Skilled interior designers are highly sought after professionals and can therefore earn quite a lucrative income so if you are thinking about taking an interior design course with the intention of becoming a professional interior designer afterwards, then it is a good idea to know what it involves.
A professional interior designer can be more or less described as someone who has the necessary education, qualifications and experience, as well as the imagination, creative talent and artistic flair to enhance and transform interior rooms into spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and at the same time functional. They also have to bear in mind and consider health and safety laws, building standards, their clients’ taste and of course their clients’ budget. No two projects will be the same either and each one will bring its own individual issues and challenges.
In other words, a professional interior designer has to develop and use a variety of skills to produce a standard of work that is not only acceptable, but also fully embraced by their clients and to do this they have to be able to anticipate, understand and deliver their clients needs as well as their personal preferences. So the first step to gaining the education and the qualification would be to take some sort of interior design course.
There are also many people who want to take an interior design course simply to learn the skills that will enable them to practice interior design in their own homes. Fortunately, there are many different interior design courses available throughout the country and whatever your interest in interior design, there will be one that is suited to you and the following list will give you an idea of where to start looking.
You can search for suitable interior design courses at www.ucas.com where there are details of over 50 universities and colleges across the UK offering interior design related courses. UCAS is the central organisation that processes all applications for full time undergraduate courses taking place in the UK so if you want to study at this level; UCAS is a good place to begin.
The Interior Design School
The school, which is situated in London, provides a number of different courses, which include day courses, professional diploma courses as well as summer and evening courses enabling you to learn the necessary skills you need to practice interior design professionally or within your own home. You can find out more at www.theinteriordesign.school.co.uk
The American Intercontinental University School of Interior Design
This university enables students from the US and from other countries including the UK, to embark on a career relevant degree programme and also offers some students the opportunity to work towards an American and a British Batchelor’s Degree at the same time. Students can opt for an Associate of Arts in Interior Design or a Batchelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. On completion, students are automatically entitled to become International Interior Design Association (IIDA) members. There are certain criteria that a student has to meet before being accepted at the University but full information is available at www.aiulondon.ac.uk
KLC School of Design
The KLC School of Design situated in London offers comprehensive training in Interior Design and also Garden Design with a Diploma or Certification on successful completion. The courses are run on a full time, part time, and open learning basis and are delivered by professionals in the industry. They claim to be the only school of design accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council. If you are interested in learning more about the KLC school of Design then you can visit their website at www.klc.co.uk.
British Interior Design Association
Membership of the British Interior Design Association is open to students who are studying Interior Design or Decorating to Degree or Diploma Level or who are studying towards a professional certificate or who are undertaking a professional level home study course. Membership is valid for a year and after they have completed their course they can apply for associate membership.
A good course will help you unlock your own potential as a designer, will teach you the basic philosophies, the industry standards, the key elements of interior design and naturally through the course you would be exposed to what works and what doesn’t and would learn hints, tips and tricks to create a certain look or feel to a space. After that of course whether you use your imagination, cultivate your own artistic flair and develop your own unique style is completely up to you, no course can teach you that.