Inchbald Online Design Your Living SpaceInterior design courses
Aims of the programme:
This online flexible learning course in interior decoration specialises in the skills and techniques of interior decoration and will show you how to design and decorate a living space that not only meets your requirements but is aesthetically pleasing.
You will consider the elements of design and decoration, from ergonomics and proportions of the space to the creative use of colour and texture, lighting, materials, furnishings and fabric choices.
This 12-week online course takes you through the process of designing an interior space, introducing you to the skills and creativity of interior design and decoration.
It is a practical course that helps you to begin developing the skills and understanding you need to design a domestic room or living space successfully. It will give you a real insight into the work of a interior designer and give you the confidence and knowledge to pursue further study, if you wish to do so, or to use what you’ve learned in your working life.
The course is for people who have an enthusiasm for the design and decoration of living spaces and who may be interested in a career in interior design.
- General Course InformationValidation
12 WeeksDates4 January 202126 April 20216 September 2021Days
OnlineStudent / Tutor Ratio
Andrew DuffCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
Design your Living Space is a flexible online course, which you’ll study from your own home, fitting your course work around other commitments.
It starts from the basics, so you don’t need any background or experience in design, or any formal qualifications. However, you do need to be able to speak and write English. As the course is online, you must also be a confident computer user – able to create illustrated and written documents, add attachments to email messages and contribute to online discussions, for example.
It is a 12-week course, and is scheduled so that you study one session a week. Each session will take about 4 hours of study time, although you may wish to spend more time than this on designing your space. You will need to:
- participate in the online induction – a week before the start of the course with Session 1
- use the course website, Inchbald Online, to access course materials, take part in activity forums and present your work
- complete the activities in each session and present your work in the forums.
- Course Content
The course is structured to take you through the process of designing an interior space, developing your skills and knowledge each week as you work through each session.
Session 1 What’s it all about
The first session looks at design as a balance between function and aesthetics, and as a problem-solving process. It gives an overview of the elements of design – ergonomics, scale, proportion and geometry, light, colour, pattern and texture. In this session you’ll begin to develop a client brief for the space you’ll be focusing on in this course and start collecting inspirational images.
Session 2 Humans in the space
This session is concerned with spatial principles of design: ergonomics – the space a person needs to operate efficiently and effectively; proportion – the size and scale of objects in relationship with each other; and geometry – shapes and their arrangement. There is a focus on three important concepts: balance, contrast and rhythm. You’ll consider how these principles affect your emotional response to a space and think about the atmosphere you want to achieve in your room.
Session 3 Master of all you survey
Having thought about the users’ requirements when working on the client brief, the next stage is to analyse the space you are going to design. In this session, you’ll examine your room in detail, noting and recording its features with photographs and basic sketches, and consider its regional and historical context. You’ll also measure your room, and draw these to scale in plan and elevation drawings.
Session 4 A room with a view
This session starts with a focus on the role of windows and light and the doors and pathways through a space. This will enable you to complete the analysis of your space. In addition, you’ll finalise the client brief and create a mood board to convey the atmosphere you want to create.
Session 5 Developing your design
There are two main ways of creating a design to match your room to your brief and mood board. The first is by making structural changes to change its appearance. This session considers what’s possible and what’s feasible. The second is by using decorative elements to influence our perceptions of a space – the next sessions will focus on these. Designers may sometimes plan to alter a room by making structural changes, and they’ll always employ decorative elements. But a key step is to start developing the design, focusing on the overall layout and geometry of the space. In this session, you’ll identify the type of furniture you need and use the drawings you made in Session 3 to experiment with the layout of your room.
Session 6 Using colour
In this session you’ll start to consider the decorative element. Colour, whether subtle or bold, can have a powerful effect on the atmosphere in a room. This session looks at how colour works, with an overview of colour theory, warm and cool colours, tints, shades and tones. It shows you how to create various different colour schemes and how to manipulate the appearance of a space with colour. You’ll experiment with colour and choose a colour scheme for your room.
Session 7 Pattern and texture
Smooth, hard, velvety, rough – texture surrounds us and we respond to it in different ways, often depending on personal experiences and memory. Where we may feel as well as see textures, pattern gives a purely visual texture, and patterns often have strong cultural associations, all contributing to the atmosphere in a room. This session explores texture and pattern and how to manipulate the appearance of a space with pattern. You’ll create a presentation board for your room using colour and patterns.
Session 8 Materials and finishes
This session looks at the vast range of hard and soft materials and the surface coatings or finishes that’s available: stone, varnished wood, short pile carpet, glass, painted wood, chrome, glass, wallpaper, cotton… It considers the practical and aesthetic qualities of different materials and how they contribute to the overall atmosphere. Your work on this session will enable you to identify materials that will suit the atmosphere you want to achieve in your room and create a presentation board of your choices.
Session 9 Fabrics and window treatments
This session gives an introduction to fabrics, including terminology, so that you can choose suitable fabrics. Fabrics are often used in window treatments – whether with blinds or curtains – and the session looks at different approaches for different rooms and different windows. You’ll consider appropriate window treatments for your room and choose fabric samples.
Session 10 Furnishings
In Session 5 you identified the type of furniture and items needed in your room. This session introduces upholstery and furnishings and looks at choices of furniture, including storage – with a focus on both function and aesthetics. It also looks at sourcing and working with the experts. You’ll identify the furniture and furnishings you want to use and create a furniture board.
Session 11 Lighting and heating and environment
Lighting has three different functions – to provide an overall level of light; to support a task, such as sewing; to create atmosphere by, for example, lighting displays or features. This session introduces the lighting options available and helps you to identify the lighting requirements for your room so you can research lighting and suppliers. Lighting is important in creating a successful space; so too are heating, ventilation and acoustics. The session goes on to consider these issues, and how to consult the experts.
Session 12 Accessories
In the final session, you have an opportunity to pull together all your presentation boards and consider the accessories – pictures, cushions, ornaments – that add a finishing touch to your room. While these may be chosen for sentimental or personal reasons, rather than to complement the design, this session focuses on choosing an arranging these to enhance your space. You’ll create a presentation board to show how to integrate these into your space.
- Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this online interior decoration course, although it is important that you are confident in reading and writing English.
As it is an online course you will be communicating with your tutor and fellow students online. You will need basic computer skills, the ability to contribute to online discussions, create illustrated documents, add attachments and so on. Although we offer support on using the course website and contributing to forums, if you feel you lack these skills we recommend you develop them before the course start date.
- Tuition Fees
£1,260.00 inc VAT
- Teaching Methods
You’ll be assigned a tutor, who will take an active interest in your progress and development. As well as putting activity work online for your tutor’s comments and advice, you’ll be able to use the online discussion forums to ask about particular problems you may have with your interior.
Your tutor will send you written comments on your work. These will be constructive and aimed at helping you to make progress.Faculty
Interior DesignWork Experience
Not applicable to this course
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