Channel your creativity into a rewarding and professionally fulfilling career by studying an interior design course.
What do interior design graduates do?
Interior designers design interior environments according to design briefs from clients. Because of this, your work as an interior designer will involve both creative research, drafting and designing, as well as managing relationships with clients and external stakeholders.
As an interior designer, you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Consulting with and interviewing clients and stakeholders, to determine the objectives and constraints of a design brief;
- Researching and analysing spatial, functional, efficiency, safety and aesthetic requirements;
- Reviewing references and researching design elements;
- Providing informed advice on use of spatial organisation, patterns, materials, colours and trends in design to clients and stakeholders;
- Formulating design concepts for interior spaces;
- Preparing, reviewing, explaining and revising sketches, illustrations and plans;
- Negotiating with clients, management, suppliers and construction staff;
- Selecting, specifying and recommending materials, furniture and products for interior spaces;
- Detailing and documenting selected designs;
- Supervising and managing the construction of interiors;
- Managing a design project budget;
- Invoicing, managing accounts, procuring and paying contractors and suppliers; and
- Reviewing and evaluating a design project.
Most designers usually specialise in one area of interior design. Roles you could take on after completing an interior design course include working as a commercial interior designer or retail interior designer. A qualification in interior design may be relevant for pursuing employment in an area such as:
You’ll find a career in interior design satisfying and rewarding if you:
- Are creative
- Can express yourself well
- Are proactive and enterprising
- Have excellent organisational and project management skills
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Can make sound decisions
- Like taking responsibility
- Are a good listener
- Can work well both independently and in a team
While interior design is a small profession in Australia, employing approximately just 11,000 people, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that employment opportunities in the role have grown steadily over the last five years, and predicts that growth to continue until at least 2020, where the industry will employ approximately 13,800 people. The greatest opportunities for employment for interior designers exist in New South Wales and Victoria, with over 60 per cent of Australia’s designers working in those two states.
PayScale reports that interior designers may expect to earn a salary between $40,000 and $74,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $51,000 per year. PayScale notes that experience plays a key role in earning capacity, with designers who have more than 20 years’ experience earning up to $40,000 more per year than designers with 10 to 20 years of experience. This relationship also indicates that many people remain working in interior design for the duration of their careers, and don’t move to different industries after working for several years.