Study an Interior Design Foundation course with OCA

This course aims to stimulate your enthusiasm for designing spaces and provide a foundation level course which may lead on to the Open College of the Arts Interior Design degree course.

Interior design as a profession is only just over 110 years old. In that time, what began as “decorating” has evolved into today’s highly specialised landscape.

Thoughtful interior design can not only make a space function better and look amazing, it can impact mood and wellbeing. People respond to their environment and this can be directed by manipulation of design fundamentals.

The course has been designed to offer you an insight into the creative processes, critical thinking and practical skills needed to conduct a personal investigation into the navigation, conceptualisation and occupation of space.

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Course Content

You will start to develop creative confidence of your individual design identity through independent thought, growth of personal ideologies, self analysis, evaluation and critical reflection to enhance and enrich your work.

You will develop methods of your choice to communicate your thoughts. Exercises will employ mostly analogue media to articulate ideas, but you should experiment with digital 2D and 3D media if you can.

On completion of the course, OCA will help you judge whether you have gained sufficient skills and enough confidence to go on to further study at HE level with OCA, or elsewhere, and be able to decide on the nature and direction of your studies or practice.

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Course Outcomes

Through the course, you will:

  • Explore different ways to understand the built environment.
  • See interior spaces in new ways.
  • Begin to shape ideas as inspiration for future work.

Foundations

£900

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,050

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,340

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,350

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £440 followed by 8 monthly instalments of £120.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,670

Per course unit (6o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £520 followed by 10 monthly instalments of £120.

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £510 followed by 14 monthly instalments of £120. The only exception to this is the Creative Writing Degree, where Level 3 is split two course units, and the deposit for each is £520, followed by 10 monthly instalments of £120.

Foundations

£1,050

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,500

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,690

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,500

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £590 followed by 8 monthly instalments of £120.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,845

Per course unit (60 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £695 followed by 10 monthly instalments of £120.

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £735 followed by 14 monthly instalments of £120. The only exception to this is the Creative Writing Degree, where Level 3 is split two course units, and the deposit for each is £695, followed by 10 monthly instalments of £120.

Course Sample

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