An interior designer plans and organises the design and decoration of the inside of buildings. This can include private houses and buildings such as offices, hotels, restaurants and shops. So how do you become an interior designer and then find interior designer jobs?

Check out the BIDA website for their career information section

Interior designer jobs typically involve:

  • meeting with clients to discuss their requirements and ideas
  • developing a design that suits the needs of the client, the available budget and the type of building
  • preparing initial sketches for the approval of the client
  • advising on colour schemes, fabrics, fittings and furniture
  • working out costs and preparing estimates
  • developing initial sketches into detailed drawings, often on a computer.

Qualifications needed to be an Interior Designer

There are no set qualifications to become an interior designer but most interior designers have completed an art or design-based higher education course. There are degrees, HNDs and foundation degrees in interior design. Other useful subjects include art and design, fine art, 3-D design and architecture.

If you want to become an interior designer then visit the British Interior Design Association (BIDA) website for a list of relevant courses. You can also search for colleges and universities offering HNDs, foundation degrees and degrees on Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Entry requirements for courses vary, so you should check with colleges and universities.

Interior designer qualifications include:

  • City & Guilds Level 1 (7722) and Level 2 (7822) in Design and Craft
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate (7922) and Diploma (7923) in Design and Craft
  • BTEC National Certificate and Diploma courses in Art and Design
  • ABC (Awarding Body Consortium) Diploma in Interior Design.

To become an interior designer you can also do short courses in various aspects of interior design, such as upholstery, decorating techniques and Feng Shui, at many colleges. The ABC Level 3 Award in CAD Skills for Interior Design is available at some colleges.

For all courses, and jobs, you will need a portfolio of work to become an interior designer. You could be accepted on the strength of your portfolio rather than your qualifications. Unpaid work experience will give you the chance to develop your portfolio, make contacts and impress potential employers so is well worth doing and will make it easier for you to become an interior designer.

Become an interior designer – top tips

  • Speak to people already in the industry – they will give you the home truths
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