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Interior Design Diploma
The course shows you how to become a professional interior designer. It's designed to give you the right information when you need it.
The courses provide a complete learning package, and even include a starter kit - so you can get started immediately our parcel arrives. The course is crammed full of information, tips and exercises.
Everything is beautifully packaged to provide you with your own permanent reference library which you can consult long after completing the course.
Constructed by interior design experts, the course distills years of experience, covering every kind of house.
The Diploma course gives you an invaluable insight into the interior design world. You can't find these trade secrets disclosed anywhere else. The course is distilled from actual experience, to give you the answers to questions like:
How do I present my designs?
What sort of people buy interior design?
Where do I find customers?
How much do I charge?
What paperwork do I need?
How do I do drawings?
What about getting curtains made?
When you successfully complete the course, you'll receive your Diploma, which serves to recognize your skills and knowledge. You'll also be able to use the initials Dip.ID (Inst.ID). The Diploma course will let you create a beautiful home - and it shows you how to find work and win clients.
If you complete the Diploma course, we also send information about your success to your local newspapers (if you want). It's a good way of telling potential clients that you're available.
We'll also put your name on our list of Approved Interior Designers.
The Diploma course contains the 44 modules shown below.
The aims of this course
How to do the course
About the modules
what skills do you need?
Assessing your strengths and weaknesses
How to do the assignments
Making use of local stores, and getting discounts
1. HOUSE TYPES
Victorian or Edwardian terrace
1930s Semi-detached house
Checklist of decorative features
2. HALLS AND STAIRS
Lack of light
Twelve ways to improve a hall
The hall floor
Getting rid of the hall
Conversely – add a hall!
Five ways to enhance a staircase
3. TAKING STOCK
Think ‘people’ rather than ‘rooms’
People’s needs change
Changes needed in the house
The need for structural or building work
Checklist for designing a room
Plan of action for designing a room
Considerations to bear in mind
4. DESIGN AND STYLE
What design and style mean
How fashion affects style
The effect of good interior design
Choice of styles
Architects versus interior designers
The modern look
The traditional look
The eclectic look
Start with the basics
Contrast and consistency
Empathy for the client
5. STARTING TO SKETCH
Looking at the structure of the house
Adding a window to your drawing
Add a fireplace
Putting in some actual sizes
Transferring the information to graph paper
Add features to your drawing
Let’s add some furniture
Transfer your drawing to tracing paper
6. COLOUR, PATTERN AND FABRIC
Primary, secondary and tertiary colours
Dark/light versions of a colour
Colour schemes in decorating
Cool and warm colours – and the room’s aspect
Cool and warm colours – and their impact on apparent size
Putting colour into practice in interior decorating
Some useful colour schemes
7. THE LIVING ROOM
Functions of the living room
Ten factors that improve the design of your living room
Four ways to give your room more style
Problems of scale in the living room
Open plan living space
Children in the living room
8. USING A SAMPLE BOARD
What board to use
Elements of a sample board
Putting the samples on the board
Finishing your board
How to make your sample board effective
Disadvantages of a sample board
Lighting issues to be considered
Setting the mood
Health and safety
The different types of lighting
The location of lights
Direct and indirect lighting
Uplighters and downlighters
Eight ways to make your lighting more effective
Different types of bulb
Using an electrician
Producing a lighting plan
10. A VIEW FROM THE ROAD
Part of the local neighbourhood
Ten ways to improve the front of the house
Retaining period features
The four factors to consider when choosing flooring
Interior designer’s checklist
Flooring style – hard or soft
12. WALLS AND CEILING
A colour for the walls
Breaking up large slabs of wall
Tricks and tips for walls and Ceilings
13. WALL DECORATION
Tips about paintings
Wall coverings and tapestries
Collections of objects
Wall decorations room by room
14. DINING ROOM
The dominating dining table
Ten tips for better dining rooms
Dining in the kitchen
Dining with children
15. WINDOWS AND WINDOW DRESSING
Types of windows
Types of window treatment: curtains and blinds
Choice of fabrics and colour
Using a curtain maker
Hiding the radiator
Using your fire
Adding a fireplace
Heat elsewhere in the home
Suggestions for improved warmth
Sofas and upholstery
Wooden furniture: new or old?
The modern look
Buying new furniture
The antique or eclectic look
Different types of furniture
Buying from an antique shop
Buying at auction
18. KITCHEN AND UTILITY
Your role as the interior designer
Where to find kitchen designers
Where should the kitchen be?
The importance of size
Locating the ideal kitchen
Define your needs
Making sure the room is right
Kitchen units and food preparation
Designing the layout
Eating in the kitchen
Display in the kitchen
Investigating your storage needs by room
Ways of adding lots more storage
Special storage problems
20. DRAWING MADE EASY
Plans and elevations
How important are drawing skills?
