Bachelor of Design [B.Des] (Interior Design) - Course Overview




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    Bachelor of Design in Interior Design Top Colleges, Syllabus and Scope

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    Bachelor of Design in Interior Design is a 4-year undergraduate course, designed for students who have successfully completed the Higher Secondary level of education (10+2). Admission to the course is generally provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, and the subsequent round of counseling.

    The program is sub-divided into 8 semesters, wherein enrolled students are taught the art and science of interior decoration of building/ residence, towards making them more attractive, comfortable, and useful to human beings.

    Interested candidates can pursue the course in India for an average course fee ranging between INR 3 and 12 Lacs, varying across institutes. Areas of employment for such graduates include the following:

    • Architectural Firms
    • Airport Terminals
    • Media Houses
    • Corporate Houses
    • Hospitals
    • Theatres
    • Studios
    • Museums
    • Hotels
    • Town Planning Bureaus, etc.

    At an initial level, such graduates earn up to INR 25K to 60K monthly, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field, and increases gradually with the candidate’s experience and skillset.

    B.Des. in Interior Design: Course Highlights

    Tabulated below are the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelUndergraduate
    Duration4 Years
    Minimum Qualification RequiredClasses 10th & 12th qualified from a recognized Board.
    Admission ProcessMerit-based/ based on counseling after qualification of entrance test
    Examination TypeSemester system
    Major Entrance TestNATA, CEED, NID, CPET, etc.
    Total Course FeeINR 3 12 Lacs
    Top Recruiting Areas/FieldsTown Planning Bureaus, Museums, Hotels, Public Work Departments, Architectural Firms, Hospitals, Media Houses, Private Consultancies, Restaurants, Studios, Schools, Jewelry Houses, etc.
    Job PositionsExhibition Designer, Consultant, Independent Interior Designer, Teacher, Researcher, Set Designer, Interior Design Publicist, and such.
    Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 10 Lacs

    B.Des. in Interior Design: What is it About?

    The program has been designed to offer to eligible students specialization in a wide range of concepts and techniques involved in organizing, managing, and planning the interiors of residences and buildings, by understanding people’s behavior and needs. The aim is to refurbish the places so that it reflects the choices and nature of the people occupying it.  

    Successful graduates of the program interested in learning more about this art, may go for pursuing M. Des., Ph. D., or other advanced research in the subjects.

    The course aims to educate students about the techniques and art of converting artistic talent and creativity in beautifying living spaces, involving choice and decoration of walls, roofs, floors, besides choice and placement of furniture and other indoor objects, lighting, and control of visual and sound effects, and anything that adds to the style and usability of the built environment.

    One of the principle objectives of the course is to train students for successfully operating in and contributing to the modern world of art by using original ideas and creativity, as also for pursuing advanced research in the discipline. The course’s curriculum integrates practical and theoretical components of study.

    B.Des. in Interior Design: Who should opt?

    Aspiring eligible candidates would ideally possess the following:

    • genuine interest in the art of decorating
    • creativity, imagination, self-motivation
    • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Basic knowledge about past and present styles of architecture
    • Proficiency in computer-aided design skills
    • Awareness of artworks, building materials, and infrastructure, texture, and lightings, etc.

    B.Des. in Interior Design: Top institutes

    Various institutes offer a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, but a few of them are considered good for the program. Some of the top such institutes offering the course in the country are mentioned below along with their corresponding locations and fees charged by each annually.

    National Institute of Design (NID)AhmedabadINR 2.22 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Navi MumbaiNavi MumbaiINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New DelhiNew DelhiINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    Pearl AcademyNew DelhiINR 3.2 Lacs (course)
    Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)PuneINR 3.3 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), HyderabadHyderabadINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), KannurKannurINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), BangaloreBangaloreINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), BhubaneswarBhubaneswarINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), ChennaiChennaiINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), SrinagarSrinagarINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), ShillongShillongINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), MohaliMohaliINR 2.15 Lacs (course)
    International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT)ChandigarhINR 38,667 (course)
    Pearl Academy of Fashion Management (PAFM)Jaipur-
    Arch Academy of DesignJaipur-
    Satyam Fashion Institute (SFI)NoidaINR 1.3 Lacs (course)
    JD Institute of Fashion technologyMumbaiINR 1 Lacs (course)
    Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF)MumbaiINR 3.07 Lacs (course)
    National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)GandhinagarINR 2.15 Lacs (course)

    Eligibility for B.Des. in Interior Design     

    Mentioned below are the minimum criteria that candidates interested in pursuing a career in Interior Design need to fulfill, in order to be eligible to apply for admission to the course.

