Interior Design BTEC Pearson Level 3 Certificate

This practical course leads to a L3 BTEC Certificate in Art and Design (3D Design) and is invaluable for those aiming to work in interior design or related fields, or who need to build a portfolio of interior design work for progression to Higher Education in spatial/3D design.
The course aims to develop your knowledge of materials and processes, contextual knowledge and practical skills. One core and three specialist units, each with a different focus, will be covered*, as follows:
Visual Recording in Art and Design
3D Design Media, Techniques and Technology
Small Scale Design
Large Scale Design
* not necessarily in the order listed above - units may be taught concurrently or overlap.

Course Content

The course aims to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to design effective and creative interior solutions using appropriate techniques and materials.

There is one core unit which spans the year, and three selected specialist units as follows:
Core unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design
This unit aims to extend learners? ability to select and visually record from a range of sources in order to communicate information to different audiences, using appropriate presentation methods and for a range of specific purposes.
Learners will build their visual language skills and understanding through using the formal elements (line, tone, colour, shape, pattern, surface, structure etc.) in a wide range of visual studies activities, developing the ability to identify and select for different purposes appropriate visual qualities from direct observation. Understanding the process of exploring and recording will involve experimenting with mark making using varied materials, techniques and processes appropriate to interior design.

Specialist unit 2: 3D Design Media, Techniques and Technology
The aim of this unit is to encourage learners to develop the skills, understanding and knowledge of working with a range of 3D materials in order to fully realise the potential of their ideas.
On completion of this unit learners will:
Know about the characteristics and properties of 3D materials
Be able to investigate 3D media, techniques and technology
Be able to use 3D media, techniques and technology safely
Understand own use of 3D media, techniques and technology.
Specialist Unit 3: Small Scale Design
This unit aims to develop learners? skills, knowledge and understanding, investigating small-scale design to their specialist pathway (in this case Interior Design). Learners will gain an insight into different practitioners? ideas and approaches and will use their research to inform and inspire their own practice. This unit will develop learners? skills in using small-scale design methods, by carrying out a design brief, analysing requirements, developing ideas and producing outcomes and reviewing the process at all stages.
On completion of this unit learners will:
Understand the purpose of a small-scale design project
Understand the context in which specialist work was produced
Understand the function, purpose and qualities of creative small scale design
Be able to develop and produce design ideas for a small-scale design project
Know how to review working methods used to realise outcomes for a small-scale design project.
Specialist Unit 4: Large Scale Design
The aim of this unit is to develop learners? skills in large-scale design.
It enables learners to explore and experiment with the manipulation of ideas and models in specialised areas of study such as architecture and interior design, environmental design, exhibition and display design, urban design and landscape design.
On completion of this unit learners will:
Understand a brief for a large-scale design project
Be able to develop design ideas for a large-scale design project
Be able to produce design ideas for a large-scale design project
Know how to review working methods used to realise outcomes for a large-scale design project.
All units require learners to develop and present creative ideas in response to a brief. You will evaluate your own and others' work in terms of aesthetic values, innovative values, functionality and fitness for purpose.

This is a project-led course in which you will learn through practical demonstration, formal instruction and individual tuition, but primarily by working towards your individual design solution to a given brief.

Entry Requirements

Tutor approval is required for this course. Please apply online and someone will contact you to arrange an interview.

This course is designed to follow on from the BTEC L2 Certificate in Interior (3D) Design, or for those with equivalent experience in Interior Design (i.e. approximately one year studying one day per week). An understanding of perspective, scale drawing and model making is essential, as is a passion for interior design and a willingness to experiment with new materials and techniques. Previous art and design experience (e.g. life drawing, painting, illustration etc.) is highly desirable. No knowledge of AutoCAD/Sketch Up is necessary, as you will learn these programs to some extent during the course.

This is essentially a practical, project-led course of learning, not a theoretical or lecture-driven course, so you must be prepared to study and progress your projects independently, both inside and outside the class.

One-to-one tuition will be given and an individual learning plan drawn up to help you achieve your personal goals.

First Class Requirements

A memory stick (4GB) to save your work is essential. It is useful to have access both to the internet and to any software outside the class so that you can practise what you have learned in class.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential.

Assessment Methods

Your progress will be assessed through in-class observation and your final grade determined on submission of your coursework folder.

Further Study Options

This course could usefully be taken in conjunction with other interior design courses such as AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Up cycling etc., or with other art and design courses such as graphic design (including digital design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator), as well as traditional drawing, painting, illustration, ceramics, glass and woodwork courses.
Please ask your course tutor for advice during the course.

Additional Information

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