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An Interior Designer will design internal space, which could include structural alterations, furnishings, soft furnishings, colour schemes, lighting and fixtures and fittings.  They will oversee the overall project for domestic properties, leisure or commercial properties.

Entry Requirements

There are various ways you can get into this role.


You could take a college course to get started, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Interior Design
  • Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
  • A Level in Art and Design

Entry levels to college courses may vary depending on the college but you will probably need:

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, maths and a creative subject

The following local colleges offer courses in design:


You may be able to do an apprenticeship to get started, you will usually need 5 GCSE's at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths


You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject such as:

  • Interior design
  • Art and design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Spatial Design

The entry requirements can vary depending on the university you apply to but you will usually need:

1 or 2 A levels or equivalent for a foundation degree or high national diploma

2 or 3 A levels or equivalent for a degree

Click here to search for a suitable course.

Work based route

You could start with a company as a design assistant and take training and further qualifications to work your way up.  

Career Tips

You’ll need a natural flare and high level of design skill to access this roll.

Paid or unpaid work experience can give you the chance to develop your portfolio (examples of your design work), make contacts and impress potential employers.

The British Institute of Interior Design and Creative Choices have more information on careers in interior design.

Career Path and Progression

You could move into related work like theatre set design, visual merchandising or exhibition design.
Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Architect
  • Colour therapist
  • Exhibition designer
  • Painter and decorator
  • Set designer

Required Skills

  • An excellent creative flair with lots of different ideas
  • Good technical knowledge
  • Good drawing skills
  • A flexible attitude
  • Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Good at project management
  • Able to lead and instruct a team
  • An awareness of building and safety regulations
  • Good communication skills

Salary Range

£18,000 to £45,000

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