A degree in interior design will equip you with the specific creative and technical skills you'll need to succeed in the field
Jobs directly relevant to your degree include:
- Interior and spatial designer
- Exhibition designer
- Production designer Theatre/TV/Film
- Visual merchandiser
Jobs where your degree may be useful include:
- Architectural technologist
- Furniture designer
- Graphic designer
- Product designer
- Textile designer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Gaining relevant work experience shows employers that you can use your skills and knowledge in a professional environment. It also demonstrates that you are proactive, motivated and committed to a career in this field.
Contact companies that you would like to eventually work for including interior design and architectural firms, design consultancies, construction companies, visual merchandising departments and theatres to ask whether you could undertake a placement with them.
Entry-level jobs within the same types of company will give an insight into the context in which the company operates and enable you to make contacts. For instance, a shop assistant job may build your knowledge of the retail industry and enable you to forge links with the visual merchandising team.
Taking part in live briefs, entering competitions and attending exhibitions can provide valuable learning experiences. There are likely to be opportunities to do this through your university, so find out what is available.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Any company that create spaces for people to live, shop, work and be entertained is a potential interior design employer. This includes:
- architectural firms and construction companies
- interior design companies
- exhibition centres and events management companies
- consultancies offering a wide portfolio of design services
- theatre, TV or film companies.
You may work in-house or for consultancies that provide services to a range of external clients.
Working on a freelance basis is fairly typical, although full-time, permanent roles do exist.
Skills for your CV
An interior design degree gives you specialist skills in drawing techniques, concept development, computer visualisation, multimedia, graphic design and model-making.
It also allows you to develop transferable skills that are valued by a range of employers. These include research skills, creative thinking, presentation and communication skills, organisational skills, team working and IT proficiency.
Specialist Masters degrees are available in interior design and architectural visualisation. You could also consider a Masters in a related discipline in order to build skills relevant to another design field, such as product design, graphic design or surface design. Another option is to train for a profession outside of the design industry, for example teaching, youth work or arts therapy.
Short business start-up courses run by universities, local arts centres or charities are also useful for those interested in self-employment. These tend to cover areas such as choosing the right legal status, insurance, tax, accounts, marketing and pricing.
What do interior design graduates do?
Almost half of all the graduates in employment six months after graduation are working as interior decoration designers.
Other jobs in the top ten include graphic designer, architect and architectural technician and draftsperson.
|Working and studying||1.5|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Art, design and media||52.7|
|Retail, catering and bar work||16.7|
|Technicians and other professionals||10.2|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||2.5|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.