Open Foundations: Interior Design

Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


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The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

This Foundations: Interior Design 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 specialized 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.


On successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

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

Course content

You will start to develop creative confidence of your individual design identity through independent thought, growth of personal ideologies, self analysis and 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 & 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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