Course Overview


Autumn term: Monday 14th October – 16th December 2019 & Saturday 26th October 2019

Spring term: Monday 20 January-23 March 2020 and Saturday 29 February 2020

Summer term: Monday 20 April-22 June 2020 (including Tuesday 5 and 26 May due to bank holidays) and Saturday 23 May 2020


30 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00

3 Saturday sessions (1 per term) 9.30-16.30


Katie Thomas and William de Liefde-Foote



During this 30-week ‘Award Body Consortium’ (Level 2 – Accreditation) programme you will learn how to design interior spaces with flair and imagination.

The course will develop your awareness of colour, shape and form and will give you the necessary skills to choose interior finishes including paint, fabric, wall and flooring materials.

In addition to this, you will learn skills 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 2D and 3D drawing skills. You shall also receive introductory sessions to AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop applications to assist in your development.

You will also 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.

This will give 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 use of AutoCAD and Photoshop, enabling you to decide whether to take further courses in computer design, such as the 10-week ‘Interior Design using AutoCAD and SketchUp’ course.

Please note, the course commences October 2019, 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