First year of design education is very important. Because the first year of the students coming to the design school includes the processes of stepping to thinking, editing, creating and expressing after high school education based on memorization and repetition. Therefore, in the departments providing design-based training, basic design course has a great importance. The purpose of this study is to determine the acquisitions of the students who completed Basic Design course given in the first year at the Department of Interior Architecture of the Black Sea Technical University in Trabzon that is a coastal city in the north-east of Turkey and the effect of these acquisitions on the processes of perception, creativity and design. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).