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How to become an interior designer

How to become an interior designer

The best way to become an interior designer is to get a degree in interior design. Pass the National Counsel for Interior Design Exam. Build a portfolio through pro bono or apprenticeships through interior designers and firms. Then create your own interior design business. 

What Is Interior Design?

Interior design is truly an art form today, one that not many people can administer successfully without assistance. It’s the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building, home, or apartment, requiring extensive understanding of everything from special awareness, to the materials available at hand. As a result, there’s an extensive 5-step process to becoming a successful interior designer today.

Not to be confused with an interior decorator, strictly utilized in the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable and beautiful things. Decorators cannot be designers, whereas interior designers can still decorate. Interior designers, at the end of the day, have the wherewithal to maximize and master a space, no matter how large or how small.

5 Steps To Becoming An Interior Designer

Here is are 5 interior designer requirements to make it happen:

  1. Complete the Necessary Education:

Since interior design is in essence, a study of science, the designer needs to learn interior design through the necessary education to make it a reality. Most commonly, this can take the shape of earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, as most licensing boards require an undergraduate degree for certification. Many designers will go on to complete some kind of Master’s program, related to design, interior design, or the study of spatial science, etc.

  1. Pass the Big-Time Exam:

Much like pursuing law or a medical career, there is a catch-all test that can help weed out the best and brightest interior designers. Known as the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam, this equalizer helps people understand what kind of interior designer they are working with. After completing the necessary degrees, studying for this test – and passing it – is paramount to your success. Do note: you have to have 6-years of experience before you are allowed to sit for the exam.

  1. Locate an Apprenticeship:

Reading about interior design in text books is one thing; actually performing it, hands-on, in a real setting is an entirely different beast. That’s why many interior designers will locate an apprenticeship, which can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. During this time, designers will study under the hands of a professional, as well as take on pro bono projects to boost up their portfolio.

  1. Building a Portfolio:

When it comes to interior design, clients want to see what you can do. They don’t want to hear about it. They want to open a portfolio that totally wows them. In an apprenticeship, you will automatically build that portfolio. If you opt to skip the apprenticeship, you will have to take on some projects for free to start adding versatility to your presentation.

  1. Land the Job:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that interior design career openings are expected to increase by 4% between 2014 and 2024. That means there are openings if you look hard enough. Check out furniture stores, engineering or architectural firms, developers, and so forth, all in need of someone that understands how to perfectly establish the space at hand.

 What Do I Do Next?

Now that you have the necessary education, experience, and employment, it’s time for you to start your own design business! Check out our video here.

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