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Interior Design for Beginners

Interior Design for Beginners 15-17 Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 21 April 2021; 26 July 2021
  • Course duration: Tuesdays or Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks or Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks or Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week


This is a very practical course delivered via informal lectures and engaging, creative projects.

This course is ideal if you're looking to build a portfolio of design work or considering interior design as a future career, or simply interested in re-designing your own home.

It'll give you an insight into the world of interior design and inspire you with the confidence to present your own interior design schemes.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how:

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you'll have created a finished interior design project and developed a good understanding of the profession, enabling you to pursue your chosen career or pathway.

Here's what previous attendees have said:

"I enjoyed re-learning and un-learning so much. It's changed my view of design, the world around me and had a profoundly positive impact on my life. Lucy is a wonderful tutor - gutted it's all over!" CB

"I enjoyed the supportive environment which helped build my confidence, and the regular practical tasks that seemed simple but actually made you really think." LN

"Lucy has been amazing!" NW

"Really enjoyed it - thank you!" S

Tutor profiles:

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Lucy Renshaw (Wednesday evenings and summer) set up a design studio in her renovated 17th century home in the beautiful Derbyshire dales, where her focus is on colour.

She works on bespoke interior design projects, upholstery and soft furnishing commissions, as well as running interior design courses.

She's completed private commissions for Liberty London, Kew Gardens, Mint London, Colin Firth’s Eco-Age and Serendipity Paris, along with selling her work to private clients and boutique interior shops around the world.

Exhibitions include Masion et Objet Paris, ICFF New York and Grand Designs Live UK.

Lucy has also published a book, 'Mixed Media and Found Materials', commissioned by A&C Black.

Lucy has a holistic approach to design and teaching, aiming for students to find the best in themselves, building confidence in their ideas, making use of what they have and feeling good about the decisions they make along the way.

Helen Hollis (Tuesday evenings) is course leader for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course.

She provides academic leadership for the course, which encompasses the design, planning and delivery of the course; working with the course team to ensure high quality academic support for students; as well as supporting students pastorally.

Helen spent 14 Years working for Allan Joyce Architects prior to coming to NTU, where she headed up the Interior Design Department.

She worked on jobs in several different sectors, including hospitality, commercial and residential design.

After graduating from NTU, Michelle Haslam (Saturday courses) spent the next eight years as an interior designer at a CPMG Architects in Nottingham.

Currently Michelle shares her time between running her own interior design business, Harrington and Haslam, and teaching at NTU on the BA Interior Architecture and Design course.

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Find out more at:

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • learn how to develop your creativity with special attention given to light, colour, form, texture and how these key elements can define a space
  • explore decorative schemes with the use of wallpaper, upholstery, window treatments and accessories
  • gain experience of undertaking an interior design scheme and an understanding of its application in the domestic, residential and commercial sectors
  • gain an understanding of scale through the application of colour and the use of furniture and furnishings
  • be introduced to the methods and techniques used to complete a project, whether this is for your own home or for a client.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No design or drawing experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No design or drawing experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £495.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £495.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418