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Career profile: Interior designer

Career profile: Interior designerDo you like to keep up with changing trends and have a creative eye? If so, a career as an Interior designer could be just for you.

A what?

Interior designers plan the design of living and commercial environments. They then manage the work of turning their ideas into a reality. They need to design a space that is practical for its purpose as well as visually pleasing.

On the job

Interior design projects can be broad in scope, ranging from structural alterations to the choice of furnishings, curtains, wallpaper and lighting.

The role typically involves working to a brief detailing what the space will be used for, inspecting and surveying buildings, negotiating fees, setting project schedules, researching plans, developing detailed designs, choosing materials, and supervising the work as it is carried out.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £18,000 to £60,000 a year or more.

How do I get there?

Many students take a one-year Foundation diploma in art and design before applying for a degree or diploma course. This is a useful way to try a variety of art and design subjects, and build up a portfolio of work.

A Foundation degree in interior design is also available. This takes two years full time and includes 16 weeks' work experience. Entry requirements vary. Students may be able to progress by transferring to the third year of an honours degree course.

For a degree, two A-levels/three H grades are usually required, including at least one art-related subject, as well as five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3), or equivalent qualifications.

For an HND, entry requirements are usually one A-level/two H grades in art and design subjects, or a BTEC national diploma/certificate in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

A BTEC National diploma in interior design is available. Entry requirements are usually four GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3), or the equivalent. It is also possible to take the National Certificate in 3D interior design. This course involves a year of practical study, and there are no set entry requirements.

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