Interior Design for Beginners (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



On this practical course you will learn fundamental design principles, techniques and tools that will help you create dynamic, visually interesting, and functional spaces for domestic, residential, and commercial interiors. You’ll gain experience undertaking an interior design scheme and build your knowledge working to a brief, delivered through informal lectures and engaging, creative projects. This course is 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'll give you an insight into the world of interior design and inspire you with the confidence to present your own interior design schemes. The course will cover topics such as colour theory, furniture selection, lighting design, spatial planning, and textile selection. Throughout the course, you’ll develop skills through hands-on projects and exercises that simulate real-world design scenarios. You’ll learn to how to produce scale drawings, mood boards and sample boards to present and communicate your ideas effectively. You’ll be introduced to the methods and techniques used to complete a project (whether this is for your own home or for a client) and translate those requirements into a cohesive design plan. On this course, you will: • understand the importance of being a creative and a conceptual thinker and how to translate your ideas into a practical spatial design • appreciate the importance of materiality in a space • learn how to develop an interior design scheme with the use of wallpaper, upholstery, window treatments and accessories • consider the importance of sustainability within the design environment and how to design a greener future • understand the impact of scale in a design, through the application of colour and the use of furniture and furnishings • plan an interior design space whilst thinking about the customer journey and user experience • develop methods and techniques that explore what is required to take on a design project • research and question different sectors within the interior design environment that might lead to rethinking and reworking of existing norms and experiences in a design project • develop industry skills within a supportive and creative learning environment • prepare and develop a portfolio • discuss what is required to start your own interior design business. Tutor Profile: Hermione Garnett-Spear is an experienced Interior Designer whose approach to design is intrinsically philosophical. Through her design intentions, she endeavours to create enduring architecture in which the narrative and concept transport us beyond the ordinary, creating a harmony between the new and old. She has a background in design management for high-end hospitality, office design and residential spaces. Hermione graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a first-class honours degree in Interior Architecture and Design. She works as a part-time lecturer on the Interior Architecture and Design course for Nottingham Trent University. Hermione is a Designer for TOG (The Office Group, London) and runs and manages her own Interior Design business; HE Studio Interiors. Her combined passion for design and teaching allows her to inspire the next generation of designers to create aesthetic sustainable buildings of the future. 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. Entry Requirements Level: Beginner - No design or drawing experience is required. What will you gain? By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid foundation in interior design principles and techniques and will be able to create well-designed spaces that meet the needs and preferences of specific spaces, and clients. You’ll leave the course with ab interior design project in progress and developed a good understanding of the profession, enabling you to pursue your chosen career or pathway. Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

What's included in the price?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, including most materials to create your designs and other great benefits such as the use of our modern library and free use of the IT equipment and software on the campus during your course. You will also need to bring with you: • any drawing materials you may like to work with (pens, pencils, crayons, markers etc) • a collage of images / interior design styles that you like, to share with the group and tutor for a fun and informal way to get to know everyone. If you’re not sure where to start, you can create a collage of something else that you’re interested in.


4 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Accommodation offered
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