Quick Guide to an Interior Design Career

Training to become a professional interior designer takes about two to four years and the course can be done from most colleges and universities or any professional design school. The two to three year program will give you an associate degree while a complete four year program will give you a bachelor’s degree.

After achieving a bachelors degree, the most likely path is to begin an internship program lasting anywhere in between one to three years. This program should be at an interior architects firm and you should work under a professional British interior designer. If you opted for the associate degree, your job would be as an assistant to a designer.

Apart from educational requirements, many governments mandate interior architects to be licensed. A written exam needs to be passed for this certificate. For you to qualify for this exam, you need to have a minimum of six years of education (including two years of post secondary education) and experience combined. In many situations, the government requires you to continue your education in order to maintain the license.

Job Description

As an interior designer, your job will be to enhance the aesthetics, safety and functionality of interior spaces while at the same time considering the variety of colors, textures, lighting, furniture and space available. All this should be done with an objective to meet your client’s requirements. Your job can include projects in public spaces such as malls and schools as well as private spaces such as residences.

Advancement Opportunities

Once you have completed about one to three years of training, you may be promoted to supervisory positions such as design department head of chief designer available in larger firms. When you have gained enough experience in overall interior design, you could specialize in one particular aspect of design or even open up your own British interior designers firm.

Job Outlook

The industry of interior architects is predicted to grow fast but it will involve plenty of competition for jobs. Hence only those with the most training, creative talent and persistent ones will lead.

A Day in an Interior Designer’s Life

  • Client meeting to identify needs and wants and also to get an idea of the space and budget
  • Creating a design plan using CAD with a budget estimate as well
  • Present the plan and budget to the client. Make amendments based on client’s opinion
  • Finalise the design plan, specify materials to be used, and state what kind of finishing, lighting and flooring will be done
  • If legal requirements such as submission of plan to building inspector prevails, carry out the procedure
  • Hire interior architects for structural and other technical work
  • Lay out a time frame for completion of the project
  • Supervise the project and ensure it is being carried out according to the specified time frame

Follow up with client to see if he/she is satisfied with the project and if not, make amendments.