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Interior Design Schools In Virginia

Virginia has 11 accredited interior design schools where interior design faculty who teach interior design classes can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in interior design in the state of Virginia, which encompasses interior design training at the following levels:


  1. Marymount University

    2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, Virginia 22207-4299

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  2. Northern Virginia Community College

    4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796

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  3. Tidewater Community College

    121 College Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0131

    71 U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. Virginia Western Community College

    3093 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, Virginia 24015

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  6. Virginia Commonwealth University

    910 W Franklin St, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. The Art Institute of Washington

    1820 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22209-1802

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  8. The Art Institute of Washington-Northern Virginia

    21000 Atlantic Blvd Ste 100, Sterling, Virginia 20166

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  9. The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

    4500 Main St Ste 100, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

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Professional Trends

Virginia Vs. National Interior Design Employment

Virginia 1,240
National 40,120

Approximately 3% of the country's interior design professionals work in Virginia state.

Employment Growth for Interior design professionals In Virginia

1,670 1,840 1,630 1,460 1,240
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Virginia, interior design is a shrinking field. 430 less interior design professionals were working in Virginia in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 26% decline in the field. This is faster than the trend for interior design professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of interior design professionals has shrunk by 23% between 2006 and 2010.

Interior Design VS. All Professions salaries in Virginia

$54,000 $54,940 $56,150 $52,550 $53,070
$46,318 $48,287 $49,095 $50,643 $51,501
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Interior Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by interior design professionals is decreasing in Virginia. In 2006 interior design professionals made a mean salary of $54,000 per year, and in 2010 they made $53,070 per year.

Salary percentiles for Interior design professionals in Virginia

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25th percentile
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75th percentile
90th percentile

Thus, there was a 2% decline in interior design professionals' salaries. This decline is quite different from state trends for all professionals. In the state of Virginia, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of interior design. The pay differential between the highest paid interior design professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 206%

Average Salaries for Interior design professionals and related professions in Virginia

Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

In Virginia, interior design professionals earn, on average, more than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Interior Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in Virginia


The number of students graduating from the 11 accredited interior design schools in Virginia is increasing. In 2006, 153 students graduated from interior design courses in Virginia. And in 2010, 158 students graduated.

Thus there was a 3% percent increase in the number of interior design school degree or certificate graduates in Virginia. 67% of these graduates received a bachelor's degree in interior design.

Interior Design Faculty Salaries in Virginia

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