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Interior Design - Module One

Interior Design - Module One

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Debbie Blandford, John Howson, Lyndall Fernie, Natalie Weavers


Interior Design - Module One will guide you through essential drawing and presentation techniques and give you an introduction to three-dimensional thinking and analysis in relation to the design of interiors.

This residential interior design course will be based around lectures, workshops and demonstrations, covering everything required for designing a simple domestic interior from soft furnishings to the use of hard materials.

The emphasis will be on developing practical design skills by completing a comprehensive interior design project. You will be amazed at what you can achieve during this intensive and very practical course and you will leave already thinking like an interior designer.

With a wealth of unrivalled experience and expertise, our tutors' practical approach will prepare you for a future in the interior design profession.

Please note that this course requires dedication; students should therefore allow extra time to work on their design project outside of the class.

Skills learned

  • Concept boards
  • Planning at scale 1:50
  • Staircases
  • Sections at scale 1:50
  • Hard finishes
  • Lighting
  • Sketch modelling
  • Soft furnishings
  • Colour
  • Ink drawings
  • Rendering techniques
  • Labelling, mounting and specifications
  • Sample boards

Course outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll have the confidence to start work on a straightforward interior design scheme by yourself. You will leave the course with a number of newfound design-related skills and the ability to use design thinking when approaching future projects.

Who should attend

Anyone who wants to learn to design interiors professionally. Upon completion of Module One, we recommend student’s progress onto Interior Design - Module Two and Interior Design - Module 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.


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

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

Payment plans

Payment plans are available for Interior Design - Module One, Interior Design - Module Two and Interior Design - Module Three Short Courses.

View Detailed Information: Interior Design - Module Courses Payment Plan (PDF 98KB)
Please note, the payment plan cannot to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount when making a booking.
The modular payment plan is set us in accordance with our Booking Terms and Conditions
For further information or to speak to a member of our team, please call +44 20 7514 8028 or email

Student reviews

“The tutor was fantastic, very helpful – couldn’t of asked for more. I really enjoyed some of the outside speakers coming in and talking about their products. I will take the skills learnt onto the next Module” - Alex (July 2017)

“The quality of the course was excellent, it really did exceed my expectations. The lectures, accompanying notes and enthusiasm of our tutor was fantastic” - Anna (July 2017) 
“I was very impressed with the amount of ground we covered, and the careful balance between teaching us about the realities of the restrictions interior designers need to work within, and encouraging us to develop our creative & design thinking.” - Jo (March 2017)

Tutor Description

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 AirwaysThe Foreign Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Currently Associate Lecturer at The University of the Arts London & Professor at Syracuse University

John is an interior designer specialising in residential projects with a wide variety of clients across London. His passion is helping his clients improve their sense of wellbeing by creating beautiful interiors, including extensions, that meet their functional requirements while also reflecting their aesthetic aspirations. He works with his clients through all stages of a project from design, planning and tendering to project implementation, specifications and purchasing.

Prior to training in interior design at the Chelsea College of Arts and working as an interior designer, John worked in senior management positions in international health organisations working across many African countries, the Eastern Caribbean and India. He still marries his interior design and teaching with work in the national health service and loves it's complementarity and variety.

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

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.

Natalie Weavers studied BA Interior Architecture and has been working mainly on commercial interiors from concept to completion since.

Having worked in several design practices in London, Melbourne, Australia and in Brunei, Natalie set up Natalie Weavers Interiors in 2001 and mainly undertakes restaurant and bar design projects. Recent designs include Indi-go in Westfield, Mia Lounge in Swiss Cottage, Br Estilo in Esher, Al-dar Cafe  on the Kings Road and Bocadito in Esher. In Brunei, Natalie completed a hotel, residential and sports complexes for the Royal family.

Since February 2012, Natalie has been a visiting lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts, specialising in restaurant interior design. 


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

  • A selection of interior design and life style magazines which you are prepared to cut up for images

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.

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