As an interior designer, the world is your playground. The built environment in all of its aspects, furniture and design objects are only some of the things through which you can impact people’s immediate living environment and society as a whole. That living, working and leisure spaces should be safe, functional and comfortable is of crucial importance – but they can be more than that: they can also be pleasant and attractive.
In our interior design programme you are trained as a professional who can take on an assignment with the required sense of reality and functionality while also displaying the right dose of imagination, personality and aesthetic sensibility to make a difference. An open mind and a good deal of creativity, enthusiasm and empathy are essential assets, but self-reliance, accuracy, technical insight and communication skills are equally indispensable. An interior designer’s work revolves around spatial problems. You are the central creative force behind the entire design process. This often entails the supervision of the actual realization of the work, and communication – in all its forms and with all parties concerned, including both professionals and laymen – is crucial throughout the process. Moreover, as the essential intermediary between the client and the constructor, you have to be prepared to assist and advise your client at all times.
To this end, our faculty has developed an exceptional programme that revolves around studios. It these studio settings you will be challenged to develop your creativity, your personality and your particular perspective on spatial design through concrete and realistic design assignments. There is of course solid guidance and intensive tutoring; a personal approach is our focus. A number of contextualizing courses will provide you with the theoretical foundation necessary to test your sense of reality and the feasibility of your designs.
In the programme’s first months you get acquainted with all of the different aspects of the design process. We challenge and refine your creativity and teach you to make deliberate choices and formulate concepts based on thorough analyses. Particular attention goes out to various ways of graphically communicating your ideas.
In Interior Design the focus is on the development of spatial concepts for various ends.
In Furniture & Design you learn specific research and design methods for the design of furniture and design objects.
In the Temporary Installations focus you work on temporary constructions such as stage or film sets, stands for fairs and exhibition designs where flexibility and adaptability are key concerns.
In Finishing & Advice assignments are approached from a more practical angle, with attention to realization and detail and to aspects of advice.
The bachelor’s project in the last year of your training entails a further specialization in a single major. In the final year of your training your sense of practical reality is further enhanced by an internship.
There you have the opportunity to test your knowledge and skills by the everyday practice of an interior designer. Your choice of trainee post is just one more way of emphasizing your personal interests and strengths.
After graduating you will find job opportunities in the extended professional field of architecture and design: either self-employed or as an employee in a firm, in a range of sectors including construction and renovation, stand and set design, exhibition design, product design, furniture and object design …
You can also choose to acquire further qualifications, and our School of Arts offers you ample opportunities in that respect. There is the vocational bachelor of garden and landscape architecture, and passing an entrance exam also lets you go in for the academic master programmes in the arts, such as multimedia design, graphic design, fashion or textile design. Remaining in the sector of construction, HOGENT also offers a vocational bachelor of estate and house agency. You can also specialize further in (interior) architecture if you follow a bridging programme first.
Starten in het 2de semester
Heb je interesse om over te schakelen naar de opleiding interieurvormgeving in het tweede semester? Dan kunnen we jou een interessant studieprogramma van 34 studiepunten aanbieden waarin zowel praktijk als theorie aan bod komt. Zo hoef je geen volledig academiejaar overboord te gooien en kan je ook je leerkrediet nog deels recupereren.
Inês De Almeida Lourenço
Katia De Bondt
Wim De Bruycker
Celine De Clercq
Jan De Pauw
Hanne De Vos
Sandy De Wolf
Stephane Van Burm
Thomas Van der Velde
Mieke Van De Woestyne
Dirk Van Gogh
Kurt Van Maldegem
Karen Van Tomme