​If you are interested in gaining a qualification in Interior Design,  brushing up on your art skills, or improving the quality of your photography, why not try one of our courses listed below.

Interior Design

The OCNLR Qualifications in Interior Design have been developed to provide an opportunity for learners to acquire and develop the skills and knowledge necessary for working in the interior design industry and are suitable both for those new to interior design as well as those already working in the industry.

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Abstract Painting

​​Discover abstract painting and learn how to keep alive the freedom of expression and individual styles without the anxiety of trying to replicate an image.

During the course you will focus on technical picture elements providing methods of painting that will stimulate creativity. Students do not have to have any painting experience and each week you will be taught how to use brushes, the palette knife, paints and colour effectively, building painting skills as well as widening your imagination and developing originality. To help you understand the abstract way of painting we will also examine the works of historical and contemporary abstract artists and explore why various images are expressive, inspiring and original.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 19:00-21:00 and lasts for 10 weeks.

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Adding Impact to your Photography

​Learn the professional techniques which will make your pictures stand out and help turn your work from snapshots into photographs. This 4 week course, taught by a professional photographer, will cover the key skills which add drama and impact to any subject.

This course runs on Tuesday nights 18.30 - 20.30 for 4 weeks

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Basic Drawing for Beginners

​Develop imaginative and direct observational drawing skills through sketchbook research. Build a personal record of work and understand what you are drawing by becoming involved with the images that you choose to draw. Investigate ideas for murals, develop texture illustration in depth or simply master basic drawing techniques.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 19.00 - 21.00 and lasts for 10 weeks.

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Creative Practical Photography

​This is a practical course based on a weekly cycle of experimentation, discussion, assignments and peer review. Together with the tutor you will cover some alternative digital photography techniques including stop-motion and timelapse movies, lightdrawing, painting with light, geometric abstracts and stroboscopic flash.

This course runs on Monday nights at 18:30-20:30 and lasts for 4 weeks.

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Introduction to dSLR Photography

​A professional photographer shows you how to get the best from your dSLR camera. The course covers exposure, camera controls, lighting, composition and colour. Photographic techniques are examined and project work develops students’ styles.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 18:30-20:30 and lasts for 6 weeks.

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Introduction to Lightroom

​An introduction to Lightroom, a programme that is designed to process large numbers of images quickly and easily. You will do a mock event shoot, taking pictures under different circumstances, lighting conditions and exposures, and create smart collections which form a photographer's portfolio.

This course runs on Tuesday nights 18.30 - 20.30 for 4 weeks

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Key Photographic Techniques

​Creative photography techniques are explained, discussed and practiced with a professional photographer/tutor. Weekly assignments are set and the results reviewed by the class.

This course runs on Monday nights 18.30 - 20.30 for 4 weeks.

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Level 2 Award in Interior Design

​An introduction to the practical skills used in interior design for use in the home or as a stepping stone towards a career.

You will learn Interior Designers’ "tricks of the trade" through elements of design such as colour theory, design inspiration and the background to Interior Design. The course is tutor-led through projects, exercises and tutorials to help the student gain practical skills. With these new skills, the student will be able to create mood boards, plans, sample boards and perspective drawings and how to put together a successful interior design scheme.

This course is validated by Open College Network (OCNLR), a nationally recognised awarding body, and successful completion of the course will result in a Level 2 Award in Interior Design. Fee includes all registration and verification costs.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £112, the first on enrolment, the second by 1 December 2017, and the final payment before 2 March 2018.  If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 18:00-19:30 and lasts for 28 weeks.

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Level 3 Award in Interior Design

​Building on the Level 2 Award in Interior Design, this course looks in greater depth at the key stages to creating an interior.

The students will be able to express their passion for Interior Design through various fun exercises covering colour scheming, period design and trend identification. Developing the skills learnt on the Level 2 course, students will learn how professionals design and communicate their ideas to a client. Tuition will be given on visualisation techniques, including perspective drawing, use of watercolour, shading and presentation. This knowledge can be used for projects in the home or to create a portfolio of work for further study/Interior Design career.

This course is validated by Open College Network (OCNLR), a nationally recognised awarding body, and successful completion of the course will result in a Level 3 Award in Interior Design. Fee includes all registration and verification costs.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £130, the first on enrolment, the second by 1 December 2017, and the final payment before 2 March 2018.  If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 19:30-21:00 and lasts for 32 weeks.

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Life Drawing and Painting

​​Through life drawing and painting, students will have the chance to observe and practise gesture, tone and proportion, including the study of drapery and how materials and clothes invite expression, form and colour to paintings. Students will concentrate on the use of colour, using both wet and dry media (watercolours, inks, acrylics, pastels and oil pastels) and will be encouraged to mix and experiment with materials and textures that will enable creative expression to be developed in a personal way. The course fee includes model fees.

This course runs on Wednesday nights 19.00 - 21.00 and lasts for 10 weeks

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Lino-cut Printing

Lino-cut printing is a fun and absorbing way of turning your drawings into creative prints. Once you have cut your lino you can print as many copies as required and with experimentation prints can be black and white or coloured.

During this course you will be taught how to draw your image, apply the drawing onto the lino ready for cutting, cut the lino and finally print with water-based ink, producing creative and original outcomes.  Students are free to work both in a realistic way or abstract. Lino-cut printing is a process that is steeped in tradition and students will be introduced to the ideas and prints that historical artists have produced.  This course is suitable for all abilities and levels.

This course runs on Tuesday evenings 19.00 - 21.00 for 5 weeks

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Mastering Portrait Photography

​​‘How to shoot people and get away with it’; a professional’s guide to getting the best out of the people you photograph using psychology, body language, charm and feeble jokes.

This course runs on Tuesdays at 18.30 - 20.30 and lasts for 4 weeks.

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People Photography

​People are the most fascinating of all photographic subjects. On this short course a professional photographer guides you through techniques for better portraits, including the three key ways to improve your people photography most rapidly and effectively.

This course runs on Monday nights 18.30 - 20.30 and lasts for 4 weeks.

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Photographic Lighting

​A short course on lighting, which combines basic theory with practical application. Students will gain hands-on experience of professional lighting techniques. The sessions are interactive so that students will gain the greatest benefit. A digital camera is required.

This course runs on Tuesdays 18.30 - 20.30 and lasts for 4 weeks.

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Reinterpreting Iconic Photos

​Classic images from the history of photography are examined, discussed and recreated with the help of a professional photographer. The techniques we discover are then applied to weekly assignments and the results reviewed by the class.

This course runs on Monday nights 18.30 - 20.30 for 4 weeks.

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Speedlite Photography

​Flash terrifies, frustrates or mystifies many photographers; on this course, a professional photographer simplifies flash and introduces a range of techniques that will open up the way to creative flash photography.

This course runs on Monday nights 18.30 - 20.30 and lasts for 4 weeks.

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