This is an introductory intensive beginner’s course which covers the fundamentals in planning different types of events and selecting the right kind of venue, furniture layout, decoration, furniture and catering. The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to more expertly organize their own private parties or for those who are considering a new career in this field. Students must work on a project whereby they select an event to plan and decorate, which they will present in the final lesson. They must demonstrate a full understanding of event planning and party décor with a project consisting of: Planning checklist & timeline; Scaled furniture layout of venue; Mood Board; Budget breakdown & vendor list. Students must also sit an end of course test.
• Overview of course and final project
• General event Planning Checklist and Timeline
• Vendors – Décor, Furniture, Linens, Florals, Catering, Light & Sound
• Mood Boards for Thanksgiving & Christmas celebrations
• Student Activity: Create a mood board for a Christmas or Thanksgiving celebration
• Choosing an appropriate venue
• Drawing a scaled furniture layout plan 1:50 scale of venue
• Checklist for wedding planning
• Wedding themes, venues, furniture configurations and mood boards
• Student Activity: Create a mood board for a wedding and draw a scaled plan of venue
• Budget breakdown & vendor list
• Mood boards for Eid and Diwali celebrations
• Table settings, centerpieces and décor
• Children’s birthday parties: Themes, venues, entertainment, décor and food
• Student Activity: Create a mood board for an Eid or Diwali celebration & budget breakdown & vendor list
• End of course test
• Project presentations
• Tutor feedback to presentations
• Visit to vendor
• Student Activity: Create a table setting
Entry requirements: High school diploma and an adequate knowledge of English.
• Laptop (optional but preferred) with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel programs downloaded (2013 version or more recent) charger, wheel mouse and USB memory stick. Students must have proficient working knowledge of their laptop (PC or Mac) and be able to navigate it without supervision. For any students that are not computer literate or familiar with the above programs, they should bring in any magazines related to interior design/decoration/food/weddings that they can use for their mood boards. Budget breakdowns can be done manually with a calculator.
• Scaled architect’s ruler with 1:50 scale
• A4 Graph paper & A4 tracing paper
• Mechanical pencil with .5mm lead
• Scissors & glue stick
• Notepad & pen
Completion Letter: If students successfully pass the final course project and test, they will receive a ‘Letter of Completion’ Certificate which is a useful starting point into a new relevant career. If students miss more than one lesson, they will be required to repeat the whole course at the original fee paid. The letter displays the British Interior Design Institute (BIID) and the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID) logos which are internationally recognised.
Notes: Class size min. 4 students/max.18. Places available on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings (with 100% payment) must be made at least 10 days prior to the course commencing. The fee is non-refundable unless a course is cancelled in which case it will be 100% refundable.
Tutor: Sharon Conneely-Donaldson
Fee: AED 2,310/US$ 651 (includes 5% VAT)