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Introduction to Interior Design (Part 1)

Key course information

Art and Design


10 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

A fun course where you can come and meet new people, share ideas, get inspiration and learn some new skills. This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in either interior design or decoration and would like to further their knowledge and experience, or who may wish to pursue a career as a designer or property developer and would like to know how best to present ideas and schemes to a potential client, or just how to re-organise their own homes. You may come from a different art discipline or have no art background at all, just a keen interest.

What will I learn?

How to mix colours and produce schemes
How to design from a given floor plan and how to produce your own
Select fabrics, finishes and furniture
Collect trade information and samples
Produce scaled floor plans, elevations and sample boards
Look at furniture layout and understand positioning of services relevant to the interior
Measured drawing survey leading to production of your own scaled floor plan
Produce technical drawings and present ideas
Gain an insight into the work of influential designers and architects

Course Details:

Colour mixing using a colour wheel
How to create specific schemes.
Work from a scaled floor plan of a large open plan interior and re-organise the space to include a living, dining, kitchen and study area, by use of partitioning and furniture
Produce and present mood boards using relevant samples to illustrate the scheme
Learn how and where to source trade samples and catalogues
Learn about scale by using a scale ruler, scaled floor plans and elevations
Produce technical drawings of interior floor plans and elevations
Produce a measured drawing survey of a room using a tape measure and scale ruler
Using your own floor plan, you may either follow a given design brief or you may take the opportunity to re-design a room of your own, either for yourself or for a friend

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course lecturer. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional Costs and Information

You will need the following, however it is not necessary to buy materials before the start of the course.

You may be able to purchase sheets of tracing / cartridge paper from the lecturer as and when you need it
Gouache paints- primary red, yellow and blue, black and white
A scale ruler including scales 1:50 and 1:20
A2 size piece of poly- board
Tee square, set square, a range of pencils ie 2h,4h and hb. Masking tape, pritt stick., double sided tape
A2 size piece of MDF( to be used as a drawing board)
Two drawing pens in nib thicknesses 0.1 & 0.8
Reference information, that you will gather while on the course, including trade brochures, catalogues and interiors magazines
Any kind of portfolio, size A2 or A4 to display and keep your drawings in
For your mood boards, you will need to collect samples, finishes and photos

You will wish to collect samples and information by visiting trade showrooms and trade exhibitions which happen at various times in the year, so you will incur some travel costs.

Interior design magazines such as Living etc

Any books that are relevant to the subject.

This course runs on one day per week at the Salisbury Campus and the dates are:
28.04.21-07.07.21 Wednesday 09:30-12:30
Following completion of this course you could enrol on Introduction to Interior Design (Part 2)

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

You could enrol on Introduction to Interior Design (Part 2) which is designed as a follow-on from this course and which will enable you to refine your new skills by working on a new set of projects.

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