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Interior Designer

A career in interior and spatial design combines architectural knowledge, project management and creative design skills

Interior and spatial designers are involved in the design or renovation of internal spaces, including structural alterations, furnishings, fixtures and fittings, lighting and colour schemes.

You may work in a range of different commercial, leisure or domestic settings. The job combines the efficient and functional use of space with an understanding of aesthetics. Some designers, particularly in the domestic market, are concerned solely with the appearance, rather than the structure, of the interior.

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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

 

Key Responsibilities

develop initial ideas and acquire key information about potential projects, discuss requirements in detail with clients (the brief) and set project schedules
understand clients' needs and the needs of the people using the building to develop design concepts and establish final briefs
consider materials and costs according to set budgets and negotiate project fees
conduct feasibility studies for projects
research and gather information and photographs relating to the project
produce 'sample' or 'mood' boards to present to clients
source products, e.g. fittings, furniture, lighting, finishes, decoration and dressing, and provide samples for clients
prepare detailed working drawings, designs, plans, models and schemes, often using computer-aided design (CAD) software
survey buildings
work in a team with other designers
supervise work at the design stage and on-site
work closely with quantity surveyors to establish costs and work schedules on larger projects, with architects and other design professionals to determine the best use of space, and with manufacturers and contractors
identify new business and sell services to potential clients
keep up to date with new developments in the design industry

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Entry Requirements

You will usually need a relevant degree, foundation degree or HND to be a professional designer, such as 3D design, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Spatial Design
Entry without a degree or HND is possible if you have significant experience and creative flair
Pre-entry postgraduate qualifications aren't needed, but specialist courses can enable you to move into interior/spatial design from another area of art and design.
Taking a course in CAD or Photoshop may be useful.

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Good communication skills, Both written and verbal, to write briefs, promote and explain ideas, and build relationships with clients
Excellent creative design skills
A high level of technical knowledge, including CAD and model-making skills
Good drawing skills, including perspective drawing and spatial awareness
Ability to follow technical drawing and plans
Logical thinking and problem solving skills
An awareness of building and safety regulations
Knowledge of the wider construction and design industries
Project management skills, including the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
Good negotiating and management skills
Business, finance and marketing skills

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Junior Designers: £18,000 - £23,000
Experienced designers: £24,000 - £40,000
Senior designers: £45,000 +
Creative/design directors: £45,000 - £75,000+
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