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GET A HEAD START

IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY

Career focused training in the creative and construction industries. With personal mentoring, bespoke briefs, a professional portfolio and work experience, we support you in to your dream career. Study the Designer Development Course in our Hackney studio or online.

Course

WHAT WILL

YOU LEARN?

Taught by industry professionals, you will master the most in-demand design software, build a professional portfolio and website, and gain work experience through our professional partners in London.

On completing the program you will have earned 20 separate design software certifications as well as an overall Designer Development Certificate. We use our local links in the creative hub of East London and give you the support and network to embark on a new creative career or start your own business.

You will complete 4 self-directed design projects, enabling you to build an exciting and relevant portfolio of work. Your projects enable you to contextualise and develop your design software skills. Projects can be live or hypothetical. Redesigning your own home or completing projects for work experience placements are both great ideas for portfolio development.

SOFTWARE CERTIFICATION

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Revit

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After Effects

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AutoCAD

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SketchUp

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Illustrator

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3D Printing

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Vectorworks

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InDesign

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Cinema 4D

Rhino

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Photoshop

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Fusion

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INFO

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CAREER PATHS

Architectural Assistant 

Interior Design

Exhibition Design

Furniture Design

CAD Technician

Revit Technician

Landscape Design

Engineering Technical Assistant

Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

Digital Design

Graphic Design

Digital Illustration

Fashion Accessory Design

Model Making

3D Printing

Construction Technical Assistant

Visual Merchandising

Lighting Design

Lighting Design

Lighting Design

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WHO SHOULD

TAKE THIS COURSE?

CAREER
CHANGERS

Learn the most in-demand skills to start a new creative career.

Are you looking for a more fulfilling career? On our course, you will be taught by practicing designers and architects. You will learn the most in-demand skills and gain valuable insights into the industry.

You will complete the course with 19 software certifications, a portfolio, and career advice, as well as becoming part of our creative community.

CREATIVE 
ENTREPRENEURS

Get the support to go freelance or set up your own business.

As well as helping people to find jobs in the creative industries we can provide you with the skills and support to set up your own creative businesses.

 

With the design software skills you have learnt you will be able to produce your own branding and marketing materials. We will help you to build a professional website and help you create a network of industry connections.

FUTURE DESIGN TECHNICIANS

You don't need a degree to work in design.

If you want a career in the creative industries, but don't want the debt, you can learn the vocational skills you will need to go into a technical role. For less money and time than a University Degree, we can give you a head start in your career. 

There are many technical roles available in the creative industries. Our training will give you the essential software skills to make new ideas into reality. Then work your way up on the job.

FOUNDATION 

Make the most of your University education.

The theory and intellectual rigour of a university education will be a great experience and will add valuable depth to your ideas.

However, you will need to balance this with practical skills. Our 9 -month program can provide a great foundation and give you the skills to make the most of your University experience. We have trained lecturers and course leaders from across the country. We may have even been responsible for teaching your teachers.

GRADUATES

Complete your C.V with industry relevant skills.​

Graduation is the first step in your creative career. Design software skills are essential for the work you will be doing.

Our courses are taught by industry professionals and will equip you with the most up to date skills and best practices. We will also give you career advice, help with creating your portfolio and connections from our community of creative professionals.

About
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Why LFDS?

WHY CHOOSE

LONDON FIELDS

DESIGN SCHOOL?

Our passion is helping people to reach their full creative potential through design software training. We use our teaching expertise, industry knowledge and networks to help the next generation of creatives kickstart their careers. 

 

You will be studying alongside professionals already working in design for some of the UK's most exciting companies. The connections you make in the classroom may lead to employment and collaborative projects. We use our database of past clients to help you secure meaningful work experience.

 

We have helped hundreds of people to retrain and break into a fulfilling career in the creative industries.

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Your Personal Mentor 
Ben Taylor is the founder and director of Taylor Hawkes Design Studio, London Software Training and London Fields Design School.
He has over 10 years experience running design courses in universities and colleges across London.
His passion is helping people reach their creative career goals.

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Fady 
Teaching Spatial Design, AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp at London Fields Design School.
Fady is the Founder of V7 Architects, also a Lecturer at the Department of Architecture at Cairo University, and an Architectural Engineering academic completing his PhD at UCL.

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Emanuel
Teaching Illustration, Graphic Design, Photoshop and InDesign at London Fields Design School.
Emanuel is a freelance graphic and illustration designer, working with a variety of clients such as The Sunday Times, Harper Collins, and the Financial Times. He is also the LFDS lead graphic and illustration lecturer.

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Liam
Teaching Spatial Design, Vectorworks, SketchUp, and Revit at London Fields Design School.
After studying Environmental Science at Queen Mary’s, Liam pursued a creative career and understood that he did not need a university degree to pivot into design. He directed his practice toward architecture and 3D programs. He has consulted with numerous design studios across 
London and the UK. A lot of his practice involves designing music festivals.  

