Interior Design Course Online - HND Program

Distance Learning HND Interior Design
Distance Learning HND Interior Design

If you have successfully completed a Diploma course in interior design, or desire to “upgrade” your level in the lucrative interior design profession, you can achieve this by enrolling for an HND course.

(The Diploma course in Interior design and decoration forms the first part of this course study).

You may also consider enrolling for the course if you wish to learn marketing and other business skills associated with the industry. The wise decision will certainly do a lot to compliment your design skills.

After completing the HND course, you should have the ability to:

  • Control and design all the factors of internal spacing and layout
  • Have the ability to strip apart and then rebuild interior spaces
  • Offer interior design project management services whereby you can exhibit you techniques and skills

Major Topics Covered In HND Interior Design

  • History of Design and Period Décor
  • Construction & Structural Renovation
  • Design Communication
  • Design Materials & Furnishings
  • Commercial Design
  • Professional Interior Design Practice

Find Art and Design Colleges of Repute Online

Study for HND in Interior Design at accredited colleges of repute online in Canada and USA.

You can obtain your degree from any part of the world you may reside in.

1. History of Design and Period Décor

It is inevitable that throughout the career of an interior designer, there will be times when you may have a project where you have to recreate period interiors to various degrees of authenticity. At the distance learning HND course, you will be taught about historical styles and designs and their relevance in today’s interiors.

You will become familiar with those who have 'moved' the design world and you will be able to carry out research and critical analysis of design styles of the past era.

In this class, you will review the main historical events of the past and discover history's influence on design developments and movements.

Subjects covered in this class include:

  • Critical Analysis

You will be taught how political and social circumstances in the past have influenced styles of today's interior design.

  • Early Design Styles

All design styles, ranging from Egyptian to the Gothic, Victorian and Rococo styles will be covered in this class.

  • Turning Points in History of Design

Learning about the turning points in history such as the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the Dark Ages and the Information Age, and how it has a great impact and influence on the way we live.

  • Global Design Styles

This covers the development of regional variations around the world in terms of western and non-western design styles.

  • Review of Design Styles Throughout History

Design styles from the Baroque to the Victorian ages and onwards will be covered in this topic.

  • Modernism

You’ll learn about modern design styles of the 21st century, and possible futuristic designs in the beyond.

2. Construction and Structural Renovation

This HND course topic explores construction in detail as it relates to an interior architect. You must be able to communicate professionally with architects and contractors after learning this class topic.

You will, at the end of this course, be able to basically “gut and rebuild” almost any interior no-load bearing structure to interpret your design concepts.

Subjects covered in this class include:

  • Principles of Building Design

Learning about building construction and understanding how things are done, and why they are done, from foundation to roof construction.

  • Interior Renovations

You will learn how to alter or make major structural changes to an existing structure, which is referred to as renovations. You will also be taught about how to meet legal and building requirements.

  • Planning Building Layouts

Working on commercial project layouts, and how to plan the interior space and partitioning of such structures.

  • Staircases and Disabled Aspects of Design

Learn how to incorporate staircases into your interior design creations, and know how to develop access for the physically challenged.

  • Building Services

Learn how to plan electrical, plumbing and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) layouts and how to do full specifications for all building services.

  • Lighting and Security

Learn how to design commercial lightings systems and the required security regulations that it demands.

  • Whole Building Design

In order to improve the quality of life of the intending occupants of a building, you will have to learn how to plan your building interiors so that layouts, finishes and systems work together in synchronisation and effectively.

3. Design Communication

In this class you will be taught about specialist techniques on how to produce professional drawings, clear and detailed specifications, and contractual agreements. This ensures that projects are executed correctly without unnecessary and therefore costly mistakes.

Drawings and illustrations cross all language barriers and therefore can be used to illustrate design concepts and ideas at the early stages of any project.

With this, and at this stage, you get the all important feedback and the necessary approvals before commencement of any construction works.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Advanced Drawing Techniques

Learn how to achieve clarity, precision and accuracy in working drawings

  • Detailed Drawings

Prepare detailed drawings to help in communicating construction and installation methods.

  • Design Briefs and Specifications

Learn how to create templates for specifications and how to prepare schedules of works for contractors.

  • 3-Dimensional Representations

Learn how to do axonometric, isometric and perspective drawings. Step by step instructions on how to do these both manually and with the use of 3D software.

  • Rendering

Learn how to produce visually stunning drawings or sketches with great impact, but simple efforts.

4. Design Materials & Furnishings

Interior architects and designers have a wider choice when it comes to materials available for structural designs and how they can or should be used within a design concept.

The design materials available range vastly and include materials such as stainless steel, granite, marble, glass blocks, mirrors, wood, and concrete.

In this class, you are taught how to examine the main materials available and know the advantages and disadvantages of their individual use. You’ll discover how these materials can be used creatively and effectively in design ideas and concepts.

