KLC Open Learning Diploma Interior Design
Average time taken to complete the course is 18-24 months, allowing 12-15 hours a week - although there is no time limit for completing the course (the only requirement being that the first set of project work is submitted within 18 months)
What is included:
Successful graduates will gain a qualification from a highly respected and industry leading interior design school and a career as an interior designer. There is the opportunity to win the prestigious industry sponsored KLC Student of the Year Award and to join the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) as a student member. Work placement opportunities are available for selected graduates.
The great advantage of an Open Learning course is the flexibility that it offers, allowing students to manage work and family commitments, and KLC's Open Learning Diploma in Interior Design is an in-depth, career orientated course designed to be accessible and inspirational with the emphasis on providing the sound practical knowledge and skills needed for entry into the design profession. It provides the perfect opportunity for students to combine their creativity with a strong interest in interior design and to study for a career in their own time.
The real potential of distance learning is often under-estimated but the many successful graduates of this course, now working as professional designers, attest to its effectiveness which they attribute to the clarity and accessibility of the course material and the high levels of support from the tutor team who are, themselves, professional designers.
The course content is delivered in manageable sized units which build on each other so that the subject matter can be mastered in gradual stages. This makes the course suitable even for complete beginners and students gain confidence and a sense of achievement as they make steady progress with their studies, which is particularly important if they are fitting the course around the demands of a busy life.
The programme is carefully constructed around a series of exercises and projects so that students regularly put the skills and theory they are learning into practice. The design projects will form the basis of the graduate portfolio and the research projects help to extend key areas of knowledge and provide a valuable future resource.
The extensive range of industry links that the school has built up over the years play a key part in helping to ensure that course content is up to date and these contacts are frequently a source of design competitions, potential internships and employment.
On completion of the course, support and advice on CVs, portfolios and career direction is available from the Careers Team on request. No other distance learning design school has the industry links or careers support that KLC provides. The course can lead to opportunities to work in commercial or residential design practices or to undertake freelance jobs on a project basis, or to specialise in decorating show houses and apartments for property developers, property refurbishment or interior styling or even to use the skills acquired to enter into journalism. Graduates of the Interior Design Diploma course with the appropriate work experience are eligible to apply to become Associate Members of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design).
No previous art or design experience is necessary, just commitment and enthusiasm. Students will need to have a reasonable command of English (written and spoken) and have regular access to a computer with a Broadband internet connection.
The course provides a foundation and skill sets that produces dedicated and accomplished designers with the potential to be at the forefront of design throughout their careers. At the end of the course, students will have built up an impressive portfolio to show prospective employers or clients. The Open Learning Diploma is a KLC vocational qualification which is highly respected in the industry for the practical and in depth training provided that equips students to enter the interior design profession.
Using the online Course Timetable Planner, students can set the schedule that they want to work to - taking as long as they like to complete the course, or choosing to invest extra time to gain the qualification more quickly. The Course Timetable Planner will also set helpful target dates for when project work should be submitted: the first set of work has to be submitted within 18 months of enrolment and after that there are no more deadlines and the student is in complete control of their own study programme.
The course materials are fully illustrated throughout and written in a very user friendly style by experts in the industry to make the learning process as accessible and engaging as possible. Practical case studies are provided throughout many of the tutorials so that students can see how the lessons are applied to real life situations.
On successful completion of the course, students receive a KLC Diploma and may use the letters "Dip KLC Open Learning" after their name. The full qualification is the "KLC Open Learning Diploma in Interior Design".
An annual industry sponsored award presented to the top achieving Open Learning interior design student offers students an additional and prestigious opportunity to enhance their CV.
Great emphasis is placed on design process from taking the client brief, site survey, design analysis, creative conceptual and design development through to implementation and the final evaluation of a project. Students learn how to produce 2D and 3D drawings and are introduced to a range of methods of visual presentation including scale models. The use of sketching and design developmental drawings is encouraged and students acquire the techniques of detailed working drawings which are now a vital part of a designer's toolkit for bespoke areas of work.
