Interior Design Diploma Course - List of Subjects

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The interior design course materials have been prepared by many qualified specialists, and comprise some 350,000 words and over 1,000 illustrations, including hundreds in colour. They are in the exact proportions of the Classical Greek design principle known as the Golden Section (or the Golden Rule, the Divine Proportion, or the Golden Ratio).

"You have matched form with function with this avant garde design of materials. It really does look world class, and puts Rhodec in the forefront of 21st Century formatting."

(Mike Lambert, Executive Director, Distance Education and Training Council.)


Subjects will be studied in this order:

Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD1
Materials
UNIT DURATION: 4 MONTHS

Materials

Course orientation; General approach; Sample boards; The elements and principles of design; Natural materials - stone, wood, slate etc; Synthetic materials - brick, glass, plastics, etc; Applied materials - wallpapers, paints, murals etc; Soft furnishings - textiles, carpets, curtains etc; Properties and suitability of materials; Collecting samples; Cataloguing and storage of samples, brochures etc; Dealing with suppliers and manufacturers; Measuring Rooms and Estimating Materials Quantities; Sketchbook studies.

10 Tests : M1 - M10

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD2
A History of Interior Design
UNIT DURATION: 4 MONTHS

A History of Interior Design

Advice on Planning and Writing Your Essays; Introduction and Survey of Early Historical Styles; From Ancient Greece to the Middle Ages; A Golden Age: Interiors of the Renaissance; The Age of Exuberance: European Baroque; The Aristocratic Age: Rococo and Contemporary Styles; The Neo-Classical Interior; Towards Stylistic Variety: from Empire and Regency to the Romantic Period and Historicism; 19th Century Reforms and the Art Nouveau; The Modern Age; Sketchbook studies.

8 Tests : HD1 - HD8

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD3
Drafting for the Interior Designer
UNIT DURATION: 4 MONTHS

Drafting for the Interior Designer

Materials and their use; Drawing practice; Ink drawing; Scale drawing; Orthographic, Axonometric, Isometric and Oblique projection; Lettering - origin, Roman, free-hand and stencil lettering; Drawing office practice for representing details on drawings; Presentation drawing; One- and Two-Point Perspective drawing; An Introduction to CAD (Computer-Aided Design); Sketchbook studies.

8 Tests : D1 - D8

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD4
Design
UNIT DURATION: 3 MONTHS

Design

Creativity; The Design Process; Spatial Relationships (organisation of two dimensional space, organisation of three dimensional space); Natural Form (observations of surface patterns and textures); Construction and Proportion; The Golden Section; Fibonacci Series; Light and Optical Illusion; Bauhaus; Illuminated Space Studies; The Scheme; Sketchbook studies.

5 Tests : De 1 - De 5

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD5
Colour
UNIT DURATION: 3 MONTHS

Color

The nature of colour; Primaries including Additive, Subtractive and Medials; Secondary and tertiary colour; The natural order of colour; Discordant colour; Watercolour equipment; Gouache; Colour notation; The Munsell System; Comparisons; Colour Standards; Pastel tints and shades; Colour mixing to graded scales; Neutral grey; Hues and tones; The use of pencil crayon to modify gouache; Colour harmony; Psychology of colour; Colour rendering; Textures and reflections; Basic schemes; Colour and safety in industry; Colour for non-residential applications; Period colour; Introduction to other colouring media; Practical applications; Planning a colour scheme; Techniques and interiors; Sketchbook studies.

6 Tests : C1 - C6

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD6
Furniture and Fittings, Part One
UNIT DURATION: 3 MONTHS

Furniture and Fittings, Part One

Planning rooms; Presenting your ideas; Space in the home; Heating; Kitchens and bathrooms; Universal Design (Designing for Special Needs); Accessories; Antiques; Lighting; Window treatments; Sketchbook studies.

6 Tests : FF1 - FF6

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD7
Furniture and Fittings, Part Two
UNIT DURATION: 4 MONTHS

Furniture and Fittings, Part Two

Furniture materials; Building materials; Metals; Timber; Plastics; Upholstery; Anthropometrics and ergonomics; Design 'Off The Top Of Your Head'; Sketchbook studies.

7 Tests : FF7 - FF13

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD8
Construction of Interiors
UNIT DURATION: 4 MONTHS

Construction of Interiors

Basic Principles; Foundations and External Walls; Windows and External Doors; Roofs; Floors and Ceilings; Partitions; Stairs; Environmental Services; Structural Materials; Surfaces; A Building Survey and Measured Drawings; Sketchbook studies.

11 Tests : Con 1 - Con 11

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD9
Professional Practice
UNIT DURATION: 2 MONTHS

Professional Practice

First Requirements; Setting Up Your Own Business; Managing Projects; Attending Exhibitions and Obtaining Discounts; Sketchbook studies.

3 Tests - PP1 - PP3

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Interior Design Diploma Course Unit RD10
Final Test
UNIT DURATION: 5 MONTHS

Final Test

A major project which requires you to put into practice the skills which have been acquired over the course to produce a Portfolio of drawn and written work to professional standards in answer to a number of design questions. When the whole course and this Final Test have been satisfactorily completed your Diploma will be forwarded in due course.

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The Rhodec Diploma

All grades are awarded on the basis of the grades achieved during the course in conjunction with the standard of the Final Test. The Ordinary Diploma is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed the Diploma Course including the Final Test.

The Diploma with Merit is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed the Diploma Course including the Final Test but who are deemed above average in design methodology, technical ability and presentation. Depending on the standard, a Lower Merit or an Upper Merit will be awarded.

The Diploma with Distinction is awarded to students who have produced exceptional work.

Diploma holders may use the designation RIDipl, RIDipl(Merit) or RIDipl(Dist) as appropriate.

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