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What if i want to become an artist along with interior designer or decirator, what course should i do in university, how long will be the education to have degree in both areas??

Asked Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan

Im in Alevels, 2nd/last year.
My subjects are Economics, Business and Maths in Alevels and working on on an art portfolio too. #art #business #design #career #math

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

An important first step that you should take is to get to know which career area most fits your personality traits and then meet and talk to people who are doing what you think that you want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what advice and suggestions that they might have.

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##

Stephanie’s Answer


There are four year colleges in the US that will provide you with an interior designer degree. <span style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58);">Regardless of which type of degree is being pursued, students can expect to take courses that will build on creativity, and technical skills. Some example courses include Design Principles, Drawing and Composition, Color Theory, Elements of Design, Sustainable Design, Lighting Design, and History of Interior Design.</span>

Stephanie recommends the following next steps:

  • Research online different schools that offer a degree program in interior design.

francisco’s Answer

Updated Salinas, California

Hello Hajra,

You already have some good suggestions from the other advisors. So I will instead focus on your use of the word 'artist.' You have to ask yourself why you want to be an artist. Are you seeking fame? Or money? (There is nothing wrong with money; we all need to pay the bills.)

Or do you have a deep-seated need to create in order to feel alive? Being an artist means that you have a vision that you need to express; you have a desire to create, to explore, to understand the world around you. Like a poet, you have a need to play with an idea and add form to it with the use of language in order to express something we may have always known but weren't able to find the essense of it in words. You have a unique way of seeing or thinking that could inspire those around you or maybe even one day those who go to the museum to look at your work in order to feel alive.

If you feel this need, it is important to seek some solitude and start working on your art. Pay close attention to what your tendencies are, what subjects interest you. You should also try to explore new ideas that push you to see things from a new perspective.

Once you have enough drawings, sketches, etc. to fill a portfolio try to get advice from artists, local art instructors, art galleries. Show them your work. And ask to see their work.

In the end, you may realize that a formal education may be the right decision, but you may also realize that you already have the raw talent or interests that you need to start exploring on your own. Whatever you decide, always try to keep the need to create alive in your daily rituals. Also, try to keep a journal of ideas that you will want to explore later.