This is a fantastic course for anyone who would like to gain the confidence to read and create technical drawings for interior design. You will gain first hand practical experience of how to correctly survey a room and draw up plans, elevations, and sections to the standard understood by industry professionals. The tutors are well-established interior designers themselves, who are more than happy to share their vast, and I do mean vast, knowledge of the design industry with you. The course is run very efficiently - I never felt as though I was being rushed through the process. From start to finish it was an utter joy - I only wish I it could have been longer purely because it so much fun!
Tony Braithwaite was a great teacher. Very enjoyable course!
This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of design and technical drawing. You do not need any experience or qualifications and, in fact, the course draws an enormously diverse group, from people wishing to gain a clearer idea of how to do up their own homes to those who want to take up interior design as a profession. I chose Chelsea College of Art because it has a reputation for excellence both in the practical and academic sense. On the first morning we all gathered in the cafeteria looking very anxious and awaiting our tutor Lyndall Fernie, who, from the moment she appeared, exuded confidence, passion and a belief that we could all become fledgling interior designers. She doesn't make things seem easy but she does instill a belief that everything is possible and even a klutz like me can master the basic skills of interior design. By the end of the first day, I was set up at the drawing board, drawing to scale and thinking about design. By the end of the second day, I was sketching furniture! By the end of the course, we all produced a set of beautiful technical drawings and concept and product boards to present to our potential clients. The result was stunning and we all felt a great sense of accomplishment as we listened to the evaluator give her critique. It was an amazing and heady experience! I have never met a more supportive, generous, kind, clever or fun crowd; the course attracts all sorts of people with varying work styles but the tutor allows you the freedom to work in the way which best suits you and allows you to derive the most from the course.
When I'm not taking Short Courses, I work part time in sales and marketing for a jewelry company in London. After a search on the Internet, I came across the Oil Painting course at Chelsea College of Art and thought that the description fitted my needs; I had worked with oils before but had never had any formal tuition and that was what I was looking for. Before I started the course, I am pleased to say that I didn't really have any anxieties as the Short Course team had sent me lots of information on the course, the tutor and the equipment I needed to bring. I was a little concerned that the group would be unfriendly and I hoped I would not be too inexperienced. As soon as I started the course, I was really excited and looking forward to completing the other four days! The tutor was very welcoming explained the outline of the course and immediately put everyone at ease. I also really liked the College facilities and the room that we were in. My favourite element was learning the basics of working with oils; how to start and the best practice for progressing any work. I particularly liked spending the first day doing a practice still life as a group and then being able to work on our own ideas for the remainder of the course. I would most definitely recommend this course to my friends! My one piece of advice to someone who is unsure about studying these courses is: Do your research and find the course that best suits what your abilities are. I found that the videos and course descriptions on the website are excellent so it was really easy to find the ideal course.