This course is designed for Spatial Design managers/executives/designers, showroom decorators, display artists, furniture designers and suppliers, and real estate executives, to enable them to understand and apply the various strategies and aspects of small space design.  


Latest statistics from real estate companies showed that "shoebox" apartments - units smaller than 50 sq m - made up 27 per cent of sales in the property market of Singapore in 2012: a new high, since such units were only made available to the market three years ago. As more and more units have obtained their TOP in recent years, owners and designers are facing the challenges of adapting to and designing these units to suit the new lifestyle of living in a small space. 

This course focuses on the use of various aspects of interior spatial design to achieve flexibility and versatility in small space design. The participants will learn how to use various strategies to turn passive spaces into active and usable space.  They will also learn how to re-think traditional notions of spatial division and achieve multiple usages for small spaces in a way that allows flexibility and experimentation.  Useful guidelines are provided that build confidence and encourage the freedom to find new innovative solutions and applications through the following strategies:


  • Spatial Design to maximise small spaces

  • Lighting to create spaciousness

  • Furniture and fit-out for flexibility

  • The use of colour in small spaces

  • Structural Elements - small changes with big impact


    Particular emphasis is given to underlying design approaches, philosophies, constraints, influences and areas of innovation for small space design.


    The course will help owners, designers and real estate marketing executives allay their fears about the usability of ‘shoebox’ units and demonstrate how they can  achieve the desired lifestyle within a limited space.

Aim of the Course


To equip participants with the skills, strategies and innovative design solutions for the design and planning of small spaces that will suit today’s modern lifestyle. 


The course will help owners, designers and real estate marketing executives to allay fears of usability of small areas and become competent in achieving the desired lifestyle within limited spaces.


Learning Objectives


Participants who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Evaluate the spatial design of small spaces and identify potential spaces for active and multiple usages.

  • Apply a range of strategies and design solutions to achieve flexibility in small spaces.

  • Understand the design approaches, philosophies, constraints, influences and areas for innovation in small space design.

  • Use lighting, furniture and fit-out, colours and structural changes as effective tools to enhance the design of small spaces.

  • Use design communication skills for effective presentation to client and co-worker. 


Duration of the Program


6 sessions at 2.5hrs per session

(Total of 15 hours)


Course Fees 


Group class: $450.00 

Minimum Number of Students Before a class Commences

Minimum 6 Students are required before Commencement of Classes.

Exemption Unit


DID008-1 Interior Design 1