Course Outline

Advanced Modules

Module 1

The Visual Language of Design

The first module is an introduction to the creative and exciting world of Interior Design.

You will be introduced to the elements and principles of design that are used to create harmonious and balanced interiors.

• Learn how to observe, evaluate and form opinions of different design styles by analyzing interior spaces.

• Develop your ‘designer’s eye’ and understand how to apply the knowledge and create inspirational designs for home and work environments.

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  • How to Use Our Course

    What is Interior Design?

    Philosophy of Interior Design

    The Visual Language of Design

    Understanding Design Theory

    The Elements and Principles of Interior Design

  • Elements of Design:







  • Pattern

    Principles of Design:


    Rhythm and Repetition


    Proportion and Scale


Module 2

The History of Style, Decoration and Architecture

This comprehensive module takes you on a fascinating journey, beginning with the origins of decorative finishes seen in cave paintings and ancient dwellings and leads you through the history of design and architecture to the present day.

Full of visual images and information, Module 2 will convey the meanings and messages behind the styles and decorative images you encounter.

• Learn to recognize architectural and decorative details influenced by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture, Neo-Classicism and more recent design styles.

• Incorporate these ideas into your designs, adding originality and creativity to your work.

• Gain an appreciation of art and design history and how it will continue to be an influence both in the present and the future.

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  • The History of Style, Decoration and Architecture

    Interior Design and Architecture Time Line


    Neolithic 10000-2000BCE

    Mesopotamian 4500-2000BCE

    Ancient Egyptian 3000-900BCE

    Ancient Greek 900BCE-100CE

    Roman 1050BCE–500CE

    Byzantine 500–1500

  • Moorish 700-1500

    Gothic 1150–1400

    Renaissance 1400–1600

    Baroque 1590–1725

    Rococo 1700–1790

    Industrial Revolution 1760–1820

    Neoclassical Styles (Georgian) 1720–1830

    Victorian 1837– 1901

    Edwardian 1901–1914

  • Arts and Crafts 1850-1914

    Art Nouveau 1880-1910

    Modernism 1900-1940

    Art Deco 1910-1950

    De Stijl Movement 1917-1931

    Bauhaus or International Style 1919-1933

    Post-Modernism 1964

    Minimalism 1980s


Module 3

Design Styles

In this module you will learn how to make strategic and conceptual decisions for your design projects based on the desired function, style and mood of the space.

• Develop your knowledge of different structures, common problems and their solutions so that you can communicate clearly with clients, suppliers and tradespeople.

• Evaluate a site and assess existing structures in order to create a master plan and implement your ideas.

• Build your confidence by establishing a framework for completing a project in a professional manner that will ensure a consistent and high quality result.

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  • Speaking the Language Fluently



    Types of Interior Design Styles:



    Arts and Crafts

    Art Nouveau

    Art Deco






  • Coastal













  • Retro









    Considering the Site

    Building an Aesthetic Plan

    Warm Spaces

    Cool Spaces

Module 4

Space Planning

Now you will discover how to apply the design elements to your spatial planning and design concepts, considering different furniture layouts to suit the intended function of the space.

• Learn how to draw a floor plan and elevations, then rearrange an existing space and plan a new layout for a renovation project started in this assignment.

• Extend this project in subsequent assignments and develop a lighting plan, color scheme and finishes.

• Build your first professional portfolio as you complete these exercises.

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  • Space Planning and Proportion

    Furniture Layouts

    The Next Step in Space Planning

    Styling an Existing Room

    Living Room

    Dining Room


  • Bathroom




    Home Office

    Laundry Room

    Outside Space

  • Developing a Basic Floor Plan

    Reading the Plan

    Steps on Developing the Floor Plan


    Developing a Basic Elevation

    Section Plans

Module 5


This module will enable you to discover the sources and properties of light, types of lighting and how the orientation of a space affects natural lighting.

• Learn how light affects the selection of colors on different surfaces, finishes and fabrics.

• Understand how to communicate your ideas clearly to electricians, builders and suppliers by specifying the correct products suitable for the intended purpose.

• Turn your creative vision into reality by using natural and artificial lighting to create a stunning effect in your interior projects.

• Incorporate these ideas into your plan as you continue with the renovation project that started in Module 4.

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  • Lighting

    Light and How We See

    Color Properties of Light

    Natural Light

    Evaluating Natural Light Levels

    Artificial Light

    Sources of Artificial Light

    Selecting the Right Light Fitting

  • Types of Light Fittings

    Types of Artificial Light

    Light Levels

    Light in Relation to Other Materials

    Lighting the Home

    Exterior Light Fittings

    Electrical, Lighting and Home Technology

    The Smart House

  • Improving Energy Efficiency

    Light Installation

    Communicating With Your Contractor

    Lighting Plans

    Lighting Symbols

    Lighting Terms and Definitions

Module 6


This module will introduce you to the power and psychology of color and how it can be used as a pivotal design tool in your projects.

• Learn about the properties of color and understand how it can change the mood of a space, alter perceptions and create the intended style. Discover the effect of natural and artificial light on color and surface textures.

• Use the color wheel as inspiration and guidance to develop harmonious schemes and gain confidence to use it effectively. Discover that there are no bad colors, only bad combinations.

• Experience the power of using color in all aspects of your design projects to trigger different responses; vibrant and uplifting or muted or restful.

• Familiarize yourself with paint systems, products and specification.

• Put together multiple color schemes to accompany the renovation project from Module 4.

