Whether you want to pursue a career in interior design, or simply wish to redesign a room in your own home, the guiding principles remain the same. The Interior Design School, founded in 1991 by Iris Dunbar, runs an evolving and responsive programme of studio-based professional training for people who want to explore through creative practice. The ethos of the school is to educate students in current contemporary interior design and to maintain close connections within the industry and offer high staff-to-student ratios.

Philosophy

The teaching philosophy at The Interior Design School emulates a practising design studio and encompasses all the skills, subjects, necessary for professional practice. Including freehand to construction drawings, lighting to textiles and all aspects of interior design practice. Each year the course content is reviewed to ensure the outcome is in keeping with the industry standards. The teaching process is based on a programme of individual briefs and all your projects are presented to and assessed by practising interior designers.

The studio

The studio represents a functioning design practice enabling you to operate in a relevant and professional environment. The space is designed with individual workstations that benefit from plenty of natural light to create an inspiring studio. The library and lecture room is equipped with extensive design and reference books, samples, catalogues and current magazines. Students are taught using a combination of sketchbooks, drawing boards and Apple MacBook Pro computers and appropriate software.

Location

The Interior Design School is located in north-west London, in the Queens Park Design District within a thriving local business community including cafes, delis, and independent shops on nearby Salusbury Road. The area is well served by public transport, in Zone 2 on the Bakerloo Line and with good links to overland trains, local buses and is outside the congestion zone.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Certificate

The Interior Design School

Learning takes place through a structured timetable of informal talks, group discussion and practical tasks. The course content centres around the interior design of a ga ... [+]

Learning takes place through a structured timetable of informal talks, group discussion and practical tasks. The course content centres around the interior design of a garden room project – an existing, prefabricated, architect designed ‘Eco Space’. Students are given a skeleton brief for the workspace of a creative practitioner as a starting point.

By experiencing the combined teaching methods of lectures and practical studio work, the student will gain a basic understanding of:

Developing a stimulating and realistic design brief, analysing the practical and style requirements of a given client. To express the design concept through an image board. To read, measure and draw plans and elevations to scale. To design and space plan at a scale of 1.20. To appreciate the fundamentals of colour theory and its practical application. To develop a materials palette as an expression of colour. To research and source appropriate furniture, lighting and fixtures. To begin to analyse the environmental impact of design decisions. To compose and present verbally and visually a finished project. ... [-]
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1 - 10 weeks
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Diploma

The Interior Design School

The Diploma in Residential Interior Design is aimed at students wishing to gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to change career in the Residential ... [+]

The Diploma in Residential Interior Design is aimed at students wishing to gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to change career in the Residential Design sector, continue in further education a well as for those gaining individual development. This is a six-month training course which enables International students to attend on a short term visitor’s visa.

Students come to us with a passion for interiors and a wealth of life and business experience, whether it’s from a successful current career, a university degree or an architectural related background. The majority of applicants have no previous work or creative experience in the interiors industry, however, they bring the desire, ability and commitment to learn along with relevant transferable skills. From the outset the emphasis is placed on learning drawing skills, colour appreciation, understanding the design process and developing ideas from the client brief to the presentation through investigative design. Working with specialist tutors from within the industry, the required skills and knowledge are taught through practical studio projects introducing spatial and conceptual thinking as well as acquiring creative and technical abilities that meet industry standards. Professional Practice talks are delivered according to contracts and regulations adhered to by The British Institute of Interior Design.... [-]

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Full-time
6 months
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The Interior Design School

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 de ... [+]

“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 - Professional Diploma graduate

PART ONE / Residential and Commercial 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, the emphasis is given to industry regulations on sustainability and wellbeing.... [-]

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Full-time
1 year
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