Portfolio Preparation - Interior Design (short course)

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Why study this course?

This two week-long intensive summer course will enable you to produce a portfolio of work to apply for further study at university level. Taught by industry practising professionals and undergraduate course leaders, you will learn Photoshop, AutoCad, 3D Modelling and InDesign skills. You can choose whether to take a one week or two week course.

More about this course

Through a live project the course will give you the opportunity to work within the field of interior design, develop skills required by the industry and take a project through from an initial survey and briefing to a concept presentation to a client.

The brief will aim to allow you to develop skills in 3D modelling, sketching, Photoshop and InDesign but also to work within a range of concept developmental methods using paper engineering, photography and colour work to explore inventive and thought provoking proposals.

As the brief will be live, it will resemble industry practice where it will involve managed group work and individual responses. The brief will require you to research future scenarios that connect and influence the retail sector. We would like you to have an experimental approach, which might involve immersive and community responses.

The process will be supported by industry practitioners and makers and delivered in The Cass’ excellent facilities, studios, workshops and computer suites – used by our degree students and will give you the chance to experience what life will be like on an Interior Design degree course .



Fees and key information

Course type Short Course
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Who's this course for?

The course is structured for those preparing to embark on a design degree. It will also support those preparing their Art and Design AS, A-level or Btec Level 2 or 3 portfolios who have a specific interest in architectural, interior and three-dimensional design. This course does not require prior knowledge of interior design but basic skills in drawing and observation will be useful.

Course structure

You can choose whether to take a one week or two week course.

  1. Week one will cover hand drawn and urban sketching through to surveying a site and using Photoshop and AutoCad to produce a final piece of work and presentation.
  2. Week two will focus on perspective and designing interior elements. You will work on making Sketch Up models towards a final presentation.

Over the course of 10 days, the structure will include:

  • a presentation of interiors projects, looking at approach, scale and environment
  • the project briefing, outlining its mini-stages and requirements
  • research and investigation, analysis of site its context and building through measured photographic and sketched survey
  • drawing and observational skills – experimenting using different methods and materials
  • developing your concept through model making, paper engineering and colour work
  • investigating the work of others that could influence your work
  • putting together a mood board and materials board
  • setting out plans and elevations, working with scale
  • looking at movement through the space, anthropometrics and ergonomics
  • using Photoshop to manipulate your images
  • using InDesign to set out your project presentation
  • presentation of ideas

Skills and experience gained

On successful completion of this course you will have learnt how to:

  • demonstrate a body of contextual research and knowledge
  • develop a concept and generate ideas through sketching and modelling techniques
  • work with paper engineering to develop interior structures
  • work with colour and materials developing impact, identity and spatial experience
  • use Photoshop and Indesign
  • develop presentation skills

The work you produce on this course will enable you to understand what is required to produce a portfolio for foundation or undergraduate study.

Course dates

Course dates Spring dates coming soon!
Length Five days per week
Day and time Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 25 or 50


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

We would advise you equip yourself with the following:

  • A4 or A3 sketch book
  • set of drawing pencils, rubber and pencil sharpener
  • ruler and a scale ruler
  • all-purpose glue (eg UHU) and a glue stick
  • scissors
  • assorted coloured pencils and coloured pens

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.