We’ve all heard of green design as another term for sustainable design. Sustainable design seeks to meet the design requirements of a project while minimizing the environmental impact, while improving human health and well being. Sustainability is a component of both the IDFX and IDPX Exams.
The NCIDQ Interior Design Fundamentals Examination (IDFX)
The Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) for 2021 tests your knowledge of:
- Programming and Site Analysis 10%
- Relationship between Human Behavior and the Designed Environment 10%
- Design Communication Techniques 10%
- Life Safety and Universal Design 20%
- Interior Building Finishes and Materials 10%
- Technical Specifications for Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment and Lighting 15%
- Construction Drawings, Schedules, and Specifications 20%
- Professional Development and Ethics 5%
Here are some examples of the types of topics covered per content area on the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam:
Life safety codes and standards are an important part of the NCIDQ Exam.
Get an overview of what you need to know here.
Universal Design is designing spaces and products so they can be used by everyone — disabled, able-bodied, young, and old.
Interior designers need to communicate their ideas to their client and construction crew.
Your knowledge of construction documents is key to your success not only as a designer but also passing the NCIDQ Exam.
There is so much more to your job than making a space pretty!
The NCIDQ Exam is heavily weighted on the “paperwork” or non-design responsibilities of an interior designer. Learn the keys to success.
Interior design requires a deep knowledge of human behavior—physical, psychological, and cultural. The ability to understand and communicate with clients is very important. Designed spaces must support the individual lifestyle and functional needs of our clients.
Designers create visuals for clients, and to share information with other members of the design team.
In interior design, programming is the process of gathering and analyzing information about a problem before trying to solve it with design.
Did you know that orange light may help you concentrate? Or that bright light can make you crave spicier hot wings?
Lighting design isn’t just about aesthetics anymore; it’s affecting us in ways we may not have even realized.
FF&E is an extensive subject. Making the initial selections is just the tip of the iceberg. Selecting FF&E also involves a lot of technical and legal issues, such as flammability and code requirements.
The Life Safety theme persists throughout the Practicum and the Multiple Choice Exams for a good reason. It serves beyond your NCIDQ Exam preparation and can be a life saver.
Find out why.
The key to understanding lighting for each section of the NCIDQ Exam — IDFX, IDPX, or Practicum — is to know the different lighting systems. Know why one type of lighting may be better than another for a specific purpose, one environment or for certain people using a space.