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Why study with us in the Middle East?

Chelsea College of Arts is one of six colleges that make up the prestigious University of the Arts, London.

Some well-known graduates of the University include Alexander McQueen, Anish Kapoor, Mojeb Al-Dousari and Colin Firth, to name a few.

For over 23 years, Chelsea College of Arts has been teaching Short Courses in Curating and Interior Design & Interior Decoration and as a result, is regarded as a world-renowned centre of excellence for Short Course provision.  Many of our Interior Design students go on to become practicing Interior Designers in London and continue to use our Short Courses to learn new skills, as well as improve their existing ones.

We are very excited to be bringing our courses to the Middle East again, as we believe they are truly unique;  no other provider is offering the flexibility and excellence in teaching that we are.  Our course tutors are considered to be the best in their field, bringing over 100 years of work experience to their courses between them.

Our specialist portfolio of Short Courses for the Middle East are suitable for those who already practice Interior Design and are looking to learn or update new skills, those who wish to pursue the subject as a hobby or those who wish to become a practicing designer.  Our Curating Contemporary Art course is suitable for those who have a desire to learn more about this exciting industry and as such, the course is taught in a leading art gallery in Dubai so that students can obtain real-time, hands on experience.

We have succesfully delivered a portfolio of courses in Dubai since October 2011 and received excellent feedback from our dedicated students, please see their comments below:

The Principles of Interior Design One

“My expectations were met far beyond what I thought - by the end of Day One, I had already made up my mind to join more courses in the future! The teacher was lovely, I enjoyed every minute of her teaching.” Mariyam Hamza

“My favourite part of the course was that I now understand the process (of working as an Interior Designer) and having a physical product to take away at the end of the course.” Tiffany Abercrombie

“My favourite part of the course was learning from Lyndall.  She is an amazing teacher and a pleasure to listen to.  Thank you Lyndall for an amazing week!" Fiona Abernethy

“My expectations were exceeded on this course – I did not except to do as much as we have in 5 days!  The tutor is very inspiring and has brought out my creative side, which I haven’t used for years! I loved learning to draw.” Hannah Jeffery

“My favourite part of the course was that I could prove to myself that I can do the impossible!  Who knew I could create, draw and design a bathroom?  I feel so much more confident and I’m going to use the course to try and find an interior design internship.” Andrea Lindeyer

“My favourite part of the course was learning a whole new skill set – scale drawing plans and elevations.  It is so and handy and has de-mystified the whole process.  Lyndall is a great teacher!” Stephanie Deaves

“I loved every single minute of it!” Mimi Shakhashir

The Principles of Interior Design Two

"The tutor was amazing! Her enthusiasm with every individual on the course was incredible and her knowledge and experience was priceless.  She has given me the confidence to Interior Design my future career."Melody Thurling

"I learnt so much in just five days and the course was in fact much, much more than my expectations.  The tutor just made things so easy and learning was so much fun." Wendy Spencer-Davies 

"I LOVED the course!  It was absolutely fantastic, not only did I learn a lot, I also really enjoyed the course.  Thanks Lyndall!"Vaishnavi Mummidi

" I feel so much more confident to move forward with an interior design career now" Yasemin Richie

"On this course, I expected to learn how to be an interior designer; my expectations were exceeded" Marian Leitner

How To Decorate Your Villa or Apartment

“As a result of doing this course, I'll be able to look at home decoration in a new way.” Maura Hales

“My favourite part of the course was all the practical things that we did - I wouldn't change the course at all!” Shlair A-Mulla

“As a result of doing this course, I‘ll be able to focus more on the mood board when designing and give it more consideration – I’m already looking at things differently.” Nisrine Fadias

“As a result of doing this course, I will approach the interior design of my home with confidence and I already feel very excited about looking at interior design with a fresh perspective!” Dina Yazbak

“This course gave me a better understanding of the basic principles of decorating – and where to start!  I absolutely loved it – so inspiring!” Denise Rodgers

Starting an Interior Design Business

“As a result of doing this course, I will have the confidence to start my own business and hopefully make it successful! I think I will be much better and focusing my company's direction.” Katherine Stealey Tranter

“My expectations of this course were to learn practical knowledge, success secrets and be given an insight into having my own interior design business.  My expectations were absolutely met.” Yasmine Beydoun

Lighting Design for Interiors

“As a result of doing this course, I'll be able to look at home decoration in a new way.” Maura Hales

“My favourite part of the course was all the practical things that we did - I wouldn't change the course at all!” Shlair A-Mulla

“I gained exactly what I thought I would – I really liked the course and the tutor!” Jasmin Medhat Moubashier

“This course was just what I needed – to learn the ability to create a specific mood for a space.” Nisrine Fadi

Introduction to Furniture Design

"On this course, I expected to be able to design my own furniture and this expectation was fully met.  My favourite part of the course was everything!" Barbara Baschieri

"My favourite part of the course was having the information to design and finish a piece of furniture and being able to get it made." Yasemin Richie

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All of our Interior Design Courses in the Middle East will be delivered at the brand new Dubai Design District – d3, close to Dubai’s Financial District.

Dubai Design District – d3:

Dubai Design District – d3 is a hub for designers, artists and creative thinkers in Dubai - a new community that provides space, collaboration and opportunities for the regions designers and that also attracts exceptional talent from across the globe.

Venue details:

Dubai Design District - d3 Location Map [303KB PDF]

Tel: +971 4 4333000

Website: Dubai Design District – d3

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How to apply

To book your place on a short course, please use our secure online booking process for immediate confirmation. Or if you prefer, you are welcome to make your booking over the phone.

  • Online: View 'details for booking' on each course page. Choose your preferred date, click 'Add to Basket' and follow the instructions.
  • Telephone: You can call the London office on 0044 207 514 8028 and we can take a booking over the phone. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am - 6pm [GMT]

Please note that full payment must be received at the time of booking in order to secure your booking. All courses are charged in GBP Sterling.

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When to apply

Due to the popularity of our Short Courses, we strongly advise that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Classes are small and places are strictly limited. Enrolment is strictly on a first come first served basis and we do not operate a reservation system.


All our Short Courses are taught in English. Applicants whose first language is not English should note that in order to fully benefit from our Short Courses being taught in the Middle East, it is necessary to be proficient in both spoken and written English. For lecture based courses students are expected to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. As a guideline students should have attained an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 4.5 for practical courses and 6.0 for lecture courses.

Entry levels

Formal entry qualifications are not required for our Short Courses although some courses require experience. This is noted under the Course Level information on each course.


Students must be over 18 years old to attend our courses in the Middle East.


Most materials are included in the course fee, however, if you are expected to bring materials with you these will be listed on the 'Materials' tab on each course description. Failure to bring the required materials will delay your progress on the course.

Qualification awarded 

On completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. It is students' responsibility to ensure they sign the course register each session to confirm their attendance. Please note that we cannot provide academic references. 

Student visa

If you are a non-UAE national booking a course in the Middle East please ensure you obtain the correct visa (if required) for entry into the UAE.

Terms and conditions

Please read through our Terms and Conditions prior to making your booking.

Contact us

If you have any further questions or queries, please Contact Us.


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