Explore interior design and transform your life

Fancy learning how to design your own home like a professional? Or even go on to become a professional interior designer?

February sees the start of our Module One Interior Basics course – held on Thursday evenings with three intensive Saturday workshops. It’s the first module of what can build into our Professional Interior Design Certificate – four sequential modules that takes up to two years to complete.


At the end of the four modules you will be able to practice as an interior designer working in residential design.

One of our graduates, Rosie Armstrong, transformed her career from fashion to interiors on our two year evening programme and now works with leading London designers McCrum Interiors on high end residential interiors.

“The evening programme at The Interior Design School allowed me to continue working whilst pursuing a career change. Over the two year course I honed skills in concept development, space planning, technical drawing and sourcing, alongside developing an understanding of my own aesthetic and producing a professional portfolio. The standard of teaching at The IDS has been an incredible asset to my journey.”
Rosie Armstrong

What will you learn on the Interior Basics course?

This is a taster course where we teach the basic processes and skills of interior design and at the end of it you will be able to design a living space, bedroom or study in your own home.

The course is very hands on so that you learn by doing and we use a simple one room space for the project. We keep it simple and go at a steady pace giving you the opportunity to experiment with what you learn as you go along.


What is the design process and what skills will you learn?

The first stage of the process is to figure out the brief for the space – the questions that need to be asked to find out what is needed and wanted by the client – this is the client brief. For example:

  • who is going to be using the space?
  • how is the space going to be used, what is it’s function?
  • what do they need and want in the space, what feel do they want?
  • where is the space in relation to the rest of the home, relationship to sunlight, access?

This information is analysed and this is where a concept board, mood board, or image board (they’re all the same thing) comes in – it’s a visual interpretation of the brief.

Then we show you how to start actually designing the space using the standard drawing conventions of plans and elevations.

There’s plenty of help along the way from our excellent team of tutors who will give you lectures and talks and plenty of time in the studio actually putting in to practice what you learn with their guidance and advice.

You learn how to research and source furniture, materials and samples.

Lastly you will pull all of this together to present your project to your colleagues and tutor.

It’s a great introduction to interior design.

Look out for our next blog post which will introduce you to some of our amazing alumni from this Certificate course and see how they have become successful residential designers.

Module One – Interior Basics – starts Thursday February 7th 2019 for six evenings and three Saturday workshops.

If you’d like to find out more, give us a call or come along to our Open Evening on Monday 21st January and have a chat with our Director Iris Dunbar.




“The Diploma in Interior Design and the ‘studio style’ set up of the school provide an excellent stepping stone into the world of becoming a full time designer. Many of the techniques and processes used are exactly as we work in our company which meant I felt immediately comfortable and confident when I came into my role and could add value from day one.”

Summer Mughrabi   – graduate 2010