How to Become an Interior Designer

January 25, 2018 / Sharnie Carter

Do you have creative flair with a keen eye for detail?

Are you savvy in the financial and business sectors?

Is problem solving one of your key skills, along with excellent communication?

Then becoming an Interior Designer is the perfect step for you.
Contrary to popular belief, the role of an interior designer is not just to paint a few walls, move a few bits of furniture around and pop in a few plant pots…
There is more to this career than creative vision. Interior designers need to be able to understand the needs of a client and bring it to life. In addition, there are many aspects that are kept behind the scenes; things such as keeping this under budget, advertising your skills and attracting clients.
Interior Designers can earn anything up to £50,000, so it is important that you are as experienced as you can be to ensure you can reach the upper end of that pay bracket.
Here at Open Study College, we want to help you get the career of your dreams so here’s how you can become an interior designer.

Let’s sort out the characteristics first…

Unfortunately, this is the bit we can’t necessarily help you with… Key traits of an Interior Designer are:

  • Great communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Financial/business acumen
  • Charisma

If this sounds like you, then we’re part way there already…

Knowledge and Qualifications

As in many professions – especially those in which self-employment is very popular – it is important to have the necessary knowledge and qualifications to attract clients and custom.
This separates Interior Designers from those who are simply Interior Decorators.
Open Study College offers several courses that can get you on your way to becoming an Interior Designer.
Our Interior Design Level 3 course introduces you to the basics. Topics including:

  • Theory and Design Layout
  • Painting Techniques
  • Project Assessment
  • Perspective Drawing

…and much more.
Or if you want an even bigger push into this career, our Interior Design Level 3 and Staring Your Own Business Level 3 combined course covers the same topics, but also includes information regarding starting your own business. Things like:

  • Preparation and Definition of your Business
  • A Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Finance

…plus everything else you need to start your own successful business.
Although these are knowledge-based courses, they are a great start to gaining knowledge and experience within this career sector.

The rest is up to you…

We’ve done our part. The next step is for you to decide whether you want to specialise in a specific type of interior design, and then achieve the relevant qualifications.
If you need some help deciding, or maybe need to know more about the options available to you, then we are here to help. Visit our website or give our student Adviser team a call on 03300 563100 to start your new career today!

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

How to Become an Interior Designer
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