Interior designers design and supervise the construction or redevelopment of building interiors.
To become an interior designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in interior design or interior design and decoration. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in applied design, interior design, interior architecture or spatial design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and submit a folio of recent design work. A number of institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Interior designers may perform the following tasks:
Interior design requires an understanding of building construction, lighting, colour and furniture. Interior designers may work individually as consultants or with a design group. They visit clients in their homes and offices, and can often work long hours, including evenings and weekends. They usually work for clients on an agreed fee basis.
Interior designers can work on a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and institutional developments such as schools and hospitals. A few work as designers on stage, film and television productions. Major employers include large construction firms, architects, some government departments and large retail stores. Opportunities also exist for self-employment as consultants. Competition for jobs is very strong. Initially, interior designers may look for work interstate or overseas where a wider range of experience is available.