Jump link to Part 1. Choosing your path as interior designer.
If you are interested in domestic interior, enjoy DIY and have great drawings skills you more likely will be fine just with a college course. Today, you can choose from many National Diplomas and Awards. There is plenty of the course now, and you don’t particularly need the Ba or Ma course (undergraduate-Bachelor of Arts & master degree). Although, it would still require you gain some professional knowledge. Many courses these days offers you to learn basic software’s, 3D drawings etc. Also, the course I have attended offered Business background as well, for those who want to set up a brand. You will learn how to use scale ruler, redraw original drawings, sketching visual’s in perspective or making moodboards. Some course also offers help in DIY’s like sewing cushions,
curtains or screen printing. Read carefully the description of the course and make sure, the course cover everything you need to know as you don’t want to waste your time painting planters while you want to learn sketch up etc. You can also become an interior stylist after just a Diploma course, but I know great stylist that don’t really hold any qualifications and is more of a who do you know within the industry, so make sure you always up to date with latest trends and what’s happening in the field.
I think this quite crucial. Since college is a shorter
period, degree course is long & hard 3 or 4 years. Many people getting
confused it, and ending up dropping after a year wasting their time. There may
be aspects of interior design modules you may hate so much, it will drive you
nuts. You need to be sure you want to do it, before choosing university. I
heard so many moans and complaining and I was quite in shock how a 22-25 yrs
adults can’t take the responsibility of their lives already, blaming tutors.
How unfair to them. They do their best to teach you, and share their knowledge
often working long hours and for very low salary, respect them and get to know
your course modules & possible project before you apply. Many Universities offers valuable trips abroad and placements. College, can teach you all you need skills, and if you one of those who prefer self study, then you can download the software’s and go you way to a higher level. College is also a great alternative for those who are not looking for a carreer in commercial interior and want to focus on domestic interiors only.
In your first year you most likely to learn digital software’s like Photoshop,
InDesign, Sketch and AutoCad but also perspective drawings and model making.
The projects usually include to design a pop up installation, retail space, learn
sketch up by making a model and a basic final project that may include putting
all the skills you learned so far together. My final project was to design a
cube house 5m2, so the challenge was to utilise the space to maximum and also
to present it properly via drawings, models and moodboards. Some people have to
design a modern restaurant or school space, so the project can be different to
university. Second year is getting tougher, you will more learn about the
materiality of the discipline, CAD drawings and digital software’s on higher
level, building regulations etc. Projects here are more detailed. We had detailed stair project on our second year,
along with museum exhibition design and branding design such a retail pop up
kiosk. Here you most like to get realistic project, where you will be working
with real client brief. Also, here is best opportunity to start work placement
as 3rd year you will be too busy and after graduate you want to
start the real job not unpaid etc. (more about this I my next upcoming post)
Third year is the real challenge. You will showcase all the skills you learned
so far, this year more focus on your career as well, like branding yourself or
how to find a job. You most likely will have chance to enter an independent
competition project and the projects itself are quite professional. Most likely
you will be required to submit, full package drawings, visuals, models and it
is very focused on the concept of the project, the challenges you gone through
and how you resolve them. Creative thinking in full!
foundation degree first. This is a great opportunity for those who are unsure
about what exactly they want. Foundation courses usually help determined which
creative course you will chose whether, textile, interior, architecture or
graphic design. Sometimes is really
worthy to do it, as you will learn new skills in all above (depends on course)
and by the end you will know exactly, what you have enjoyed the most. Choosing foundation degree is better over
losing a year if you chose the wrong course as here you will still develop set
of skills you can use in any of the creative courses.
Where you can study interior design? Below few examples around UK.1.National Design AcademyThis course would suit best working parents, part time workers or those who genuinely can’t do full time typical University. NDA its an online university, you cans study in your own peace without strict deadlines or pressure. You will still be required to deliver a good quality of work and and you will have on online support. Many of my friends chosen this option and they are very successful interior designers today. Even at traditional university, I found study mostly from home as in this industry you need to really learn the way how you manage your time and organise your work, as these skills will be useful in the future.
Located in beautiful Chelsea Harbour, this school has everything you need for a flexible study in surrounded with great inspiring space, and well prepared study & lecturer rooms. This is another very flexible way of making your degree but also this school offers short courses either prividing your with essential knowledge to start you interior career or inspirational courses. You can learn anything from designing a bathroom, taking a lighting workshop or just fully complete your degree starting with diploma and finishing it in house with a Ba (Hons).
This University I wanted to strongly recommend, as this is where I have completed my degree. I took 3 years and it was the most amazing years ever. Uclan has huge Library, that has everything you need, they provide students with many free courses like other languages etc. I found the projects to be creative, helpful and I can see now how much they helped me now. I am working now as junior interior designer, and I daily face many challenges, but I feel I am well prepared thanks to my tutors! Uclan also provide MA courses.
This school provide many creative courses and is located in Manchester centrally. This would mostly suit a person, who want to meet more like-a minded people and have a choice to study MA as well. I have really considered this school for myself. My biggest dream at the moment is to complete MA course, I can’t afford it I am afraid, so I am hoping to maybe do it next year, and since Uclan is a little too far, this school probably be cheaper and also provide everything I need. Their course description is something you should read.
include all the information’s, I hope it is all useful to you. Feel free to
email me if you have more questions. My next series will be;
based my very own experience how I graduate with First Class degree & how I
found the dream job. Congratulations on making your very first steps into an
exciting interior world!