How to become an Interior Designer


How to become an Interior Designer

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Interior design is concerned with the elements inside a home, such as windows, walls, lights, furniture, etc. It is an amalgamation of architecture, product design as well as decoration aesthetics. Interior designers work on a variety of spaces including residential areas, industrial areas, retail areas, entertainment spaces such as malls, hotels and cafes, etc. They may be self-employed or attached to a company. They are required to understand the client’s needs, while using their own ingenuity to design comfortable spaces, which have both practical as well as aesthetic appeal. Interior designers also have to work with a team of contractors and workers to execute the project.

How do I get there?

Most colleges offering interior design courses require the candidate to be 10+2. The candidate may also be required to clear an entrance test for drawing and designing skills. Candidates need to show to the college a portfolio of work that displays their drawing skills as well as ideas.

Skills required to become an Interior Designer

  • Minimum knowledge of architecture and an aptitude for product design.
  • Drawing and designing skills are a must, but candidates also need to have technical knowledge regarding the latest software required in designing as well as the latest additions in home improvement products.
  • Networking and interpersonal skills are required to get projects.
  • A designer should be resourceful, and know where to get furniture and decorative items.





Important Facts

  • Meet people from all walks of life, including celebrities.
  • Timings can be flexible but unpredictable when projects are on.
  • Use the latest technology in home improvement products and appliances.
  • The profession still does not get its due.
  • Getting projects may be tough if you aren’t affiliated to a company.





Where do I study this course?

The Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, offers a five-year programme in interior design to students who have completed senior school with science. Apeejay Institute of Design , DIA Academy, and Raffles Millennium Institute in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and Exterior-Interiors, New Delhi, too, offer bachelor's and diploma programmes in interior design to students from any discipline. Selection is on the basis of an entrance test.