Interior Design – Module One

As well as guiding you through basic drawing and presentation techniques, we will give you an introduction to three-dimensional thinking and analysis. We will do this via lectures, workshops and demonstrations about everything from domestic interiors to the use of materials...

Taught by: Jayne Fisher, Debbie Blandford, Lyndall Fernie, Chris Kearns.


As well as guiding you through basic drawing and presentation techniques, we will give you an introduction to three-dimensional thinking and analysis. We will do this via lectures, workshops and demonstrations about everything from domestic interiors to the use of materials. With a wealth of unrivalled experience and expertise, our tutors' practical approach will prepare you for a future in the design profession. The emphasis will be on developing practical skills by completing a simple design project. Please note that this course requires dedication; students should therefore allow time to work on their project outside of the class.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll have the confidence to start work on a straightforward design scheme by yourself. You will leave the course with a number of newfound design-related skills

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to learn to design interiors professionally. You can then use Modules Two and Three as further steps towards your career or applying for a full-time course.The well-established, unique three-part structure allows you to choose the stage at which you want to join and leave the programme, matching your level of experience.

Course Level

Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Student Reviews

"Having just completed the intense three-week, I have to say that it is the most fun I have ever had! The course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of design and technical drawing. You do not need any experience or qualifications and, in fact, the course draws an enormously diverse group, from people wishing to gain a clearer idea of how to do up their own homes to those who want to take up interior design as a profession. I chose Chelsea College of Art because it has a reputation for excellence both in the practical and academic sense." - Morag Cooke.

' I came across the Interior Design Modular courses at Chelsea College of Art and chose them for their hands-on approach - something that I didn’t feel other providers offered. I also knew that the Module courses would allow me to learn lots of technical knowledge.' - Eleanor Busing. 

'I enjoyed everything about the course. All the sessions were different, as we learned different skills every week. We usually had short lecture in the morning and then developed our projects under the guidance of our tutors in the afternoon. The whole thing was very hands-on and much more work than I had expected.' - Saemi Kim.

Tutor information

Jayne Fisher is an interior designer with more than twenty years experience in both domestic and commercial practice.  Since 1999, Jayne has been an independent lighting and interior design consultant on both domestic and commercial design projects.

She has worked in retail with responsibility for the design and project management of many high street stores including Virgin and Office Shoes.

Other projects are residential, preparing planning applications, design and decorative schemes along with project management. She has been teaching design students on both Interior Design and Lighting courses for Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Communication since 1998.

Debbie Blandford has a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art and 28 years experience working as design consultant to architectural practices and individual clients. She has a passion for working collaboratively and globally, resulting in a truly eclectic career. Projects have included hotels, bars and restaurants, aviation design, exhibitions, and high end residential interiors. 

Clients have included the government of Saudi Arabia. Debbie also designs Furniture offering a truly bespoke interior service as well as developing products with Ross Lovegrove.  

Alongside her professional career she has taught part time across all educational levels in both the public and private sectors as well as delivering specialist courses for companies including British Airways, The Foreign Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Currently Associate Lecturer at The University of the Arts London & Professor at Syracuse University

Lyndall Fernie is the lead tutor for Interior Design short courses at Chelsea College of Arts in London and Dubai.

Lyndall began her career in Italy as a professional fashion designer working with Moschino and Versace; later returning to the UK to work in PR for a record label where she worked with many well-known dance groups such as S’Express, Bomb the Bass and Deee-Lite. She went on to study Interior Design, at Chelsea College of Arts and ran Area Squared Design, a successful interior design company, for 10 years, designing high end residential properties in central London. During this time she also opened two interior design shops in the fashionable area of Islington in London selling beautiful interior products. 

Lyndall is currently working as a design consultant for private clients, developers, and interior design companies, specialising in the remodelling of high end residential properties. As well as teaching at Chelsea College of Arts she has also taught at other leading design schools including London College of Communication, The Interior Design School London, KLC and The Design school in both Moscow and St Petersburg.

Chris Kearns runs a small, independent interior design practice. Her services cover interior architecture, design and decoration as well as furniture design in both the commercial and residential sectors. Chris spent over 12 years working in branding and advertising before retraining as an interior designer at the University of the Arts, London.  She decided on a career change after completely renovating two of her own houses and subsequently being asked to help friends with their refurbishments. Chris now works closely with clients to develop individual spaces that look beautiful and work beautifully – delivered with meticulous attention to detail, budget and timing.  Chris believes that good design can be unobtrusive, but it should always change how we feel about a space and how we behave within it. Chris’s commercial projects have featured in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Metro, British Airways Highlife Magazine and Lancashire Life Magazine.  One of her restaurant projects has just been listed in Time Out’s Best Restaurants in London Guide 2015 and two have made it into Tatler’s Best Restaurants in the UK Guides 2011 and 2013. Chris is part time lecturer at Chelsea College, University of the Arts.


Please bring the following materials with you to this course:

  • Notebook and pen

  • Retractable eraser

  • A3 pad of tracing paper

  • Fine liner pens; sizes 0.1, 0.3 and 0.8

If studying on an intensive 3 week course, a laptop or tablet will be required for research from day three.

As part of your research you may wish to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.

Please note that most of the materials needed for Short Courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
07/01/2017 - 25/03/2017Saturdays10:00 - 16:3012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
12/01/2017 - 30/03/2017Thursdays10:00 - 17:0012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
28/03/2017 - 13/04/2017Tue - Fri (Wk 1) Mon - Thur (Wks 2 & 3)10:00 - 17:0012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
21/04/2017 - 07/07/2017Fridays10:00 - 17:0012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
22/04/2017 - 08/07/2017Saturdays10:00 - 16:3012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
11/07/2017 - 28/07/2017Tuesday - Friday10:00 - 17:0012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
15/08/2017 - 01/09/2017Tuesday - Friday10:00 - 17:0012 Days£2095Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket