Interior Design Course - Higher National Certificate (Classroom)
Classroom-Based

Classroom-Basedcourse

Start Date:  September 2018
Price:  £ 2,495 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  9 months
Assessment:  15 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-Based
Level:  Level 4 on the RQF
Accreditation:  BTEC
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

If English is not your first language, you must have at least level 5.5 IELTS or equivalent. Or, have completed your last two years of schooling through English.
Work Placements:  Graduates of this course are eligible for a one month work placement at an interior design company. All placements are in the greater London, Manchester and Edinburgh areas.

Higher National Certificate course

ELIGIBLE FOR WORK PLACEMENT

Learn the practical skills to launch an exciting new career or gain advanced entry to a degree with a fully-accredited Higher National Certificate.

The classroom-based Higher National Certificate course covers the same topics as the home-study course but with the added benefit of live classes conducted by our expert tutors. This blended learning approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge with the least amount of disruption to your working schedule.

The classroom-based Higher National Certificate course takes place over an nine month period with either fifteen full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or thirty evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete fifteen practical assignments. Our aim is for students to receive as much guidance and support during the tutorials as possible so that they will be able to plan their assignments in class and complete them at home.

You can choose to enrol for either the evening or full-day Saturday classes in London (Westminster University), Manchester (Salford University) or Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh).

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London Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  
 
Manchester Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  
 
Edinburgh Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  

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BTEC

The British Academy of Interior Design has teamed up with global educational experts Pearson Education to offer BTEC accredited courses to our interior design students.

These courses are a recognised route to university, leading to the final year of a degree course or progression on to other professional qualifications.

Communication in Art & Design

Overview

Research communication techniques and develop an interior design project, from the first client meeting to the final presentation of your design. Indicative content:

  • Research communication techniques
  • Surveying
  • Compiling a client brief and sourcing inspiration
  • Technical drawing
  • Creating a sample board
  • Produce final designs for presentation
  • Visual presentation techniques

Techniques and Processes

Overview

Develop an awareness of a standard approach to the development and execution of the design cycle through the design of a studio apartment. Indicative content:

  • Evaluating a given brief
  • The design cycle
  • Research and design development
  • Spatial planning
  • Colour rendering
  • Model making (optional)
  • Portfolio presentation to include technical drawing and sample board

Contextual Studies

Overview

Research and analyse key historical eras and movements that will allow you to understand the context of contemporary designs. Indicative content:

  • History of interior design
  • Exploring research methods
  • Visual and textual analyses
  • How to present research findings professionally
  • Critical research analyses

3D Practices

Overview

Gain an understanding of the vast variety of materials and their application in different contexts. Explore the properties of materials that are commonly used in interior design and their suitability and application in a wide variety of contexts. Indicative content:

  • Designing residential spaces
  • Interior design communication techniques
  • Analysing materials and finishes for the residential market
  • Presentation techniques
  • History of art through interior design and architecture
  • Interpreting a client brief
  • Technical drawing
  • 3D visuals
  • Health and Safety
  • Workflows and project management

Workflows

Overview

Explore the different ways in which workflow can be organised to allow you to plan, execute and deliver your own projects in the future. Indicative content:

  • Exploring specialised industries within the design sector
  • Interior design communication techniques
  • Presentation techniques
  • Workflow mapping
  • Workflow systems
  • Tracking issues and solutions

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Overview

Learn the basics of CAD in order to produce your own computer generated drawings and photorealistic visuals. Indicative content:

  • Understand the use of CAD
  • 2D CAD drawings
  • 3D modelling
  • Visualisation
  • Isometric/Axonometric drawings
  • Detail drawings
  • Dimensions and text

Individual Project

Overview

Apply all the skills you have learned and develop your creative ability with the design of project with a set theme and topic. Plan the project from start to finish and to review the skills and processes used throughout your work. Indicative content:

  • Designing spaces
  • Interior design communication techniques
  • Analysing and applying materials and finishes
  • The design development
  • Presentation techniques
  • Space planning
  • Technical drawing - AutoCAD
  • 3D Visuals - SketchUp
  • Workflows and project management
  • Sustainable materials
  • Health and safety compliance
  • Specification sheets

Professional Development

Overview

Explore how changes in technology and in response to social and cultural change within the industry impact on the interior design profession and the role of the Interior Designer. Reflect on the implications of these changes on your own personal development and career plan. Indicative content:

  • Exploring the development of the interior design profession
  • Assessing own knowledge and skills
  • Identifying areas for personal/professional development
  • Exploring personal career goals
  • Creating a personal development plan