Project work is underpinned by a study of the theory and principles of design and planning, while accessing creativity, creative use of colour and light and materials and textiles are aspects of the course particularly enjoyed by students. An over view of the development of English interior styles to include iconic designers and architects of the 20th century ensures that graduates are able to recognise key styles and also informs their own design development.
In keeping with the practical approach for which KLC is known, students are informed about the more down to earth areas of design work, including building construction, structural principles, lighting, plumbing, heating and ventilation. The business aspects of running a design practice are given a high priority. Students learn to operate as fully professional interior designers including how to coordinate a project, the implications of building regulations and health and safety requirements, as well as how to communicate with contractors and produce all the necessary documentation. They also absorb how to document their own personal creative development in their personal reflective journal.
Consideration of environmental issues is regarded as a holistic part of the course and students are encouraged to factor this in to any project work and emphasis is placed on professional practice, design documentation, building regulations and health and safety regulations.
KLC has developed a unique support system for Open Learning to ensure students achieve their goals and when a student enrols they become part of the school community. Central to the course is the online curriculum containing information on how the course operates, additional study units, project briefs and other Student Support materials. The Support section of the website also acts as a platform for further research and allows interaction with other students as well as access to students' own records. The tutors for this course are practising interior designers, so students can gain first-hand knowledge from experienced professionals and industry specialists. These important links also help to maintain and develop an exciting and current curriculum.
Learning involves so much more than simply studying from textbooks and the role of the specialist staff is to inspire, motivate, support and educate students. The key to success in Open Learning is a dynamic and interactive relationship between the tutor and student and nothing is too much trouble to help students achieve their goals.
The written materials are supported with additional online resources and within the text exercises are provided for students to undertake to enable them to build up their knowledge and skills so that they achieve a thorough understanding of each section before actual project work is undertaken. As they progress, students are required to complete and submit six sets of project work for assessment plus two research projects which are worked on through the course and submitted at the end. The work is marked and returned, together with the detailed written feedback, plus advice to help with the production of the next projects. The Section 5 commercial project and the Section 6 final residential project bring together all the skills learned throughout the course. The projects relate to the units and broader learning outcomes and follow a logical progression with design briefs based on real projects to build up an impressive and realistic portfolio of work.
Easy to use, this facility immediately allows students to join others, share ideas, show examples of projects and discuss design issues. This provides the perfect way to maintain motivation whilst making new friends.
Students can elect to undertake the traditional distance learning style of training, whereby they do not actually visit the college during their course of study. The course is designed so that no attendance is required and all work is completed from home and submitted by post. As already detailed, students are supported throughout their studies by receiving detailed assessment and feedback on their project work. However, additional help and support is available if required:
Add-ons to the Open Learning Diploma
- Meet the tutors and book one to one tutorial times whenever needed at any point during the course
- Enhance studies with specialist subject short courses and workshops where a 20% discount for most courses is offered to KLC Open Learning students
One to one tutorials
Students can take advantage of the one to one personal tutorials option whereby their distance learning study is supported by tutorials at KLC's design studios at Chelsea Harbour. These are one (or two) hour sessions with one of our tutors on a one-to-one basis providing professional guidance on student's work. Students find that this additional service can be a great support to their studies. These sessions can give students clear direction on how to go about project work and can also provide extra motivation for their studies. Students can choose to have as much or as little support as they like
The workshops available are another unique part of undertaking a KLC Open Learning Course, KLC offers a broad range of short courses at the Chelsea Harbour studios, many of which have been put together to support the Open Learning Courses. (Fees are charged for the additional courses)
Open learning students are encouraged to interact with one another throughout their course and to contact other students in their locality to join a study group or even form their own
Discounts on books, equipment & KLC short courses
Students enrolled on the course will be able to take advantage of special discounts on books, equipment and KLC's short courses
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