How to become an interior designer… even if you don’t have a degree- or any experience!

How to become an interior designer… even if you don’t have a degree- or any experience!


In today’s video, we’re talking all about how you can
become an interior designer even if you don’t have a degree, and even if
you don’t have any work experience. I’m Kate Hatherell and this
is The Interior Designers Hub. So in the UK there is actually no
formal requirement for you to have any qualifications to become
an interior designer. Now, whilst that’s all well and good, because of course if you’re a really
creative person and you’ve got some experience, then well perhaps you could argue
that a qualification isn’t necessary, but I always feel as though should set
the foundation and that you should do it at least an initial amount of studying
just so that you’ve covered all of the bases and that you are making the
best design decisions available. But that doesn’t mean that you have to
go out and do a full blown degree to achieve that. There are plenty of
courses around that you can take. You can study online. And the great thing about being able
to study online and taking a flexible course is that you can continue
to earn while you learn. So there’s no reason to rush
out and give up your day job. It’s perfectly possible for
you to continue working and
to study in the evenings and on weekends. Not only
can you learn while you earn, you can also earn while you learn. And what I mean by that is many of our
diploma students find once they are a couple of months into their studies
that they begin getting inquiries from clients about them working with them. Now of course you have
to balance your time out, but you can always squeeze in some time
to take on your first client and to begin getting an initial bit of money in, whilst you’re also
completing your studies. People sometimes see studying as an all
or nothing thing that you have to give up your job and suddenly start studying
or suddenly start your new career. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can study whilst you’re still bringing
money in and you can bring in money whilst you’re still studying and working. So if you don’t have any experience
that can cause problems too. Mostly because you don’t have a portfolio
and any potential clients are going to want to see the work that you’ve created.
But there are some ways around this. For example, you can use some of the work in your
studies to use in your portfolio. So most interior design courses give you
exercises to do such as creating colour palettes, creating mood boards,
and even doing technical drawings. And all of these things are perfectly
acceptable to use in a portfolio. So as you are studying, make sure that you’re doing your best
work and that you’re getting all of the feedback from your tutor and keeping that
information so that you can use it on your social media and as
part of your portfolio. Another great way to add to your portfolio
is to create your own graphics so you can create some amazing floor plans and
elevations and make them beautifully rendered and they can really show your
design style even if you’ve not yet had a client to try it out on. In addition
to mood boards and technical drawings, you can also use photography of things
that you’ve styled or decorated yourself. So using images of your own home is a
perfectly acceptable thing to do when you’re beginning to build a portfolio.
After all, they’re your design. So why not show them off? Sometimes before new designer wants to
actually step out there in the world and start designing for clients, they
want to take an interim step, something that eases them into it without
so much fear and anxiety coming up. And so designing for friends and family
can be a good way to get your first taste of what it’s like to design
for a client. Now of course, designing for friends and family can be
fraught with other difficulties to do with family politics. So make sure you choose your
friend or family clients carefully. But being able to go through the whole
design process with somebody that you know and trust can be really great
for building your confidence. And of course you’ll be able to use
the before and after photos with their agreement to add to your portfolio. If you’ve always fancied
becoming an interior designer, why not come and join us for our free
five day challenge where we teach you how to become an interior
designer in just five days. We take you through the design process
from start to finish so that you can see the steps that an interior designer
takes when they’re designing a room professionally. The
challenge is completely free. It’s being hosted within a
private Facebook group and
you get daily feedback and daily tutorials from me in that group.
I do hope that you’re going to join us. Please look below for the link to sign
up for the challenge and then come and join us in the Facebook group.
I’ll see you over there.

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