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The career options for an interior designer have widened, with new avenues such as set designing for television and films and visual merchandising for the retail market gaining prominence. Earlier, the scope of an interior designer was limited to designing homes and hotels.
Most of the universities in the UAE run four-year Bachelor’s Degree courses in interior design such as Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Interior Design (BID).
The courses mainly focus on learning about design fundamentals, building technology, history of architecture, integrating different building materials, various concepts of decoration through lighting and furnishing materials. Learning to represent your design for prospective clients through computer aided drawings (CAD) is an essential part of the training.
Some of the exciting career options for trained professions include independent interior design practitioner; television, magazine and film set designer; healthcare design specialist for hospitals; visual merchandiser for retail outlets, furniture designer and exhibition designer.
For those who want to take up interior design as a hobby, there are many short-term courses on offer such as a two- to five-day course in soft furnishings, and tutorials on lighting decoration and colour patterns for homes.
*Specialist interior design courses run for four years
* There is growing demand for visual merchandisers
* There are courses on soft furnishings and lighting
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer