Interior designers, today, design much more than the interiors of homes. Their canvas ranges from privates homes like apartments, bungalows and mansions, to public spaces like offices, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and auditoriums, to outdoor and event-based spaces like kiosks and exhibitions. Dr Sanjay Gupta, former Dean of NIFT, and current Dean of GD Goenka University’s School of Fashion & Design, shares that while there has been a slowdown in architecture world over, including India, due to the slowdown in construction, the field of interior design has become more lucrative. “People are redoing their homes. However, there is also a great demand in the commercial and retail sectors,” he observes.
What does it involve?
To be a good interior designer, you need to understand all aspects that go into the making of a functional, liveable space. Interior designers literally pick up from where the architects leave off, thus looking at aspects - from safety and comfort, to furniture, furnishings, lighting, to traffic flow and building services. “It is not just about decoration. Interior designers work on spaces. They move around columns and walls, if need be,” says Dr Gupta.
About the course
Typically, interior design programmes range from three to five years. Designing furniture is an integral part of many programmes, and in some cases such as NID, it is a core focus. The focus is on learning by doing, with a strong hands-on approach. Some programmes, such as the one at Pearl Academy focus on understanding architecture, to give designers an edge.
Dr Sanjay Gupta
Dean of GD Goenka University’s School of Fashion & Design (Gurgaon)
Most Indian design institutes are modelled on American design education. But our’s is on the Italian model where innovation and originality is at the core
Programmes (4 years)
Bachelor’s in Interior Design (5 years)
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Graduate Diploma in Design -Furniture & Interior
Pearl Academy (Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Jaipur)
BA (Hons) – Interior Architecture & Design
Sushant School of Design, Gurgaon
B Des Interior Design
MAEER’s MIT IOD, Pune
Graduate Diploma – Interior Space & Furniture Design
Rachna Sansad, Mumbai
BSc in Interior Design (3 years)
GD Goenka University’s SOFD, Gurgaon
BSc/B Des Interior Design (3/4 years)
Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore
Undergraduate Professional Diploma Program – Furniture and Spatial design
Apeejay Institute of Design, Delhi
B Des – Interior Design
ISDI Parsons Mumbai
Graduate Diploma – Interior Design
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