Question:

I am a class XII (science) student. I am interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in interior design. I am a bit confused on how to proceed in this field. What are the future prospects in this field? Would my higher study prospects abroad receive a negative impact if I pursue my UG course in India, is this true? If not, then please guide me about the courses available after class XII. 

Answer:

A Bachelor’s degree in India is as good as a Bachelor’s degree anywhere — if you want to pursue higher studies. Let me also inform you that our IITs and several other engineering and medical colleges are rated amongst the best in the world. So if you are in a field of study that is best suited to your personality and interests, then the future is as bright as you choose to make it.Although aspects of interior design are taught in the Bachelor’s level courses in architecture (BArch), it is offered as a specialisation at the MArch level.Of course, we now have a number of Bachelor’s degree programmes in interior design as well. In addition, interior design is also offered 
as diploma courses that you can pursue along with your Bachelor’s degree.The eligibility for most of the shorter duration diploma-level courses in interior design offered at polytechnic and schools of design is that the candidate should have completed his/her class XII.It does not matter what subjects you have taken, as long you are reasonably good at drawing and have a feel for colours and design.But if you want to join the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad’s School of Interior Design, which offers five-year courses in the subject, which is integrated with the fundamentals of architecture, (a background in maths is compulsory). For details regarding the eligibility and selection for CEPT’s courses, log on to: www.cept.ac.in.National Institute of Design (NID)’s Faculty of Industrial Design’s (www.nid.edu) graduate programme in design with a specialisation in furniture and interior design (four-year). 
Selection: competitive admission test, followed by a workshop and interview for shortlisted candidates. 
Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai. BFA (craft-interior decoration) four years. 
There are many others like Pearl Academy, Delhi, Apeejay Institute of Design, Delhi, Rachna Sansad in Mumbai, Sushant School of Design, Ansal University, Gurgaon, etc, that offer full-fledged courses in interior design.