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Interior Design

Interior design is the art and science of enhancing interior spaces to achieve functional, healthy and aesthetically pleasing environments for the people using these spaces.

Contrary to popular belief, interior designers do a lot more than simply pick colours, fabrics and furniture. They research, plan, co-ordinate and manage interior design projects, frequently in collaboration with architects, structural engineers, project managers, construction professionals and clients.

Although interior design is generally thought of as a creative profession, it’s also a technical one. In order to understand complex plans and calculations, and to prepare accurate costings and quotes for clients, interior designers must understand construction theory and be mathematically competent. They must also be skilled at using specialist software - such as computer aided design and building information modelling – and have a sound understanding of building codes and regulations.

A good interior designer needs to possess a range of skills and capabilities including: the ability to understand a space and its function; knowledge of aesthetics, building and design techniques, materials and products; excellent communication and business skills; a willingness to adapt to changing technology and a commitment to stay up-to-date through ongoing research and study. Creatively, interior designers need to be able to embrace diverse styles (beyond their own preferred styles), seek inspiration from everything around them and be bold and courageous.

Interior design is a rewarding profession. It can also be challenging and competitive. To succeed, you need to be skilled, determined, adaptable and solutions-focused.

Interior design at Ara is taught by highly experienced tutors and industry specialists. As an interior design student you’ll study the theory of interior design, learn how to use industry-standard software, gain an understanding of the building process (including building codes and regulations) and undertake many practical activities, projects and assignments.

You’ll also undertake work-integrated learning to equip you with a realistic understanding of the industry and you’ll participate in an end-of-year public exhibition of your work.