Could Change The Way You Approach Your Career

At Parsons, we have a longstanding tradition of being at the forefront of interior design education, offering the first program of its kind in the U.S. As a new option this fall, our flexible certificate in Interior Design is offered entirely online. So what does that mean for you?

Certificate Requirements:

All students will gain a firm grasp of interior space planning, drafting, color theory, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to further tailor your experience with two online electives of your choice. View certificate details here.  

Industry Landscape: 

As an interior design professional, you could be making an average salary of $56,462/yr in top hiring cities around the country, including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Offering multiple tracks that enable you to choose your path in the industry, this certificate is a great place to get started if you’re interested in becoming a Design Consultant, Commercial and Industrial Designer, Art Director, Furniture/Design Store Manager, or Antiques Dealer. 

Always evolving, the industry no longer just means “designing interiors.”  Someone with keen interior design skills could also collaborate on projects ranging from film sets and high-end weddings to even insta-worthy experiential spaces like Refinery29’s 29Rooms or the Museum of Ice Cream

(Source: EMSI, Glassdoor)

Open Campus Benefits:

Beyond the flexibility of the program itself, you will also have access to the #OpenCampusNetwork of resources, professional faculty, and accomplished alumni who all add to the richness of the certificate’s ecosystem.

Career Resources

Continue your professional journey with access to career guides, webinars, podcasts and other tools that will allow you to reimagine your network, your profession, your team, and your life. Expand your world by connecting to a thriving hive of professionals, outliers, and creatives bound together by the same values—and all leaders in their fields. Whether you’re pursuing one of our forward-thinking certificate programs, delving into new short courses on design thinking, or taking advantage of online, on campus, or hybrid coursework, it’s never been easier to connect to the future of business—and open yourself up to a transformative experience. 


Events like our Open Campus Expo or Parsons Info Session allow you to attend short, free pop-up courses in a range of topics if you’re still deciding what you would like to study. These events are also a great time to meet with program advisors, who can speak to more of the details of a given program including outcomes and time commitment. 

Alumni Stories

After a seasoned career as a commercial photographer, Jennifer Levy decided on a career shift and enrolled in the Interior Design and Architecture Studies Certificate at Parsons at Open Campus, to gain necessary interior design skills. Levy went on to create CAVdesign—an interior design company helping people solve their design problems by combining the practical with the imaginative. She chats with us about her decision to change careers later in life, what excites her about interior design today, and why a tape measure can be the key to your (interior design) success.   


Many of the Open Campus faculty members are working in their field while also teaching. This gives them (and you) a unique perspective on the skills and knowledge needed to make an impact in the industry. 

Written by Casey O'Connell for Open Campus.

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