Career In Interior Design After 12th?
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE
THOSE WHO ARE DOING SOMETHING THEY LOVE
THOSE WHO LOVE WHAT THEY DO
Which one are you? It's important to decide if you are planning to build a career in Architecture / Interior Design.
I think I should start the blog with some actual facts so that you understand why you landed up on this blog?
Now we all know India is a developing country and there is a lot of construction happening in and around the country. We are living in a time where people are becoming more and more educated and aware of everything ever than before.
Why I am telling you about this? This will not only tell you about the scope of work in the field of Interior Design in the coming years. But it will also help you decide, whether you actually want to pursue a career in Interior Design or not.
WHAT IS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
In simple words, An Interior Designer is a person who turns a house into a home. They have a sense of space, form, and function, which helps them to understand the requirements of their clients and in turn, convert their house into their dream homes.
When it comes to designing your space in all aspects be it look and feel (how you want your house to look like), material (with so many options available, it can get a little intimidating), furniture ( let's not even talk about this), and budget (most important), hiring an Interior Designer would be a good choice.
WHY DO YOU NEED AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
Now, this is important to understand. If you look around in a city, you will find different types of spaces. For example - residential buildings, commercial buildings, retails buildings, education buildings, and so forth and so on. According to different types of space, the requirements and environment of each space are different. So you can't follow a similar type of design process in every space. What I mean by this is you can't have similar interiors in your office and house both. Both have different purposes, different requirements, different functionality.
An Interior Designer has a clear understanding of different spaces, that's their specialty. They know how space can be designed in a certain way following all aspects of designing ( concept, theme, material, furniture, budget, cost, estimates). So it is easier for them to execute a project without much difficulty.
That's the role of an Interior Designer, and this is why you need an Interior Designer.
ELIGIBILITY FOR INTERIOR DESIGNING
"What are the eligibility criteria for Interior Designing after 12th?"
Doesn't matter which stream you have taken in 12th, you are eligible to make a career in Interior Designing. If you have scored 40-50% in your 12th, you are eligible to give all exams. If you want to become an Interior Designer after completing any graduation. You can do that too. It's all possible. There are different courses available.
DEGREES IN INTERIOR DESIGNING
- Bachelor of Architecture ( B.ARCH ) - 5 Years
- Bachelor Of Interior Designing( B.ID ) (CEPT University) - 5 Years
- Bachelor Of Design (B.DES ) - 4 Years
- BA Interior Design - 3 Years
- BA Interior Architecture And Design - 3 Years
- B.Sc. Interior Design - 3 Years
There are various Diploma courses for Interior Design available across the country. The duration of Diploma courses is usually 1 year. Also, there are various certification courses available which give you a certification in around 3 - 6 months.
But if you are serious about making a career in Interior Design, My first suggestion would be always to go for a Bachelors's degree. You can decide this by deciding the no. of years you want to dedicate to the course.
With Diploma and other certification courses, you can only understand the basics of interior design. You don't give in a lot of time to polish your skills when you are doing a diploma course. This basically includes polishing your professional skills. In this case, you have to put in a lot of effort from your side once you enter the practical world.
ON THE OTHER HAND, when you are choosing the degree course, you learn the basics well. You get your own time to work on your skills as each student is given design problems every semester, on which they have to work individually. This gives you a lot of time to explore your creative thoughts. And eventually, it involves a lot of self-learning. You understand things better when you do them on your own.
So the Bachelor's Degree is always better that Diploma and other certification courses.
ENTRANCE EXAMS FOR INTERIOR DESIGNING
JEE MAINS ( Earlier there used to be AIEEE as well ), NATA, CEED, NID, CEPT, STATE WISE ENTRANCE TEST, PRIVATE COLLEGE ENTRANCE TEST etc.
CAREER IN INTERIOR DESIGN AFTER GRADUATION
- Masters Of Architecture ( M.ARCH ) - 2 Years
- Masters Of Design ( M.DES ) - 2 Years
- Master Of Interior Design ( M.ID ) - 2 Years
- Master Of Science Interior Design ( M.SC ) - 2 Years
- Master Of Art Interior Design( MA ) - 2 Years
THINGS YOU LEARN IN INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE
- Concept Development
- Design process
- Furniture presentation
- Material Selection
- Cost And Estimates
- 3D Modeling
- Technical Drawings
- Detailed Drawings
- Good For Construction Drawings
- Project Management
The list is long, these are some important points in top of my head.
