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Introduction to Interior Design

Introduction to Interior Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Lyndall Fernie, Jayne Fisher


Join Introduction to Interior Design and gain the practical skills and knowledge to create a design for a domestic space. Through workshops you will develop your design awareness and learn the fundamentals of planning an interior design scheme.

You will be introduced to three-dimensional thinking and analysis as you begin to plan and stylise a residential interior space. There will be an emphasis on developing your practical design skills as you learn how to produce scale drawings, mood boards and sample boards. In addition, you'll find out where to source materials and how to create that designer look.

With a wealth of unrivalled experience and expertise, our tutors will provide vital insights into the realities of the interior design world.

Please note that this course requires dedication; students should therefore allocate time to work on their projects in their own time.

Topics Covered

  • Client brief
  • Concept boards
  • Scale drawing at scale 1:20
  • Scaled plans and elevations
  • Hard finishes
  • Rendering techniques
  • Sample boards
  • Presentation methods for mounting work
  • Presenting work to a client

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you will have developed a range of design-related skills, and the confidence to start applying your skills to your own domestic design scheme. You will leave the course with a number of newfound design-related skills as well as work to add to a portfolio.

Who Should Attend
This course is ideal for those who are interested in Interior Design but are new to the subject. Maybe you are thinking about returning to full-time study but would like to build your portfolio for an application. Or maybe you are hoping to make the first steps at changing your career and becoming a professional interior designer.

This course will guide you through the principal skills as practised by professional interior designers. Afterwards, you may wish to progress onto the Introduction to Interior Design - Plus.

Course Level



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

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


Student Reviews

“Amazing teaching – very inspiring and enthusiastic” - Susie (August 2017)

“Great course – thank you. [The tutor] was incredibly knowledgeable, experienced and fun! I felt encouraged throughout the course. Thank you for making it so enjoyable. [I] very much appreciated hearing past experiences and learning from others mistakes – including my own.” - Tanith (August 2017)

“I intend to continue with further courses inspired by what I have learnt here.” - Anon (August 2017)

“Very fast-paced and packed full of excellent tips and help. I learnt so much about, not only design, but also buildings in general!” - Anon (August 2017)

“The whole course was fantastically delivered and I can’t wait for the next course.” - Ellie (December 2016)

“Great step into Interior Design. Very informative and loved every minute of it.” - Kristy (December 2016)

Tutor Description

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.

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.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notebook and pen

You will need the following materials for subsequent sessions:

  • Retractable eraser

  • A3 pad of tracing paper

  • A selection of black fine liner pens; 0.1, 0.3, 0.8 or nearest sizes available.

  • Scissors

  • A Glue Stick

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

If studying on an intensive 1 – 2 week course, a laptop or tablet will be required for research from day 3.

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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