Interior Designer

A career as an Interior Designer would be perfect for you. Continue reading below and find out every important information on this field you should know.

Job Responsibilities

Find out what the client’s goals and requirements are for the project.

Sketch a rough design of your ideas and pitch it to the clients. 

Source materials, fabrics, paint, lighting and furniture needed for the project. 

Give the client a timeline estimate and quote for the work.

Once the project starts, visit the site just to stay on top of it.

What to Study

Interior Design: Comprehensive Course

Interior Design Comprehensive Course combines the creative process of addressing the aesthetics of a space with understanding of the building itself. Sign up with us and start your career.
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Interior Design: Certificate Course

Interior Design is a very specialised field where the world of Interior Decorating meets Architecture. Sign up with us to turn your dreams into a career.
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Google Sketch-Up Short Course

This course will teach students how to use Google Sketch-Up to develop computer-aided 3-D representations of their designs, which would make them more competitive in the industry
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What is Interior Design?

Interior design is the art and process of making a space functional. It is quality work that reflects the needs of the client. This job is done with materials such as paints, fabric, furniture and a lot more. 

How do I Become an Interior Designer?

Interior design toolsSkills Academy offers you three interior designer courses that you can complete from the comfort of your home. These courses are filled with everything you need to know to start your career. 

Our dedicated team of lectures and course consultants are always ready to answer any questions you might have. 

Do I Need Matric to Study?

Don’t have matric? No problem, You can still follow your dream of becoming an interior designer. You can start your career with a short certificate course and progress to our other courses. Click here for more. 

Benefits of being an Interior Designer

As an interior designer, you will help people transform their lives. This is the best benefit of all. 

Here are some of the reasons why a career in this field is a good choice. 

Working Hours 

Unless you work for a company or a store, you get to set your own working hours. Once you start your project you can schedule your working hours. The best part is, you won’t work on weekends if you don’t want to. 


If challenges excite you then you will definitely enjoy this job. There are many factors that play a role in the success of a project.  Everyday comes with new challenges that will test your problem solving skill. 

Potential for Growth

In this field there are endless professional growth opportunities. You might start off as an intern and work yourself up to being a senior interior designer or even the CEO of your own company.

The top three jobs in this field. 

  • Associate Interior Designer
  • Senior Interior Designer 
  • Interior Designer

How Much do Interior Designers Earn? 

In South Africa, interior designers currently earn R17,698  a month. As an entry-level interior designer you are looking at earning R11,875 a month. Isn’t that exciting? 

Skills Needed to be an Interior Designer 

If you are considering a career in interior design, there are six essential skills you will need. These skills will help you become the best at your job. 


It is very important that you are organized. This will ensure that you stay on time with projects and within your budget. Being an unorganized designer could result in you losing clients and money.

Communication Skills 

You will need to communicate your vision to your clients and other team members.  Communication skills are also needed when speaking to other professionals on the project.

Technological Knowledge 

With technology always changing and improving, the job of an interior designer is much easier. It is beneficial to know how these applications work and how to use them. 


This is one of the most important skills you will need. All clients have different tastes. This means that you will have to come up with creative ideas that meet the needs of the client. 

The Differences Between Designer and Decorator 

Interior designer working on a project with paper and a rulerAnyone can become an interior decorator. All you need is a love for colors, fabrics and different materials. You don’t need any particular education to go into that field. Interior designers need some sort of certificate of education. It does not have to be a degree but you can work your way to one. This is because of the particular skills that you need to be in this field. 

Ready to Launch Your Career as an Interior Designer? 

Contact one of our excellent course advisors by using one of the following options and register today. 

  • Call us for free at 0800 39 0027
  • Chat to us on Whatsapp at 082 318 8892 
  • Complete our online registration form

Author: Tia Sauls

Last Updated: May 4, 2020