What Is an Interior Design Degree?
Interior design involves more than just picking out the right colours or furniture; interior design must take an inside space and design it in such a way that it maximises the usefulness and efficiency of the space for those who will be utilising it. The interior designer creates the indoor space by assessing the space and determining its intended use, discussing with his or her clients what they see for the space, creating the design plans for the actual space, and then seeing the plans out through the execution of the design.
Many might think that interior design is more of a luxury than a necessity, and sometimes when used in the residential capacity it is. However, businesses utilise interior designers all the time to ensure their work space is efficient, ergonomic, economic, and that it encourages maximum productivity of the workers.
Interior design is also used in public places where, again, efficient and economic use of space is required. Grocers, restaurants, pubs, libraries, computer cafes, courthouses, all public buildings use some form of interior design or another, and many have special needs, such as lighting design in museums and exhibitions, or sound design in theatres.
Some residential applications of interior design might include redesigning the inside of a home for use by a resident who has recently become disabled. Other residential uses include maximising small spaces, such as dorm rooms or flats, or designing the interior space of an addition to the existing home.
No matter the application, interior design plays an important role in the construction or redesign of any building – commercial or residential. It is the interior designer’s job to make the best use of the space and materials available, and students who enjoy designing indoor space should consider earning their degree in interior design.
Interior Design Job Opportunities
Graduating students of interior design are prepared to begin their careers as an interior and spatial designer. These designers work with all aspects of the inside space, including structural alterations, lighting, colour palettes, furnishings, and any necessary fixtures and fittings.
Interior and spatial designers work in both the commercial and residential circuit, and are often tasked with listening to their clients’ dreams and making them happen. Interior and spatial designers are in charge of the interior design projects from conception to completion, designing the space based upon their client’s preference, and then working with suppliers and construction personnel to complete the space.
Interior and spatial designers are not limited to the interior space of buildings; they also work with ships and aircraft, ensuring the maximum comfort and utilisation of the limited space for passengers and personnel.
Interior design graduates usually begin their careers as junior designers, and will typically earn a salary ranging from £15,000 to £20,000. Once the designer has gained some experience in the field, the salary range increases to £20,000 to £35,000.
Interior and spatial designers have the option of working toward becoming senior designers or creative/design directors, depending on who they work for. These upper-level positions earn anywhere from £45,000 to £75,000.
Interior Design Curriculum
Interior design curriculum includes emphasis on studying interior architecture, interior design, spatial design and 3D design, which is used to present the design concept realistically. Students also work with graphic design, and the design concepts behind various materials, including textiles and furniture. Other studies include architecture and fine art.
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