Interior designer


What they do

Interior designers plan and design the interior environments of a range of buildings, from homes to corporate offices. They make effective use of interior spaces by ensuring that all the needs of the occupants, and functions of a space are catered for.

Interior designers work to a design brief and need to carry out detailed research that includes consideration of their client's wishes, ensuring the designs they produce reflect the client's image and identity. They may work on the construction or the redevelopment of building interiors, to develop designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Specialisations include: Commercial Interior Designer, Environmental Designer, Residential Interior Designer, Retail Interior Designer

Working conditions

Interior designers need to be able to develop designs that suit both the client and the characteristics of a building or room. A designer can work in property and business services, or provide services in construction or retailing. They may be self-employed or work with a design group. They can be expected to visit clients in their home or office, and can work long hours including weekends and evenings.

Tools and technologies

Interior designers need a high level of computer skills. They should be competent with computer-aided drawing (CAD) software, and design software such as Photoshop and InDesign, as well as MS Office.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an interior designer you usually need to gain a qualification in interior design, interior architecture, visual and spatial design or a related area.

The Advanced Diploma of Interior Design is offered at TAFE colleges throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

You can also study a degree majoring in interior architecture or visual and spatial design.

Curtin University offers a Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) and Edith Cowan University offers a Bachelor of Design (Visual and Spatial Design). Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.