SID01) Interior Design (Basics)

In this course, you will learn the creative journey of interior design stage by stage. You will get an introduction to what interior design really is and explore the essential concepts and tools for implementing an exciting idea into a physical space.

Class Outline

1. Introduction to Interior Design:

  • a) Explanation of what interior design is and what it encompasses
  • b) Brief history of interior design
  • c) Examples of interior designers’ work with various styles
  • d) Introduction to understanding space

2. Understanding Space: 2D Plans & 3D Spaces

  • a) Learning to translate 3-dimensional space into 2-dimensional plans; i.e. architectural drawings (plans/ sections/ elevations)
  • b) Understanding measurements and scaling
  • c) Learning basics of drafting standards, abbreviations, and symbols

Project (Part 1): Drawing a scaled floor plan from a 3D-printed miniature house.

3. Space Planning & Circulation

  • a) Learning the basics of space planning and circulation based on contextual information and zoning requirements
  • b) Learning how to use space planning techniques such as bubble diagrams and block plans

Project (Part 2): planning the space of a floor plan based on given information and requirements using bubble diagrams and block plans

4. Colors & Materials: Mood Boards

  • a) Explaining color theory and psychology
  • b) Understanding light and color in interior spaces
  • c) Overview of the variety of materials, their characteristics and applications
  • d) Overview of the variety of furniture and fixtures (FF&E)
  • e) Examples of mood boards and collages 

 *A visit to the materials library at VCU-Qatar

Project (Part 3): based on previous parts of the project, the student will develop their own mood board. 

Project (Part 4): create a collage of colors and textures, furniture and fixtures to visualize the mood of a room.

5. Visualization: Tools to Visualize Your Concept

  • a) Drafting and sketching: understanding perspective
  • b) Examples of software used to create plans and 3D renderings for interior design
  • c) Discussing recent trends in interior design and its future advances

Project (Part 5): sketch a one-point perspective room using the mood board and collage created in the previous classes

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and bring them to every class.

  • scale rulers
  • tracing paper
  • marker paper pad
  • technical drawing pens
  • colored markers 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Mon, 6 Feb, 2023
Mon, 13 Mar, 2023
6:00pm - 8:00pm
QAR 850


Nada Luai Abbara

Nada Abbara is an artist and multidisciplinary designer, who earned a BFA in Interior Design in 2019, and an MFA in Design in 2021. She currently works as a multidisciplinary designer at one of the most renowned architectural companies in Qatar, Arab Engineering Bureau. She is also a co-founder of Abbara, a design and art startup company.

Her passion for design propelled her learning process throughout years of practice. She developed her creative identity through the exposure to various fields and experiences that encompass set design and filmmaking, graphics and illustrations, art and prints, robotics and research. Her research interest is focused on merging the internet of things with physical spaces to create interactive spaces. She believes that architectural spaces should not be perceived or treated as passive enclosures that are encountered, but rather interacted with; not merely lived but alive.