Higher National Certificate in Interior Architecture

Key Course Information

Are you looking for a career in interior design and architecture?  This exciting and challenging one-year programme is offered as a two evenings per week pathway into interior architecture and is equivalent to the first year of a degree course. 

Taught by established practitioners this course will equip students to meet the increasing demand for well-trained designers with strong design flair and sound technical and managerial knowledge.

Our students work with many leading employers and have also progressed onto many of the top design universities in the UK including Glasgow School of Art, University of the Arts London and the University of Westminster.

Students will learn through formal teaching and demonstrations, hands on practical work, lectures, seminars, discussions, group work and visits to galleries and exhibitions in and around London, along with the opportunity to meet practising designers.

The course includes a series of projects designed to develop students’ creativity and build on existing design skills. Design projects are exploratory, experimental and large in scale, where the manipulation of spaces and technology enable the creation of stimulating, innovative and safe environments. At this level, students are expected to work independently on their own projects while being provided with on-going design support through regular tutorials.

On completion, students will be ready for entry-level employment, start-up businesses or the second year of a degree programme.

This is a rare opportunity to gain a genuine understanding of both design and management principles, focusing on their application to a modern business and design orientated environment.

The programme will enable students to:

  • Define, analyse and develop problem-solving techniques
  • Promote visual awareness and 3D thinking
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of how spaces are inhabited and the effects of form, structure, colour and light
  • Explore the connections between architecture and interior design
  • Work alongside practising designers

Subjects studied include:

  • Developmental drawing
  • The Creative Process
  • Digital applications for design; Photoshop and InDesign
  • Vectorworks & Google SketchUp
  • History and theory of Design
  • Critical profiles of designers and their buildings
  • 3D Materials, technology and processes
  • Design and drawing for construction details
  • Professional skills for industry
  • Materials, finishes and products for design

GCSE English and Maths Grade A-C and an Art & Design Portfolio.


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