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BS in Interior Design in the Philippines

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Program Overview

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BSID) is a four-year degree program designed to teach students design concepts and methods of building interiors. It covers a wide range of professional practices such as interior design, furniture, and accessories design, visual merchandising, production design, exhibition design, interior landscaping design, and lighting design. The program discusses the core business fundamentals such as accounting, economics, and marketing while also including the design basics such as architectural history, textiles, and decorative arts. The BSID program also equips students with skills in operating a computer-aided design technology, reading blueprints, understanding building codes, and deciphering market trends.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Interior Design are encouraged to take the Arts and Design track. It provides students with the necessary skills needed in the performative and creative field. Skills in music, theater, visual arts, media arts, and dance are taught in this track. This will help students prepare for their college journey.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Design and Construction
  • Materials of Decoration
  • History of Art and Period
  • Interior Style, Color, and Interior
  • Graphic Arts
  • Interior Furnishing
  • Lighting Design
  • Computer-Aided Design

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
  • and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Interior Design are expected to be able to:

  • Identify interior design problems
  • Formulate and implement design concepts, strategies, and approaches using modern technology in interior design
  • Integrate theories, current issues, and design philosophies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of arts and period styles; materials of decor; furniture design, building construction, utilities, and legislation, and color studies
  • Articulate design proposals visually, orally, written, and virtual communication
  • Perform ethical professional values when practicing the profession

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in an interior design firm or agency.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Licensed Interior Designer in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Interior Design needs to pass the Interior Design Licensure Exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Interior Design under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of Interior Design may pursue a career path in an interior design firm or agency. They may apply for roles such as a residential interior designer, commercial interior designer, freelance interior designer, institutional space planner, display artist, visual merchandiser, or design consultant.

Reviews of BS in Interior Design graduates:

I. K.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (slightly different course)
◈ At Philippine School of Interior Design
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Interior Design: I chose this program because of my great passion for interior design. Eversince I was a kid, I've always loved decorating our house and sketching houses. And it's a dream for me to become one of the best interior designers in the country.

list bulletAbout my college education: Over-all, studying Interior Design is really challenging and fun at the same time. It's a really a test of putting your imaginations into concrete designs. Doing plates requires a lot of time, and most of the times, sleep is sacrificed just to finish a plate. To succeed in this course, one must have the passion for it. Come with this passion are patience and perseverance. If you're not patient with what you do, then you cannot come up with a satisfying work.

list bulletMy current job: I am working as a design consultant in a construction firm. I also work as part-time interior designer for other clients.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I am really thankful for my school and my professors for everything they have taught me back in school. I'm now applying everything I have learned, from doing floor plans, applying ergonometrics, and designing in a scientific point of view.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I got the job right after I graduated. The company is in need of a design consultant and I took my chance and got myself the position.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Interior Design: I would recommend this course to everyone who has a passion for it. A lot of career opportunities await, from designing houses, offices, hospitals, airports, mall window displays, the options are limitless. Every project is different with another since you're dealing with different clients. As for the salary, let's just say the bigger the project the bigger the compensation.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you're planning to take up Interior Design, be prepared for sleepless nights. Patience could really help you go a long way. There would be times when you'll run out of ideas due to lack of sleep but always find a way to keep your ideas flowing. If this could be any of help, take vitamins as well. :)
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