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Dani
Teaching Illustration, Motion Graphics, Illustrator and AfterEffects at London Fields Design School.
Dani is a freelance motion designer with a large client base and a dedicated tutor here at LFDS.
His passion is passing on his expert knowledge and supporting students into becoming well-rounded designers.  

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Amr
Teaching Spatial Design, AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp at London Fields Design School.
Amr is an architect and researcher, having won a number of international design competitions. Participating in academic teaching for 7 years, as well as undertaking PHD research related to building energy performance. 

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Luisa
Teaching 3D Design, 3D Printing and Rhino at London Fields Design School. Luisa has a background in Architecture. Her practice focuses on exploring and implementing the sustainability and fabrication advantages of 3D Printing, looking at how 3D printing can help lower our carbon footprint - from collecting micro plastics in the sea and reducing consumer consumption.

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Matt
Teaching Product Design, Furniture Design, 3D Printing and Rhino at London Fields Design School.
Matt is the founder of Animaro Design Studio. Combining art and engineering to create playful moving furniture. Taking everyday objects and adding a greater dimension to them.

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Harvey

Teaching 3D Printing at London Fields Design School.

Harvey first got into 3D printing more than ten years ago - he's captivated by the technical and creative side of this exciting technology. With 3D printing, people can produce parts they cannot make in any other way. Its versatility enables designers to use a wide variety of materials, making it one of the most sustainable practices in design.

CORPORATE CLIENTS

Employment Testimonials

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Having worked in the service industry for several years, I was stuck in a rut and keen to work in design. Throughout my studies at London Fields Design School, I was motivated and supported to push myself and reach out to my dream companies. Covering all of the key software to such a high level, meant that I was an immediate asset to potential employers. After graduating I secured a full-time job with iMakr, 3D modelling, 3D printing and generally being creative! Thank you so much to Ben and the team - I would highly recommend!

Ricardo Naveira

Designer & Model Maker - iMakr

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WHERE WILL

YOU STUDY?

We are in the most creative area of the UK. London Fields has the highest proportion of creatives per square metre than anywhere else in the country.

Among our neighbours are architects, interior, furniture, exhibition, fashion and graphic designers, as well as a community of independent creative businesses and entrepreneurs. As part of your studies here, you will become a part of this community.

With flexible studio days, you can easily commute, or study online. The part-time program can work around your schedule. 
 

With work placements playing a key role in your course, you will start to make your own connections and meet the people you could go on to work with. You may even be studying alongside them.

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COURSE

DETAILS

DATES AND FEES

Pick your start date

6 month to 2-year program

Study in-class, live online or blended learning

Study in the daytime, evening or combination

Fit your studies around work

Plan and change unit dates free of charge

Live online Course fees

£5500 Graphic Design

£7500 Designer Development

In-class and blended Course fees

£6000 Graphic Design

£9000 Designer Development

Within 60 days of paying your enrolment fee (£2000), if you decide not to continue the course, we will offer a full refund, minus your enrolment fee and any training costs beyond what the enrolment fee covers.

COURSE 
STRUCTURE

Learn design software to a professional industry standard

Taught by designers, architects, and software pros

Bespoke, self-directed design briefs tailored to your career pathways

Design your course structure to fit around work commitments

Free access to use our computers
and software to develop your skills and projects.

Up to 20 Design software certifications

Designer Development Certificate

CAREER
SUPPORT

Work placements in creative companies

Career advice from your personal mentor

Complete the course with a portfolio and website

Support in finding employment 

 

Set up as a freelancer or start your own creative business

Course Units and Structure

With all of the units in your chosen course available, design a schedule that best suits you using the calendars below. Units can be studied during the day, in the evening, in-class, live-online or a combination of all 4 methods of learning. Create your own calendar and plan your units month by month. Design software units can be studied in any order. Self-directed study days below are our recommended allocation.
Each classroom day is 9:45am - 4:00pm and evening sessions are 6:45pm - 9:30pm
Designer Development Course Units

Design Briefs, Synthesising Research & Sketchbook Development

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

Business Development & Freelancing

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

Personal Branding & Website Design

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

 

Studio Visits & Designer Interviews

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

Self-Directed Practice & Portfolio Development

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

 

Internships & Professional Practice

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

1-2-1 Mentorship Tutorials

Monthly meetings

Telephone & Email Support

Group Tutorials

Supportive cohort meetings throughout the course

Graphic Designer Development Course Units

Design Briefs, Synthesising Research & Sketchbook Development

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

Business Development & Freelancing

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

Personal Branding & Website Design

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

 

Studio Visits & Designer Interviews

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

Self-Directed Practice & Portfolio Development

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

 

Internships & Professional Practice

(Covered in mentoring and group tutorials)

1-2-1 Mentorship Tutorials

Monthly meetings

Telephone & Email Support

Group Tutorials

Supportive cohort meetings throughout the course

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Supported By Experts

At London Fields Design School, all of our lecturers are designers, architects and artists in their own right. They deliver the highest level of professional skills in design software and offer advice and industry context to your studies.

Course Details

COURSE

CALENDAR

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