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INTERIOR DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS BSS203

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn Interior Design

  • Create spaces that look good and are functional
  • Explore options for decoration and furnishings
  • Apply practical and artistic skills for better results within a budget
  • Homes, work spaces, -any interiors. 

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Learn Interior Design

  • Create spaces that look good and are functional
  • Explore options for decoration and furnishings
  • Apply practical and artistic skills for better results within a budget
  • Homes, work spaces, -any interiors. 

Course Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

Lesson 1.  Scope and Nature of Interior Design

  • Introductory Considerations
  • Interior Designers & Skills Required
  • History of Interior Design
  • Popular Styles
  • Trends
  • Decorating with Colour
  • Decorating with Texture
  • Wabi-sabi
  • Decorating with Pattern
  • Decorating with Artwork
  • Decoration with Features
  • Principles
  • Other Influential Design Components

Lesson 2.  Choosing Components

  • Introduction
  • Paints
  • Hard Materials. metal etc - glass, masonry, polymers, stone, tiles, plasterboard
  • Floor Treatments
  • Finishes
  • Soft Materials and Accessories
  • Choosing Furnishings
  • Window Coverings
  • Design Brief
  • Preparing Colour Samples and Materials Boards
  • Preserving Nature in Interior Design
  • Indoor/Outdoor Rooms and Spaces
  • Using and Placing Indoor Plants

Lesson 3.  Choosing Services

  • Introduction
  • Types of Services -electricity, gas, water, telecommunications
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Managing Heat Transfer
  • Heating Options
  • Hot Water Systems
  • Lighting
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Task Lighting
  • Accent Lighting
  • Electrical Outlets & Light Switches
  • Telephone and Internet
  • Water Supply
  • Other Services
  • Smart Building Solutions
  • Robots for Cleaning
  • Collaboration in Creative Processes
  • On site Safety

Lesson 4. Redesigning an Old Building

  • Ethics and Legalities
  • Ethics of Building Preservation
  • What is Regulated
  • Planning Consent
  • Heritage and Conservation Areas
  • Evaluating the Site
  • Creativity
  • Determining a Client Goals
  • Changes? - Restoration, Renovation or Design
  • Redecoration
  • Reorganisation/Altering Space
  • Drawing Floor Plans

Lesson 5. Designing a New Building

  • Role of a Designer
  • Colour and Aesthetics
  • Physical Features
  • Practical Features
  • Luxury Features and Quality
  • Resources
  • Structures -considering size, level, straightness, type of materials
  • Sound and sound proofing
  • Acoustic Panels
  • Properties of Different Materials - Thermal, Electrical, Environmental, Economic, etc
  • Technology in Design
  • Sensors and Robotics in New Home Design
  • Design Simulation
  • CAD Design Process

Lesson 6. Altering Spaces

  • Working with a Brief
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Photos, Sketches, Accurate Measurements
  • Levelling
  • Using Computer Software
  • Spatial Planning
  • Use of Space - storage, work, social, private
  • Design Considerations - axis lines, focal points
  • Creating Flow
  • Creating Specific Areas
  • Using Views
  • Functionality, Proportion, Scale
  • The Kitchen Triangle Design
  • Altering Existing Spaces -Extensions, Conversions
  • Recreating Original Styles
  • Workplace Interiors.

Lesson 7. Organising the Interior

  • Introduction
  • Design Decisions for Organising Space - Harmony, unity, balance, scale, proportion, rhythm, contrast, details
  • Reorganisation
  • Temporary or Permanent Change
  • Creating Ambience
  • Reorganising Furnishings
  • Maximising Use of Space -Decluttering, distancing, space saving furniture, using smaller items, using walls, visual effects
  • Storage Example - Butlers pantry
  • Creating Open Plan Spaces

Lesson 8. Designing for Health & Wellbeing

  • Introduction
  • Interior Materials for Better Health - paints, natural paint
  • Managing Bacteria, Rots, other Biological Hazards
  • Adhesives, Fabrics
  • Feng Shui
  • Biophilic Design
  • Green Design
  • Ergonomics
  • The Psychology of Interior Design

Lesson 9. Budgeting

  • Budgeting Priorities, Timing, Feasibility
  • Managing a Project
  • Implementing an Operational Plan
  • Controlling a Project
  • Creating a GANTT Chart
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Invoicing
  • Bad Debts

Lesson 10. Special Project

Four parts to this project 

  • Choose a room to design
  • Research design considerations
  • Prepare a design
  • Report on your design
 

 

COURSE AIMS
  • Describe different styles of interior design and their relationship to aesthetic and functional criteria, relative to varied historical and cultural contexts. 

  • Discuss options and criteria used to choose the components used in an interior design including furnishings, wall and floor treatments, colour choices and decoration.  

  • Determine services to be incorporated into an interior and where to install them. 

  • Determine options for interior improvements in an old interior and compare the possibilities.

  • Determine options for interior development of a new interior and compare the possibilities.

  • Explain how spatial awareness and spatial planning skills can be used to alter spaces.

  • Explain how an interior might be improved by reorganisation of the components that already exist.

  • Explain how an interior can be designed to more conducive to the wellbeing of the occupants.  

  • Prepare a budget for an Interior Design 

  • Create a design for two rooms.

 

Do You Have the Potential and Commitment to become a Good Interior Designer?

Interior design appeals to many different types of individuals. There is no “typical” interior designer. It may be someone interested in –

  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Textiles and fabrics
  • Upholstery
  • Fashion in furnishing
  • Design
  • Drawing or CAD (computer aided design)

What skills are required to be an interior designer?

  • Good design skills
  • A good knowledge of interior design
  • A knowledge of building and construction
  • High attention to detail
  • Thoroughness
  • Good customer service skills
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A good imagination, to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things
  • The ability to work under your own initiative 
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Good team player
  • An understanding of design software packages is also useful.
 

 

 

 

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!