part-time short courses in interior design

The short course is an intensive but very enjoyable 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 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 extremely structured and organised to ensure excellent results in minimum time - and standards are high - but the approach is friendly and kind, so everyone is welcome.

Aimed at those wanting a professional finish in their own home, the short course can also be used as a route into the world of interior design (taking the portfolio to interviews, 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, so expect to be inspired from the minute you arrive.

Please note that the 2019 March, April and May courses are now all fully booked, but more dates will be released soon. Please contact Sally McIlroy on 01483 811795 or email to register an interest/request more details.

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

  • The elements of good design: observation, proportion and scale
  • Understanding style
  • The professional route to design: mood, fabric and furniture boards
  • Effective colour 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, a 1:50 room plan with a furniture board, and a 5th board illustrating the short cut. Many students have gone on to great things "Your certificate got me this job" Designer in Guildford, and "Your course gave me the confidence to open my own shop" a home store in Crowthorne. Others have 'just' created a beautiful home and gained confidence.

Sally McIlroy in Guildford, Surrey, UK on Houzz

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