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  • Color

    How Design Elements Interrelate

    Guidelines for Using Color

    Color and Light

    Color Psychology

    Color and Pigment

  • Properties of Color

    Understanding the Color Wheel

    Color Harmonies

    Simultaneous Contrast

    The Space Factor

    Related Colors

  • Contrasting Colors

    Color and Perception

    Planning a Color Scheme

    Communicating About Color

    Sampling the Colors

Module 7

Interior Finishes

You will learn how to apply the concepts of three-dimensional design to the reality of a finished space.

• Discover the importance of ensuring quality finishes on the floor, walls and ceiling to create a striking and functional backdrop for furnishings and window treatments.

• Gain the product knowledge required to select and specify cost-effective finishes suitable for the intended end use to create a professional and enduring interior space.

• Find out how to plan and project-manage the sequence of floor, wall and ceiling finishes required at different stages of a project.

• Create finish schedules for each room from the renovation project that began at Module 4.

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  • Finishes



    Paint Finishes


    Wainscoting and Boiserie

    Tongue and Groove

  • Shoji

    Plaster Details



    Upholstered Panels

    Special Finishes, Murals and Wall Art

    Architraves, Doors, Window Frames, Cornices, and Baseboards

  • Door Hardware

    Flooring Materials



    Kitchen and Bathroom Finishes

    A Final Word on Acoustics

    Specifications for a Design Project

Module 8

Decorative Textiles and Fabrics

This informative module introduces you to the history, beauty and luxury of decorative textiles and fabrics.

You will be shown how to appreciate the importance of including items with luxurious and aesthetic appeal as essential components in your design, regardless of the available budget.

• Discover the endless possibilities for using fabrics with style and flair to create eye-catching interior spaces. Gain confidence to apply the elements of design and transform spaces by using textiles, fabrics and other decorative accessories.

• Learn about the technical properties of fabrics and their suitability for different end uses. Understand the functional and aesthetic properties required for bed linen, rugs and decorative textiles.

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  • Decorative Textiles

    Textile Patterns

    Upholstery-Weight Fabrics

    Curtain-Weight Fabrics

    Wall and Screen Coverings

    Floor Coverings

    Bed Linen

  • Utility Cloths

    A Brief History of Textiles

    Rugs and Blankets

    Textile Science




  • Silk

    Synthetic Fibers



    Specifying Fabrics

    Fabric Abbreviations

Module 9

Furniture, Art and Accessories

The pinnacle of great design is working with beautiful objects, furniture and art. With reference to Module 2 and the history of Interior Design, you will learn how furniture styles have been developed over the years for specific uses and applications.

• Apply your knowledge of design elements to the reality of placing beautiful objects into perfectly planned and well thought out spaces.

• Experience the sense of achievement when your space planning and elevations come to life.

• Showcase your creative potential with co-ordinated, harmonious interiors.

• Learn how to visually present ideas to your client by creating mood boards.

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  • Furniture, Art and Accessories

    The Technical Side of Upholstered Furniture





  • Texture

    Utilitarian Upholstery

    Cabinetry and Case Goods

    Specifying a New Piece



  • Photographs



    How to Visually Present Ideas to Your Client

Module 10

Working With Clients

This module teaches you the work practices of professional designers. You will be shown the vital procedures and thought processes that bring a design to completion in the real world.

• Learn how to support your creative knowledge with the practical application that ensures success from the start of a project through to completion.

• Ensure that your proposals and management skills will bring work in on schedule and budget for any design project, whether for yourself or for a client.

• Gain confidence to work professionally in the design industry.

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  • Introduction

    Reasons for Using an Interior Designer

    Building Relationships with Clients

    Working as an Interior Designer

    Your First Meeting

    Questions to Ask and Observations to Make

    The Second Meeting

  • Show and Tell

    Sample Boards

    Floor Plans

    Perspective Drawings

    Final Design

    Letter of Acceptance

    Scope of Work

  • Scheduling the Trades

    Design Brief

    Project Cost

    Talking About Money

    Your Fee Structure


Module 11

Visual Communication

In this module you will be taught how to document your ideas and designs for clients, contractors and your own reference.

• Learn how to easily create a three-dimensional drawing from floor plans to help visualize the space and make more informed design choices.

• Find out how these drawings can help you win business and then manage the design process.

• Support your documentation with a clear set of drawings to ensure your ideas are interpreted correctly.

• Experience the pleasure of seeing your design concepts spring to life as projects are completed.

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  • Communicating Accurately

    Taking the Brief

    Drawing: It’s Relationship to Your Work

    Imagining Color

    Descriptive Adjectives

    Strategic Planning and the Scope of Works

    Developing a Concept

  • Drawing Equipment

    Orthographic Projections

    The Floor Plan

    Interior Elevations


    Reflected Ceiling Plan

    Additional Drawings

  • Drawing Materials

    Final Design Development

    Axonometric Drawings



Module 12

Setting up an Interior Design Business

If you are considering making design your career, this may be the decisive chapter that is the stepping stone to your future success.

• See yourself in the context of the design industry.

• Take professional advice from outstanding business consultants who work with creative, respected and successful Interior Designers.

• Benefit from this valuable information regarding business development, business practice and market positioning.

• Learn how to put together a professional portfolio and receive an insight on setting up your own website and social media networks.

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  • Introduction

    Setting Up an Office

    Setting Up Your Business

    Tax and Money Matters

  • Finding Clients

    Resume Writing

    Cover Letter

  • Portfolio


    Social Media