Interior design for beginners (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University



This is a very practical course delivered via informal lectures and engaging, creative projects.

It's ideal if you are looking to build a portfolio of design work or considering interior design as a future career, or simply interested in re-designing your own home.

It will give you an insight into the world of interior design and inspire you with the confidence to present your own interior design schemes.

On this course, you will:

- learn how to develop and use your creativity with special attention given to light, colour, form, texture and how these key elements can define a space
- explore decorative schemes with the use of wallpaper, upholstery, window treatments and accessories
- gain experience of undertaking an interior design scheme and an understanding of its application in the domestic, residential and commercial sectors
- gain an understanding of scale through the application of colour and the use of furniture and furnishings
- be introduced to the methods and techniques used to complete a project, whether this is for your own home or for a client.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you will have created a finished interior design project and developed a good understanding of the profession, enabling you to pursue your chosen career or pathway.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.

You’ll find collaborative working spaces where you develop your sketches and concepts, and IT suites equipped with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Here's what previous attendees have said:

‘I wanted to learn more about all aspects of interior design, to inspire me to be more creative. I feel more confident about using my creative skills to make designs now in the home, and enjoyed all the practical exercises, working with colour etc. Both Lucy and Nina were engaging and knowledgeable. They both make the course very interested and I feel I have learnt a lot. Thank you!’ JP

‘Really enjoyed the course and the tutors were great. I improved my understanding and confidence, gaining some key and useful skills to apply such as lighting schemes, technical drawings and hues versus tints etc. I enjoyed it all.'

‘I've got lots of information about style, function, colour and a greater knowledge to support my projects. I enjoyed it all'

'I really enjoyed it! I felt I developed new skills; it was informative and covered lots of areas and practical work' EC

'Lucy was clear and passionate and I was made to feel welcome. This has now encouraged me to continue with my passion. I enjoyed the colour theory and how to approach a project from start to finish and meeting different minded people'

'Really enjoyable, good opportunity to be creative and get hands-on, which was great, a nice balance of theory and practical'

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No design or drawing experience is required.

Tutor profile: After graduating with a Masters in Design from the Royal College of Art, Lucy Renshaw set up a design studio in her renovated 17th century home and studio in the beautiful Derbyshire dales.

She has spent the last ten years building her business; with a focus on holistic colour, interiors, upholstery, upcycling, soft furnishings and simple living, Lucy runs workshops, retreats, coaching and consultations.

Lucy has a passion for sustainability and conscious living and works with clients to build confidence and discover their inner creativity.

Her early career included working on private commissions for Liberty London, Kew Gardens, Mint London, Colin Firth’s Eco-Age and Serendipity Paris, as well as selling her bespoke products to private clients and boutique interior shops.

Lucy has exhibited internationally at Masion et Objet Paris, ICFF New York, Tent London and Grand Designs Live UK.

Lucy has also published a book, 'Mixed Media and Found Materials', commissioned by A&C Black.

Tutor Profile: Helen Hollis is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course.

She provides academic leadership for the course, which encompasses the design, planning and delivery of the course, working with the course team to ensure high quality academic support for students, as well as supporting students pastorally.

Helen spent 14 years working for Allan Joyce Architects prior to coming to NTU, where she headed up the Interior Design Department.

She worked on jobs in several different sectors, including hospitality, commercial and residential design.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 15


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


10 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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