City Lit interior design course

Course Dates: 08/10/20 - 22/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative and individual portfolio. The first term introduces key concepts and specialist skills including taster sessions in Computer Aided Design (CAD) using SketchUp Pro. The core part of the course will be traditional drawing techniques, use of colour, space and material, styles and sustainability. The second term emphasises project development, creative problem solving and presentation techniques. This intensive course is for beginners as well as those with some experience in the subject.

See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our interior design courses

You can pay for your course in instalments at our enrolment counter.


This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This structured course allows you to explore key elements of interior design and decoration. Discover the step by step process, related terminology and understanding of design processes in relation to interior spaces. 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 practitioners and experienced tutors.
It is a one day a week programme over two terms. It offers an excellent opportunity for those who wish to build up a balanced portfolio in interior design and decoration with which to support further study or to pursue interior design and decoration for entry into the workplace.

What previous students liked most about their course:

“We learned Interior Design on a very professional level. It helped me a lot with my work for my portfolio.“
“Having different teachers brought lots of expertise .“
“I now have a greater understanding of a client brief, how to interpret their likes/ dislikes and how long it takes to complete a project.”


This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

- Analyse design skills and process
- Develop an eye for colour, light, form, pattern, objects, materials sustainability and ergonomics
- How to respond to a design brief, develop and represent visual ideas
- Learn drawing systems for interior design and decoration, including the use of drawing board and free- hand drawing
- Research styles and concepts
- Introduction to Model making
- Taster to CAD using SketchUp Pro (see below for further study in this subject).
- Basic professional practice including building and construction 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
- Know how to gradually develop a design project
- Gain an initial understanding of materials and their use
- Understand the impact of colour in relation to space
- Express ideas through drawing techniques and methods
- Realise ideas through model making
- Visualise your space in 3D using SketchUp *
- Create a portfolio of work for further study or to pursue personal development.

* Please note - this is only on completion of the affiliated Sketch Up Pro course
SketchUp Pro for beginners. (You will need to enrol separately for this course and are eligible for a 15% discount.)


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. 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. This course includes homework and assignments, reading and internet 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?

You should purchase an A4 hardback sketchbook, tape measure and scale rule (scale rule needs to include scale 1: 50, 1:100, 1:20). You will be using some computer software including Google SketchUp. During the course we recommend that you buy an A2 or A3 portfolio as advised by your tutor. Some of the museum or exhibition visits will cost entrance fees. You will be advised by your tutor. If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit
Please note this course is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.

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

Develop and compliment your Interior Design skills with VF507 SketchUp Pro: taking your project further intensive.
City Lit offer a range of courses in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Axonometric Drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your Interior Design practice.


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I really enjoyed the course. I started with no experience and I learned a lot about Interior Design, The tutors were helpful and very patient, especially [tutor's name removed]. She was very patient and helpful for us. Thanks to all the tutors for being so good to us.
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Tutor Biographies
Ute Kreyman

Ute works in sculpture, drawing, photography and print. She exhibits in the UK and abroad, including shows in Janus Avivson- Paris, Gallery Unwahr- Berlin, The Watermans Art Centre, National Trust, The Round Chapel- London and St Pancras Chambers. Residencies and public art include: ‘SelfScapes’ in Dalby Forest, an artistic research project with Catalyst funding from York St John University; Hurlingham and Chelsea School - ACAVA; Winton School- The Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust. Publications: Kate Wilson, Drawing and Painting Materials and Techniques, 2015; The E List, Winter.No55. Work reviews include: Time Out by Martin Herbert; Catalogue Essay by Tom Mc Carthy Ute worked as Trustee member of Shoreditch Town Hall Trust; as gallery curator, Tram Depot Gallery and was member of ’Art and Place’ formed after the 1989 Landscape and Sculpture symposium in Manchester. Ute has over 10 years of experience teaching in Further and Adult Education, on the Art and Design Foundation Diploma; Developing Art Practice; EDAM and The City Lit interior design course, specialising in sculpture - 3D, drawing and colour. Qualifications: MAFA and PGCE

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.

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Course Code: VF500

Thu, eve, 08 Oct - 22 Jul '21

Duration: 36 sessions (over 42 weeks)

Full fee: £1,549.00
Senior fee: £1,549.00
Concession: £945.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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