City Lit interior design

Course Dates: 22/09/22 - 30/03/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative, and professional portfolio invaluable for gaining commissions. This intensive practical course takes you through every step of the professional Interior Design process from negotiating briefs with clients, to creating accurate and engaging plans in 2D and 3D and developing and presenting your ideas professionally. Suitable for beginners and for those who wish to revise and develop their skills, this course offers an excellent opportunity for enhancing your home, gaining entry onto higher level courses or for entry into the workplace.
We offer taster courses in creating plans using Computer Aided Design skills in this course but you are recommended to extend and enhance your Computer Aided Design skills in the third term by enrolling on our VF488 Visualising your drawings in 3D using CAD which revises and develops skills in project presentation gained during term one and two.
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Full fee £909.00 Senior fee £727.00 Concession £591.00

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Course Code: VF500

Started Thu, eve, 22 Sep - 30 Mar '23

Duration: 25 sessions (over 28 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This structured course allows you to explore and develop professional skills in the key areas of interior design and decoration. On this practical course you will be introduced to every stage of the professional Interior Design process and its related terminology. The first term introduces key concepts and specialist skills. You will learn how to take client briefs and measure and create plans of sites using a range of hand drawn techniques. You will be guided through the research and development of your design ideas including use of light, colour, space and material, styles, sustainability and relevant building regulations. The second term emphasises project development, creative problem solving and presentation techniques using 2D and 3D hand drawn and digital techniques. You will gradually develop your understanding of interior design through a series of projects embedded in theory and practical activities. Teaching will lead from beginners to intermediate level, taught by contemporary Interior Design practitioners.
This one day a week practical programme offers an excellent opportunity for those who wish to build up a balanced, professional portfolio in interior design and decoration with which to support personal interests, further study or to pursue interior design and decoration for entry into the workplace.

What will we cover?

- Analysing design skills and process
- The use of colour, light, form and pattern
- The selection and use of objects and materials, sustainability and ergonomics
- Responding to a design brief, developing and representing visual ideas
- Drawing systems for interior design and decoration, including formal and freehand drawing
- Researching styles and concepts
- Introduction to Model making
- Short Intro to CAD (Computer Aided Design) using SketchUp Pro (see below for further study in this subject).
- Relevant building and construction regulations and their terminology
- Presentation skills and portfolio development.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Develop an understanding of how to approach a design brief
- Develop an understanding of how to approach a design brief
- Know how to gradually develop a design project
- Gain an understanding of materials and their use
- Understand how colour can impact on and transform space
- Express plans and ideas ideas through a range of drawing techniques
- Realise ideas through model making
- Have a basic understanding of how CAD can be used to visualise your space in 3D using SketchUp
- Create a portfolio of work for further study, gaining commissions or to pursue personal development.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners and learners with some previous experience in the subject. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Drawing to communicate ideas will be an important part of the course. Don’t worry if you feel unconfident about drawing as these skills will be taught. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
You should be able to use a computer, access e- mails and the internet.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lectures, practical work and site visits; sketchbook development. In the first session your tutor will advise you of any site visits.
This course includes homework and assignments, reading and research, individual and group discussions. Although for beginners, it is an intensive course requiring students to demonstrate a high level of commitment throughout. You will be expected to have time management skills and be able to work independently conducting research, practicing skills acquired, developing and completing studio projects outside the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Equipment will be provided for use in the classroom. In order to enable you to develop your projects outside the class you should purchase an A4 hardback sketchbook, tape measure a scale rule (scale rule needs to include scale 1: 50, 1:100, 1:20), a 30/60 degree set square and a 45/45 degree set square, drawing paper (as advised by your tutor) and masking tape. You will be using some computer software including Google SketchUp. During the course we recommend that you buy an A3 portfolio as advised by your tutor. As you will need to share images of your work with your tutor you will need access to a digital camera or a camera on your phone. You will also need access to a printer, to print out your work. There will be museum or exhibition visits which may incur entrance fees. You will be advised about this by your tutor in the early sessions of the course.
Payment plans and Student Bursaries are available, if required. For more information, see our website:

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We recommend enrolling to the affiliated course ‘Visualising your drawings in 3D using CAD’, course code VF488 during term three. City Lit offers a range of courses to suit different levels in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Perspective drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your Interior Design practice.

Nesta Morgan

Nesta Morgan has over 25 years' experience working in design and decoration of residential and commercial interiors and event installations. She won a BBC Vision 2000 award which led to work in art directing, set design and storyboarding in broadcast productions. Her Interior design practice has included both bespoke furniture and lighting design and she has recently had work included at the permanent medicine gallery of the Science Museum. Nesta has collaborated with a range of designers including Kelly Hoppen, Solveig Hill and David Chipperfield. Nesta is an experienced teacher with years of experience in further and higher education and sees teaching and mentoring as an integral part of her practice.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.