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Job Description

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

You’ll need a high level of design skill.

Completing a higher education course in an art or design-related subject will help. Related subjects include fine art, 3D design, spatial design and interior architecture. 

You could also begin work as a design assistant and work your way up. To get work as a design assistant, you’ll usually need a college course in interior design.

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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

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