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interior decorator course

interior decorator course

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This interior decorator course is an in-depth course that covers the fundamentals of interior decoration and interior design – preparing you for a career in the industry.

Interior decorators differ from interior designers because they make existing interiors beautiful by selecting all interior finishes and furnishings (ie. The interior decoration). An interior decorator course won’t teach you how to remodel or renovate the building structure.

This interior decorating course will teach you how to select appropriate colour and style details, as this is the only way to create interior schemes that are visually attractive and coherent. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of the elements of style and design, so that you can successfully deconstruct and reconstruct any style effectively, making changes and adaptations to reflect the individual preferences of your client. Developing these skills play a significant part in this interior decorator course but this is not just an interior decorating course; it also covers the fundamentals of interior design in-depth… so you’ll learn space planning and how to communicate your interior design ideas professionally with technical drawings, detailed specifications and mood boards.

This is an internationally recognised qualification in its right (120 UK University Credits/32 US Semester credits) and it also forms stage 1 of our HND (equivalent to Foundation/Associate degree) so you can progress even further if you want – right up to BA Degree level. You can also start today with no previous experience or qualifications.

This interior decoration course will teach you everything you need for a successful career in residential interior decoration and design. Job opportunities include working for private clients, designing show homes, interior staging and more. Get the prospectus now for full details and discover how this interior decorating course will prepare you to work in interior design industry in just one year from now with maximum flexibility for progression.

STUDY METHOD: 100% online with 1 to 1 tutor support

START DATE: Enrol anytime and work to your own pace and schedule

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: None – just the ability to read & write clearly, commitment and a willingness to learn

DURATION: You will have 18 months to complete the course. Paid extensions are available if required.

HOW IT WORKS: Continuous Assessment/No Exams – There are 20 in-depth lessons. Each one has a learning assignment so you can put what you have learned into practice and make mistakes without penalties. You’ll get personal feedback from your tutor so you can develop your skills and you will complete a number of additional projects at key points throughout the course – these count towards your official grades. This allows you to learn in stages and integrate skills & knowledge so you can confidently complete your projects and build a great portfolio.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: An internationally recognised qualification and a fantastic portfolio. This will provide you with a powerful tool to SHOW what you can do and help you secure work as quickly as possible.
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Introduction

Successful Interior Designers are confident in their designs and they avoid expensive mistakes by knowing how the end result will look before they even begin. Once you have decided on an appropriate style and colour scheme, you need to envision each step of the design process in your mind’s eye to ensure success. You also need to communicate your design ideas effectively through plans, specifications and mood boards. This is the key to success in the Interior Design industry and these are skills that you will learn on this interior decorator course. In fact, this in-depth and comprehensive interior decorating course will fully prepare you to work in the residential interior design industry…

The course is broken down into a series of modules and lessons, which incorporate assignments and project work. The assignments and projects themselves have been deliberately structured so that you are applying your new skills in the context within which they will be used. Each lesson builds on previous accomplishments so that you progressively build on the knowledge and skills that you have already learnt. Your personal tutor will give you individual feedback on each item of work you complete; so you can continually improve your work and attain the high standards required by the design industry. From the beginning, you will be encouraged to achieve your best potential so that by the end of the course you will have a strong portfolio of work and develop confidence in your ability as you venture into the industry. All our students find this approach extremely valuable.

There are 20 in-depth lessons in this course. To give you a clear overview as concisely as possible, we have loosely grouped these lessons in sections or modules, which are described as follows…

STYLE & DESIGN

Fashion is transient, changing with each new season. However real style is timeless and its enduring quality is testimony to the skill of the designer that created it. It can be quite a balancing act to create a scheme that has lasting appeal, without looking dated or passé. Perhaps even more so when you are creating a style that is not to your own personal tastes. But, successful designers must be able to design practical and visually stunning interiors in a variety of styles that echo the personality of their clients rather than that of the designer…

The biggest mistake that untrained, novice decorators make is not having a coherent style that ties everything together. The key to success is understanding what exactly it is that makes a “style” and in this module you’ll effectively “train your eye” so that you can successfully de-construct and reconstruct any style. In this way you’ll be able to identify and use the main elements of any style so you can create innovative and individual designs. By the end of this course you’ll be able to design interiors that are beautiful and reflect your client’s individual tastes and ideals regardless of your own personal tastes and preferences.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Elements & Principles of Design – What they are and how to use them successfully in interiors
  • What Makes a Style? – Analyse & identify the key components of a variety of styles
  • Contemporary Styles – Explore major contemporary design styles around the world
  • History of Interior Style – Discover the important interior design style movements of the 20th century
  • Style Influencers – How cultural & regional factors influence style developments
  • Successful Designs – How to achieve visual balance & harmony
  • Accessories & Finishing Touches – Using decorative details to give instant style to bland interiors

VISUAL COMMUNICATION

To be successful in the interior design industry, you need to be able to illustrate your unique interior design ideas effectively and professionally to two completely different audiences; namely clients and contractors. You also need to show your clients that you understand their personal tastes, their individual needs AND that you can use that insight to create bespoke designs that will work for them. Your clients will expect you to create interior spaces that are as practical as they are beautiful. What’s more, they will hire you because they want to get it right first time and they do not expect you to make mistakes. An inability to visually communicate effectively can create doubt in a client’s mind and cause delays to a project progressing. On the other hand, good visual communication is the ONLY way for you to ensure that you and your clients are all expecting the same outcome and there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of the project…

Scaled drawings and mood boards are an important part of every designer’s work, not least because they will give you the chance to experiment with various layouts and design options before making any decisions. These tools can help you to avoid problems and expensive mistakes before they occur and they are also invaluable communication tools. The biggest question most people have is, “Can you really teach me how to draw & communicate my ideas professionally?”
The answer is “Yes!”

In this section of the course we’ll show you how to create impressive presentations that will help to sell your ideas and ensure the job gets done the way YOU envision it. The following topics are covered in this module:

  • Visual Communication – How to use mood and sample boards to help clients “see” your design ideas
  • Scaled Drawings – How to produce plans & elevations to professional standards
  • Design Briefs and Specifications – Presenting technical information clearly & effectively to colleagues & contractors
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) – Explore the main software programs commonly used & their role in design today
  • 3D Visualisation & CAD models – Discover how to use CAD to create 3-D illustrations of your design ideas

SURFACE FINISHES

Walls, floors and ceilings are the starting point for any interior design. With manufacturers providing more choices than ever before it can be really exciting to think about all the decorating possibilities. However, too much choice can be confusing and when you are spending your clients’ money, you can’t afford get it wrong!

Well planned interiors balance creativity with practicality, by incorporating suitable materials and storage facilities so that clients can enjoy their homes without excessive strain maintaining a “designer show-home”. This section of the course examines the main products and materials available for interior surfaces. You’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of each and discover how your choice in any one area will impact your overall design and budget. Once you have this knowledge, you will be able to choose materials confidently so you can design for function as well as aesthetics.

Topics covered include:

  • Walls, Ceilings & Work Surfaces – A complete look of the options available and how specialist preparation and installation techniques can impact your design choices short and long-term
  • Flooring choices – This area receives the most wear, so designers must be familiar with the options available in soft, hard & semi-hard flooring and the practical implications of each
  • Paints & Wallpapers – These play a major role in residential interiors and they are examined in depth with guides for calculating requirements
  • Specialist Decorative Finishes – using murals, trompe l’oeil and faux finishes to achieve dramatic and unique interiors

COLOUR

Achieving the right colour balance is central to any successful interior design scheme, as even the most expensive materials will look cheap and garish if the colours are clashing. What’s more, when a client is paying you to design their colour schemes they expect you to get it right first time and you simply cannot afford to get this wrong…

Although society greatly admires those who are “naturally” creative with colour, the ability to use colour is a skill that everyone can learn. Furthermore, there are simple (yet powerful) tools and techniques that successful designers use to create winning colour combinations time and time again. In this section of the course, you will explore the most important aspects of colour for the interior designer so you can develop your confidence to create winning colour combinations every time.

