What do you see when you look at a room? Do you think ‘oh, nice wallpaper,’ or do you see a canvas that offers incredible potential for your design ideas? Perhaps you watch some of the many interior design makeover programs on TV and think ‘yes – I can do that.’ Maybe you already work in the business of interior design but would relish having a qualification to prove how seriously you take your career. If you have the ability to first visualize exactly what it is that you want to create in an architectural space, and then the drive and talent to turn it into reality – then you were born to be an interior designer. Another wonderful thing about working in this creative industry is the sheer scope of projects on which you can work. As well as the locations that immediately spring to mind – such as peoples’ homes and commercial premises – there are also exciting options such as TV and film set design, museums and exhibitions to name but a few.
What’s it all about?
A degree in interior design does, by necessity, include plenty of practical projects and hands on experience. You’ll be encouraged to let your creative juices flow, experiment with shapes, color and shade, and work towards discovering your own individual style. But it’s more than just that – and your degree course will help you discover the optimum way to present your ideas to both personal and business customers. You’ll learn all about communication techniques so you can display your creative ideas to your customers, and gain valuable experience working on projects specifically designed to educate you into all the key aspects of the industry. The aim of the course is to provide you with a solid grounding in both the personal and corporate design market from which you can forge forwards to develop your skills and range of abilities.
What will I learn?
Interior design encompasses a large amount of practical work to nurture and direct your raw talent. Whilst each university or college will present the course in a slightly different manner, you can expect to learn the following:
- A deep understanding of the use of form and different materials.
- The key elements of architectural drawing, design practice and methodology.
- Development of your own skills in spatial design.
- A deep understanding of influences on design in the past through to the modern day.
- Lighting, building evaluation and ergonomics.
- Interior design applications relevant to the various location; TV and film sets, office design, temporary structures and personal living space to name a few.
- The conceptual and commercial perspective of interior design as it applies to locations such as restaurants, museums, exhibitions and international locations.
- Presentation and communication options.
How will I learn?
Expect your learning to strongly lean towards practical education. Both project and studio based work will help you to understand your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be encouraged to build on your positive skills and improve on the areas you find more difficult, so that by the end of your degree course you’ve a well-rounded knowledge and a deep understanding of your own individual style. You’re likely to be continually assessed throughout your course – both by your tutors and from undertaking critiques by fellow students. By also critiquing other students work this will help you further understand both other designers work and give you a deeper insight into the qualities of your own.
After gaining my degree, what options are open to me for employment?
After graduation there are a whole range of careers that you might choose to investigate. These include film and TV companies, large department stores or retail organizations, construction departments, freelancing, architectural practices and design companies. Employment opportunities are available the world over in this exciting industry. Another extremely positive aspect of gaining a degree in interior design is how transferable the skills are. Many people move into a career in related industries, such as retail and event design, exhibition design and project management to name but a few.
Of course, the better qualified you are the more likely you are to land yourself the job of your dreams. It’s a sad truth that today there are far more people vying for jobs than ever before, and whilst it’s not quite essential to have a degree in interior design to forge a career in the industry, you’ll be looked on far more favorably if you do. After all, the first stage of applying for a job is to send in your resume. That’s pretty much all an employer has to go on to decide who to take further through the process. The difference a degree can make at this stage is simply immense. And this advantage goes far further than just getting you to the interview stage. Your degree course is specifically targeted as the most up to date knowledge to do with the business. This knowledge will prove invaluable – both straight away and also at later dates when you might decide to venture into other avenues of the industry.