CAREER PERSPECTIVE / SCOPE OF WORK / SALARY EXPECTATIONS
SCOPE OF WORK
Once you completed the graduation you can practice as an Interior Designer with Architectural firms, Interior Designing firms, Property Developers, Builders, and in today's time Ecommerce Home Interior companies as well. There are so many good startups.
You can start your own practice, for this you need to apply for a license that gives you permission to open your own office and work on projects on your own.
Also, do freelance side by side if you did manage to build up a strong network during your college time. You can also start by taking projects from known contacts like relatives, neighbors 😀
I am a B.ARCH graduate, An Architect, so sharing this based on my experience.
Starting with an internship, interns usually get 4k-20k during the internship period, depending upon your skills and also the company/firm where you are taking an internship.
The starting salary after internship can lie between 15k-30k for freshers ( Junior Architects/Junior Interior designers )
With experience, networking, and work relationships, your salary gradually increases.
- Just Like any other career, the Growth of an individual takes time. With time and experience, you grow yourself and slowly establish yourself.
- Also with the right guidance and the right mindset you can reach that level of success and growth very early in your career.
There are other things that contribute to the growth of an individual. Let's discuss this in detail.
But first in the VIDEO below, I am speaking about everything in detail. Do check out for a better understanding of the topic.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE BEING AN ARCHITECT / INTERIOR DESIGNER
My name is Vaishali. I am an Architect. I have completed my undergraduate degree in B.ARCH (Bachelors Of Architecture) from NIT- Bhopal which is a 5 years course. I have overall 5+ years of experience in both Architectural and Interior projects. Initially, I started my career with core Architectural firms where only Architectural projects were dealt with. Gradually I realized I was more into Interiors than core Architecture. So I switched a few companies. I did explore many options.
One thing was clear in my mind, I was looking for firms where both Interior and Architectural projects were there.
After switching two-three companies, I finally associated with a firm where I got a specific role related to Interior Designer. And since then I am practicing as a full time Designer. Now I majorly handle residential Interior projects.
Since I have experience in the field I guess I have the credibility to talk about this field.
Now everybody has their own journey, they have different things to talk about. What I am sharing is completely based on my experience, thoughts, and opinion.
IS INTERIOR DESIGNING A GOOD CAREER?
Initially, we all get this thought in our minds, whether this career is for us or not? Is it good or bad? What I feel is every career is good if you have passion for it, if you are willing to go that extra mile with your hard work, then that is a career for you without a doubt.
Few things I would like to point out here, which includes
- PASSION TO LEARN - Interior Designing is a very creative field and its all about learning new things every day. You need to have that passion to learn new things every day, that too on your own.
- WILL TO DO- Even if you do not have passion, you need to be clear with your thoughts, that you are willing to go that extra mile. You need to know your capabilities and skills.
- SKILLS - If you do not have the skills, make sure you convince yourself that you will polish your skills by self-learning.
So no career is good or bad, it depends on how we feel about ourselves when we are selecting the profession for our career.
HOW TO BECOME AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
There is no hard and fast rule, anybody can become Interior Designer. Just be prepared to be open to a lot of learning. You need to have a curious mindset, if you aren't curious to learn new things, this might not be for you. If you think you aren't creative, that will also work. But in this case, you need to be sure, that you will mold your thinking, your thoughts in the creative direction.
HOW TO PREPARE?
The most frequent thought that comes in our mind is "ok now I have decided I have to become an Interior Designer, but how do I go about it? How should I prepare for the exams ?"
In this case, there is a process you need to follow, and you will have a clear picture of what exactly you need to study for exams to become an Interior Designer.
- DECIDE THE COURSE - Now you need to clearly know, which course you are planning to do. Are you going with a degree course or diploma course? Because this will give you a brief picture of which examinations you have to give and accordingly prepare for the examination.
- SELECT THE COLLEGE - Deciding the college first can also clear a lot of doubts about which course you want to go with and accordingly prepare for the exams. But disadvantage in this is, you are not sure in the beginning you will get the college or not. So it's better you decide the course first and then prepare for the exams.
HOW TO GET ADMISSION?
