There are a couple of promising options for those researching schools that offer interior design programs in the San Antonio area. One program that warrants consideration is the University of Texas at San Antonio’s program. Unlike some schools which only offer degrees with the option for a concentration in interior design, UTSA offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design which is accredited by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation). More information, as well as degree requirements, can be found at their website via the following link: http://www.utsa.edu/ucat/Chapter2/bside.html.
Another accredited option in the San Antonio area is University of the Incarnate Word, a private school which offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Environmental Design. Within this university is a student organization, The American Society of Interior Design, whose members have opportunities to gain experience and knowledge by working with professionals. A link to follow for a good overview of the program is: http://www.uiw.edu/ied/index.htm. The website is laid out very nicely, with a lot of information and some photos demonstrative of the facilities.
Students who graduate from interior design programs will have learned critical skills and knowledge necessary to conduct successful careers as licensed interior designers, either through self employment or with a design firm. Individuals who have successfully completed an interior design degree and are ready to begin their careers may be able to secure a full time position with a larger corporation, but should expect positions with small firms to be on a per-job basis. Those who are self-employed tend to have more stress in some areas, such as trying to find clients and trying to stay within budgets and timelines of those clients, and they are also apt to work the most hours.
Some places require that individuals become licensed through The National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) in order to practice as an interior designer. The laws vary greatly throughout the United States, so those who are not anticipating becoming licensed through NCIDQ should remember this when choosing their living/working location upon completion of their degree.
San Antonio is an area rich in culture, one example being the famous battle of the Alamo. The site is now a museum with several hotels and other tourist attractions nearby. There are a lot of other entertaining things to do and see as well, including San Antonio’s River Walk, a zoo, Sea World, Six Flags, and several museums including the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art. The San Antonio area has generally good weather, with average lows ranging only in the lower forties, and average highs ranging anywhere between 62 and 95 degrees throughout the year. The average annual precipitation is 29.05 inches (source: visitsanantonio.com).
San Antonio is a good choice for students not living in the immediate area, as there are several travel options. San Antonio International Airport is within miles of downtown. There are several freeways serving the area as well, three of which together create a route that encompasses the downtown area.
In closing, students who are looking for a fun, cultural environment in which to live while pursuing a degree in interior design should consider these two programs in the San Antonio area.