Interior Design Level 3

Interior Design

Learn the essentials of interior design to transform any empty space with creativity and flair.

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Do you have a flair for home décor? Are friends and family always asking for your advice when it comes to decorating and home improvement? Then it sounds like a career in interior design might be right up your street! So why not take an online interior design course and unlock your potential?

If you’re creative, imaginative, and innovative, and you love the idea of transforming empty or lifeless rooms into stunning and fully functional masterpieces, then this highly lucrative and flexible profession is ideal.

You’ll closely examine interior design and its fascinating history; including famous past designers whose styles and ideas are still influential today. You’ll discover how to recreate a huge variety of design styles, and how to plan an entire project from scratch. You’ll study the seven essential elements of interior design, along with physical features such as architecture, fabrics, and lighting. Best of all, you’ll discover how to make a living as an interior designer, conduct market research, set up your own business, and manage projects independently. And, as you study our online interior design course in your own time, at your own pace, you’ll enjoy unlimited tutor support.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - The History of Interior Design

Every professional interior designer needs to be familiar with its fascinating history, and that’s exactly what you’ll delve into in unit one. You’ll discover design preferences throughout history, from the extravagant styles of the Ancient Egyptians, through to Art Deco and Art Nouveau. You’ll learn about great designers of the recent past such as Antoni Gaudi and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, along with their signature styles.

Unit 2 - Interior Design Styles

In unit two, you’ll discover how to create stunning interior design in a range of styles that still reflect the personality and preferences of your client. You’ll examine formal, casual, and rustic styles, as well as design concepts that embrace ecological considerations.

Unit 3 - Planning an Interior Design Project

In unit three, you’ll take a look at the step-by-step process of planning an interior design space. You’ll discover how to gauge the size of your project and create a file, determine your budget, and move on to create sketches and plans of your ideas. You’ll also look at software programs that can be useful, along with the tools you’ll need before you can begin any practical project. Moving on, you’ll find out which pre-planning checks are essential, along with other issues you’ll need to be aware of, such as health and safety.

Unit 4 - Design Elements

In this unit, you’ll take a look at the seven elements which need to fit together in any design project. You’ll discover how to plan a layout and determine a focal point, and consider form and function whilst experimenting with furniture. Next, you’ll think about how to achieve the correct colour balance, how colour can affect a room’s visual proportions, and how to balance colours to achieve a sense of harmony. Moving on, you’ll delve into textures and patterns, and use lines to draw an observer’s eyes to a chosen focal point.

Unit 5 - Physical Elements of the Design

To open unit five, you’ll take a look at architectural details such as dado rails, columns, and pediments. You’ll discover the many different types of window frames and doors, find out how to choose the perfect flooring for every style of room, as well as the correct type of lighting. Moving on, you’ll consider wall treatments, and the factors that might impact whether you choose features such as wallpaper, sponging, or stippling. You’ll also study different types of furniture, and how to ensure you’re making the correct choices for your clients, as well as the finishing touches such as cushions and rugs.

Unit 6 - Making a Living from Interior Design

In the final unit, you’ll begin by taking a look at the essential characteristics and skills that every interior designer needs to make it in the industry. Moving on, you’ll discover how to manage an interior design project from scratch, and think about how to set your rate and build up a portfolio. Next, you’ll consider whether setting up your own business is the right choice for you, the business skills you’ll need if you decide to take the plunge, and how to write your business plan. You’ll also think about how to advertise and market your services, consider your budget and earning projections, and discover the tax and insurance factors you’ll need to be aware of.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE Customised qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

How is this online interior design course assessed or examined?

Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.


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What are the benefits of online photography or design courses?

There are numerous benefits to gaining a qualification through home study, but perhaps the most significant is the ability to learn at your own pace; you don’t have to worry about waiting for other students to reach your level of understanding before moving on to the next unit.

You can also schedule your learning around your personal preferences. For example, some of us take in information first thing in the morning, while others last thing at night. Or perhaps you have a full-time job or family responsibilities to navigate. Online study doesn’t require strict adherence to a timetable; you’re in complete control of the course and your future, which is precisely how it should be.

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Why study an online course for photography or design with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, our mission is to help every student who enrols with us succeed in gaining the qualifications they need to change their lives, fulfil their dreams, and land a job that makes them excited to wake up every morning.

In addition to having ambition and drive, you also need access to quality learning materials and a robust support system to succeed. The learning platform available through Oxbridge isn’t just excellent; it’s award-winning.

Not only that, our tutors are highly experienced in their respective fields and just as eager to see you succeed. You’ll get one-on-one time with them to ensure you have the highest chance of success.

Why not speak with one of our learning advisers to find out more?

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What is a design course?

Design courses vary in subject but aim to teach students everything they need to know to thrive in their chosen sector. They tend to delve into the history of your chosen topic and study the people and practices that have influenced the industry before teaching you skills that you can practice and become proficient in.

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What is photojournalism?

When you hear the word journalist, people envision a news or magazine writer, but that’s not the only pathway into this exciting sector. Every article is brought to life by the images they use. As a photojournalist, you’ll get to the heart of a story and explain it in picture form to be used in print or online.

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