Interior Designer

As an interior designer, you will be making interior spaces functional, beautiful and safe to provide healthier and more aesthetic living environments.

What do Interior Designers do?

An Interior designer plans, researches and manages projects for enhancing the interior of a building by determining space requirements, selecting colors, lighting, and materials and choosing decorative articles and furnishings.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Consulting with clients to determine needs, budget, architectural preferences, purpose and function
  • Checked Consulting with clients to determine needs, budget, architectural preferences, purpose and function
  • Checked Advising clients on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination
  • Checked Estimating costs and materials required, and presenting designs to the client for approval
  • Checked Preparing plans and specifications for the final interior designs approval
  • Checked Placing orders for materials and visiting the site
  • Checked Coordinating with other professionals such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers to ensure job success
  • Checked Inspecting and supervising the work to ensure that quality and safety is maintained

What job roles can an Interior designer take up?

They design professional workplaces ranging from small offices to large-scale corporate company settings within multi storey buildings.
They design and renovate healthcare centres, clinics, hospitals, physician’s consultation rooms, and residential care facilities
Residential designer's primary focus is creating a livable interior space for homes that is comfortable and usable. This includes design of interiors of houses, apartments, short stay homes and anywhere else where people reside.
They specialize in the design of kitchens and bathrooms including the layout of plumbing and electrical fixtures and selection of cabinets and appliances.
Home staging is the art of styling a personal living space in the most attractive light possible. Designers in this field work for developers, chain stores or large furniture outlets to design display layouts to present items being sold in an inviting and engaging manner or for photo and video advertising.
They design environment friendly interiors focusing on strategies to improve the efficiency of energy and water usage, the indoor air quality and on the use of eco friendly materials such as bamboo and cork.

How to become a interior designer?

Step 1
Take Science stream with physics and mathematics at + 2 level

Although for bachelor’s in Interior design, 10+2 with any stream is the required eligibility, taking science stream with mathematics is recommended as physics and math are important areas. (For taking up B.Arch through JEE, Physics and Math are compulsory)


Diploma courses - You can also pursue a three year Diploma course in Interior Design after passing Class 10th with maths and science.

Step 2
Take a Bachelor of Architecture (Interior Design) degree

Admission to B.Arch is through.

  • JEE main paper 2 for NITs and some other reputed Institutions.
  • through JEE advanced and AAT for the two IITs that offer B Arch.
  • through NATA for all other recognised institutions offering B Arch course.

  • OR

    Take a Bachelor’s degree (3, 4 or 5 year ) in Interior Design

    Admission based on performance in +2 exams. Some Institutes may also conduct entrance exams.


    Take the Bachelor of Design (B.Des) degree

    B.Des course requires +2 qualification in any stream and qualification in a Design Aptitude test (UCEED for admission to IITs and NID DAT for admission to NIDs)

    Step 3
    Take Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

    For further specialisation you may take M.Arch in Interior Architecture. Admissions to IITs and reputed institutes are through GATE. Some institutions may also conduct their own entrance exam.


    Take Master of Design (M.Des - Furniture & Interior Design)

    M.Des requires graduate degree in any discipline and qualification in NID DAT (for admission to NIDs) or CEED (for admission to IITs).

    Interior Design Colleges

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    Requirements for masters in interior design

    Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

    India (CEPT University for admission to M Des Interior Design)

    • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Design, Architecture, Construction Technology (five-year program), or a 4 year diploma in Interior Design.
    • On the basis of PG Common Admission Test (Exam 1) and FD PG Subject Specific Design Aptitude Test (Exam 2).
    • Portfolio
    • Work Certificates (in case of work experience)

    Foreign (Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY for MFA Interior Design)

    • Undergraduate degree in Interior design, Architecture, or other closely related design fields
    • Portfolio
    • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
    • 2 recommendation letters
    • Statement of purpose of not more than 500 words or two pages
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 79 (Internet), or IELTS score of 6.5
    • Applicants with undergraduate backgrounds that are unrelated to interior design or architecture, but whose applications indicate a strong aptitude for interior design graduate coursework are required to take a qualifying year of preparatory study, a total of 24 credits, before they continue the M.F.A degree

    To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

    Skills Required

    Artistic Skills

    Interior designers need artistic skills to translate their ideas to sketches and drawings that conveys ideas to clients.

    Creative skills

    Interior designers use their imaginative skills in creating and selecting decors.

    Detail oriented

    Interior designers need to pay close attention to detail in order to design a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

    Interpersonal skills

    Interior designers need to meet clients to discuss their ideas. So it‘s essential to communicate effectively and listen attentively.

    Problem-solving skills

    Interior designers need problem solving skills to address challenges such as unexpected expenses, construction delays, sudden unavailability of certain materials etc.

    Visualization skills

    Interior designers need to have a strong sense of forming mental visual images.


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    Top companies

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