Interior design on a Sunday

Course Dates: 05/05/19 - 26/05/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Alya Rizvi

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in Interior Design, those looking to design a personal space, embark on a career as an interior design professional, or those intending to build a portfolio for application to full time study. No prior experience or qualifications are needed.


What is the course about?

This course is about learning how to plan and style an interior space. This could be a room in your own home, or a space for friends or family.

You will learn about determining space requirements, generating design ideas and selecting decorative items, such as colours, lighting, furnishings and materials. You will be encouraged to develop your own exclusive original style as practised by professional interior designers.
You will also learn how to create and interpret a plan and elevation drawing.

What previous students liked about the course:
“The teacher was extremely knowledgeable and had an excellent experience. She brought across a lot of information and in an interesting and concise way and was always willing to answer questions. Good practical experience.”
“Tutor and the group were fantastic and supportive. Good overview of Interior Design.”
“I found it really inspiring and encouraging as something I have an interest in.”
“Such a good overview. I hope to take a more in-depth course and to pursue interior design as a career.” FY


What will we cover?

- Client briefs
- How to site measure and survey an interior space.
- Use of mood boards to communicate your ideas.
- Colour schemes and choosing your colour palette.
- Drawing a floorplan and elevation to a 1:25 scale.
- Choosing a range of soft and hard materials for sample boards.
- Experimenting with rendering techniques for your elevation drawing.
- Selecting interior lighting.
You will leave the course with new design skills and work to add to a portfolio.

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

- Confidently work to the requirements of a brief.
- Conduct a survey of an interior space.
- Generate design ideas.
- Apply colour theory to an interior.
- Develop skills in spatial planning.
- Draw a floorplan and elevation to a 1:25 scale.
- Arrange a sample board specifying furniture, fixtures & equipment.
- Create an artistic impression of the interior.
You will leave the course with new design skills and work to add to a portfolio.

What students have achieved on their course:
“Scale drawing, mood boards and sample boards, design tips and ideas on what the client may ask for.” OR
“How to work to scale and planning out the room., Different types of design and different types of fabric and materials for furniture/ floor etc.” PH
“Step by step guide of interior design. Floor plan, elevation drawing, colour scheme, lighting, mood board, sample board.” SP
“Understanding the basics of interior design, being able to practice. Has inspired me to consider interior design as a career.” HP


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

This is an introductory course. No previous experience required but an enthusiasm for Interior Design is essential.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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.Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

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

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. You will be encouraged to carry out some preparatory research and design work for the course. This will be discussed with you by your tutor in the first session.

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

Materials will be provided.

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

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

You can further develop your skills and interest in Interior Design through a range of courses at the City Lit in Interior Design and CAD.You can download a PDF of all the Digital Arts courses on offer, view a calendar and see a virtual tour at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page. See also our Fast Forward talks featuring well known Digital Artists, including animators.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VF481

Sun, day, 05 May - 26 May '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £299.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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