COURSES  DIPLOMA in Residential Design

Six months  16 September 2019 - 13 March 2020
Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: £18,200 (incl of current vat) all materials and equipment included

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RESIDENTIAL DESIGN             ……………………………………………………………………………………………………...........

Skills and Vocabulary

The term begins with observation drawing, colour exercises and visits to exhibitions to learn how to use exploratory methods to find inspiration and think creatively. Through a series of projects you are introduced to the design process from the client brief through to the implementation of the finished installation. The language and design vocabulary of Interiors is delivered in lectures as well as within the studio based projects and covers all the various subjects required of a professional interior designer from contemporary and historic interiors to colour, light, form, texture, materials, furniture and interior and architectural elements. You will learn freehand and technical drawing skills and learn to develop ideas through an individual workbook. Throughout the course, emphasis is given to industry regulations on sustainability and wellbeing.

The Design Process

The first Residential project is to design a one room garden project for an individual client and each brief is developed to understand the exact requirements of the client and to produce a visual interpretation of the brief into an abstract image board that will then be used to extract a colour and materials palette. Basic planning and ergonomics principles are covered and two dimensional drawings are developed into a scaled plan and elevations. The completed project is presented to include selected furniture, lighting and sourced materials.

The second residential project is to convert a studio space into a loft conversion for an individually selected couple. The same design process is followed with additional skills learnt on identifying the requirements and function of the space, creating zoning and bubble diagrams and using the workbook to investigate various design options. A greater understanding on the ergonomics of the living, sleeping, kitchen and bathroom spaces are developed into finished plans and elevations. Three dimensional perspective drawing is taught along with thorough sourcing of materials, furniture and lighting. The skills learnt throughout this project are demonstrated in a completed presentation presented to a representative from the industry.

Detail Design   

The third Residential project is to develop the Bathroom project form the previous project into an installation pack. This part of the course concentrates on presentation techniques, survey, construction and detail. Focusing on the bathroom, you will explore and learn construction methods and appropriate use of materials and how to detail joints and junctions. Further technical drawing skills, computer aided design drawings and rendering techniques are explored. The studio project work is supported by a series of lectures on materials with visits to showrooms and suppliers to develop your awareness of current ranges, materials and furniture and finishes specifications. An introduction to the computer as a design tool using Vectorworks and Sketch Up Pro gains an understanding of the tools palette and how to use them to produce 2 dimensional drawings and 3 dimensional drawings.

Live / Work Project

The fourth Residential project is to select a client and design a residential or live/work space. This project will demonstrate a full understanding of all the components of the design process with work books illustrating the exploratory design drawings, presentation drawings, construction drawings, lighting plan, specifications, material boards and written design statement. Advice and support will be given on choosing an appropriate subject so that your portfolio demonstrates an understanding of the design issues that you are interested in. This project will be delivered within the outline of project administration to demonstrate a full understanding of Residential Design.

Professional Practice 

Of major importance in the Interior Design process is the organisation of the building project. Lectures are delivered throughout the course that help to give an understanding of the preliminary design and detail drawing programme, running the job, contract procedures, specification, programming and implementing the project.

Portfolio Preparation  

Time is given to allow you to work on completing projects into a professional portfolio.

Final Assessment    

Feedback on your progress is given throughout the year at the end of each project. The finished portfolio is assessed by an external assessor and is expected to show evidence of a thorough understanding of the design process, skills and product knowledge required to practice as a professional interior designer in the Residential Design sector.

“An exceptional year with students who are not only talented, but with good personal skills that are so often lacking.  All of them would be highly employable and it was heartening to see how they had considered social responsibility and need in their designs.”                                                          

Diana Yakeley  –  Past President of the BIID