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Interior Designer
Interior designing involves designing homes/properties taking into account all furnishing, colour schemes, lighting and materials. Interior decoration is not interior design.
Career Path
Post 10th Grade
Some certificate/diploma courses)

Post 12th Gradde
10+2/Graduation (any discipline)
Candidates awaiting 10+2 result can also apply
10+2 (PCM/any discipline) with 50% - 55% marks (only for CEPT University, Ahmedabad)
Other Courses
Certification
Certificate Course in Interior Design
Certificate in Interior Design and Decoration
Short term courses (Furniture design/Retail & Exhibition Design/Landscape Design/CAD)

Diploma Courses
Advance Diploma in Interior Design
Diploma in Interior Design
Diploma in Interior Design and Architecture
Diploma in Interior Design and Display
Advance Diploma in Interior Design

Bachelor Courses
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Interior Design
B.A. (Interior Design)
Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)- Interior Design/Furniture Design
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) - Interior Design
B.Sc. (Interior Design)
B.Sc. in Interior Architecture and Design
Bachelor of Interior Design (only for CEPT University, Ahmedabad)
UG-Interior & Spatial Design(Pearl Academy)
Duration
Certificate Courses: 6 months-1 year
Diploma Courses: 1-2 years
Bachelor Courses: 3-4 years
Top Colleges
National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Delhi
Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Mumbai
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad
Arch Academy of Design, Jaipur
INIFD Deccan, Pune
Internship/Training
After your education, it is highly recommended to have one or two internships to learn the job as it is on the field as well as to show experience on your resume. This experience can be gained at different architectural firms, interior design companies, design studios, construction groups, public works department etc. Whether the internship is paid or not will depend upon the place from where one is doing internship.
Scholarships
National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad awards need-based scholarships to the deserving students with the support of Ford Foundation and Government of India.
CEPT University grants program scholarship as well.
ARCH Academy of Design have its own scholarship scheme.
TGC, New Delhi an ISO certified company offers scholarship program for talented and economically challenged students who are extremely passionate about Art and Design.
Opportunities for Further Studies
Master Courses
M.A (Interior Design)
M.Sc. (Interior Design)
Master of Design (M.Des.) – Interior Design
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – Interior Design
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) - Interior Design
MBA (Interior Design) - 2 years
Master of Interior Architecture and Design - 2 years
Master of Design (Furniture Design) – 2.5 years

Course Fees
INR 25,000 to INR 5,00,000
Entrance Exams
Different colleges/institutes have different criterion. Some of the well- known entrance tests are:

NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture)
CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design)
UCEED (Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design)
NEED (National Entrance Examination for Design)
CEPT (Center for Environmental Planning and Technology)
All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)
Role Models
Hameeda Sharma
Listed in Forbes as 7th best interior in India

Milind Pai
An award winning architect

Kayzad Shroff
An award winning interior designer

Lipika Sud
Honored with title of Best Professional of 2012

Skills/Competencies
Creative and passionate for spatial designing
Excellent drawing and designing skills
Highly developed visual sense and have a keen eye for detail
Ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism from clients
Excellent management and communication skills
Good sense for using color schemes, textures and various materials for interiors
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Time-management skills
Marketing skills
Comfortable with travelling frequently
Knowledge of building regulations and local laws
Working knowledge of computer software related to interior designing such as Auto CAD
Knowledge of basics of architecture
Aware of the latest trends
Career Prospects
Interior Designer
Interior Decorator
Design Consultant
Creative Director
Teacher/Faculty
Architect
Freelancer/Entrepreneur
Scope/Recruiting Industries
Architectural Firms
Interior Designing Firms
Own Venture/Self-Employed
Builders/Construction Groups (e.g. residential, workplaces and commercial spaces)
Government Projects/Public Works Department
Hospitals and Clinics
Education Sector
Design Studios, Theatres and Exhibition Organizers
Town and City Planning Bureaus
Event Management Companies
Tentative Starting Salary Range
Depending on their expertise and experience, the starting package ranges between 10,000 INR – 20,000 INR per month which gets increased on the basis of experience.
Referred links/Resources
http://www.nid.edu/
http://www.nata.in/
http://www.cept.ac.in/
http://www.aieed.com/
http://www.iitb.ac.in/ceed/
http://www.iitb.ac.in/uceed/

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