TOP 5 REASONS TO EXPERIENCE DESIGN SCHOOL

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Hi there

So you probably landed on my page and this specific post because you’re CONTEMPLATING whether you should spend three or four “long” years studying interior design!? Right? Oh, and keep in mind that the program length is on a full-time bases! So, if you are currently working full-time, you are probably thinking if it’s really WORTH going back to school… If so, don’t worry you’re not alone! That’s exactly why I'm sharing some insights with you, because I’ve been there! Before I went back to school to study interior design, I was working full-time for six and so years. I had a stable job and a decent income. The thought of going back to school was a DRAGGGG… The thought of leaving my permanent “desk job” and going back to sit in a classroom didn’t process properly in my mind. I wondered how the bills were going to get paid… for the next “three” years. Now, let me tell you that it is POSSIBLE and REWARDING! I’m currently in my final year of design school and I don’t regret any moment of it. YES, this program is TIME CONSUMING, yes, it is COSTLY, but it is also FUN!

Before I go on and give you my “Top 5 reasons to experience designer school”, I want to give you a clear understanding of what interior design really is, and what you will learn during these couple years… 

"Interior design is the ART and SCIENCE of understanding people's behaviour to create functional spaces within a building.”

-While- 

Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things.

In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do NOT design."

"NCIDQ Examination | Differences Between Interior Design & Decorating." NCIDQ Examination. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.  

FYI- You will NOT spend three to four years looking at wall colours and fabric {If you were wondering why design school is of such duration}… You will spend that time understanding the usage and function of different spaces and learn to “Live Design”. 



Here we go…Top 5 reasons to experience designer school”…

1) YOU BECOME A PROBLEM SOLVER {In a practical and creative way}

Around every projects done in interior design, we deal with different spaces, with different needs and functions. Each space {residential to commercial to hospitality} all buildings have pros and cons, therefore our job as designers is to use what we are giving and make practical and creative spaces for the user {the clients}. 


Finding practical solutions around those columns and
accommodating square footage


2) YOU BECOME A TIME MANAGEMENT *PRO*


If think you’re a “PRO” in time management, than you’ll excel in designer school. If not, you will definitely learn a very important and useful skill.  Interior design is ALL about time management. In your first year of studies, you will have a course load of about six to ten classes depending on which school you attend. In each class you will be assigned projects {solo and group projects}. Therefore you may have to handle several projects at a time in short deadlines. Interior design projects are TIME CONSUMING!!! They can take anywhere from four to ten hours a week to dedicate to, but if you can manage your time and make a schedule for yourself; you will always be on track. 

{I juggled a full course load (9 courses), a part-time job (15 hours) and a gym schedule during the first year of design school.} 



It’s HARD and time consuming, BUT it is POSSIBLE!

3) KNOWLEDGE IS POWER {Never a waste}


Although interior design has its fundamentals and technical side, it is also CREATIVE and ARTISTIC.  I started out in this program with a basic understanding of artistic skills such as drawing and rendering, but as I look at my work now, I can definitely see the evolution. Learning is never a waste, it helps you develop skills and perhaps develop some that you  thought you never had…  


The technical side...
The sketch to the left is from 1st year, and the one to the right is 2nd year...
#TransformationTuesday

4) YOU BECOME PART OF A COMMUNITY


I’m sure this goes for different disciplines but being part of the interior design programs, invites you in an INTIMATE community. In terms of school, you get to meet great people from “every” cycle of life. You may be in a design class with an engineer, high school graduate, a nurse, a financial advisor or even an accountant. After spending endless hours daily with these people, they become your friends and community. The community built in school will be the same community you will end up working with in the design industry. 

5) RELEASE ALL CREATIVITY {and have FUN}


Design school is FUN!!!! From the very first year to the design firms, we get to unleash our creativity in many ways {using sketches, color, markers, visuals, etc…} 


Designing my own community centre for pregnant women

The ceiling plan in my community centre 

Developing design ideas for elevators

A quick word of advice before I wrap up...If you are CONTEMPLATING whether you should spend three or four years in design school or not, I'd say GO FOR IT! It will definitely be an experience!!! 


                                 
                                                          

                                                        
PS. Don't forget to SHARE this post on your feed, as this may inspire someone you know who is contemplating in this very season!!! I also LOVE hearing feedback and your personal experiences, so feel free to COMMENT below and SHARE with me your thoughts and experiences in design school....


2 comments on "TOP 5 REASONS TO EXPERIENCE DESIGN SCHOOL"
  1. You are seriously so so inspiring! Love your work! love you!
    Such an incredible woman. If you're ever in need of a designer, life coach or trainer contact PRISCILLE she is definitely your woman!

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    1. Thank you very much Sherina! I'm blessed that I am able to inspire you in some ways because you do the very same in other ways! Love you too!

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