Certificate in Interior Decoration - Full-Time

KLC School of Design
Course summary
10 weeks
5,530.43 GBP excl. VAT
Professional Training

Course description

Certificate in Interior Decoration: Preparing you for a career in interior decoration

interior decoration,interior decoratorsThis intensive 10 week interior decoration course, held at the Chelsea Harbour site, is totally career-orientated, and is designed to provide students with an introduction to interior decoration. Not to be confused with interior design, this interior decoration course teaches students to become an interior decorator - who would advise on the style, arrangement and decoration of surfaces within that space (usually domestic), and this could include the furniture layout, colour scheme, soft furnishings, window treatments, accents and accessories. Whereas an interior designer would carry out the planning and design of a space.

interior decoration, interior decorator,interior designThis course aims to introduce domestic interior decoration rather than commercial work and provides a wealth of different career opportunities. Students may go on to work with an interior decoration practice or in a showroom and, graduates may ultimately work as freelance interior decorators, operating on a project basis for residential buildings, or decorating show houses, flats for property developers, become interior stylists, property refurbishers or even journalism.

This interior decoration course is varied and stimulating, and includes every aspect of interior decoration - including walls, floors and furniture - is comprehensively covered and that there is plenty of opportunity for "hands on" practice which KLC students find invaluable.

Suitability - Who should attend?

No previous art or design experience is necessary for this interior design course, and mature students  are particularly encouraged. Entry is by an informal interview and numbers are strictly limited.

Other entry requirements for this course are:

  • Proficiency in English language (minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System IELTS or its equivalent
  • You must be at least 18 years old

This course can also be taken as an intensive Part-Time course:

»  Certificate in Interior Decoration - Part-Time

Outcome / Qualification etc.

On completion of this course students will achieve the prestigious KLC Certificate.

Course Content


  • Survey
  • Plans, elevations, sections, furniture layouts
  • Lettering, titling
  • Axonometric drawing
  • Perspective sketching
  • Sample and concept boards
  • Rendering techniques
  • Presentation techniques
  • Sketching details and window treatments


  • Taking the brief, design analysis and process
  • Concept work


  • Introduction to scale, ergonomics and planning (to include kitchens and bathrooms)
  • Introduction to lighting
  • Lighting and electrical plans
  • Building construction
  • Planning kitchens and bathrooms


  • Colour theory, psychology of colour
  • Bed and window treatments
  • Upholstery
  • Accessories
  • Styling
  • Materials and finishes
  • Textiles and trimmings
  • Wall and floor coverings
  • Paint


  • French and English interior styles from 17th to 20th century


  • Planning Permissions
  • Introduction to specifying, ordering, estimating and invoicing
  • Estimating quantities
  • Proposals
  • Sourcing
  • Record keeping and filing
  • Dealing with the trade and use of showrooms
  • Opening Accounts


  • Environmental issues
  • Modern furniture
  • Visits to showrooms and museums
  • Inspirational talks
  • Design trends
  • Portfolio surgery
  • Advice on finding work in the industry


  • 2 residential projects
  • History of Style notebook
  • Window treatment and textile project


The total cost of this course is: £5,530.43 + VAT

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