What is the course about?
On this practical short course you will not only develop your creative ideas, knowledge and interior design skills but will engage in a guided project to transform a space into a work/ live space.
You will develop skills in free hand sketching and understanding and drawing plans and elevations to scale to develop, express and present your ideas. Special attention will be given to the influence of colour, texture, light and form; how these key elements can be used to shape the character of a space.
The course will give you an insight into interior design and inspire you to further personal projects. This is invaluable for you if you wish to gain an understanding of interior design as a future career, want a finished interior design project for your portfolio or want to transform a space in your own home.
This course is beginners level.
The course will include one off site visit.
What will we cover?
- The use of colour to transform space
- The use of texture to transform space
- An awareness and appreciation of current interior design styles
- Measuring a space and drawing a room plan and elevations to scale
- The relative effect of natural and artificial lighting
- Idea development, how to use your creativity, reaching from the first idea to a finished design
- Design development, an introduction to the methods used to plan and complete a project.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have a basic understanding of the influences of colour and texture in relation to interior spaces
- understand and draw a simple room plan to scale 1:50
- create a mood board and sample board and understand their uses
- develop the interior design for one room
- understand the basics of the process of design development.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course.
You should enjoy developing your drawing skills and be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. You should be able read a rule to translate measurements into drawing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is a practical hands-on course using informal lectures and practical exercises to develop your skills and ideas. You will work on contemporary interior spaces, the plan for which will be provided.
You will have the opportunity to gain from guided peer feedback on personal design projects and exercises.
The course will include at least one, possibly two off site visits. Students need to purchase their own tickets for public transport.
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in the Design studios.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
We recommend that you bring your own sketchbook or sketchpad, A4. You may wish to purchase your own drawing materials during the course for use outside class. Your tutor will be happy to offer you advice.
It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The ideal progression would be VF500 City Lit interior design course. You can also compliment your skills with SketchUp Pro courses VF392 SketchUp Pro for beginners or VG514 Sketchup Pro intensive for beginners. You can also further develop your skills with a range of courses in Design and illustration and in Adobe Photoshop.