Detailed Course Information
Introduction to Interior Design
Weekend course 21 and 22nd February 2015
Do you want to create a special room in your home? Don’t know where to start? Afraid of making costly mistakes? Learn the skills and techniques, used by Interior Designers, to create that professional look, matching your aspirations to functionality
What and how do you learn?
This weekend programme of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on workshop will introduce a number of practical skills, theories of design and ways to creatively solve design problems. Students will be provided with instructions of how to accurately measure a room at home and answer important questions before the class begins. The tutor will help them to use this information during the weekend to create a design proposal unique to this home space. Topics of study may include:
  • Creating and Using a scaled plan to determine the best furniture layout
  • Creating a Mood board to help determine the aesthetics of your space and act as a guide while planning your scheme
  • Assessing Functions vs. Aesthetics to create a space that is both beautiful and practical for you and your family
  • Understanding Colour and Light in order to choose fabrics and surfaces that work best for your room under natural and artificial light.
  • Choosing Furniture and Furnishings which are appropriate to your chosen style, the architecture of your room and to how the room will be used
  • Creating a Final design presentation with fabrics, furniture, lighting and accessories
About your Tutor:
Pat Oliver is a practicing interior designer with 36 years experience. American born, Pat began her career in the United States, but set up Pat Oliver Interior Design in 1981 in the UK. Her new sister company is Renascence, which restores and regenerates older residential properties, creating affordable housing for the local community. Since 1999 she has also been a tutor of Retail and Exhibition Design at Oldham College (1999- 2001), tutor of National Certificate for Interior Decoration and a lecturer of BA Interior Design at Leeds College of Art (2000- 2012). Pat currently teaches Interior Design and Decoration at Kirklees College.
Course Times
10:00 to 4:45 each day with a 45 minute lunch break.
Tea and coffee making facilities are provided, where students can help themselves. Lunch is provided.
Materials and Equipment
The course includes the cost of materials such as mount board, scaled rulers, cutting mats, etc. This equipment and materials can be purchased from the tutor for use at home. Additional supplies should be provided by the students (see equipment list). Students will need to contribute magazines (interiors, fashion, beauty, travel, garden, etc.) to share with others as well as samples of feathers, beads, shells, lace, trims, wall coverings, fabrics, floor coverings, etc that they may wish to consider in their work.
Student Equipment List:
Drawing pad
cartridge paper
A3 Graphite Pencils x1Medium and x1 soft
Set of black Drawing pens- .1, .3, .5, .7
Assorted Coloured pencils for sketching
Glue stick
Metal ruler for cutting edge