City Lit interior design course
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VF500
Duration: 36 sessions (over 42 weeks)
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 three 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.
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. As some of the course will be delivered online you will need to be familiar with the online learning guidance offered on the city lit website. 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. In the first two evenings of the course, which will be taught online, your tutor will advise you of any site visits (subject to social distancing measures and public health guidelines). 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 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 A2 or 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 two 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.
Please note this course is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses to suit different levels in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Axonometric Drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your Interior Design 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.