Inchbald Online Diploma Architectural Interior DesignInterior design courses
Aims of the programme:
The Online Diploma Architectural Interior Design is a three-year, flexible programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to enter the interior design professions. It provides a strong practical focus, developing not just understanding and knowledge of interior design and design theory, but also professional design skills. Successful graduates earn a Diploma qualification that is equal to the Diploma Architectural Interior Design award from the intensive in-house course.
The course is aimed at people who are interested in a career in interior design.
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.
Many people pursue interior design as a second career. However, they often have work and family commitments that prevent them from attending the Inchbald School of Design full time. This course is designed for flexible study at a distance so you can fulfil your other commitments while also studying as an Inchbald student. Like other Inchbald courses, however, this course is challenging, and you will need to organise your time to manage your studies, participate fully and meet deadlines for submitting work.
- General Course InformationValidation
3 Academic YearsDates26 April 2021 (Induction 20 – 21 April 2021)27 September 2021 (Induction 21 – 23 September 2021)Days
OnlineStudent / Tutor Ratio
Andrew DuffCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
A good interior designer creates an environment in a space, which both serves its purpose and provides an appearance and atmosphere that is emotionally and visually satisfying. To do this, interior designers have to develop:
- analytical problem solving skills
- a practical ability in ergonomics and planning
- an aesthetic awareness of the nature of light, colour, form, proportion and texture.
The success of a design lies in the designer’s ability to balance and combine these elements.
Colour influences Form
Light changes Colour
Texture alters Light
This course follows the well-established and highly successful Inchbald School philosophy and examines these subjects in a series of levels with exercises that practise the combination of skills.
It is a serious programme of study, involving the exploration of design ideas and context. It is also practical and requires you to apply the principles and processes of real design.
The full course comprises three years of flexible study. However, it is designed so that you can enrol for one year, two years or three years.
At progressively deeper levels from Year 1 to Year 2 to Year 3 the course has four main aims:
- to help you develop the skills and understanding you need to design an interior successfully
- to give you the skills required to present your designs to a client
- to help you develop the ability to implement your schemes
- to encourage confidence in your own abilities as a designer.
- Course Content
Module 1 Design looks at the interior designer’s role in creating design solutions and explores the skill of making design decisions. You will learn about the creative nature of design, the design process and the need to satisfy both functional and aesthetic requirements in a design. You will focus on ergonomics and the need for efficient interactivity among the spaces you design. You will also develop skills in analysis and research, observation, sketching, recording and presenting design ideas.
Module 2 The Venue looks at how you can address some of the fundamental aesthetic requirements of a space. You will learn how to use natural and artificial lighting to create the effects you are seeking, how to handle scale and proportion and how colour influences an interior space. Much of your time on this module will be devoted to a design project, which gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and apply what you have learned so far in the course.
Module 3 Technical Drawing introduces technical drawing, the production of two-dimensional drawing: plans, elevations and cross-sections. It also looks at how to produce a one-point perspective. You produce orthographic projections for the project.
Module 4 The Set looks at the designer’s input into developing a design solution by creating a mood or atmosphere, and shows how this can be achieved by the application of colour, pattern and texture, lighting, applied finishes, furnishings and, most importantly, style. Emotional responses are a major part of this process and although it is difficult to define beauty and aesthetic excellence, the module explains a number of generally accepted principles that can be used. The project enables you to demonstrate your developing skills in decoration and presentation. Before you finally submit your project, you will attend an in-house study seminar, for intensive presentation and drawing skills development.
Module 5 History gives you a detailed introduction to the history of interior design and decoration. You will look at the development of interior design and decoration by exploring particular rooms in period houses. For the project you will choose a decorative motif to research, and present a report that examine its use in different periods and contexts.
Module 6 The Studio takes your study of decoration to a higher level than in Year 1, with the examination of fabrics and upholstery and lighting design. You will also develop your presentation skills by learning two-point perspective. The project, to design a small domestic interior, takes you through key stages of the design process and that demands your creativity to find an exciting and successful design solutions.
Module 7 The Bathroom covers the practical knowledge and skills that are required by interior designers in building construction, materials and services. It also progresses your drawing skills with a session on axonometric drawing
You will explore and develop an understanding of domestic structures, such as foundations, walls and floors, doors, windows and second fixings, plumbing and drainage, lighting, insulation and ventilation and building regulations.
Project 7 is to design a bathroom, and allows you to demonstrate your understanding of these issues.
Module 8 Large Residence focuses on a project to design a large residential interior, and includes a session on staircase design. It enables you to develop and consolidate your learning in both design and presentation, and the in-house seminar helps you to develop and demonstrate professional presentation skills.
Module 9 Detailing explores materials for detailing and how to create detailed working drawings for fitments. The project requires the presentation of working drawings.
Module 10 Commercial Design has a session on the principles of commercial design, but the focus is on the project to create three sketch schemes for commercial clients, helping you to learn to work quickly and effectively – valuable skills for a professional interior designer.
Module 11 Final Project centres around a major final design project of your choice, in which you will employ the skills you’ve developed throughout the course, under the guidance and support of your tutor
Module 12 Job Administration is an important skill for practising designers and includes a session on survey technique – one of the first things you’ll do to examine a site.
- Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements to the Online Diploma in Architectural Interior Design course, although you will need to show a commitment to the heavy workload and the maturity to contribute to the course group. If you are uncertain about making this commitment, you may be interested in taking either the two year Online Diploma in the Practice of Interior Design and Decoration course or the one year Online Diploma in the Principles of Interior Design and Decoration course.
As this is an online course you will be communicating with your tutor and fellow students online and via email. You will need basic computer skills, the ability to contribute to online discussions, create illustrated documents, add attachments and so on. If you feel you lack these skills we recommend you develop them before the course start date.
- Tuition Fees
£14,755.00 inc VAT
- Teaching Methods
The course is designed around a notional 20 hours of flexible learning a week for 40 weeks of each year to study and skills development. You are likely to find that you need to spend more than 20 hours working on the course in some weeks, especially when you are preparing some of the assignments and projects to send to your tutor for feedback or marking.
As a student of the Inchbald School you will:
- attend an optional face-to-face induction which lasts three days at the start of the course
- study and work through the course materials from your home
- use the course website, Inchbald Online, to access course materials, contribute to online discussion forums with fellow students in your class and submit work
- complete the activities, assignments and projects in the course and submit work to your tutors for feedback, marking and assessment by the deadlines
- follow a course schedule for studying the course materials, submitting assignments and your project work and for participating in online discussions
- have the option to attend a four-day in-house seminar with a focus on presentation skills in each year of your course.
Interior DesignWork Experience
Not applicable to this course
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