Using software packages
Using the photocopier
Items you could collect
Items that look interesting
Tips on displaying a collection
Things that have meaning for you
Collections to avoid
Where to place your collections
Keeping your collection in check
Roof and chimneys
23. BEDROOMS FOR ADULTS
Functions of an adult bedroom
A dressing room
Co-ordinating your colours and fabrics
Electricity in your house
Tidying your electrical appliances
Why you should tackle electricity before choosing the wall-paper
How electricity works – a four-point summary
Choosing an electrician
Dealing with an electrician
Preparing an electrical plan
25. ADDING MORE SPACE
Adapt an existing outbuilding
A room in the garden
Build an extension
Add a conservatory
Staying within the law
26. HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN
27. BEDROOMS FOR CHILDREN
Infants’ and toddlers’ needs
Decoration for infants and toddlers
Young children’s needs
Decoration for the 5-12 year old
Decoration for the teenager
Eight safety points
28. PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE
How plumbing works
Making plumbing work for you
Hiding the plumbing
29 . BATHROOMS
Improving the bathroom
Fixtures and fittings
30. THE HOME OFFICE
Your office at home
Outside or in?
What your home office needs
Giving your office personality
31. DISABLED LIVING
Types of disability
Needs of the disabled
Designing for the disabled
32. FENG SHUI
What is Feng Shui?
The Eight remedies
The Four Animals
How to apply Feng Shui in your home – or your client’s home
33. THE CONSERVATORY
Managing the temperature
Controlling the junk
34. SETTING UP YOUR PRACTICE
Your home office
Equipment and material you may need
Your company name
35. LAUNCHING AND PROMOTING YOUR PRACTICE
Who will use your services?
Techniques for generating enquiries
Handling the initial enquiry
Obtaining a meeting
36. MEETING THE CLIENT
Meeting the client, the initial meeting
Defining the client’s need
Identify the problems
The client’s needs and lifestyle, the client’s style preferences
Taking a brief
Ending the meeting
Letter of Agreement
Presenting your proposals
37. FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS SYSTEMS
How much should you charge?
Going to court
Tax and VAT
Business systems, record keeping
38. MANAGING A PROJECT
Implementing the project
Writing a specification
Estimating, costing a job
Dealing with contractors.
Project management – Contact report
39. OTHER WAYS TO EARN MONEY AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
Carpets and curtains service
‘Sell your house faster’
Write an article
Become a window treatment specialist
Paint effects service
How to charge
40. COMMERCIAL INTERIORS
The three sectors of commercial interiors
Commercial versus residential designs
Projects that don’t fit into one of these categories
The main differences between domestic and commercial design
Special factors in commercial designs
New building versus refurbishment
Finding clients. What kind of clients?
Understanding the brief
Questions to ask
Designing the space
Fire and fire safety precautions
The conceptual design meeting
41. OFFICE DESIGN
Starting off in office design
Building a portfolio
Understanding the client’s needs
What to consider when using the colour chart
42. RETAIL DESIGN
Starting off in retail design
Getting work as a retail designer
Understanding your client’s needs
Key factors in retail interiors
Doing the design
Last minute preparation
43. HOSPITALITY DESIGN
Starting off in hospitality design
Breaking into hospitality design
Understanding your client’s needs
Discussing the kitchen
Key issues in bar design
Key issues in restaurant design
Key issues in hotel design
Developing your flow diagram
Approaching the completion date
44. CONCLUSIONS, NEXT STEPS AND ACTION PLAN
What's in your pack?
A sturdily bound set of course modules that lies flat for ease of study. We provide detailed, practical information that guides you skillfully towards becoming a professional interior designer.
18 interior design assignments. Your assignments will be carefully marked with personal advice by an experienced tutor.
A stylish case which keeps all your course material.
Our exclusive DVD, 'Making it as an Interior Designer'. This film gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how real designers work.
A study guide and planner that helps you organize your study.
A folder for your completed assignments.
Interior Design drawing program (Visual Home). It lets you produce professional floor plans quickly and easily.
Question and Answer sheets for you to have your queries answered.
'49 Winning Ways to Promote your Service' booklet. Great ideas to get you started. This booklet is not available anywhere else.
NEW! Templates. If you find scale drawing difficult, use the templates that we supply with the course. There's a complete set of furniture for bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and living room, plus planning grids. They let you produce professional drawings for your client - but without your having to do scale drawing. This kit is unavailable anywhere else.
NEW! Interior Designer's Manual. Inside you'll find useful forms, checksheets, tables, letter templates and an interior design glossary of terms.
Your starter pack
Included in your course is a starter pack. It includes clipboard, notepad, graph paper, tracing paper, steel measure, pencils, and interior design book.
What you'll learn from the course
By the end of the course, you'll have acquired the following skills:
You'll have learnt the skills of interior design.
You'll know how to set up and run an interior design business