Q1.What is career of Interior decorator?
have it in you?
you need in order to become an interior decorator or interior designer?
the procedure for admission ?
are the Job prospects?
the List of institutes offering this course?
is career of Interior decorator?
A1.This is very true of
places that we visit. First impressions of rooms, which please our aesthetic
senses, tend to stay with us for a long time, long after we’ve physically
left the place. Some people have an inborn talent to bring out the best in
whatever is available and arrange things around to make a place beautiful.
And others who appreciate this aspect of decorating a place to achieve a
desired effect can go in for training and become experts in the field. In
fact, the field of beautiful interiors has made so much progress today that
there are now two distinct fields viz., interior decoration and interior
designing. As compared to interior decoration, interior designing is a more
specialised field and a lot of training and hard work goes into the making
of a successful interior designer. An interior decorator advises, chooses
and then assembles furniture, furnishings, colour schemes, artefacts, etc.
to do up a place. While on the other hand, an interior designer would
actually design exclusive and unique furniture, fittings and artefacts,
keeping in mind a client's tastes, personality, lifestyle and his budget.
you have it in you?
A2. A natural aptitude
for working with colours, an artistic leaning, dexterity with hands,
creativity, imagination, being able to visualise one's thoughts and an
ability to translate one’s thoughts effectively, patience and above all the
ability to get along with people are some of the qualities a person requires
for entry into this field. As an interior designer or decorator will be
required to create an atmosphere as per the client's tastes, it is essential
that he or she is able to understand, visualise and create something that
will fulfil the client's needs, be aesthetically pleasing and keep to a
budget too. An interior designer/decorator should be good at communicating
his or her ideas to others. Good communication skills will be needed very
often during the course of work. A good working knowledge of architecture
do you need in order to become an interior decorator or interior designer?
A3 Well, there are many institutes offering courses in this field. The
minimum academic qualification required for admission to such courses is
10+2 or its equivalent. Many polytechnics and vocational colleges offer
courses in interior designing and decoration. The duration of these courses
ranges from two to four years, depending upon the type of course and the
institute identified for the pursuit of study. The course of study covers
subjects like Art & Basic Design, Furniture Design, Furnishings & Fittings,
Design, Construction & Materials, History of Interior Design, Services,
Professional Management-Estimating & Budgeting, Display, Computer Aided
Designing. Other areas covered included lettering, properties of materials
and paint technology, exhibition design etc.
Q4.What is the procedure for admission ?
designing, professional training can begin immediately after successfully
completing the plus two examinations. Admission is usually based on
performance at an aptitude test conducted to evaluate one’s sensibility,
drawing skills, especially technical drawing, spatial apperception and so
on. There is a centre in Ahmedabad that offers a five year professional
programme in interior design for students who have cleared the plus two exam
with science subjects. Here the requirement is sixty per cent at the tenth
standard level and fifty at the plus two or equivalent level. The course
content is a good mixture of arts and technical subjects. Students are
trained to look for optimum use in various types of materials. Some
companies have their own specialised courses in interior design. In
collaboration with Jenson & Nicholson, Exteriors Interiors offers a one-year
programme in interior design. This course is open to all graduates and
pre-graduates in any discipline.
are the Job prospects?
A5.With the demand to
create more working space increasing and with more and more people realising
the need and importance of professional designers, interior designing as a
profession has come to be recognised in our country. Opportunities are
aplenty in architects’ firms or in consultancy companies. Private business
is a very lucrative option. One, however, has to be up to date on what’s
new, what’s in, what’s got maximum utility, pricing, etc. and bring about a
good blend depending upon the client’s requirements, budget and tastes. One
also needs to be extremely dedicated about keeping commitments. To be
successful in private practice, one also needs to have a native business
is the List of institutes offering this course?
A6.List of Institutes
- School of Interior Design,
Centre for Environmental Planning Technology, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus,
- Exteriors Interiors, S-49,
Kalkaji, New Delhi; 47/1C, Hazra Road, Calcutta.
- J. J. School of Arts,
- Nirmala Niketan, 49, New
Marine Lines, Mumbai.
- Sophia College B. K.
Somani Polytechnic, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai.
- SNDT Women’s University,
- South Delhi Polytechnic
for Women, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi