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Interior Designer

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Interior designers create ideas for the design and decoration of the insides of new and existing buildings. They work on houses, offices, civic buildings, leisure centres, hotels, restaurants, shops, ships and aircraft. They make sure the designs are both attractive and practical.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified interior designers in the UK tend to be in the range of £18,000 to £22,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £24,000 to £35,000 a year. Senior designers can earn £50,000 and over a year.

Some interior designers work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the work and their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

There is a lot of competition for jobs. You might find work with a design consultancy, or with building companies and architects. There are also opportunities with hotel and retail companies and office, kitchen and bathroom design companies. You can find jobs advertised online or in the specialist press.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2598
2.1 %
RISE
2023
2652
  United Kingdom
2018
42759
2.8 %
RISE
2023
43972

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Getting work as a freelance designer depends on becoming well known and established. This can take some time. You need to build up a good portfolio of work and build up a network of contacts.

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which includes information on working in design.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)
Tel: 020 7628 0255
E-mail: info@BIID.org.uk
Website: http://www.biid.org.uk
Twitter: @BIIDtalk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishInstituteofInteriorDesign

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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