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Interior Design – an Introduction

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


In this comprehensive 10-week short course, you'll learn the delights of interior design that'll give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor.

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What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Thursday 10 October – 12 December 2024 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)

Spring term 2025

Thursday 6 February – 10 April 2025 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some art materials and equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to make notes
  • A2 sketchpad
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Rubber
  • Selection of pens
  • Coloured pencils
  • Scissors/craft knife/scalpel
  • Pritt stick of paper glue
  • Ruler
  • Set squares (45 degree and 30 degree or an adjustable one)
  • A scale ruler for drawing plans (with scales 1:20, 1:50 and 1:100)
  • Paint colour charts and colour mixer cards
  • Fabric, flooring, or materials samples
  • A selection of design magazines from which to cut images
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Short Courses FAQs – Evening and Weekend and Saturday Art School

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About this course

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding and appreciation of interior design and offers you the chance to experience a variety of topics through a series of practical projects.

Throughout this course, you'll learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a systematic approach that covers subjects including the history of design, planning, surveying, and measuring interiors.

You'll learn a broad range of skills covering drawing scale plans and elevations with projects that will assist your understanding of basic colour theory, the psychology of colour, pattern and texture, fabric, finishes and presentation.

  • The use of colour in interior design, colour theory and psychology
  • Site surveying, drawing accurate scale plans and elevations
  • Learning to draw in 3D
  • Historical and cultural influences in design and architecture
  • Understanding interior design styles
  • Working on a project to a brief
  • Concept design, mood boards, presentation boards, and sample boards
  • Spatial planning, sourcing materials, furniture, and finishes
  • Turning 2D design ideas to 3D
  • Presentation skills

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Possess a good understanding of the role of an interior designer and the interior design process from start to finish
  • Have the skills and knowhow to be able to independently run an interior design project; from concept to 3D
  • Be able to independently conduct a site survey and draw accurate plans and elevations
  • Possess the skills to draw your interior schemes in 3D
  • Understand historical and cultural influences and interior design styles
  • Be able to independently space plan, source materials, furniture and finishes for your interior scheme
  • Possess the ability to communicate your design ideas in 2D and 3D and confidently present these to potential clients
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there is no formal assessment. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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