This page displays a selection of our optional Advanced Modules, which focus on specific genres. These are available to be purchased after you have successfully completed the first two assignments. Each Advanced Module contains one module and one assignment. A certificate of achievement can be downloaded once the assignment is successfully completed.
SketchUp is an easy to use, powerful tool for interior designers.
The ability to clearly communicate design ideas to clients is a necessary skill for all interior designers and decorators. Whether you are designing a simple furniture layout or a complex floorplan, the use of 3D modelling/rendering software makes the communication and presentation of ideas and designs more efficient for the designer and easier for clients to comprehend.
This SketchUp Advanced Module is suitable for beginners and includes downloadable reading material with over 30 video tutorials!
The price of this Advanced Module does NOT include the software. We recommend you use the free trial first and then purchase the software once the trial ends.
Please note that this module is written based on the PC (Windows) interface for SketchUp. External tutorials to guide Mac (Apple) users will be provided.
Video Tutorial Help Guide
About The Author: Vicki Mullins
SketchUp For Interior Designers
Guide To Studying This Module
Chapter 1 - Computer Requirements
Chapter 2 - Getting Started
Setting Up Your Workspace
Understanding 3D Modelling
Chapter 3 - Toolbox Workshop
How To Use This Chapter
Drawing In SketchUp
Exercise - Drawing Tools
Navigating In SketchUp
Making Selections A Deletions
Selection And Deletion Tools
About Move And Modification Tools
Move And Modification Tools
Exercise - Move And Modify Tools
Chapter 4 - Trays
Exercise - Materials Tray
Components And Groups
Exercise - Simple Room
Chapter 5 - The 3D Warehouse
Exercise - 3D Warehouse
Chapter 6 - Make A House Model
Exercise - Make A House Model
Chapter 7 - Communicating Your Design
Exporting Your Models
Chapter 8 - Produce Technical Drawings
Chapter 9 - Using SketchUp To Complete Module 4 Assignment
Using Layout To Produce Your Floorplan
Take your interior design skills to another level by learning AutoCAD - the industry leader for computer aided design.
In this easy to follow module, author Leigh Romanello will teach you all you need to know about AutoCAD.
The price of this Advanced Module does NOT include the software. We recommend you use the free trial first, then purchase the software once the trial ends.
Please note that this module is written based on the PC (Windows) interface for AutoCAD.
About the Author: Leigh Romanello
AutoCAD for Interior Designers
AutoCAD User Interface
Moving Around the Drawing Window
Setting up the Drawing
Developing the Plan
Creating Professional Drawings
Using Advanced Commands
Drawing Different Types of Lines
Using AutoCAD for Measurements
Dimensioning the Plan
Printing and Plotting the Drawing
Dreaming of starting your own interior design business?
In this module, you will learn about the logistics of starting your own business and the process behind building your brand and marketing your business.
You’ll develop valuable skills for working with clients and establishing a professional reputation. In addition, you’ll learn the different ways of advertising your interior business, including building a website and using social media.
About The Authors
Starting Your Own Business
Your Business Overview
Business Environment And Competition
Sales And Marketing
Setting Up Your Business
Business And Domain Names
Developing An Aesthetic
Branding My Business - Where Do I Begin?
Planning Your Website
Content Creation For Your Website & Blog
Writing - Message, Style, Grammar And Tone
#Idistudent Website Examples
Your Personal Brand
Creating Your Overall ‘Look’
Choosing The Right Platforms
Integrating Social Media On Your Website
Social Media Marketing
The Importance Of Scheduling & Planning
Monitoring And Momentum
Brainstorming And Streamlining
Engage Your Audience
Collaborating With Other Brands
Why Should I Use Different Types Of Marketing?
What Are The Different Types Of Marketing?
Advertising And Direct Mail
Cross Promotion And Referrals
What Is E-Marketing?
Money Matters And Financial Health
How Much Will I Charge?
Will I Need An Office, Staff, And What Equipment?
Financial Health - How Do I Know If My Business Is A Success?
Home staging professionals are highly sought after to create homes that attract buyers and sell for the best price possible. Get ahead of your competition and offer another element to your interior design services with the help of this module.
Whether you want to learn how to stage your own listings or are ready to start your own staging business, this course will equip you with the tools and tips to become a successful property stylist!
