Fancy studying Interior Design from home?

Well you’re not alone, but what do you get for your money?
I often meet people who compliment my taste or discuss their love of “putting things together” but question their own ability. Well one proven way to take the next step is to undertake a home study course and ideally a home study course that has recognised certification at the end of it. One such course for beginners is the Certificate in Interior Design offered as a home study course by the British Academy of Interior Design.
The course is fundamentally 3 months in duration and will cost about £350 although the practical work can be completed in a much greater timescale if that suits you.
The next big question though is typically whether you need to be able to draw and I can emphatically tell you that you don’t. In this instance, the certificate is aimed at people who want to learn the basics to use for their own home, but lets face it, those basics will certainly help you both decide if such a career is for you and set the foundation for you to move on to greater things.
In two modules, the first part of this particular course includes;
• The range of building methods that would commonly be used.
• Fundamentals of painting and decorating including preparation and finishes
• Methods of dressing windows (curtains blinds and such)
• Reading house plans
• Creating mood boards of colour swatches and materials
You will be given five practical assignments, which have been developed to help you develop confidence.
Although the course is promoted as being a 3 month course, you could take longer although in the same vein the breadth of subjects is also more extensive and includes lighting, flooring, wallpaper and more. It includes a room by room overview, stairs and landing, studies, kitchens, conservatories and more.
Perhaps of most immediate help is the ideas relating to accessories and objet d’art as nice integrated pieces can lift a room with ease and in no time.
The second module looks more at the history of buildings styles and interior design including the Renaissance, Classical, European styles, Tudor, Georgian and Art Deco as well as others and although this course is focused on the person who wants to look at their own home, it does cover the subject of Clients and accessing a Clients requirements.
A good starting point for the budding Interior Designer

avatar Name: Alexandra Eager
About: Formerly Finance and Operations Director of anmarketing agency. Now luckily semi-retired. Amateur interior design buff, constantly experimenting on my own home (much to the chargrins of hubby) and passionate about anything to do with home interiors and improvements. Wish my house was bigger!

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