Topics covered include:

  • The Colour Wheel – how you can use it to develop colour palettes that work
  • Successful Colour Combinations – discover the secret of simultaneous contrast and how to make ANY colour look good (so that you can work with any colour palette successfully)
  • Working with Colour – using colour to disguise, emphasise and create illusions in your interior schemes
  • Colour Application – colour is still just one component of interior design; you’ll learn how to balance it with other style elements

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS

Windows determine the view and amount of natural light that enters your windows, so successful window dressing is as much about framing the view outside, as it is about adding style to the inside. Curtains and soft furnishings are investment purchases and mistakes are costly in more ways than one. However, a clear understanding and knowledge of how curtains are made and fitted will help you to avoid un-necessary mistakes. Furthermore, you will be able to see how simple techniques can be used to achieve an interior that is co-ordinated without appearing predictable or contrived.

In order to design window treatments and soft furnishings successfully, you must have a full understanding of fabric and soft furnishing construction. These are covered in full in this module, as well as the following:

  • Curtain headings, edges and bodies – how you can vary an individual element to create curtain designs that are individual and easy for any curtain maker to achieve
  • Pelmets & Valances – Various styles, design considerations and how they can be adapted
  • Choosing fabrics – practical considerations and pitfalls to avoid
  • Fitting & Hanging – How to choose tracks & poles and why professional fitting is vital to the end result
  • Readymade curtains & soft furnishings – When and how to use them successfully
  • Soft-Furnishings – Ways of using fabric around the home

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

By the end of this course you will be ready to start working in the interior design industry – but what exactly does that mean???

There are many different career paths and avenues you could pursue. The key to your long-term success and to YOUR HAPPINESS is to find the job opportunities that best suit your unique talents and personal circumstances. It’s an exciting time but major life changes can also be scary – even moreso if you don’t know where to start. That’s where this module comes in…

Throughout this course you will be developing the skills of a professional designer. In addition to nurturing and developing your creativity you’ll discover how to approach each project with a balanced and objective mindset; by researching the individual parameters of each project, envisioning the project goals and planning the steps needed to bring your design ideas into fruition. In this section of the course you will apply those same skills to design your future and your career. You will research and plan your transition into the interior design industry and you’ll work with your tutor to prepare a CV/Resume and Designer Profile that is best matched to YOUR individual goals.

Whether you choose to look for employment or work as a free-lancer, it’s also important that you have some basic guidelines to help you operate professionally. Before you start any project, you need to know how to deal with the most important people; namely your clients, contractors and suppliers. One of the purposes of this module is to ensure that you have a head start and don’t learn everything through trial and error. We’ll give you practical strategies and templates you can use from handling your first meeting with a client to setting SMART goals. By the end of this course you will have what you need to achieve your best potential – personally, professionally and financially.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Research & Critical Analysis – Learn how to carry out objective research and critical analysis for your course and your career
  • Industry and SWOT Analysis – Follow a proven system to assess where you are now, where you would like to be and the best way for you to get there
  • Personal development plan – Create a plan to enable you to achieve your short, medium and long-term goals and continually develop these throughout your career
  • Getting paid – Explore salaries and freelance rates so you can determine your how to price your services and maximise your long-term earning potential
  • Working with Clients – Learn how to establish design preliminaries, analyse your client requirements and use this information to create personalised designs that work
  • Contracts & Paperwork — An overview of Important records and agreements so you can deal professionally with clients and other professionals

Conclusion

This course will fully prepare you to work in the Interior Design industry is as little as one year!

You’ll also have the option to continue your studies at a later date right up to BA Degree level if you want to.

Not only will you learn how to design beautiful and practical home interiors – you’ll also be able to communicate your design ideas professionally to clients, colleagues and contractors. We will nurture YOUR own creativity and teach you the practical skills and knowledge to ensure the job turns out the way that YOU envision it. You’ll also plan your career and prepare to look for employment or become your own boss. Either way, nothing beats getting paid to do a job that you love. Whether you want to become a professional interior designer or simply learn from the best – enrol with The Design Ecademy today! 

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IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?

Our HNC course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence so you could be working in the interior design industry in just ONE YEAR from now!!! What’s more, you’ll have the option to continue further right up to BA Degree level if you wish. Whether you want to work as a freelancer or look for employment, there are many job opportunities including the following… 

Designing Show-homes & Home Staging Services
Design & Shopping Services in Specialised Stores
Trade Showrooms (Wholesale & Architectural Suppliers)

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