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Interior Design Study Programmes

    Learn to create that "feel-good" factor in any room you design.

    Find out the difference between an Interior Design course and study programme here.

    Learn to develop your ideas to meet an interior design brief. Deliver the project on time within budget. You’ll also pick up hints and tips from external interior designers! We offer short courses for beginners, more advanced students and people already working as painters and decorators.

    A good complementary programme to Interior Design could be one of our Painting & Decorating programmes

    What will I learn?

    You’ll learn the essentials of interior design, with a heavy focus on creativity and costing, in addition to drawing up elevation plans, lighting, painting, furnishing, and decorating a home. The programme will include everything from design techniques, CAD design to creating your own wallpaper.

    Find out the difference between an Interior Design course and a study programme below.

    Why choose a MidKent College Interior Design study programme?

    Our passionate Interior Design tutors are the ideal people to guide you as you set out on your career path. We work with local companies to ensure our programmes meet the needs of the industry – and also give you guidance if you're looking to become self-employed! You'll also improve your confidence in English and maths, so will be the ideal employee for any company!

    What level am I?

    This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

    How is English & maths involved?

    If you're aged 16-18 years old, English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You will study both subjects at a level which is appropriate to you. This will help you to develop the skills to cost projects and communicate your ideas to your clients.

    What facilities and trips are available?

    The department regularly arranges trips to places such as the Grand Designs Live event, Red House in London, 100% Design trade event, Brighton Pavilion and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They'll also organise professional interior designer talks throughout the year, product design competitions, entrepreneurial talks, workshops and rebranding tasks!

    What have your past students gone on to do?

    Many of our students have started their own businesses from designing shabby chic furniture to interior design consultancies. Others have progressed onto university or employment as show designers, window dressers and furniture designers.

    How much do merchandisers or window dressers get paid?

    Merchandisers or window dressers in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £10.34 per hour.*

    What can I do afterwards?

    Your tutor will be able to advise you of the best route to achieve your career aim. Employment options could include set designer, furnishing designer or project manager. Why not consider becoming a theatre designer, window dresser or a decorator?

    What’s the difference between an Interior Design course and a study programme?

    Traditionally you may have studied an Interior Design course, where you would only study the qualification, such as CAD, creating wallpaper to working to briefs. An Interior Design study programme is so much more than an Interior Design course!

    This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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    *Data taken from EMSI February 2020