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Interior Design - Retail Futures, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 days
London, United Kingdom
This three-day Interior Design - Retail Futures short course from Royal College of Art  examines the forces shaping the retail environment of the future and identifies opportunities for innovation. 
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Participants in this Interior Design - Retail Futures programme from Royal College of Art  will explore far beyond the traditional browsing-and-transaction language of retail, to learn how to design intellectually compelling, emotionally profound and visually inspiring spatial experiences for fashion retail design. 

Commercial interior design is fast moving and intrinsically linked to the leading edge of popular culture – fashion, music and the visual arts. 

High-street interior design reflects and responds to cultural change and must evolve rapidly to meet current trends and desires. 

You will explore strategies for innovation through:

  • showcasing radical display design tactics used by leading retail brands
  • exploring how blending technologies with tactile finishes can increase immersive engagement
  • exploring how innovations from across architecture and interior design disciplines can be incorporated into retail design
  • considering immersive strategies from other architectural environments – from museums to smart-homes – and how these can be used to enhance and expand the possibilities of retail. 

Personal and organisational benefits

Benefits to you and your organisation include: 
  • insight into global best practice in retail design
  • experience in critical, creative and insightful thinking
  • return to your practice with a greater ability to innovate and connect to retail design trends.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In particular, you will learn:

  • how to research and question current retail practice that might lead to testing, rethinking and reworking the retail experience in an intensive design project
  • creative and conceptual thinking relating to popular culture
  • to translate ideas into practical spatial designs
  • how to plan and think about customer experience
 and engagement
  • the principles of designing experientially compelling concessions, 
considering point of sales, display storage, window display and lighting
  • how to engage your customers by using advanced retail design communication in spatial environments.


Who should attend? These may include:

  • interior designers, architects and other spatial designers
  • retail designers
  • retail industry professionals
  • window-display specialists
  • stylists
  • merchandise designers
  • exhibition designers 
  • commercial design practitioners
  • fashion industry professionals and fashion retail enthusiasts
  • XD/user-experience designers.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Anyone over 18 years old can come on our courses. There is no upper age limit – we welcome adult delegates of all ages.
  • Short courses require no formal qualifications, degrees or documentation. However, we ask that you carefully read the admission criteria on each course page to determine whether it is suitable for you.
  • All classes are taught in English. Applicants whose first language is not English should note that they are required to be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1000 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 3 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1000 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 3 days.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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