Interior Designer Course
Interior Designer course brochure
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The 44 Interior Design Modules

1. INTRODUCTION

  • The aims of this course
  • How to do the course
  • About the modules
  • what skills do you need?
  • Assessing your strengths and weaknesses
  • How to do the assignments
  • Getting inspiration
  • Making use of local stores, and getting discounts

2. HOUSE TYPES

  • Victorian or Edwardian terrace
  • 1930s Semi-detached house
  • Loft living
  • Rural cottages
  • Checklist of decorative features
  • Modern estate

3. HALLS AND STAIRS

  • Hall functions
  • Narrow halls
  • Lack of light
  • Twelve ways to improve a hall
  • The hall floor
  • Getting rid of the hall
  • Conversely add a hall!
  • Five ways to enhance a staircase

4. TAKING STOCK

  • Think people rather than rooms
  • Peoples needs change
  • People Checklist
  • Changes needed in the house
  • Traffic flow
  • The need for structural or building work
  • Checklist for designing a room
  • Plan of action for designing a room
  • Considerations to bear in mind

5. DESIGN AND STYLE

  • What design and style mean
  • Design
  • Style
  • How fashion affects style
  • The effect of good interior design
  • Choice of styles
  • Architects versus interior designers
  • The modern look
  • The traditional look
  • The eclectic look
  • Working systematically
  • Start with the basics
  • Contrast and consistency
  • Empathy for the client

6. STARTING TO SKETCH

  • Looking at the structure of the house
  • Adding a window to your drawing
  • Add a fireplace
  • Putting in some actual sizes
  • Transferring the information to graph paper
  • Add features to your drawing
  • Lets add some furniture
  • Transfer your drawing to tracing paper

7. COLOUR, PATTERN AND FABRIC

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary colours
  • Dark/light versions of a colour
  • Colour schemes in decorating
  • Secondary contrast
  • Triadic
  • Cool and warm colours and the rooms aspect
  • Cool and warm colours and their impact on apparent size
  • Putting colour into practice in interior decorating
  • Some useful colour schemes
  • Texture

8. THE LIVING ROOM

  • Functions of the living room
  • Ten factors that improve the design of your living room
  • Four ways to give your room more style
  • Problems of scale in the living room
  • Upholstery
  • Open plan living space
  • Accessories
  • Children in the living room
  • Lighting

9. USING A SAMPLE BOARD

  • What board to use
  • Elements of a sample board
  • Putting the samples on the board
  • Finishing your board
  • How to make your sample board effective
  • Disadvantages of a sample board

10. LIGHTING

  • Lighting issues to be considered
  • Setting the mood
  • Health and safety
  • The different types of lighting
  • The location of lights
  • Direct and indirect lighting
  • Uplighters and downlighters
  • Mood lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Eight ways to make your lighting more effective
  • Different types of bulb
  • Using an electrician
  • Producing a lighting plan

11. A VIEW FROM THE ROAD

  • Part of the local neighbourhood
  • Ten ways to improve the front of the house
  • Retaining period features

12. FLOORS

  • The four factors to consider when choosing flooring
  • Interior designers checklist
  • Flooring style hard or soft
  • Carpet
  • Rugs
  • Hard floors
  • Stone
  • Wood
  • Specific rooms

13. WALLS AND CEILING

  • A colour for the walls
  • Breaking up large slabs of wall
  • Paint effects
  • Preparation
  • Tricks and tips for walls and Ceilings

14. WALL DECORATION

  • Mirrors
  • Paintings
  • Tips about paintings
  • Wall coverings and tapestries
  • Collections of objects
  • Wall decorations room by room

15. DINING ROOM

  • The dominating dining table
  • Ten tips for better dining rooms
  • Dining in the kitchen
  • Dining with children

16. WINDOWS AND WINDOW DRESSING

  • Types of windows
  • Types of window treatment: curtains and blinds
  • Choice of fabrics and colour
  • Using a curtain maker

17. HEATING

  • Central heating
  • Hiding the radiator
  • Fireplaces
  • Using your fire
  • Adding a fireplace
  • Heat elsewhere in the home
  • Suggestions for improved warmth

18. FURNITURE

  • Sofas and upholstery
  • Wooden furniture: new or old?
  • The modern look
  • Buying new furniture
  • The antique or eclectic look
  • Different types of furniture
  • Buying from an antique shop
  • Buying at auction

19. KITCHEN AND UTILITY

  • Your role as the interior designer
  • Where to find kitchen designers
  • Where should the kitchen be?
  • The importance of size
  • Locating the ideal kitchen
  • Define your needs
  • Making sure the room is right
  • Flooring
  • Kitchen units and food preparation
  • Storage
  • Worktops
  • Washing dishes
  • Designing the layout
  • Eating in the kitchen
  • Display in the kitchen

20. STORAGE

  • Hoarding
  • Investigating your storage needs by room
  • Ways of adding lots more storage
  • Special storage problems
  • Storage outside

21. DRAWING MADE EASY

  • Plans and elevations
  • How important are drawing skills?
  • Our goal
  • Using software packages
  • Lettering
  • Using photographs
  • Using the photocopier

22. DISPLAY

  • Individuality
  • Colour
  • Items you could collect
  • Items that look interesting
  • Tips on displaying a collection
  • Things that have meaning for you
  • Collections to avoid
  • Where to place your collections
  • Lighting
  • Keeping your collection in check