Subjects covered in this class include:

  • Designing the Environment

Learn about how design choices affect our environment, and learn all about 'designing green'.

  • Consumer Response

What people choose and believe in, and the psychological associations attached to individual client choices.

  • Design Methods

Learn how design decisions are based on production, installations and general maintenance.

  • Performance versus Cost

How well and for how long and how suitable the choices of materials are in the long term.

  • Mass Production

How the scale of projects and the demand of consumers has an influence on modern design approaches.

  • Regulation and Standards

Legal standards and ethical standards, and how they should conform to the selections of materials made.

5. Commercial Designs

Helping your clients to choose a design style and image that is relevant and appropriate to their corporate identity and business strategies is required in the commercial design area. You need to achieve a theme that will create an impact on clients’ corporate staff and customers, one that will help their business profits.

The many stages in commercial design are identified in this class, and you will be able to produce effective results for your clients without compromising on your own creativity.

You will learn about the latest in neuroscience and architectural fields, and know how these can be incorporated to produce more beneficial designs.

Subjects covered include:

  • Ergonomics and Universal Designs

You learn how to create great designs for individuals and the community at large.

  • Business and Design Psychology

Finding out what works and why.

  • Designing for Industries

Learn about designing for industries and identifying the common design requirements of the various industrial sectors.

  • Establishing Goals

Your clients will have goals that you have to adapt to, and work around.

  • Commercial Design Cycle

Learning how to create effective designs for medium and large scale projects.

  • Teamwork

How do you work as a team member to achieve success in a design project? Learn how to identify your role and co-ordinate with fellow team members.

  • Effective Selling

Creating designs that sells you and your client’s products and/or services.

6. Professional Practice

As a professional interior designer, you have to possess the ability to plan and implement your projects successfully. You will need project management skills including the ability to organise and schedule your works.

With the HND interior design program, you will discover the various ways you can utilise your talents, either as an employer or an employee.

You will be able to market yourself as a professional interior designer and go out to the world, confidently pursuing your chosen career.

Subjects covered include:

  • Define your Role

Identify the services you wish to provide and how to implement turn-key projects.

  • Project Management

Schedules, work orders and time management of projects. Learn how to use all the effective templates and techniques required for designers.

  • Budgeting

Learn how to prepare a workable budget, making sure to prevent unwanted cost hikes.

  • Project Monitoring

Oversee a successful design execution with progress reports and amendments.

  • Marketing

Learn to research simple ways to help you get the clients.

  • Contracts and Pricing

How to use documents and work with agreements to protect yourself and your clients.

  • Professional Responsibilities

Code of ethics must meet ethical and legal obligations.

  • Career Paths

You will learn about the various options of niches available to interior designers that you can choose from.

  • Presentations

How to have a good portfolio that sells you and presents your works to a variety of audiences

  • Building Contacts and Resources

This subject teaches you the basics of building up a good database of a core team of contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers.

Interior Design Course Materials You’ll Get

All course materials and learning tools will be delivered to you, and you will be assigned a personal tutor who will interact with you online and sometimes by telephone. Physical materials will be delivered to you by post.

Your assigned tutor works with you and reviews all your works and assignments. These are one of the benefits of distance learning classes.

You will get practical and technical information, including audio-visual tools on CD's in languages and illustrations that are quite simple to understand and quick to learn.

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HND Course Duration

As a distance learning student, it shouldn’t take you more than 3 years tops, but, the course can be completed in as little as 2 years online depending on each individual online student’s capabilities and available time to study.

In some schools, the course may be deferred and time extensions given, but only in extreme or special cases such as illness.

Remember you can manage your time effectively, and work extra hours at it if you so wish. But if you need more time, this can be worked out agreeably, depending on the college you enrol with.

If you can commit as much as 10 to 12 hours every week to the HND course consistently, you can complete the program within 24 months.

As a home student, you can create a schedule to fit snugly into your lifestyle.

Skills and Knowledge Acquired as an Online Student

The projects that you work on throughout your HND course provide a way to demonstrate all the skills and knowledge you have acquired throughout the course. They simulate similar design projects you will be faced with in the interior design industry.

Most works are very practical and even though you'll need great commitment, there is the excitement factor which you can't afford to miss.

And to top it all, you will discover that you will have great pride and a sense of accomplishment pursuing this distance learning HND course in Interior Design.

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keira7 7 years ago

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RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

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sreeiit 6 years ago

Very good article. You write well and provide some valuable information..

steve nicks 6 years ago

Nice posting this article to have some views about online interior design schools. It is really cool.

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agent007 5 years ago from Florida

Another great in-depth article! If I were going to school for interior design this definitely would've swayed me over!

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ecamper23 5 years ago

This is a great opportunity for those looking to supplement architecture or design.

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