UK’s interior design courses return to UAE

UK’s interior design courses return to UAE

Chelsea College of Art & Design, Chelsea College of Art & Design (CCAD), Debbie Blandford

The Chelsea College of Art and Design (Chelsea) and London College of Fashion (LCF) are returning to the UAE to hold another series of short courses.

The colleges say this is in response to the overwhelming demand following the programmes already held in Dubai last year.

“The Middle East is fast becoming a hub for design. Our first programme of short courses were a huge success and it was encouraging to see how many people from such diverse backgrounds were interested in interior design. We had students who were taking on smaller personal projects within their homes and offices right the way through to seasoned industry professionals who were looking to further improve their knowledge and refresh their skills.

“There is so much inspiration in the Middle East thanks to its multi-cultural community, which is reflected in the plethora of interior and architectural styles, so it is a great place to come and impart skills and knowledge to those with an interest in design,” said Alanah Cullen, business manager of Chelsea College of Art and Design.

LCF will be hosting a total of 14 courses with Chelsea offering eight, with lecturers travelling from the UK to teach.

Both colleges want to support the development of the fashion and interior design industries in the Middle East and have designed the courses to offer something to both professionals already within these fields or people who are interested in joining them.

Tutors from Chelsea include: Lyndall Fernie who has run her own interior design company, consulted and designed many high-end residential projects and specialises in remodeling exiting projects; Sue McGregor an interior designer for leading consultant Interior Statements Ltd. that specialises in projects for hotels, residential developments, private and commercial properties; and, Debbie Blandford who holds a Masters in Furniture Design and has worked across numerous multi-sector interiors projects for clients including the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The eight courses being offered by CCAD are:

  • The Principles of Interior Design 1 (Five days)
    The Principles of Interior Design 2 (Five Days)
    Starting an Interior Design Business (Two Evenings)
    Lighting Design for interiors (Two days)
    Designing Bespoke Fitted Furniture (Four evenings)
    Creating a Colour Scheme for your Home (Two days)
    Decorating your Villa or Apartment (Three days)
    Interior Design Project Management Consultancy (90 Minutes)

Both colleges are offering a 10% discount on the courses if booked online by April 17, using the code DUBAI10. The event will be held at the Pullman Hotel, Mall of the Emirates between May 17-31, 2012.

To find detailed descriptions of each course and how to book please visit: or call; + 44 (0)20 7514 2104

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