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Online Interior Design School Courses for Getting Started

An overview of our Bespoak School curriculum of online interior design courses to help you learn applicable interior design skills.

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If you're interested in learning more about interior design, you might find yourself searching for online courses that you can take regardless of your experience or availability. While there are countless paths you can take on the road to becoming an interior designer, there are a few skills that will propel you in the right direction, and learning from experts in the field is always a good idea.

Top things to know about online interior design school classes when you’re just  getting started:

  • Taking interior design classes online can help you save time and money on your path to becoming an interior designer.
  • When looking for the best online interior design courses for you, look for skills most applicable to your goals after completing the classes.
  • Learning business and project management skills in interior design courses is just as crucial as learning aesthetic principles.

Whether you are interested in pivoting your career or looking to learn a few helpful tips for designing your own space, there's no need to spend years (and lots of dollars) to get started. Before you sign up to learn fancy interior design software and spend years learning skills you might not even use, consider online courses you can take at your own pace.

Here's an overview of Spoak's Bespoak School curriculum — from beginner decorating classes to advanced business management courses — all available with a single click.

Sharpen your aesthetic skills.

These BeSpoak school courses cover everything from scale to styling so you can nail that yummy *just right* feeling in all the rooms you touch. Learn how to think about space, scale, visual weight, balance, and harmony in design. Master intermediate styling skills, like combining colors, textures, and patterns, understanding visual weight, and identifying furniture styles just by the piece's look.

Topics covered in this course:

Learn color, pattern & design theory basics.

Get acquainted with the ins and outs of design lingo, traditional design styles, and color + pattern know-how. Take a crash course in colors, patterns, and the mid-century modern, traditional, art deco, coastal, bohemian, eclectic, farmhouse, rustic, and contemporary design styles.

Topics covered in this course:

Define your style.

Learn how to articulate what feels like very vague concepts into clear aesthetics and define your style. This course includes a step-by-step handbook to help you better understand and communicate your personal style. In level two, you'll learn about the art of mood boarding and the pros and cons of having a signature style.

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Master Spatial Planning.

Learn about spatial planning, how to think about space, and choose the best layout for form and function.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Space Planning
  • Furniture Planning
  • Intro to Elevations
  • How to Make an Elevation

Learn the basics of interior design.

Take the leap from decorating to what it means to be an interior designer in this course. Learn about hard and soft materiality, creating custom furniture & millwork, learning the next level of lighting skills, and choosing the right paint.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Hard Materiality
  • Painting 101
  • Soft Materiality
  • Lighting 101
  • Custom Furniture & Millwork 101

Learn the basics of commercial design.

Go beyond residential and into the exciting (and often intimidating, but no longer!) world of commercial design. This course introduces you to the world of commercial design and all the different varieties it comes in.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Introduction to Commercial Design
  • Commercial Design Types
  • Elements of a Commercial Project

Start your design business/side hustle.

Learn everything you need to take those baby steps from a design-lover into a full-blown design professional in this course.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Design Project Process
  • How to Charge Clients
  • Contracts, Fees, and Pricing Yourself
  • Job Bids & Proposals
  • Getting Started as a Designer
  • How to Build a Website Using Squarespace
  • Getting Trade Discounts

Master money management.

Design business skills are just critical as aesthetic skills as an interior designer. In this course, you'll learn a step-by-step approach to teaching how to manage both your and your client's money as a designer.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Invoicing, Budgeting and Purchasing
  • Client Billing

Master project management.

Project management doesn't have to be scary! This course aims to equip you with the skills and tools you need to master the designer's nonstop hustle.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Writing Professional Emails

Master design communication.

Client communication is a vital skill to learn and master as an interior designer. This course will help you learn how best to work with your clientele.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Art of Persuasion
  • Client Communication

Practice your rendering skills.

Honing your rendering skills is essential when exploring the world of interior design. These classes will help you level up your software skills, from Viz to Photoshop to CAD.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Photoshop 101
  • Intro to SketchUp
  • How to use Viz for Rooms + Mood Boards
  • Introduction to CAD
I've been taking interior design classes at reputable institutions and while I've learned a lot about drafting and design software, I'm finding the BeSpoak School lessons invaluable for the real-life questions I have about invoicing, pricing, and getting started as a designer. I'd been considering pursuing interior design for a long time, and Spoak has helped me answer the big question: "where do I start? - Cristina, Spoak member

A few BeSpoak School FAQ’s:

How long does BeSpoak school take?

The great thing about BeSpoak school courses is that you can take each lesson at your own pace and take as long as you want or need to complete the courses. In your BeSpoak school home page, you can add more goals to your dashboard and see how you track as you learn. You can even take notes as you take the courses and find them later for reference stored in the notes section of your BeSpoak School home page.

What is the difference between BeSpoak School and traditional school?

BeSpoak School was created for those searching for more informal, hands-on, applicable design and business fundamentals. While most traditional interior design classes are focused on learning software and drafting skills, BeSpoak School was created by professional designers to offer the fundamental skills needed to succeed, like what to do if you’re designing for friends and family, or how to charge when you’re just starting out, or what the difference is between oil based and latex based paints. BeSpoak School courses are short, to the point, and unlike traditional school courses, they can be taken at your own pace, anywhere you'd like.

Why take BeSpoak school courses?

If you're curious about what it takes to become an interior designer without a degree or want to learn more about finding the perfect side table to pair with your sofa, BeSpoak School courses can help you on your way. From classes on the basics of working with patterns and colors to detailed pricing structures and tips for billing your first client, BeSpoak School courses share real-life designer trade secrets to give you a head start.

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If you want to hone your craft, take the leap with clients for the first time, or grow your existing design business, join Spoak today.

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October 21, 2022
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