Considering Studying Interior Design? Read On
I’m guessing you are maybe reading this because….
1. Your interested in Interior Design
2. You may be considering taking the plunge and wanting to learn about Interior Design
3. Your just intrigued…..
or maybe all three!
This post isn’t about whether you should or shouldn’t study Interior Design. I have found this to be a heated topic over the past few years and its a personal choice. Life would be boring if we were all of the same opinion would it not?
Interior Design is in arguably creative and some say you’ve either got what it takes, or you haven’t. There are, of course, highly successful designers such as Kelly Hoppen, who have had no formal training and are superstars in the Interior Design world. Although, I do question how many unsuccessful wannabe designers are out there with no formal training. You might be a future Kelly Hoppen in the making, or you might not be. Again, only you know whether you have got what it takes or not.
You may already have an eye for design or have been told how wonderful you’ve designed your own spaces, so your feeling confident about your skills. But remember designing your own home, which you know inside and out is completely different to being given an empty space and a client brief whose style and tastes may be completely different to your own.
For me it was a no brainer, I wanted to learn about Interior Design and the opportunity arose for me to do so, so I went for it! I am so glad I did because boy have I learnt a lot over the past few years!! I have been on an amazing journey, which has had its highs and lows, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Personal achievement alone has its rewards!
So you’ve read this far and maybe your still interested in becoming an Interior Design student so I’ll continue :)
How I did It
For me, long distance learning was the best option with a young family as I could study from home and fit it in and around family commitments. I signed up with the National Design Academy. Their comprehensive website is full of information and they offer fully accredited qualifications. The National Design Academy’s Diploma courses are accredited by AIM and their Degree qualifications are awarded by Staffordshire University. This means that any qualification gained at the National Design Academy will be nationally and internationally recognised. There are, of course, other establishments that offer Interior Design courses. Do your research and choose which one is best for you!
Long distance learning was the right choice for me, but it isn’t for everyone. It is a lot harder than being in a classroom setting with fellow students and a given timetable. You need to be able to work on your own initiative, establish and manage your own studying time. It’s not all doom and gloom though as there is help at the end of a phone or email and the student forum where you can make lots of new friends, as I did.
For me, it had been a longtime since I had, had to put pen to paper and so I started out with the Diploma and fell in love with the whole learning process and fell deeper in love with interiors and design.
What to Expect
Expect to learn more than just about interiors!
From hand drawing layouts, presentation boards, to learning a whole host of new computer skills such as AutoCad, Sketchup and Photoshop to name a few. Even learning to love pencil and paper again through sketching and drawing out your designs. In fact there is so much more to being an Interior Design Student, that I’ll be brining you future posts so watch this space!
There are many rewards to studying something you love. Apart from the obvious such as gaining new skills and knowledge, self-confidence and personal self achievement are part and parcel of a students journey. I have found a whole new world has opened up for me and the best part is you get to make new friends along the way.
Even though I am not studying at the moment, my love and passion for Interior Design is still growing. It is an ongoing journey for me and, who is not to say that my student days are completely over. After all, we can never profess to know it all, but for now having learnt the fundamentals, gained invaluable knowledge, and new skill sets, I am now confident to continue my journey forward as an Interior Designer.
Have a great week!!