Portfolio Preparation - Interior Design (short course)

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Why study this course?

On this portfolio preparation course you'll look at how spaces can intrigue and lead people towards and into them. You'll also look at the possibilities for a market and gathering spaces. This will involve examining how a space can become a community of ideas, bringing in identity and fostering belonging, including strategies used within interior design, retail and community thinking.

More about this course

The course will begin with an introductory lecture looking at what an interior space is. What do we see? How does it speak to our curiosity? Currently two sectors of the interior design industry, retail and community well-being, are endeavouring to discover new ways to bring people together across physical and digital platforms to people that want more authentic spatial experiences. We'll be looking at the possibilities of immersive environments where website and place are connecting on the High Street.

During the course, you'll learn how to:

  • survey space measured and photographically
  • look at view for potential visual views
  • discuss how to intrigue passers-by: what makes us curious
  • basic Autocad
  • scaled modelling
  • storyboard: customer journey
  • Photoshop: cut and paste to visual modelled idea and site location together

Learning outcomes

Measured and Photographic surveys, understanding a brief, learning from precedent investigation, basic Autocad, sketch modelling and scaling, Photoshop cut and paste, model photography, Photoshop visualisation and presentation.

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 doesn't require prior knowledge of interior design but basic skills in drawing and observation would be useful.

Course structure

Week 1

  • Introductory lecture
  • Brief
  • Range of equipment: site survey

Week 2

  • Preparing photographs for visuals
  • Basic Autocad
  • How do spaces intrigue?
  • Analysis of customer journey

Week 3

  • Sketch modelling
  • Using Photoshop to generate scaled figures and artefacts

Week 4

  • Sketch modelling
  • Using Photoshop to create visuals
  • Photography using light
  • Presentation

Skills and experience gained

On successful completion of this course you'll 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 Adobe 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.


After the course

Upon completion of this course, you'll be guaranteed an interview after application via UCAS for one of our related BA courses or degrees including a foundation year at the School of Art, Architectue and Design.

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One day a week for four sessions
Day and time Saturday,?10.30am to 4.30pm
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 26


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.