Interior Design Course - Higher National Diploma (Classroom)


Start Date:  May 2019
Price:  £ 5,295 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  18-36 months
Assessment:  30 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-based
Level:  Level 5 on the RQF
Accreditation:  BTEC
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

If English is not your first language, we recommend you 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 Diploma course


Learn everything you need to start your own successful business or gain advanced entry to a university degree with a fully-accredited Higher National Diploma.

The course covers such subjects as: managing an interior design project; building essentials and all the technical information you will need to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

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

Throughout the course you will complete thirty 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 (Edinburgh Napier University).

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London Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  30  Full DaysView Schedule  
Wednesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  60  EveningsView Schedule  
Manchester Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  30  Full DaysView Schedule  
Wednesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  60  EveningsView Schedule  
Edinburgh Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  30  Full DaysView Schedule  
Wednesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  60  EveningsView Schedule  

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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


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


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


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


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



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)


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


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 - CAD
  • 3D Visuals - SketchUp
  • Workflows and project management
  • Sustainable materials
  • Health and safety compliance
  • Specification sheets

Professional Development


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

3D Modelling & Rendering


Build your knowledge of using CAD for a design project. Look in depth at 3D modelling and rendering the technical drawings. Apply different ways in which you can add light and shadow to the 3D visuals to produce professional design documentation. Indicative content:

  • Exploring different modelling and rendering software
  • Developing technical drawings to fully rendered visuals
  • Producing 3D visuals to a professional standard
  • Creating a professional portfolio of work using CAD

Trend Forecasting


Research, interpret, and apply trend forecasting in response to a brief. This will encourage you to develop skills in trend forecasting that can be applied throughout your career. Indicative content:

  • Researching current trends
  • Evaluating future trends
  • Analysing market research
  • Developing a trend forecast for a specific market
  • Presenting a trend forecast based on client needs

Project Management


Explore the theories and practices relevant to the project management of interior design projects. This includes the analysis of key stakeholders, the skills/competencies that an effective project manager needs, as well as the development and presentation of a project management plan within the context of a real-world scenario. Indicative content:

  • Exploring project management theory and practice
  • Analysing the roles of key stakeholders
  • Assessing the skills/competencies of an effective project manager
  • Developing a project plan for an interior design project
  • Presenting a project management strategy

Advanced Interior Design Studies


Explore the design of interior spaces for commercial, residential, retail or cultural environments. Develop your awareness of contemporary and historical contexts in order to inform your design of meaningful spaces that meet client needs. Indicative content:

  • Evaluating contemporary trends
  • Exploring historical precedents
  • Exploring relevant legislation
  • Evaluating a client brief
  • Producing finished design proposals

Applied Practice - Collaborative Project


Develop your collaborative skills through the planning, managing and presentation of a collaborative project. You will be given a set-theme for the project that will be based on current trends and up-to-date industry practices. Indicative content:

  • Building collaborative skills
  • Developing a project plan
  • Managing a collaborative project
  • Presenting collaborative work
  • Evaluating own work and the work of others

Professional Practice


Explore the aspects necessary for an aspiring Interior Designer to set up their own business or work within an established practice. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses within your own work and develop a career plan with the help of your tutor. Learn what is required from a personal and professional point of view. Indicative content:

  • Evaluating skills and abilities
  • Exploring career opportunities
  • Creating a career plan
  • Developing a business plan
  • Creating a portfolio
  • Developing a CV/Resume
  • Preparing for presentation/interview