Train as an interior designer in 18 weeks.

  • Our online course means you can fit study around work and family commitments.
  • Work with expert tutors to develop your design skills and knowledge.

A comprehensive 18 week course providing a strong foundation in interior design skills and knowledge. Whether you’re keen to pursue a career in this area or would like to learn more about interior design for your personal interest, this course will meet your needs.

The course explores the whole design process from initial consultation with the client to producing working plans and a final sample board. It also looks in depth at how to establish and market your own design practice.

Tutors can also offer advice on developing your portfolio, working as an Interior Designer, and your continuing professional development.


Diploma in Interior Design

Working Professionally as a Designer

Our course is designed to prepare students to work professionally as Interior Designers. We recommend that our students join the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) as student members. BIID is the only professional interior design association in the UK. Once students have completed their course they may apply to BIID to become a Qualified Designer Member after one years’ work experience. Achieving designer membership of BIID involves attending for an interview and presenting a portfolio of work. For more information about BIID and the requirements of membership please see their website:

Course Outline

There are 6 course modules. Each module is 40 pages in length, and there is an assignment at the end of each one, which you submit to your tutor for assessment. During the course you will also complete a project. Students have the opportunity to create a number of designs, including one full-length design project.

Includes booklets – Introduction to Presentation Tools for Interior Designers and Drawing Skills for Designers.

Weeks 1 – 3 ~ Module 1: The World of Interior Design. An introduction. Working as an interior designer. Developing as a designer. Key principles. Understanding colour. Working with lighting. Beginning your style and design notebooks. Planning Space. Working with clients. Developing negotiation skills. Presentation techniques and tools. The survey – understanding and using a survey sheet. Planning the space: room-by-room analysis. Understanding ergonomics. Working to a client brief.

Weeks 4 – 6 ~ Module 2: Foundation Work. More on colour theory, including colour perception. Sensory experience. Designing to include utilities – water, electricity, gas. Windows and light: selecting window dressings for problem windows. Understanding unique client needs.

Weeks 7 – 9 ~ Module 3: Design Principles. More on soft furnishings: key features of fabrics; selecting the right fabric. Surface treatments: wallpaper; wood; stone; slate and marble; stone flooring, tiles – natural stone options, composites, linoleum, cork, rubber, and vinyl, glass, terracotta, metal; carpets and natural fibres. More on lighting. Daylighting and well being, including seasonal affective disorder. Sources of inspiration. Feng shui. Patio Areas. Outdoor living. Indoor planting. Plants in interior design. Selecting and maintaining plants. Psychology of interior design. psychology of space. Enhancing well being.

Weeks 10 – 12 ~ Module 4: Furniture and Space. Furniture and interior design – establishing function, seating groups. Understanding space – balance and functionality. Creating a traffic plan. Choosing furniture – upholstered pieces, non-upholstered pieces. Selecting materials. commercial interiors. Disability discrimination act 2005. Practical considerations when designing a commercial interior. Names to remember: Alvaar Aalto, Antoni Gaudi, Charles Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright,Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Salvador Dali, Le Corbusier, Josef Hoffmann, Philip Webb, Louis Sullivan, John Ruskin, Frank O. Gehry. Glossary of Furniture terms. Building and planning regulations. Listed building status and interiors. Understanding building regulations for the interior design project. Identifying and selecting suppliers. Creating a sense of place. New trends.

Weeks 13 – 15 ~ Module 5: The History of Interior Design. Beginnings – Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, revival influences. Medieval furniture and decor – early design, Byzantine design. Early Medieval. Renaissance design. High Renaissance. English Renaissance. Elizabethan interiors. The Jacobean era. Georgian interiors. Regency furniture. Early Victorian. The battle of the styles. The Arts and Crafts movement. Art Nouveau. Edwardian furniture. The Modern Movement. Gropius and the Bauhaus. Art Deco. Post-modern design.

Weeks 16 – 18 ~ Module 6: Running Your Own Design Practice. Client contracts. Understanding professional insurance. Record keeping – client file, job-tracking worksheet. Planning your business – working alone or with others. Your Business Plan. Creating a business plan. Marketing your design practice. Your marketplace – understanding the competition (detailed assessment). Valuing existing clients. Marketing and the Internet – your website, harnessing the power of search engines, e-mail marketing, affiliate marketing, raising your profile.

Midsummer Offer: 31st August, only £180 -(normal price £375,), book below and begin studying within 2 hours!

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