    • Higher Secondary Examination (classes 10th & 12th), completed from a recognized educational Board, in any stream (Science, Commerce & Arts)
    • A minimum aggregate of 50% for general and 45% for ST/SC candidates at the level of Higher Secondary Examination (classes 10th & 12th)
    • Aptitude for, and interest in art and creativity.

    B.Des. in Interior Design: Admission Procedure

    Admission to the course in most of the institutes is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination, and the following round of counseling.

    The round of counselling comprises rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. However, there are some institutes that provide admission solely on the basis of the student’s performance in the last qualifying examination (i.e. class 12th).

    Some of the popular entrance tests conducted in the country for admission to the course are listed below.

    • NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture)
    • CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design)
    • NID (National Institute of Design) Entrance Test
    • CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University) Entrance Test

    B.Des. in Interior Design: Syllabus & Course Description

    Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Fundamentals of Structure 1Fundamentals of Structure 2
    Theory of DesignResearch Strategies Design Process
    Freehand Drawing & Geometric ConstructionAnalytical Drawing
    Material ExposureBasic Photography
    Communication SkillsHumanities, Art Appreciation and Appraisal
    Introduction to Computers 1Introduction to Computers 2
    Fundamentals of Design 1Fundamentals of Design 2

    Semester III

    Semester IV

    History of Crafts and Interior Design 1Building Services 1
    Interior Materials 1Interior Materials 2
    Anthropometry and ErgonomicsElective: Poetry and Literature OR Elective: Journalism
    Technical drawings and Computer ApplicationsAdvance Computer Application
    Interior Construction 1Interior Construction 2
    Interior Design 1Interior Design 2

    Semester V

    Semester VI

    Building Services 2Building Services 3
    Interior Materials 3Cost Estimation
    Elective: Dance and Music OR Elective: Theatre and Film MakingElective: Human Interaction OR Elective: Marketing
    Materials and Processes 1Arts and Crafts
    Interior Construction 3Interior Construction 4
    Interior Design 3Interior Design 4

    Semester VII

    Semester VIII

    Building Services 4Seminar-Thesis Topic
    Professional PracticeDissertation (Case Study)
    Specifications and ControlsInterior Design – Topic
    Product Semantics-
    Interior Landscape-
    Interior Design 5-

    B.Des. in Interior Design: Career Prospects 

    Interior Design is a popular branch of art, with Interior Designers needed in hospitals, malls, hotels, restaurants, town planning department, etc. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can work as Teachers/ lecturers, independent consultants, among others.

    Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below along with the annual average salary and basic job duties associated with each one of them.

    B. Des. in Interior Design  Average Salary
    Interior DesignerThey are responsible for making interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.INR 4 to 9 Lacs
    TeacherThey create lesson plans and teach those plans to the entire class, individually to students or in small groups. Also, they track student progress and present such information to parents, create tests, work with school administration, and prepare students for standardized tests.INR 2 to 5 Lacs
    ResearcherWhile projects are in the planning stage, Research Officers and Managers work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, and other test parameters. They also choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating relevant techniques and methods.INR 3 to 7 Lacs
    Theatre DesignerThey are responsible for designing and creating the sets that appear in films, on television programs, as well as in the theatre. The role involves reading scripts, working and communicating with directors, producers, costume designers, and other members of staff.INR 2.5 to 6.5 Lacs
    ConsultantThey offer advice and expertise to organisations to help them improve their business performance in terms of operations, profitability, management, structure, and strategy.INR 3 to 5 Lacs
    Exhibition DesignerThey are responsible for the design and layout of shows and exhibitions, including displays and exhibitions for museums, galleries, and local businesses.INR 2.7 to 8 Lacs

    Bachelor of Design [B.Des] (Interior Design) Fee Structure in India

    1.65 L (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES17.12 L (Maximum Fee)
    7.41 L (Average Fee)
    95.32 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES20.56 L (Maximum Fee)
    6.81 L (Average Fee)

    Bachelor of Design [B.Des] (Interior Design) Fee Structure by State

    Delhi NCR

    10.4 LPUBLIC COLLEGES17.12 L
    12.67 L
    10.97 L


    1.65 L
    6.22 L


    7.2 L
    12.31 L

    Madhya Pradesh

    4.08 L
    2.41 L


    10.4 LPUBLIC COLLEGES17.12 L
    12.67 L
    12.7 L

    Tamil Nadu

    6.38 L
    9.71 L



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