23. EXTERIORS

  • Roof and chimneys
  • Walls
  • Pipes
  • Drainage

24. BEDROOMS FOR ADULTS

  • Functions of an adult bedroom
  • Storage
  • A dressing room
  • Mirrors
  • The bed
  • Lighting
  • Wall space
  • Window treatment
  • Design issues
  • Co-ordinating your colours and fabrics

25. ELECTRICITY

  • Electricity in your house
  • Tidying your electrical appliances
  • Why you should tackle electricity before choosing the wall-paper
  • How electricity works a four-point summary
  • Lighting
  • Heating
  • Legal issues
  • Choosing an electrician
  • Dealing with an electrician
  • Preparing an electrical plan

26. ADDING MORE SPACE

  • Attic room
  • Cellar
  • Garage
  • Adapt an existing outbuilding
  • A room in the garden
  • Build an extension
  • Add a conservatory
  • Porch
  • Staying within the law

27. HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN

  • Tudor
  • Early Classical
  • Georgian
  • Victorian
  • Edwardian
  • 1930s
  • Recent years

28. BEDROOMS FOR CHILDREN

  • Infants and toddlers needs
  • Decoration for infants and toddlers
  • Young childrens needs
  • Decoration for the 5-12 year old
  • Teenagers needs
  • Decoration for the teenager
  • Eight safety points

29. PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE

  • How plumbing works
  • Emergency plumbing
  • Making plumbing work for you
  • Hiding the plumbing

30 . BATHROOMS

  • Bathroom functions
  • Layout
  • Colour scheme
  • Improving the bathroom
  • Fixtures and fittings

31. THE HOME OFFICE

  • Your office at home
  • Location
  • Outside or in?
  • What your home office needs
  • Layout
  • Giving your office personality

32. DISABLED LIVING

  • Types of disability
  • Needs of the disabled
  • Designing for the disabled

33. FENG SHUI

  • What is Feng Shui?
  • The compass
  • Chi
  • The Eight remedies
  • The Four Animals
  • How to apply Feng Shui in your home or your clients home

34. THE CONSERVATORY

  • Managing the temperature
  • Controlling the junk
  • Layout
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Plants

35. SETTING UP YOUR PRACTICE

  • Your home office
  • Equipment and material you may need
  • Your company name
  • Useful magazines

36. LAUNCHING AND PROMOTING YOUR PRACTICE

  • Who will use your services?
  • Techniques for generating enquiries
  • Getting experience
  • Handling the initial enquiry
  • Obtaining a meeting

37. MEETING THE CLIENT

  • Meeting the client, the initial meeting
  • Body language
  • Listening skills
  • Defining the clients need
  • Identify the problems
  • The clients needs and lifestyle, the clients style preferences
  • Taking a brief
  • Charging
  • Ending the meeting
  • Letter of Agreement
  • Presenting your proposals

38. FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS SYSTEMS

  • How much should you charge?
  • Invoicing
  • Statements
  • Going to court
  • Tax and VAT
  • Accountant
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Business systems, record keeping
  • Book keeper

39. MANAGING A PROJECT

  • Implementing the project
  • Payment methods
  • Writing a specification
  • Estimating, costing a job
  • Ordering
  • Dealing with contractors.
  • Project management Contact report

40. OTHER WAYS TO EARN MONEY AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

  • Carpets and curtains service
  • Personal shopper
  • Room arranger
  • Sell your house faster
  • Niche consultations
  • Write an article
  • Become a window treatment specialist
  • Paint effects service
  • How to charge

41. COMMERCIAL INTERIORS

  • The three sectors of commercial interiors
  • Commercial versus residential designs
  • Projects that dont fit into one of these categories
  • The main differences between domestic and commercial design
  • Special factors in commercial designs
  • New building versus refurbishment
  • Finding clients. What kind of clients?
  • Understanding the brief
  • Questions to ask
  • Designing the space
  • Fire and fire safety precautions
  • The conceptual design meeting
  • Getting paid

42. OFFICE DESIGN

  • Starting off in office design
  • Building a portfolio
  • Understanding the clients needs
  • What to consider when using the colour chart

43. RETAIL DESIGN

  • Starting off in retail design
  • Getting work as a retail designer
  • Understanding your clients needs
  • Key factors in retail interiors
  • Doing the design
  • Last minute preparation

44. HOSPITALITY DESIGN

  • Starting off in hospitality design
  • Breaking into hospitality design
  • Understanding your clients needs
  • Discussing the kitchen
  • Key issues in bar design
  • Key issues in restaurant design
  • Key issues in hotel design
  • Developing your flow diagram
  • Approaching the completion date

CONCLUSIONS, NEXT STEPS AND ACTION PLAN

  • Next steps
  • Action Plan
  • Learn what to do, once you've completed the course

Notes

The modules shown above are from the UK and European edition. The US and Canadian edition has US spelling and topics.

A fun way to learn The Diploma course is based on an entirely new approach to learning. Traditional courses require you to learn an entire topic (such as construction techniques) in one section, which can be dull. But we tackle each topic a little at a time. This makes learning more fun, and helps you absorb it more easily. It also reflects people's ability to concentrate.

We also have special modules relating to specific rooms, such as The Living Room. Plus, we have a stream of fun exercises, to keep you interested.

By the end of the course, you'll find you've absorbed all the facts, but without any of the boredom.

Please note that we reserve the right to improve or amend the course contents.  

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