COURSES  Professional Diploma in Interior Design

Ten months  16 September 2019 - 03 July 2020
Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: £26,800 (incl of current vat)

Ready for a career change and considered interior design ?

It's just one step to apply and then we follow up with an interview, but if you would prefer to talk to someone please call us 0207 - 372 2811 or email

“The Interior Design School is a real professional and creative treat. 

The tutors ' unique approach and their strong dedication are in perfect harmony with the student's desire to learn efficiently whilst keeping an individual style.

The school gave me the skills and knowledge that I needed to happily step into the design industry with confidence.      

Elodie Noel - graduate 2012

The course is divided into three parts.

Part One: 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. You are introduced to the various subjects related to the Interior Design Profession through a basic understanding of the design process, space, form, planning, materials and details. You will learn freehand and technical drawing skills along with a general understanding of the design vocabulary. The studio work is supported by lectures on contemporary and historic interiors, colour, lighting, materials and furniture.

The Design Process 1

You are introduced to the various subjects related to the Interior Design Profession through a basic understanding of the design process, space, form, planning, materials and details. A one room garden project and a loft conversion are used to understand and demonstrate the skills learnt throughout this term and the finished projects are presented to a representative from the industry.

The Design Process 2

The next part of the course concentrates on presentation techniques, survey, construction and detail. Taking a specific area of the residential project i.e. 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 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 finishes, furniture and soft furnishing.

An introduction to the computer as a design tool. using Vectorworks and Sketch Up Pro you will gain an understanding of the tools palette and how to use them to produce 2 dimensional drawings and 3 dimensional drawings

Part Two:   Commercial Design

By working on two principal design projects, you will develop the skills and knowledge introduced in Term One, whilst being introduced to more advanced skills and design issues relevant to the commercial sector. Through independent research, you are expected to continuously develop a personal knowledge and understanding of design trends in colour, materials, furniture and finishes, and construction methods. The continuing programme of lectures and visits will support this research and will expand on subjects raised in Term One in more detail. Emphasis will be given to lighting design, detailed construction of furniture, professional practice and how to manage a design project.

Creative Concept   

The Design Process is demonstrated through a concept project an interactive pop-up at a music festival. This forms an introduction to the issues surrounding ‘branding’ and how to interpret a brand into an interior environment. You will learn how to produce preliminary concept design proposals using lively and dynamic drawing skills that are suited to the fast paced commercial sector.

Individual Project

You will select a subject that is appropriate to the area you wish to specialise in. 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 your are interested in.

Part Three  Career Preparation

Company Project

This is a culmination of all that you have learnt on the course and will set the flavour of your individual portfolios. You will be given a Company Brand to research and analyse. This project examines space and form within a corporate office environment and how to interpret an existing company identity into a relevant interior. Focusing on the public areas you will explore architectural design issues and the necessity of being able to understand and design details, junctions and joints. By introducing further drawing and presentation methods, this project consolidates the skills you will need to be able to communicate ideas to clients and contractors. It also includes regulations, specifying sustainable materials, detailed staircase design and a lighting scheme.

Portfolio Preparation  

Time is given to allow you to work on the completed projects to produce a professional portfolio suited to job interviews. The final project encourages you to specialise in the chosen area of interior design you wish to pursue as a career and to co-ordinate the design skills that have been developed throughout the Diploma course in producing a comprehensive interior design project. Upon completion of this project your work from the whole year is assessed by the tutors and 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.

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 writing the brief, fee proposals, the preliminary design and detail drawing programme, running the job, contract procedures, specification, budget costing, programming and implementing the project.

Final Assessment  

Feedback on your progress is given throughout the year at the end of each project. The final assessment for the Diploma award will be conducted internally by the main tutors and is moderated by a key member of the profession. An experienced interior design professional will conduct the assessment as a job interview where you will present your work and have an opportunity to discuss your career plans.

Work Experience and Career Development 

A series of individual discussions help you to analyse and explore how to use past experience and skills along with your newfound design skills and to develop your awareness of how and where to place yourself within the industry. Guidance is given to find appropriate interior design practices to approach for work experience.

End of year Exhibition

Each student presents their work at the final exhibition when prospective employers are invited to the private view along with consultants and suppliers who have helped throughout the course.

“I have assessed several student projects and I am always very impressed at the amount of knowledge that the students have amassed in a short space of time. They are always a very focused group”
Alistar Barr