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Interior Design - how to get started?

Hello,


I am looking to change careers and go into Interior Design.


Is there a school in Switzerland you recommend (I live in Vaud).
Which software program do you think would be best to learn?
Some have told me a certificate is not as important as an impressive book of projects, do you agree?


Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Is there a school in Switzerland you recommend (I live in Vaud).
Which software program do you think would be best to learn?
Some have told me a certificate is not as important as an impressive book of projects, do you agree?
As a customer, if I wanted an interior designer, I'd want to see a website full of completed projects that I actually liked and reviews from satisfied customers.

A certificate would mean nothing to me.

If one bought, for example, a picture, would one care whether the artist had an art degree or whether one actually liked the picture?

Houzz is a good way to showcase your talents and completed projects.
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Re: Interior Design - how to get started?

I understand your point, Tom. And, indeed, HOUZZ is fabulous.

However, this seems to be a person interested in a career change, asking if there is a school in Switzerland to help her/ him accomplish this goal.

Even if a degree does not guarantee success, perhaps someone in this area could guide her, or him.
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Re: Interior Design - how to get started?

presumably the school is not to give you a certificate, but rather to give you the skills to produce the impressive portfolio.
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Ah, interior design, the new craze among kids these days...

I'll go straight to the point: the market is saturated. It seems that for some reason, bored women wanting to get back into the work market, that recently found that their cake decoration business didn't make it, thought it was a cool idea to do interior design. This means hordes of people out there wanting to do the same - in a country where there is basically 1 client per 10 interior designers.

This is not to say you should give up, it means if you are really serious about this career choice be prepared for extreme competition. Being good won't cut it - you'll have to know how to market yourself.

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1 - Do you feel strong about your language capacities? Yes, there is a bunch of high segment clients who speak English, but those will probably go for an established company. If you start with a language deficit, you'll already be behind your peers.
2 - There are quite a few courses on interior design. Look for established schools (here's one example). I'll tell you a secret which you need to promise not to tell anyone: most clients won't give a rat's ass where you learnt your skills. But your future employers (you will need to do some training with a company before you can venture on your own) will probably look at that - so look for something official, not some weird new age school that just popped up. Most Fachschule should make the cut, a Migros course won't.
3 - You'll need a portfolio. Since you most likely have no experience, collect everything you do for your school and do a proper portfolio, catalogue style, to sell yourself. If your clients don't see your style, your capacity to adapt, they won't hire you. Check pintrest and the likes for ideas on Portfolios, just try to stay afloat because looking for portfolios there is like entering a one way gate into another dimension.
4 - Get used to classical furniture: start pilling up on books about classical furniture because it's the easiest to use to build ideas that sell. Sure, a crazy new chair can look cool, but the classical is easier to the general market.

As for program, what are we talking about here? You'll need beyond basic skills in Photoshop - so get a newish version and start playing around. Some skills in InDesign will help with the portfolio part.

But you will need a 3D rendering program to build the rooms and apply the furniture and eventually render for the client. You have tons in the market, it depends on the wallet size. I do well with ArchiCad because it's my basic tool for the architecture itself, then freshen up the 3D with Photoshop. But this kind of stuff is expensive. If you get into a proper school, you might get access to cheaper student versions.
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I understand your point, Tom. And, indeed, HOUZZ is fabulous.

However, this seems to be a person interested in a career change, asking if there is a school in Switzerland to help her/ him accomplish this goal.

Even if a degree does not guarantee success, perhaps someone in this area could guide her, or him.
I wasn't answering that bit of the post. I thought it was pretty clear that I was only answering the last question.

As for a school, yes I suppose for software tools instruction, colour theory etc.

But that's out of my (small) sphere of knowledge- which is why I didn't answer it and left it to the experts such as Helm!
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Thanks guys!

I will keep the advice in mind!
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