Interior Design
The Glasgow School of Art

Head of Department
Drew Plunkett BSc MA FRSA

Interior Design is about the revitalisation and enrichment of buildings, the creation of exciting, enjoyable - and practical - environments. Old buildings and new functions must be made compatible. Existing qualities must be respected and future identities defined.

Designing an interior, like every other creative act, involves making a personal statement but a shared understanding of social and architectural conventions gives designers and those who use their buildings a common language. The designer must enrich the vocabulary of that language.

Interior Design is a vibrant profession with a proven record for improving quality of life and generating business success. It has a well-established professional structure which allows graduates the opportunity to gain invaluable experience at various levels of responsibility before choosing to set up in independent practice or take leading roles in established studios.

Glasgow School of Art graduates have a fully comprehensive range of the skills necessary for professional success and, while a number find work in the parallel fields of theatre and film design, the overwhelming majority chose to work within the profession.

While a few of our graduates immediately set up their own practices, like Studioarc and LWD, based in Glasgow and Edinburgh, many find roles within established design companies, like Graven Images and Curious Oranj in Glasgow. The majority work in the UK, particularly in London, which is the global centre for interior design activity. Some work for small specialist practices, creating, for example, video and recording studios.

Others work for major international companies like Conran Associates, Fitch Associates, Imagination, Landor and Mulberry. A significant percentage work overseas, in Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Japan, Australia and The People's Republic of China.


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