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The Essential Interior Design Programme (SEG Level 2 Award)

During this 30-week Level 2 accredited course, you will learn how to design interior spaces with flair and imagination. You will develop your awareness of colour, shape and form and explore the necessary skills to choose interior finishes including paint, fabric, wall and flooring materials.

Course overview


Autumn term
Monday 4 October – Monday 6 December 2021
Saturday 13 November 2021

Spring term
Monday 24 January – Monday 28 March 2022
Saturday 05 March 2022

Summer term
Monday 4 April – Monday 6 June 2022 (including Tuesday 19 April and 3 May 2022 due to bank holidays)
Saturday 21 May 2022

30 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00
3 Saturday sessions (1 per term) 9.30-16.30

Katie Thomas and William de Liefde-Foote


Course details

You will also learn fundamental skills and techniques for surveying rooms, drawing plans and developing your ideas on paper to scale. From these initial sketches, you will learn how to bring your ideas into reality; developing your 2D and 3D drawing skills. You will also be guided through introductory sessions to AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop applications to support your development.

You will learn how to collect samples of furniture and materials to create a ‘mood board’ and to effectively use texture and pattern as appropriate to give that wow factor, giving you the experience and confidence to present and explain your ideas to a client.

You will research and understand historical and cultural influences and will look at the Bauhaus and how such movements have influenced and impacted contemporary design. You will investigate how furniture can act both as a design element and practical storage space and develop your spatial awareness.

Through a variety of projects to help develop your ideas from the drawn form, you will be taught how to create and use models to further enhance knowledge of materials, spatial abilities and your finished pieces.

Towards the end of this course, you will learn about good design practice and how to work to a client brief. There will be a short introduction to the use of AutoCAD and Photoshop, enabling you to decide whether to take further courses in computer design, such as the 10-week ‘AutoCAD and SketchUp for Interior Design’ course.

Please note, the course commences October 2021, after which it is not possible to enrol part-way through this 1-Year programme.

  • 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, sample boards
  • Spatial planning, sourcing materials, furniture and finishes
  • Turning 2D design ideas to 3D
  • Presentation skills

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Katie Thomas

Katie completed a BA in Interior Architecture and Design with us, followed by achieving a distinction in Architecture: Spatial Practices.

The course aims to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of what it takes to be a successful interior designer
  • To develop research, analytical and self-assessment skills
  • Enable you to independently conduct a site survey and draw accurate plans and elevations
  • Provide you with the skills to draw your interior schemes in 3D
  • Develop your understanding of historical and cultural influences and interior design styles
  • Give you the chance to work from a brief and run your own interior design project – from concept to 3D
  • Provide you with a sound understanding of concept design, mood boards and sample boards
  • Enable you to independently space plan, source materials, furniture and finishes for your interior scheme
  • Enhance your ability to communicate your design ideas in 2D and 3D and confidently present these to potential clients

  • All students will have a good understanding of the role of an interior designer and the interior design process from start to finish, and be able to independently run an interior design project
  • Students who complete this 1-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria shall be awarded a ‘Level 2’ Skills & Education certificate

No previous knowledge or experience is required, only a passion and a desire to learn and enjoy.

You have to be age 19+ to attend this course.

You will require the following prior to commencing the course. If you are unsure of anything, the tutor will explain this in the first lesson. See appendix for suppliers.

A portable A2 drawing board with a parallel motion (fixed ruler for drawing along). Blundell Harling is a good make, although others are available. An A2 sketchpad or 12 sheets of A2 cartridge paper, selection of pens, pencils and rubber, a notebook, scissors/craft knife, Pritt stick or paper glue, coloured pencils, metal ruler, scalpel. Set squares – 1x 45 degree and 1x 30 degree or an adjustable one. A scale ruler for drawing plans, choose one with scales of 1:20, 1:50 and 1:100. Paint colour charts and colour mixer cards, any fabric, flooring or materials samples.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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