City Lit interior design course

Course Dates: 27/02/19 - 03/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Daniela Ellis, Ute Kreymann, Nicholas Williamson

An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative and individual portfolio. The first term introduces key concepts and specialist skills including taster sessions in Computer Aided Design (CAD) using SketchUp Pro. The core part of the course will focus on traditional drawing techniques, use of colour, space and material, styles and sustainability. The second part emphasises project development, creative problem solving and presentation techniques. This intensive course is suitable both for beginners and those with some experience in the subject.

See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our interior design courses

You can pay for your course in instalments at our enrolment counter.


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  • City Lit interior design course

City Lit interior design course

  • City Lit interior design course

What is the course about?

This structured course allows you to explore key elements of interior design and decoration.
You will gain an understanding of the design processes in relation to interior spaces, the step by step processes involved and the related terminology. You will gradually develop your understanding of interior design through a series of projects embedded in theory and practical activities. Taught by practitioners and experienced tutors this course will guide you from beginners to intermediate level. This is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to build up a balanced portfolio in interior design and decoration with which to support further study or entry into the workplace.
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our City Lit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance.

You can pay for your course in instalments in person at our enrolment counter. For more information, please call our enrolment team on 020 7831 7831 or email [email protected] and we’ll call you back to discuss this further.

What previous students liked most about their course:

“We learned Interior Design on a very professional level. It helped me a lot with my work for my portfolio.“
“Having different teachers brought lots of expertise .“
“I now have a greater understanding of a client brief, how to interpret their likes/ dislikes and how long it takes to complete a project.”


What will we cover?

- Analysing design skills and process
- Developing an eye for colour, light, form, pattern, objects, materials sustainability and ergonomics
- How to respond to a design brief, develop and represent visual ideas
- Drawing systems for interior design and decoration, including the use of drawing board and free- hand drawing
- Research styles and concepts
- Introduction to model making
- Taster to CAD using SketchUp Pro (see below for further study in this subject).
- Basic professional practice including building and construction terminology
- Presentation skills and portfolio development.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- understand how to approach a design brief
- know how to gradually develop a design project
- demonstrate an initial understanding of materials and their use
- Understand the impact of colour in relation to space
- Express ideas through drawing techniques and methods
- Realise ideas through model making
- Visualise your space in 3D using SketchUp *
- Create a portfolio of work for further study or to pursue personal development.

* Please note - this is only on completion of the affiliated Sketch Up Pro course
SketchUp Pro for beginners. (The course is free for students who enrol onto the City Lit Interior Design course but you will need to enrol separately.)


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners and learners with some previous experience in the subject.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through workshops, short lectures, handouts, practical exercises, individual guidance and
assistance, group presentations and critiques. Although for beginners, it is an intensive course requiring students to demonstrate a high level of commitment throughout. You will be expected to have time management skills and be able to work independently conducting research, practicing skills acquired, developing and completing studio projects outside the course. You will also have some offsite visits to develop your practice.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You should purchase an A4 hardback sketchbook, tape measure and scale rule (scale rule needs to include scale1: 50, 1:100, 1:20).
As you will be required to practise your skills and prepare and develop your projects outside the class you will need
to gain access to computers and the required software outside the course.
You will be shown how to obtain free versions of SketchUp for use at home and on PC and Macs.

During the course we recommend that you buy an A2 or A3 portfolio as advised by your tutor. Some of the museum or exhibition visits will cost entrance fees. You will be advised by your tutor. If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

Please note this course is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop and compliment your skills in Interior design through a range of City Lit courses in SketchUp Pro, Vectorworks, Interior Design, Garden Design, Graphic Design and Illustration. To find out more information about these courses please enter the subject into the search box at

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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I really enjoyed the course. I started with no experience and I learned a lot about Interior Design, The tutors were helpful and very patient, especially [tutor's name removed]. She was very patient and helpful for us. Thanks to all the tutors for being so good to us.
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Review by ASAK / (Posted on 26/07/2015)

Book your place

Course Code: VF476

Wed, day, 27 Feb - 03 Jul '19

Duration: 17 sessions (over 19 weeks)

Full fee: £1,499.00
Senior fee: £1,499.00
Concession: £914.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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