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Interior Decorating and Finishing

Interior Decorating & Finishing

PA Dept of Education | CIP Code 46.0408

Although this course is planned to prepare students for gainful employment upon graduation, it also provides an excellent springboard for those students who want to continue their education at a University or Art and Design School.

Within three years, the course covers both residential and commercial design and decorating. Our primary focus is to enhance the students' visual skills as a decorator. We will study the history of housing and furniture, drafting and blueprints, measuring skills, color coordination, elements and principles of design, how to conduct client consultations, preparing and presenting client boards and the art of sales and retail service. Our goal is to prepare the student for a full-time position in all fields of decorating.

Another are of concentration is painting and "wall finishing." Students will hang, seam, sand, prime and paint drywall. They will learn to create faux finishes, paint, and hang wall coverings. The extra skills enhance the student's ability to work with clients, contractors, and builders. It will also give the student other opportunities after graduation. Students can specialize in the decorating or finishing field.

Jobs are available in each area of the field and depend on the individual's talent, skill level, and training. Students that complete the program will graduate as an Interior Decorator and Painter. There are scores of prospective employers within the Blair County Area that hire interior decorators, painters or specialized sales associates within the decorating field.

Students enrolling in this program are expected to:

1. Be able to master measurement requirements particular to this program
2. Be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced environment
3. Be self-motivated, and possess time management skills
4. Possess the ability to interact and communicate comfortably with new people
5. Have an interest in building construction as well as design

The following are some examples of entry-level jobs that are available in our area:
Accessories Sales & Consulting
Color Specialist
Commercial Design
Flooring Specialist
Furniture Showroom Salesperson
Interior Designer (must earn a 2 or
4 year degree)
Kitchen & Bath Designer
Lighting Specialist
Painters/Paper Hangers
Professional Organizer
Room Staging for Real
Estate Agents
Space Planner
Textile Specialist
Visual Merchandiser
Wall-Covering Sales & Decorating
Window Treatment Sales


Occupational Profile: For information on this occupation's description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state and national wages, and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor's site for this career field at:

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