Updated: Sep 27, 2018
I am not going to lie to you; before starting Interior Design at University I thought it would be so much different. There is a few things you should know before you decide to study this degree. I am not trying to scare you away, there are just things I wish I knew before I started University. (It is probably due to my lack of research on this course)
1. Not just furniture and colour
Interior Design is not all about choosing the furniture, wall-coverings and paints; it’s so much more than that. You learn about the basics which cover a little bit of architecture work; sections, elevations, plans and sketches. You draw a LOT. You start with the basics and then move on to advanced design which will most likely be done using a CAD software. (I really enjoyed using CAD as it was something I've never done before.) You get to learn a lot of useful things that will definitely help you in the future when you start working in the interior design industry.
2. Background Knowledge
If you want to study Interior Design, you will need some background knowledge. As I mentioned before, this job role is so much more than choosing the right things for the environment. You will learn things about plumbing, ventilation, structure, materials and so much more. It might not sound as fun, but if Interior Design is what you want to do then you will find it interesting. Design history can also be something for people; learning about Modernism etc.
If your University sends you a list of books to read before you start the course; read them. I can't stress this enough! You will find it so useful in your later studies. A great book that I bought was 'Drawing for Interior Design - by Drew Plunkett' and it has been amazing; definitely worth a read!
Understating that there are laws and regulations is very important. Laws change all the time therefore as a designer, you will need to make sure you are up-to-date with all the regulations.
5. Do your research
Before you decide that this is what you want to do, please do your research. At the start of Term One I have realised that I didn’t know what I just got myself into. On my first day, one of my tutors said ‘Everyone can be an interior designer’ which was a big eye opening for me since it’s very true. You probably decorated your room, thinking its amazing (it most likely is), but that’s not what interior design is about. Its about understanding why everything is the way it is and its purpose.
I just finished my First Year at University and loved this course. It was difficult at the start, but once I understood what I was doing I was flying. When applying for University you have to make sure that you have a strong portfolio; and don’t be shy. You tend to do quite a lot of presentations which is a good practice since as an Interior Designer you’ll need to present your plans and ideas to the client.
I hope that this gives you a little bit more information about Interior Design, if you have any questions related to this course; don't be shy and message me!! :) ❣