You don’t have to study all four or six years at university or college to become an interior designer; you can complete a design course in a few months. Find out what mistakes you shouldn’t make when choosing the perfect course for interior designers.
Result. Students. Destinies
When you see numbers like “We’ve been teaching design online for 5-7-10 years” or “We’ve taught design to 2000-5000-10000 people”, think or ask:
“Where are the graduates? Where is the talent? Where is their work? If you teach interior design as cool as you write on your profile or website, you should be adored, be thanked. And your websites and feeds should be littered with your students’ beautiful projects.”
Where are they? Interesting, isn’t it? Or such courses and schools need only your money, and they don’t care about the fate of graduates and their knowledge and projects? Beware of such schools.
Look only at the cost
“Free cheese only comes in a mousetrap”! In an attempt to save as much as possible, you get the lowest quality education. Dumping and luring in the low price will only be those courses that have a complete under-supply of groups. People do not want to come here to study and therefore the price is often lowered to cover the costs and salaries.
Knowledge at this price may be small, misguided and not useful at all in your life and career.
If class schedules constantly disrupt your work and family plans, it won’t do any good. You may start to have family or work problems. When choosing a course, try to make it as comfortable as possible for you and your lifestyle. The process of learning must be enjoyable. Then the results will be maximum.
Don’t ask questions and don’t elaborate on the details and features of the training
By not asking questions, you may end up paying money and buying something not quite what you wanted or expected. And instead of satisfaction from the study, you will get an unpleasant surprise.
Be sure to ask and clarify everything you are interested in. Find out exactly what suits you.
Think of quick courses as the only and best option
A quick or starter course is only suitable for the first acquaintance, trial and acquaintance, or for those cases when a person does not plan to become a professional designer. For example, he or she is just doing renovations or wants to expand their horizons and develop. And the course should not be less than 50 hours (according to design experts).
If you have decided to embark on a career in design, however, pick a large and comprehensive course.
Don’t specify who will be teaching
The worst mistake in choosing courses. It will be written about separately. It is better not to learn at all than to listen to a bad teacher.
Types of teacher-designers
- He (she) went to teach because they have no or very few clients, projects, money. The reasons for this can be many, for example, the person – unprofessional, or lazy, or potboiler. Of course, it can be that the specialist is talented, but he is not able to sell himself, or he just has no luck… But it is not recommended to experiment on yourself and your money. In any case, this person will not be able to teach you how to become a successful designer, because he does not know what success is.
- Beginners and young people. Of course, young and full of energy designers sometimes make very creative, bold and bright designs. But they have little experience and are still forming and learning. It is very difficult to learn something useful from them.
- Ordinary specialists. Ordinary hard workers. A job, more or less decent projects and often a good seniority. This is exactly what they will teach you.
- These are the ones you can definitely learn from in interior design. Experience, knowledge, good and beautiful projects. Learning from them and communicating with them is always interesting.
- Top, successful, famous. The best thing that could happen to you. These are the designers whose projects have been published in magazines. Who have a huge number of stylish and beautiful projects. They are interviewed. They are participants and organisers of the cultural and creative life of the country. They have worked with some of the richest, most famous and famous people and organisations. Learning from them is a pleasure. Their experience and knowledge is a great value. They are the ones who will best expose you to the world of design.
Watch the projects of the person you are going to learn from.
Take the time to look at the projects your prospective teacher has done. How unique, interesting and beautiful they are. How many different interiors he has in his portfolio. Whether he has been published in magazines. Whether he or she has appeared in programmes about design and renovation. The better the teacher, the more he or she will teach you.
One or more teachers?
Every designer has his or her strengths and weaknesses. One is great with colour. A second is a master of layout. A third makes the best compositions. When an entire course is taught by just one or two people, you get a very subjective and one-sided view of design. The approaches of a particular individual may not suit you at all. Ideally, you should hear the views of at least four or five professionals when you’re training. Then you can hear many different points of view and get the best out of the course. The ideal projects are where you are taught by 8-10 or more specialists. This is a peculiarity of the design field.
Main selection criteria of the right online interior design course
- Results, work, student and graduate projects. This is exactly what poor quality courses don’t have. Not on websites, not on social media. They try to replace this with promotions and flashy appeals for payment.
- Teachers. The most important criterion. It has been written about it enough.
- Curriculum. Many programmes are already outdated and completely inadequate for the modern world. You can get a lot of unnecessary knowledge and skills. That is why the course programme is one of the most important issues when choosing.
- The school itself. The environment. Follow-up support. A comfortable environment for communicating and learning. Opportunities for communication. Comfort and support. When you pay for a course, you ask yourself what you are getting. But even a good course with the best teachers you may not take if you are uncomfortable. You won’t sit in an uncomfortable chair for long.
- Pay attention to the way the dialogue with you is conducted. If you are treated in a rude or apathetic manner, or indifferent to your questions, avoid the institution. Their attitude of indifference is also likely to be that of a teacher.
- What you are told. If all they talk to you about is money, hours and numbers, this is a very worrying sign. It means they are only interested in profit. They don’t care about your development, inspiration and creativity. In design will talk differently and about other things … Do not forget that you came to learn design, not stock trading or sales. This is where creativity, art and love rule.
- Student feedback. If the course is good and the teachers are masters of their craft, there will always be grateful students. Better still, if you hear about a great course from satisfied friends and acquaintances.