How to become an Interior Designer

If you’re interested in becoming an Interior Designer, there are certain skills, techniques and attributes you’ll need to make your mark in the field of interior design and help you stand out from the crowd.

As an Interior Designer, you will focus on making spaces more functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Not only will you work with beautiful things, but you’ll create comfortable and practical working and living environments for your clients. Read more about the job description of an Interior Designer.

What technical & professional skills do I need to become an Interior Designer?

As an Interior Designer, you will need to be able to use both paper and a computer to sketch and draw up your designs. Interior Designers often use programs like AutoCAD and Photoshop to create professional images to show clients their vision before purchasing materials.

If you don’t have any experience using these programs, a design course such as the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) will train you in the software and skills you’ll need to use in your professional interior design career.

An interior design qualification is highly regarded by employers who value theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, which you’ll gain throughout the course. If you’re looking at starting your own interior design business, a certification can also strengthen your credibility and give you a competitive advantage when attracting clients. 

Advice on becoming an Interior Designer

Do I need a portfolio?

When you apply for a job as an Interior Designer, you will need to have a professional portfolio to showcase your aesthetic and any projects you’ve worked on.

“Your portfolio will allow future employers to see what you’re capable of creating,” says SEEK Learning Consultant Melinda Potente. “It demonstrates your skill level and style and gives people confidence in your abilities.”

When you’re studying your interior design course, you should collect images and samples from the assessments you complete. This material will form a professional portfolio that you can take to future employers or clients after graduation.  

What if I have previous design experience?

If you have already been working in decorating or workplace design but want to broaden into interior design, gaining a qualification can help verify your experience, build your portfolio and help land you your next job. You can also apply for credit (Recognition of Prior Learning), which may shorten the length of your course.

Should I become an Interior Designer?

To be a successful Interior Designer, you will need to have:

  • an eye for colour and design
  • an inherent sense of style
  • a talent for predicting and researching upcoming trends
  • high-level computer skills
  • strong attention to detail
  • solid interpersonal skills to uncover the needs and requirements of your clients

“Interior Designers analyse problems, visualise concepts and communicate their solutions professionally,” Melinda explains. “They will come up with designs and set up multiple consultations to ensure their ideas meet the needs of their clients.”

If you like the idea of setting up your own business, a career in interior design allows you the freedom and flexibility to be your own manager or work from home. 

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