Interior Design School

The exceptional quality of interior design courses at Inchbald is acknowledged throughout the interior design professions, both here in the UK and internationally. In the years since the School was founded in 1960, Inchbald alumni have included many of the best known names in the profession, confirming that the challenge of a course at the Inchbald School of Design is not only an enjoyable experience but it is also professionally relevant.

The full-time year course, the Inchbald Diploma, prepares graduates for professional practice through the exploration and development of practical and aesthetic design skills. By tackling a variety of residential and commercial projects informed by design methodology, technical detail and research which are set during the course of the year, students learn to develop their ideas through the drawing and presentation skills which are taught across the duration of the programme.

Inchbald works with its validating University, Glyndŵr University to provide Dip HE, BA Hons, Post Graduate and Masters to offer studies in the advanced complexities of interior design both academic and technical, attracting academic credits at the relevant levels.

The school also offers short independent training courses focusing on Interior Decoration and complementary vocational skills related to interior design. These shorter courses offer a useful introduction to advanced study or to provide further skills development for students already involved in the field.

Tutors in the interior design faculty are all working designers recognized for their professional standards and creative input. Lecturers are drawn from relevant practices and academic institutions.

The highest priority of Inchbald teaching is the development of every individual student’s talent and potential, allied to a clear understanding of the possibilities of interior space. This is the very basis of the design confidence which is essential to professional life.

What is the role of the Interior Designer

Design is both creative and practical. Success relies not only on the designer’s talent but on his knowledge of function, procedures, and materials which will support the design process and the client’s requirements.

In order to develop these skills in depth, Inchbald provides site projects which challenge students’ abilities to analyse the problems, prioritise the client’s requirements and further assess the aesthetic agenda. Design development starts with an interpretation of the brief and an analysis of existing conditions after which the designer may seek inspiration from many sources, sifting and selecting the best before deciding on a potential solution which has the merit for further development.

All ideas go through a number of refinement stages and are constantly adjusted as the concept of the design shifts and flows and as progress through the site becomes clearer. The final selections of materials, colours, lighting and furnishing systems and equipment complete the process and confirms the atmosphere.

So design is a multi-disciplinary profession, a collaborative enterprise which involves extensive knowledge of the whole design spectrum. This includes drawing and graphic expression, technical and contractual judgement and the interpersonal and business skills that facilitate communication with both contractors and clients.

Potential students should not find these requirements daunting. They are all skills that can be taught and whether you have the aesthetic confidence or a practical turn of mind, a business background or a passion for design history, we at Inchbald provide the ultimate environment for developing the skills you need in order to achieve the career to which you aspire. Our aim is to instruct and support, but above all to unwrap and develop your own talents.