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

Certificate / Part Time Interior Decoration

Dates: Sept 2018 –  July 2019, Every Wednesday, 10am – 4pm,
plus two weeks full time in studio, one in November and one in March

Length: Part-Time, 1 academic year in three terms

Course Director: Alan Hughes MA

Location: 7 Eaton Gate, London, SW1W 9BA

Course Administrator: Jane Birch, Tel: 020 7730 5508

Fee: £8,034.00 inc VAT.

The Interior Decoration Certificate part time course takes place one day a week over a year, and leads to the award of an Inchbald Certificate. The course focuses on the decorative aspects of interior design.

As a student you will gain a thorough grounding in both the art and practice of interior decoration, which will prepare you to work initially as a specialist member in larger interior design teams.

Interior Decoration Certificate – course objectives

In this interior decoration course you will learn how to:

  • plan space, storage and furniture layouts
  • present lighting plans, colour and fabric schemes with suitable decorative finishes
  • take client’s instructions and analyse the brief, identifying alternative solutions
  • prepare decorative schemes and present these to clients.

Interior Decoration Certificate – course contents

Design skills

In this part of the interior decoration course you will examine interior design skills: how the designer approaches a brief, the planning of spaces, including bathrooms and kitchens, practical ergonomics and the presentation of design and decorating ideas. You will study sourcing, specifications and schedules of work.


You will learn the basic principles of colour and develop your knowledge of tone and hue through experimentation with paints, papers and fabrics. You consider the relationship between colour and light as well as their psychological impact.


Lighting is one of the most important elements in an interior so it is essential to be conversant with lighting systems in detail. You will learn to plan domestic lighting schemes and will explore modern lighting methodology and sources of supply.


You will consider hard finishes, both the immense variety of manmade products as well as natural ones, such as timber, marble and stone.You look at suitable treatments for these products and how to apply them, as well as the use of wallpaper and paint finishes. All these aspects are vital to the overall design of a space and its impact.


In this part of the interior decoration course you will learn about the use of textiles for floors, walls and window treatments, as well as furniture upholstery and detailing. You will also consider the design of window treatments including specifying, measuring and costing.

Development of style

The history of style is the basic foundation of contemporary design. In this part of the course you will explore the principles of classicism – essential to understanding the Renaissance – and the subsequent styles of furniture and decoration as they developed from the 17th century to the present day.


The methodology used in traditional and contemporary buildings is essential to design education, even though in your role as interior decorator you must refer to specialists, such as architects or surveyors. You will explore the construction of buildings and the services required in modern domestic buildings.


In this part of the interior decoration course you will learn the basics of technical drawing to scale, including plans and elevations as well as in axonometric. You will survey a space and consider the problems of conservation rules and regulations. In addition you will do exercises in sketching and rendering drawings in coloured pencils. You will be introduced to the use of SketchUp for visualisation and project work. You will be required to bring a laptop computer capable of supporting the software (specification can be supplied at enrolment).

Interior Decoration Certificate – course teaching methods

Although the Interior decoration course is predominantly lecture-based, visits and a two-week drawn project are also scheduled into the timetable.

There are no formal entry requirements but you must demonstrate a commitment to deal with the heavy workload and the maturity to contribute to the course groups.

If you wish to apply to join this part time Interior Decoration Certificate course, contact the Course Administrator to arrange an informal interview with the Course Director.


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