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Interior Designing is a profession that numerous creative individuals take on, either straight after graduation or post a few years of working but not finding the right job satisfaction. You may have noticed many women from high society circles or design hobbyists turning towards Interior Designing at some point in their lives. They largely do this owing to the ready-made clientele that they are in contact with. In fact, once they design their own homes, and are up to date with the latest home styles, they feel confident enough to begin decorating others’ homes. A lot of international travelling can also do that.
But the key to be a successful Interior Designer is to get trained in a well reputed college and develop talent and knowledge that is in tune with today’s times.
After which, you can market yourself and build client and vendor networks. However before you begin exploring the various styles, furniture trends and rates out there, you must know what to look for. This is why a good Interior Decoration course from an outstanding interior design institute is useful to build a strong career rather than just do a handful of designing jobs.
If you are truly motivated to be an Interior Designer, you should opt for a Bachelor-level course such as Bachelor of Design in Interior Design, right after your 12th. This course is a 4 year, full time course.
So, let’s find out how we can identify the best colleges for Interior Design:
Though Interior Design courses can be done remotely or in-classrooms, the location of an Interior Design college plays a big role in its relevance and market standing.
In India, Mumbai is the hub for Interior Designing. Most Interior Designing projects and awards happen in and around Mumbai. There are many projects in Delhi, Bangalore and Pune as well. But Mumbai is where the top designers are and many Interior Designers maintain a home in Mumbai, to stay close to their clientele.
Top interior designing colleges borrow the expertise of professional Interior Designers. So if you are studying in Mumbai, there is a higher chance of you interacting with the best designers in the industry and developing relationships with them early in the game. They often visit campuses and collaborate with budding design students for projects.
Before enrolling in any of the top Interior Designing colleges, dig out the list of their faculty. You may get it from their official website or after contacting their placement teams. Look up the credentials and profiles of the faculty members. Remember, you are allowed to ask who will be teaching you, what their experience is and their industry network.
Some Interior Designing colleges invite visiting faculty a couple of days in the week, or conduct regular weekend training sessions with important industry stalwarts. Find out if your chosen list of colleges do this.
Industry and exhibition visits
Due to Covid, the occurrence of industry or exhibition visits may be few. However, you may enquire how the college is delivering practical or experiential lessons during these times.
Some colleges are organising online webinars with architects and designers on topical issues such as ‘Sustainable Housing’, ‘French Modern Furniture’, 'Tiny Home Interiors Design’ or ‘Textured Designs’. Enquire what kind of activities the college has conducted in the past few years and if they sound interesting to you.
Practical sessions in Lab
A college’s infrastructural set-up is important for Interior Designing courses. A well stacked computer lab with design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign is essential. You may also need 3d Studio and AutoCad.
Designers these days display their ideas via virtual reality videos and simulations. Even if you are not able to create them, knowing what is possible is enough to make your client pitches and shine in the market.
Post an Interior Design course, you may choose to join an agency, work for an established designer or start your own venture.
Choose a college that serves your purpose.
If you wish to launch your own label or brand, inspect the curriculum to know if it includes topics that will help you do this. The best colleges for interior design also offer internships with established design houses. This will assist you in your own business or if you work for another.
International Academic Collaborations
Every industry is going global. The Indian Interior Design sector takes inspiration from foriegn trends all the time. Which is why some Interior Design colleges in India have tied up with colleges in Europe and the US.
Find out if your selected college has an international collaboration, especially with regard to the basic syllabus and course topics.
International influence can also be seen in terms of quality, variety and method of teaching. An interior design college with foreign aspects and qualities, will be more open to new ideas, experimentative, and up-to-date.
Once you have researched online or by speaking to friends and family, narrow down your list to 5 colleges, based on the above criterion. After this, you should try and visit the campus of these 5 colleges, if possible. Speak to students, teachers and staff. You may take an appointment with the admissions team and request them to take you around to check the infrastructure or witness any classes in action. You are allowed to thoroughly inspect a college before you choose it, as long as you are not disturbing its daily functioning.
Finally, once you have checked your narrowed down list, and have got some idea of the fees, ask the colleges for any scholarship or payment schemes that they may have. Some offer part or full scholarship, depending on your 12th marks. There are also no interest EMI schemes for staggered payments in some colleges.
You should enquire about these as it will stop you from making the decision to choose a college that is cheaper, but not of the desired quality. That would be a big mistake!