Q: I have appeared for my class 12 exams. I am interested in interior design. Can I get a break in the field after an architecture degree? What is the difference between interior design and interior decoration?
A: Interior design is concerned with creating functional and beautiful interior spaces in houses, public buildings and commercial properties, such as shops, restaurants, leisure venues and offices. Interior decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. While interior designers may decorate interiors, interior decorators cannot function as designers of functional spaces. CEPT University, Ahmedabad offers a professional course in interior design lasting five years, like the B.Arch degree. Otherwise it is offered as a three and four year long duration degree course in a few universities. The most common option is a two or three year diploma after class 10 or class 12. Architecture colleges may offer interior design as a specialization in B.Arch or at the M.Arch level. Interior decoration may be a specialization in a fine art degree.
Source: youth incorporated magazine, issue 12, june 2012, pg. 36