Introduction to Home Staging & Property Styling
A Brief History of Style
Styling a Home for Sale
Styling to Sell a Home on a Budget
14 Reasons Why and How Home Staging Works
Staging Areas of the Home
The Services of a Home Stylist
Top 10 Tips for Home Staging
The One Day Stylist
Useful Global Resources
This module will help you learn how plants enrich spaces and inspire you to get creative with greenery.
You will be taught how to create lush sanctuaries and reconnect with nature, curate design-savvy botanical solutions that inspire and invigorate, how to style with plants and create useful, practical outdoor spaces for relaxing, entertaining, playing and working.
Interior Plant Styling
What Is Plant Styling?
Things To Consider
Things To Consider
Reasons To Decorate With Plants
Creating A Look
Applying The Design Principles And Elements
Plant Stylists & Enthusiasts To Follow
The Role Of A Landscaper
Hard Landscaping vs. Soft Landscaping
Build A Native Plant Garden
Save Space For Outdoor Entertaining
Creating An Inviting Outdoor Space
Spruce The Outdoor Space With Colours
Set Down Some Pavers
Add A Container Garden
Introduce Rock Gardens
Design Considerations For Small Spaces
Examine The Soil
Spatial Planning For Landscape Design
The demand for interior designers specialising in commercial design has risen in the last few years. This course provides the know-how and tools students need to take care of projects for hotels, restaurants, cafes, exhibition spaces, offices, retail venues and work in collaboration with real clients.
You will learn how to make commercial places stand out and gain valuable knowledge on how to operate a sustainable design practice. Stay one step ahead and learn everything about commercial design!
Introduction to Commercial Design
Making Work a Pleasure
Example of a Modern Office
Designed For Service
Hotel Suite Design
Retail Therapy – Creating the Right Moves
Design for the Disabled (Universal Design for all)
Sustainable Design Practice
Guidelines for the Responsible Interior Designer
International Trade Exhibitions
You as a Designer
This module will help you explore the professional world of designing innovative, functional and phenomenal kitchens and bathrooms.
You will get access to all of the insider secrets and expert advice on how to design impeccable kitchens and bathrooms.
Discover the importance of layout, style and colour in a kitchen and bathroom design. You’ll learn which questions to ask clients before starting the process.
Introduction to Kitchen & Bathroom Design
Residential Kitchen Design
Selecting Kitchen Units
Selecting Basic Units
Selecting Storage Options
Types of Kitchen Cabinet Door Finishes
Selecting Materials & Finishes for Cabinets
Selecting Countertop Materials
Selecting Splashback Materials
Selecting a Kitchen Sink
Selecting Kitchen Taps
Selecting a Refrigerator
Selecting a Cooker
Selecting a Hood
Selecting a Dishwasher
Selecting Kitchen Lighting
Current Kitchen Trends
Kitchen Mood Boards
Introduction to Bathroom Design
Selecting a Bath
Selecting a Shower
Selecting a Bathroom Sink
Selecting Bathroom Taps
Selecting a Toilet
Selecting Wall Coverings
Selecting Bathroom Lights
Current Bathroom Trends
Bathroom Mood Boards
Our Advanced Module will teach you how to set up and maintain your own website to attract your ideal clients and display your work.
The author, Jason Marty, has years of experience in web and graphic design, working with a huge range of high profile clients. Jason has shared his expertise in an easy to follow step-by-step guide to getting you and your work seen online. The module is based on the Wordpress platform and uses the theme Chameleon.
About the Author: Jason Marty
Setting Up Your Own Website
Understanding Domain Names
What is a Domain Name?
Why Does a Domain Name Have to be Registered?
How Does a Domain Name Work?
Registering Your Domain Name & Buying Hosting
Scenario 1: You Require a Domain Name & Hosting
Scenario 2: You Have a Domain Name & Require Hosting
Scenario 3: You Already Have a Domain Name & Hosting
Domain Name Delegation
Uploading WordPress to Your Server via FTP
Setting up the Database
Completing the WordPress Installation
Building Your Website - Part A
Plan Your Website
Prepare Your Content
Build Your Website
Building Your Website - Part A Check
Building Your Website - Part B
Prepare Your Content
Build Your Website
Building Your Website - Part B Check
WordPress Admin Reference
The WordPress Admin Area
Posts & Pages
Post & Page Content Areas