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Online Short Courses


These short courses are for anyone interested in the world of design. Each one is aimed at giving you the basic foundation knowledge and skills in the specialised areas. Developed with our industry partners to ensure the most relevant content for you to have the best introduction into your chosen subject.

What is it like to study online?

At iscd we build our online courses to be community-driven in how we engage with self-paced modules on an easy to navigate platform. Using video, discussion boards and fun practical activities so your learning is memorable and engaging. Mentored by an education trainer at key points during the course so you feel confident in how to apply your newly learnt skills.

How you learn

Our online courses are designed to optimise your touch points and create a dynamic and engaging learning experience. All your support is through a dedicated online learning portal and you will receive support from an industry trainer. Throughout your study, feedback is provided at key activities and/or projects. When studying online with iscd you will become a member of a community allowing you the opportunity to share, learn and network with other students.

Your enrolment is a subscription-based model, with full access to all published resources and selected trainer feedback for the published duration of the course. (See the specific course page for more details.)

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Styling Essentials:

Styling is the practice of creating a beautiful room, studio or set to meet a brief for a particular aesthetic for a large-scale photo shoot, product photography or flatlay. These skills are applicable for product styling, set styling, photography styling or interior styling.

This course, endorsed by the Home Beautiful editorial team, with inspiring, beautiful and course-relevant content from Home Beautiful magazine. Covering the latest in local and international design trends; practical case studies with lots of take-out ideas, and expert styling tips, tricks and advice.

The course culminates in analysing a styling brief and providing a complete styling solution. With a Q&A session with the Home Beautiful editorial team so you can learn to style with confidence..


Colour Design:

Learn about colour from the experts with this course designed along side Haymes Paints. Gain knowledge of terminology, psychology, and the complexities of colour relationships in action. Understand how to apply colour to space through spatial planning and mood. Understand the impact of light, architectural design influences, the basics in various paint technicalities. Culminate in analysing numerous client scenarios and providing a complete colour scheme to a brief.


Surface Design:

A Surface Designer creates two-dimensional designs that are suitable for a wide range of applications. Applicable to fabric, fashion, bed and kitchen linen, homewares, stationery, retail packaging, graphic design executions and wallpaper to name a few. This requires versatility on the part of both the designer and the design as you work to different technical specifications for each. In this course we teach you the foundations in creating original designs while creating your own pattern bank then working on Illustrator to gain the technical skills required to create and develop basic patterns into repeat. Your personal design style is nurtured through the course with 1:2:1 feedback on your as you progress.