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An Introduction to Interior Design


Course overview

Interior design encompasses function, fashion, colour, light, materials and decoration. You are introduced to the key principles and language of interior design – from interpreting the brief to realising and communicating creative ideas. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while you complete a negotiated personal project.

This course is now full.

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

Starts Monday 1 June, Mondays & Wednesday for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

This course will be delivered via a combination of pre-recorded material and live content. Tutor support will be available during the specified weekly times.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing

Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

Module Aims
- To develop an understanding of the key principles and contexts of interior architecture and design.
- To develop the knowledge and practical skills in design thinking and processes and methods in the development of design solutions.
- To provide opportunities for students to originate and present design solutions in their own subject area
- To encourage a reflective approach to learning

Indicative Content
- Contexts of contemporary interior design.
- The creative process and concept development.
- Using colour, lighting, scale and materials.
- Exploring the using of space, planning and circulation.
- Project presentations and reflective summary.

How you are assessed

The module will be assessed through a portfolio of creative work (100%).


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform.

All students should be competent in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint. Any skill level in Adobe Creative suite (InDesign & Photoshop) is desirable but not essential to the course. Students will be expected to produce digital mood boards and project work via either of the above software packages. Access to a Pinterest account would be desirable.

Required equipment
Students should have full access to the following items:
- Tape Measure
- Paper
- Pencil
- Standard ruler

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.



2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Monday 1 June, Mondays & Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm