part-time short courses in interior design

The short course is an intensive three day interior design course that is taught to a semi-professional level in the country house. It looks at the principles of design and decoration with best practice being illustrated with lovely visual examples. It is ideal for those who value quality, don't feel they want or need a longer course, and prefer tuition to distance learning. Everyone leaves with a portfolio of work and a certificate.

The courses run mainly in the Spring and the Autumn from 10am-4pm on either the Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or on three consecutive days, of the designated weeks. They are taught by a graduate teacher, KLC trained, with many years experience in design and decoration. Everything is structured to ensure excellent results in minimum time - and standards are high - but the approach is friendly and kind, so everyone is welcome.

It is aimed at those wanting a professional finish in their own home and/or for those wishing to enter the world of interior design (using their portfolio to find work, or developing things further with a view to self-employment). Similarly, it can be a valuable addition to an existing business. Numbers are kept low to allow for personalisation, and all the necessary equipment is supplied - black fabric portfolio case, art sleeves, mount board, scale ruler, specialist colour wheel etc - as well as lunch. The latter takes place in a 54 foot long kitchen where you sit on original Tom Dixon chairs and look out on to the garden - designed by a Chelsea gold medal winner.

Please note that the Spring/Summer courses are now all fully booked but there are some spaces available on two courses in the Autumn - the week starting the 16th September and the 14th October 2019.

A summary of the course content is shown below...

  • The key elements of good design
  • Understanding style
  • The professional route to design via mood, soft furnishings and furniture boards
  • Colour theory and schemes
  • Lighting principles
  • Stylising a room for a quality finish
  • Introduction to an original and very clever short cut

Each portfolio has a mood and fabric board (as examples), a 1:50 room plan with furniture, and a further board showing the short cut. Many students have benefitted - "Your certificate got me this job" designer in Guildford and "I am now offering room schemes as part of my business" curtain maker in London. Others have created a beautiful home and gained confidence.

Sally McIlroy in Guildford, Surrey, UK on Houzz

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