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The Essential Interior Design Programme (SEG Level 2 Award)

During this 30-week Level 2 accredited course, you'll learn how to design interior spaces with flair and imagination. You'll 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

This practical 30-week level 2 course begins in the autumn term and runs throughout spring and summer. Please see the specific term dates below.

Duration and times

28 Mondays 18.00–21.00


2 Tuesdays 18.00–21.00 (summer term only, due to bank holidays)


3 Saturdays (1 per term) 9.00–16.00


Katie Thomas

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Class capacity


Monday 3 October – Monday 5 December 2022


Saturday 26 November 2022

Monday 16 January – Monday 20 March 2023


Saturday 18 March 2023

Monday 27 March – 30 May 2023


Tuesday 2nd and 30th May 2023 (due to Monday bank holidays)


Saturday 20 May 2023

Course details

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

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

You'll 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'll research and understand historical and cultural influences and will look at the Bauhaus and how such movements have influenced and impacted contemporary design. You'll 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'll 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'll learn about good design practice and how to work to a client brief. There'll 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 AutoCAD and SketchUp for Interior Design course.

Please note, the course commences in the autumn term, 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

  • You'll 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.

Minimum age 18+ years to attend this course.

  • A2 sketchpad or approximately 12 sheets of A2 cartridge paper
  • A portable A2 drawing board with a parallel motion fixed ruler for drawing along (Blundell Harling is recommended, although others are available)
  • Selection of pens and pencils and a rubber
  • Notebook
  • Scissors/craft knife/scalpel
  • Pritt stick or paper glue
  • Metal ruler
  • Coloured pencils
  • 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
  • A selection of design magazines from which to cut images

If you are unsure of anything, your tutor will explain the list of materials in the first class.

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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If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in 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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