Careers in Interior Designing
is the blend of artistic talents and creativity. Design encompasses a number of
different fields. It can be mainly divided into four ie, Fashion designing,
Product designing, Graphic designing and Interior designing. Fashion designing
deals with clothing and textiles, product designing with designing the products
and graphic designing deals with designing for websites, movies, logos, signage,
etc. Interior designing is the arrangement of living space i.e organizing,
managing and planning of the interiors of rooms at homes, offices, retail shops,
showrooms, hotels, airports, exhibition halls, conference centers, theatres, TV
and film studios and commercial establishments etc. The objective of designing
space is to achieve functionality and to create the right kind of atmosphere for
the right budget. Interior designing as a specialisation became popular only in
the last few years.
would do all the design
work, both exteriors and interiors themselves. Of late people have become more
conscious of the design, layout and placement of their interiors, for offices,
factories as well as residences. This has opened the door for a large number of
professional interior designers. Most interior designers specialise in a
particular area. For example, some may concentrate on business design, while
others focus on residential design and landscape designing. Still others may
specialize further by focusing on particular rooms, such as kitchens or baths.
With a client’s tastes, needs, and budget in mind, interior designers prepare
drawings and specifications for non-load-bearing interior construction, this
includes choice and decoration of walls, floors, roofs, choice and placement of
furniture and other indoor objects, window treatments and other indoor objects,
lighting and control of visual and sound effects.
Interior Designer should be aware of the
change in trends and keep up with the latest styles. Interior designing as a
course has become popular in the last few years, there are only a few
institutions offering reputed programmes in interior designing in India. School
of Interior Design, Ahmedabad offers Five-year programme and J.J School of Arts,
Mumbai offers 4 years Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Unlike many other careers,
design inevitably requires both a strong aptitude as well as a creative talent
in the field.
The 4 years Bachelor of fine Arts (BFA)
programme offers specialisation in Interior Design. The school of Interior
design, CEPT, Ahmedabad offers 5 year professional programme in Interior design
to candidates who have passed +2 with 55% aggregate in Maths/Biology, Physics,
Chemistry and English. Many part time one year diploma course being run in every
city, which require very minimal qualification. There are many private
institutions offering certificate courses for interior designing, qualification
required for such courses is SSLC.
Interior designers' success depend on their
ability to satisfy clients for that, they must posses certain skills- artistic,
technical interpersonal and management skills. Interior designers need to be
imaginative, creative, self-motivated and good at listening. Excellent
communication skill is essential for an interior designer, as they need to
describe their ideas and requirements to clients and other professionals such as
builders and electricians. They should have a high level of technical knowledge
about past and present styles of architecture, computer-aided design skills,
artworks, building materials and infrastructure, texture and lightings. They
should be able to calculate the cost of a design and to work out a budget.
Interior designers need to have good eyesight and normal Colour vision. In
addition, they also need to be able to inspire confidence in their clients and
at times accept criticism.
Job Prospects and Career Options
Interior design is one of the fastest
growing professional fields. There are lots of employment opportunities for
interior designers in various fields. Interior Designers can find employment
with architects or architectural firms, builders, public works department, hotel
and resort chains, hospitals, town planning bureau, regional and metropolitan
development works, private consultancies, studios and theaters and exhibition
organizers. etc. They can also set up their own business. Once they make a name,
it is a very lucrative profession.
Besides new structures, Interior Designers
also plan the interiors of existing structures that are undergoing renovation or
expansion. The first step in developing a new design or altering an existing one
is to determine the needs of the client, the ultimate function for which the
design is intended, and its appeal to customers or users. When creating a
design, designers often begin by researching the desired design characteristics,
such as size, shape, weight, color, materials used, cost, ease of use, fit and
safety. After consulting with the client, Designers then prepare sketches or
diagrams by hand or with the aid of a computer to illustrate the vision for the
design. In big projects, a creative director or a product development team of
designers create detailed designs, using drawings, a structural model, computer
Interior design offers excellent
opportunities for those who wish to be self employed, or work part time. It is
one of the few professions where one can operate from home with a minimal
investment. Designers sometimes supervise assistants who assist them to carry
out their creations. Increasingly, designers are using computers to plan
layouts, because computers make it easy to change plans to include ideas
received from the client. Computers have become essential for many designers,
especially those in industrial and graphic design.
Interior design is an immensely rewarding profession.
Earnings for interior designers varies widely depending on the type of design
they do. Beginners monthly salary range between, Rs. 5000 to Rs. 8000 while
established designers gets Rs.50,000 to Rs. 75,000.