MY EXPERIENCE - When I decided to become an Architect, I had a very clear picture in my head, I wanted to either get into SPA Delhi(School Of Planning And Architecture) or Any NIT( National Institute Of Technology). To get into these colleges I had to clear AIEEE ( All India Engineering Entrance Examination ) which is now JEE MAINS. So I knew, I had to prepare for AIEEE. I researched about the syllabus and books available and started preparing for it. Meanwhile not to mention I had already taken admission to one of the Government Engineering College and I was in my second semester doing IT ( Information Technology ). And there were two books that I bought to prepare for AIEEE.
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And I cleared it. I scored rank 25( STATE LEVEL ) and 405 ( AIR ), And I was getting all the colleges. I was chosen for the first round of counseling and I had options to choose from All NIT's, All SPA's, even SPA Delhi. But since I did tell my dad about changing my career at that time. I told him after the results came. I cleared the exam and I couldn't believe it at first that I did. Because honestly, AIEEE was difficult to crack, moreover I got such good ranks. But My dad asks me to not go to Delhi ( he had his own reasons and I din question him ) and I chose NIT Bhopal, since it was closer to my home town, and I do not regret it all. That's how I became An Architect.
WHAT ARE THE SKILLS REQUIRED / IS DRAWING NECESSARY FOR INTERIOR DESIGN?
I am sharing a list of things you need to keep in mind to build a solid career in Architecture / Interior Designing field
- Have a passion for the profession. Even if you don't have passion, develop it. It's going to help. Without passion, you will get frustrated. You will feel like giving up.
- Be open to a lot of self-learning every single day.
- Have a creative mind. Explore your creative side. You need to come up with creative ideas, creative thoughts every day if you are in this field.
- Know how to implement your thoughts into designs. If you have creative thoughts but do not know how to convert those ideas into reality or incapable of implementing those ideas. It's going to hurt. You will get demotivated.
- You can turn your ideas into reality through your skills. Be it personal skills, be it professional skills.
- Personal skills include how you deal with people around you, communication skills, your teamwork, your attitude towards work, how well you take criticism, your relationship with people, how you build networks. This is a complete game-changer and helps in your growth. Even if you are not a creative individual, but if you are good with the qualities mentioned above, you will do very well in your career.
- Professional skills include how good you are with software because trust me you will require a good knowledge about software for being able to work on designs. Here learning on your own factor implies well. Work on your software skills. Drawings/ sketching skills are required but you do not have to be very good or perfect with this. As long as you are able to show your ideas through sketches it's well and good. Because anyway practically you work on software when you work on actual projects.
- Improve yourself every day, learn new things, do not stop exploring new ideas, work on your strengths more.
- Be always ready to go the extra mile every day with your hard work.
INTERIOR DESIGNING SALARY IN INDIA?
OKAY, I AM GOING TO SHARE THE ACTUAL FIGURES NOW
- INTERNSHIP - In my professional training, which was of 4 months, I used to get 7.5k as a stipend. It was a core architectural firm in Mumbai. I was really happy to be getting something during my internship because trust me after spending 4.5 years in studies, I was eager to earn at least something. So that I can for my own things. And it felt really great, to be honest. Because a lot of people completed their professional training with no money at all. I was really happy to get accepted for an internship. And I am grateful for this because that's how my journey in Mumbai started. And I never looked back ever since. Its been almost 6 years in Mumbai now.
- The FIRST JOB - Right after my internship, I started applying for jobs in Mumbai itself. And luckily I got a job as a Junior Architect after applying for a month. I went for an interview, and it was the most chill interview I had ever given. They offered me a salary of 17k per month which they raised right after 2 months based on my performance. This was me working as a fresher, with just 4 months of the internship experience. They raised my salary from 17k to 23k. And oh my I was damn happy 😀
- The SECOND JOB - After working for a year and a half I changed my job, now I started earning 30k per month with which again I was really happy.
So similarly I changed two more companies and after 5 years of experience, I made growth professionally, personally, and financially. Now I do earn 6 figure salary per month ( including both my professional career and blogging career) So it's all about, keep going keep growing.
So I am hoping you got a clear picture of the career in Interior Designing / Architecture. And I hope I helped you all in every possible way. May this clear all your doubts about choosing the career and do well in the future.
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See you soon!
Stay Happy, Stay Creative!