Course in Event Design & Styling


Program Description

About this course

If you have a natural flair for styling and design, one of the most rewarding ways to give expression to your creativity is by designing and styling events. Think of it – a large blank canvas for you to paint colourful, captivating effects on!

Fundamentals first, cool artistry later!

It can be very tempting to want to jump right in and begin to choose the elements of styling too early. In this IOA course, train in the fundamentals behind event design first so you approach projects professionally and responsibly and you’re fully prepared to plan successful events.

Showcase your styling talent

Styling an event has a distinct advantage – you advertise your service with each job you complete. Attract many new clients from your expertly styled projects with the skills and knowledge in this IOA course. Get started on your new exciting career today!

What you'll learn

  • How to conceptualize an individual event.
  • The importance of examining floor plans and using design software.
  • Where to look for inspiration?
  • How to translate a client’s vision into practical application.
  • How to choose the right design and décor techniques.
  • To make styling easy with style layers.

Design detail in action

While creativity is undoubtedly the most visual and fun element to planning events; there’s a science to the planning and detail of each event.

We take you through the typical ins and outs so you can practice before you offer a professional service. We give you the answers to many questions, like:

  • What draping fabric should I choose for a wedding?
  • What colours create what moods?
  • How much detail should I add?
  • How light or dark should the room be?
  • When should I use ceiling draping?
  • What styling approach works best for different types of event?


Who is this course for?

  • This is the ideal course for anyone who has a strong creative side, and loves to create a spectacle! Maybe you've organized events in the past, and they have been successful, but you know you could do better, be more polished, take your style to the next level and deliver the most 'WOW' experience possible to your clients!
  • If you own your own event planning business, work in the industry, or are thinking about a career in event planning, this course is a must! Full of knowledge you won't find anywhere else, you'll be creating the hottest events around in no time.

Career path

After completing this course, you could:

  • Start your own event planning business.
  • Be a team member of an event planning and managing company.
  • Take your existing event planning job or business to the next level.
  • Create amazing, stylish events for your friends and family.


No formal qualifications are required to take this course. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


  • This course is CPD/CE accredited.

CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

  • ICOES (International Council for Online Educational Standards) accredited.

Receive your certificate in 4 simple steps

  • Step 1: Register
    • Follow the easy peasy enrollment process.
  • Step 2: Study
    • Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device.
  • Step 3: Evaluations
    • Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module.
  • Step 4: Certification
    • Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your PDF certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

Course breakdown

Module 1: Let’s Examine Event Design
  • Where Event Design is used
  • Conceptualisation & Planning
  • The Principles of Event Design
Module 2: It’s Your Event
  • Becoming an event designer
  • The impact of event design features
  • Finding inspiration & being creative
Module 3: Working Well With Clients
  • Seeing things from clients perspectives
  • Creating vision boards
  • Testing your projected plan
Module 4: Overview Of Event Requirements
  • Sourcing materials & budgeting
  • Working with floor plans
  • Using design software
Module 5: The Design Practice In Action
  • Assessing your venue for design planning
  • Choosing design & decor techniques
  • Colour schemes & effects that work
Module 6: Setting The Scene – Background Effects
  • Creating magic with fabric
  • Types of fabric and specific uses
  • Room draping and backdrops
  • Ceiling drapery
  • Chair and table drapery
  • Using hardware frameworks
  • Customising fabric effects to specific ceremonies
Module 7: Styling With Winning Design Concepts
  • Customising the furniture
  • Evoking emotion with flowers
  • Creating captivating table pieces
  • Accent decor
Module 8: Styling Gets Technical
  • Mood creation with lighting
  • Good aesthetics
  • Staging and rigging
  • Special effects & technology
Module 9: Types Of Events
  • Weddings
  • Charity, cultural and social events
  • Corporate events
  • Employee events

Key Facts

  • Internationally Accredited by ICOES
  • Instant Free PDF Certificate
  • 24/7 Access
  • 6274 Students Enrolled

100% Authentic student testimonials

"In the past two years, I have taken multiple IOA courses. I am a 46-year-old mom and married. I did not know how to get back into the workforce. My health had changed and so did the demands in the work market. I really thought that I was doomed. I began to research positions and decided to let IOA help me find what I am really good at. Today I am an experienced and well-off BRAND AMBASSADOR thanks to IOA. Through your courses, I learned that I was cut out and built to represent clients at various events doing demonstrations, promotions and sales. IOA helped me to update my resume and get the job! I have been working all over NYC at some of the largest events in the Food Industry. Clients love my work and so do I. It fits my lifestyle and my age. I cannot thank IOA enough for this. My work FB page reflects many of my recent events and it is looking good! Thank you."

Marianella Morales - United States

Last updated November 2019

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