Introductory Course in Interior Design and Decoration, 21 - 24 May 2018

BA (Hons) Architectural Interior Design

Dates: April – July 2018 (Cert Level 4),
September 2018 – July 2019 (Diploma Level 4/5),
January – July 2020 (Hons Level 6)

Length: 21 Months

Course Director: Alan Hughes MA

Location: 7 Eaton Gate, London SW1W 9BA

Course Contact: Kate Radford, Tel: 020 7730 5508

Fee: £35,000.00 inc VAT. An Instalment Plan is available, please ask the Course Administrator.

Aims of the programme:


The skills and knowledge undertaking this programme will be applicable, not only to the situations experienced whilst completing their studies, but also to future work opportunities. The programme aims to acknowledge students’ past and current experiences and offer an opportunity to enhance those experiences in the light of new learning. The opportunity to learn from each other is also significant in relation to co-operative and collaborative practice. Embedding theory into practice, which supports the gaining of new knowledge and skills to underpin existing experience, is a key factor for learners and employers.


To develop learners knowledge, skills in the creative and technical aspects of interior design and in the specialist skills associated with the profession

To promote the attainment of the skills and knowledge required to gain appropriate professional status in the design discipline

Develop an awareness and appreciation of design in general and interior design in particular to enable students to work with confidence and skill in their future careers

Encourage in depth design analysis

Introduce or develop research skills in support of design training and practice

Provide a historical context against which students can develop their ideas

Encourage individuality and creativity in all design work

Understand the nature of design as a problem solving exercise and as a relationship between functional, technical and aesthetic elements

Successfully prepare and present a finalised design solution complete with all the necessary visual material and information to communicate a scheme fully, including a well-organised verbal presentation to their client

Make a valuable contribution within the interior design profession, or multi-disciplinary design practices; or as self-employed designers

Be able to successfully communicate concepts at sketch design stage with freehand sketches, visual material and rationales

Be aware of the value of research and sourcing in support of their design work.

Course content: Module Structure

Level 4
Introduction to Design
Research and Learning Skills
Skills for Design
Initial Design

Level 5
Architectural Interior Design
Communication and Analysis
Interior Detail and Professional Practice
Commercial Interior Design and Structural Analysis

Level 6
Major Design Unit 1
Major Design Unit 2
Major Project Written Report

Introduction to Design / Research and Learning Skills

These two modules introduce the subject and examine learning the language of design. Developing and understanding of the differing aspects of interior design, across both spatial and decorative modes, is an essential stage to prepare students for the design projects to follow and the design development and research that will underpin them.

Skills for Design / Initial Design

These modules explore the design process through a residential project and explore the skills required to develop and communicate your design ideas considering a variety of audiences. You will approach visual communication through hand and computer aided drawing, development of a design solution will be progressed through initial concept sketches, orthographic drawing and the exploration of materials both hard and soft. Lectures will introduce design strategies, construction, colour, light and finishes. The development of a client brief and the collection of information to support the design is a major element of these modules.

Architectural interior Design

Residential design projects are delivered using increasingly complex sites and will cover space planning and structural alterations; decoration and delivery of samples, materials and furniture; planning regulations and services; the client brief, interpretation and delivery and the acquisition of design approaches that will equip students to define and deliver their solutions.

Lectures on the roots of design, the work of key practitioners and the core knowledge, e.g. space and proportion, ergonomics, light and colour theory, sourcing and evaluation of material. Will be delivered within this module.

Communication and Analysis

This module addresses the critical analysis of the design process and how this can be communicated graphically through to the design solution. The process of how to design is explored through a number of differing scenarios as tutors, outside designers and clients, brief the students. An intensive graphic investigation, including hand and computer generated orthographic drawings, model making and collage develops an approach to delivery of the design scheme and the student’s individuality as a professional design communicator. Lectures on the meaning of design, research and analysis and the first steps in studio support and relevant computer aided drawing facilitate the deeper analysis of the process of design and support this module.

Commercial Interior Design and Structural Analysis

Projects will include retail, hospitality and commercial/public spaces in all their complexity.

Architectural structure will be explored to facilitate knowledge, understanding and the design potential in terms of the integrity of space, materials and build. Lectures explore the ideas of retail and hospitality design with contributions from designers working in the field. Further structural information is given for larger and more complex builds as students choose their final project for exhibition. The final design project will be examined and investigated through a written dissertation.

Interior Detail and Professional Practice

Technical detailing underpins this module with an exploration of plumbing and bathroom design, cabinetry, upholstery and lighting design and specification. The costing processes and the production of working drawings for contractors complete the picture. Project management, CDM (construction design management) and job administration are supported by work placements during the course giving valuable experience prior to graduation.

Major Design Unit 1

Two set projects make up this modules with a fully realised and details solution as the expected outcome. The module is studio based with students working to a more tutorially based studio model.

Major Design Unit 2

A self-directed major project is at the heart of this module. Researched and sourced by the student this allows an opportunity to specialise in a field that appeals to the individual, creating a signature piece for the design portfolio. Practically supported by specification and a complete detailing of the chosen area this project should encompass much of the learning from the prior modules.

Major Project Written Report

A reflective report concerning the critical analysis and process experienced in the delivering of the final project. This report will explore the development from concept through to final design, it should focus on precedence study and the practical elements of delivering a fully realised spatial and decorative solution for this self-directed project.


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