Interior design for beginners

Course Dates: 11/10/21 - 13/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn the delights of interior design and give your design schemes that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and how to generate design ideas.
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Course Code: VF374

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Started Mon, eve, 11 Oct - 13 Dec '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This first level course will enable you to develop an appreciation of the subject. We will focus on contemporary design. You will see examples of designs from practitioners with an international reputation that will inform and inspire project work. Creative disciplines are grounded in technical ability and here you will be encouraged to develop elementary skills in 3D visualization. These skills will equip you to produce a design for an interior: giving you the confidence to progress and reshape your own home.

One of the sessions is taught off site in the form of a Study Visit. The venue / location is wheelchair accessible and the acoustics are good.

What will we cover?

- 2D drawing and elementary model making
- Appreciation of the subject with reference to space planning, colour, lighting, ergonomics and composition
- Analyse user requirements
- Nature of the design process/ design concept
- Ways of presenting design ideas: verbally and graphically.

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

- Demonstrate 2D drawing in the form of a plan and elevation at a scale of 1:50
- Produce a design for a single space
- Demonstrate how user requirements influence design
- Analyse the steps involved in creating a designed space
- Produce graphical material that describes an Interior.

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

This is a beginners level course.

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.

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.

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

Equipment will be provided for use in the class, however in order to progress with your own work at home it would be good for you to purchase a 150mm long scale, a note pad, and pen and pencils.


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

Develop your skills further with VF508 Live/work space: Interior design project for beginners or VF500 City Lit interior design course.
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.

Keith C Clarke

Keith Clarke started his career as a Chartered Architect Interior Designer by working on multi-million pound projects for an internationally acclaimed Cambridge practice. He was later commissioned by a series of private clients to design buildings and interiors; one project was used to produce a DVD and Design Guide. Colleges and Universities in the UK and Europe have used this as teaching material. During this period he completed the refurbishment of six Victorian properties with sole responsibility for design and project management. Recently he published a Book, 'Mahler's Heavenly Retreats' and produced another three films that have been presented to The Gustav Mahler Society (Uk), Gresham College, Surrey University and The BBC PROMS and led to lectures and Short Courses on how people are inspired by their environment. Keith has extensive teaching experience at Beginners, Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and Masters level. He was an External Examiner at a Paris School of Interior Design and Architecture and has directed International Study Visits. He loves working with students; encouraging them to develop their skills and creativity.

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.