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.
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:
- City College Norwich
- College of West Anglia
- East Coast College
- West Suffolk College
- One 6th Form College
- Suffolk New College
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
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Work based route
You could start with a company as a design assistant and take training and further qualifications to work your way up.
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.
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:
- Colour therapist
- Exhibition designer
- Painter and decorator
- Set designer
- 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
£18,000 to £45,000