Inchbald Certificate Interior Design and Decoration (Part Time)Interior design courses
Aims of the programme:
Students gain a thorough grounding in the art and practice of interior design and decoration, preparing them to work initially as specialist members of larger design teams.
The course focusses on residential interior design and decoration looking at concepts of design; design history; relevant technical subjects (including topics such as lighting, building construction, plumbing, upholstery and curtain making and project administration) and students are taught a range of supporting skills to allow ideas to be explored, analysed, critiqued, further developed and communicated.
The course prepares students for work as an interior designer/decorator, giving them an understanding of the role of a decorator and how this role fits into the interior design industry.
- General Course InformationValidation
1 Academic YearDates
8 September 2021 – 6 July 2022Days
Wednesdays only based over 3 terms, and a full Studio week in December 2021 and March 2022Times
10am to 3pmStudy Type
Part TimeStudent / Tutor Ratio
1:15 for lectures, 2:15 for workshops & studio workLocation
7 Eaton Gate, London, SW1W 9BACourse Director
Piers NorthamCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
To develop a good understanding of space and the possibilities for manipulating and changing interior spaces.
To take a client’s instructions; analyse and respond to a brief and identify alternative solutions that pay attention to a client’s requirements.
To develop skills with the organisation of space; furniture layouts; decorative schemes.
To gain a grounding in the technical issues involved and to develop research skills.
To develop a range of skills to serve the communication and presentation of ideas to clients and artisans/craftsmen.
To gain an understanding of project management and job administration.
- Course Content
Introduction to Design
This module is introduced with a series of presentations covering the overarching principles of design as they relate to simple residential spaces. Lectures will approach the idea of design thinking, development of ideas and methods of visual communication. Through the projects student will learn to organise and decorate a residential site and consider the requirements of a client. They will begin to manipulate the core elements of design, scale, form, light, texture and colour as they present both formerly and informally, ideas and considerations to tutors and peers.
Sketch scheme techniques introduce the fundamentals of drawing and sketching and an approach to the use of computer generated imagery and drawing to support presentation.
Research and Learning Skills
Design assignments provide creative opportunities and this module supports the processes that underpin that creativity. The presentation of supporting developmental work is required with students supporting their decision-making process. Evaluating and categorising information from a variety of areas relevant to design is also required and students learn to research regulatory procedures that affect the work of a designer, technical references and the acquisition of materials, fitments and equipment all need to be recorded and specified.
Documentation and information is a large part of the design process and this module includes the methods and organisational skills required to produce full notes, keys, comprehensive schedules and specifications to describe fully presented scheme design to clients.
Skills for Design
This module focuses on the acquisition of the skills to develop and present design schemes and will explore the hand and computer aided drawing packages to facilitate this in tandem with the more key design development processes.
Initial design thinking and the practical application of survey data will underpin the development of ideas and concepts to drive and anchor the projects. Studio sessions will explore orthographic drawing, Sketch Up software and rendering options.
The journey from inception to delivery of the design scheme is the core element of this module. Students will identify issues both structural and decorative and to set about planning a response in the preparation of a project brief. Students will learn to analyse and reflect and required to support their design decisions with reference to spatial, material and decorative criteria. Clear development of the concept for the projects must also be supported and students will be asked to evaluate their own responses and those of their peers at round table discussions and presentation.
- Entry Requirements
The programme is open to all those who have completed A level or equivalent, potential students must be 18 years of age or older.
- Tuition FeesTuition Fees
£8,440.00 inc VAT
- Teaching Methods
Teaching is delivered via a series of lectures, workshops, visits, discussions and projects – all of which are linked to the 4 modules and give students opportunities to learn in a variety of different modes and to consolidate theoretical teaching with practical experimentation. The modules are not delivered separately, but are interwoven through the course. Students are expected to support contact time in school with private study, work on projects, research and reflection outside class.
During the first term the course will be taught virtually with students attending class via Zoom with all students logging on at the same time and attending classes together as a group. This replicates the in-house experience and allows conversation and an exchange of ideas between tutors and students to happen in the usual way. Virtual workshops are delivered via a blend of videos and one-to-one tutorials. During the second and third terms teaching is planned to be delivered on campus.
Two design projects and a technical assignment are set with students submitting completed tasks for assessment and feedback at various points through the course. These act as vehicles for students to learn further skills as they become relevant and to consolidate their understanding of theories, concepts and technical topics in a practical way.
At the end of the course, students leave with a portfolio of work based around a decoration project for a series of spaces within one home. Items include hand-drawn and computer-generated plans and elevations; furniture layouts; schemes of decoration and furnishing; hand-rendered 3D visuals; a detailed curtain specification.
Students are offered a portfolio tutorial prior to leaving and are equipped with the skills to work further to develop their portfolios with a view to seeking employment.Faculty
Interior DesignWork Experience
Not applicable to this courseCareer Development
Ongoing consultation on portfolio and employment during and after the course, CV and exhibition preparation during the course.
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