Which Course to Choose

The school has an excellent reputation for the content of its courses, extensive industry links and the successful employment of its graduates.

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Simply select the heading which best describes your circumstances and take a look at the options we've suggested.

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Diploma Interior Design
This intensive, onsite course provides a comprehensive and practical training for a career changer to become a professional interior designer in either the residential or commercial sector. It is primarily for graduate entry (though mature students may be considered via recognised prior learning [RPL]) and provides a fast-track preparation for a professional design career or the possibility of further study, such as the BA (Hons) degree.

Certificate Interior Design
This open-entry (no previous qualification level needed), intensive, onsite course is for anyone looking for a thorough grounding in residential interior design with a view to further study, entering the interior design industry or launching a design-related entrepreneurial business. After appropriate experience, graduates may opt to work as freelance or independent residential designers while other career options include interior styling, property refurbishment or using skills acquired to enter into journalism. In recent years this course has proved a popular option for architects wishing to focus on interiors.

Diploma Garden Design
Held at the KLC studios in Hampton Court Palace, this yearlong course combines horticultural knowledge, project management and visual communication skills. Integrated work experience opportunities also ensure graduates are well-rounded and ready to enter the industry. Classes are held two days a week, with additional study required outside of the contact days for research, project work and consolidating skills. Graduates have gone on to set up their own garden design businesses, as well as joining existing practices.

Blended Learning Diploma Interior Design
The Blended Learning study method for this course is a combination of self-directed study, online training, workshops and tutorials. It caters for students whose commitments do not allow for full time attendance. It provides a comprehensive and practical training for a career changer to become a professional interior designer in either the residential or commercial sector. Primarily for graduate entry (though mature students may be considered via recognised prior learning [RPL]), the course provides full preparation for a professional design career or entry to a top up route to a BA (Hons) degree.

 

Part Time Certificate Interior Design
Suitable for anyone looking for a thorough grounding in residential interior design with a view to entering the interior design industry or launching a design-related entrepreneurial business. For those with family and or work commitments the part time hours of this course, with only two days per week on site plus self-directed study at home, are a practical option.

 

Online Foundation Degree Interior Design
Also for applicants with no prior degree, the online version of the Foundation degree will prepare graduates for a professional career as an interior designer or a progression route to a BA (Hons) degree. To apply, 5 GCSE's at C or above, plus A-Levels (or equivalent) are required. Your online application will then be considered and either approved or rejected by the Course Leader. The delivery of the course allows the flexibility of working students to study wherever they choose but still provides the structure of a timetabled course with fixed dates for project submissions. This synchronous course also enables students to work together within a class, encouraging participation and socialisation.

 

Open Learning Diploma Interior Design
This open-entry, flexible study course allows students to study entirely at their own pace. It is suitable for those who are looking for a practical course to allow them to launch a career in the interior design industry, whose family and/or work commitments and location make attendance at the school impossible. The course can lead to opportunities to work in commercial or residential design practices, to undertake freelance jobs on a project basis, 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

 

Open Learning Diploma Garden Design
This open-entry, flexible qualification course allows students to fit their studying around their other commitments of work or family. Carefully constructed projects allow students to explore garden design and gradually build up their skills as they progress through the course. Horticultural knowledge, visual communication skills and project management are all integrated into the syllabus to ensure that students are best placed to enter the industry upon completion.

Full Time Foundation Degree Interior Design
This onsite vocational degree is for applicants with no prior degree and with the high tech and fast-paced content is particularly suited to younger students. 5 GCSE's at C or above, plus A-Levels (equivalent) are required; therefore this is the only onsite course which can accept 18 year old school leavers. Graduates can opt to launch a career as a professional interior designer upon graduation, or top up their qualification to a BA (Hons) degree.

Full Time Diploma Interior Design
This intensive, onsite course provides a comprehensive and practical training for a career changer to become a professional interior designer in either the residential or commercial sector. It is primarily for graduate entry (though mature students may be considered via recognised prior learning [RPL]) and provides full preparation for a professional design career or entry to a top-up route to a BA (Hons) degree.

 

Full Time Certificate Interior Design
This open-entry (no previous qualification level needed), intensive, onsite course is for anyone looking for a thorough grounding in residential interior design with a view to further study, entering the interior design industry or launching a design-related entrepreneurial business. After appropriate experience, graduates may opt to work as freelance or independent residential designers while other career options include interior styling, property refurbishment or using skills acquired to enter into journalism. In recent years this course has proved a popular option for architects wishing to focus on interiors.

 

Full Time BA (Hons) Interior Design
For Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Degree graduates (and graduates of other level 5 design courses) the intensive, onsite course includes extensive self-directed study. It prepares students for a broad range of career opportunities in commercial and residential design practices, nationally and internationally. Career options span a variety of practices including retail, leisure, hospitality, interior design departments within multi-disciplinary architectural firms, construction or property development companies and specialist organisations including lighting, kitchen and bathroom design. The qualification will also help to ensure access to professional industry organisations worldwide.

 

Part Time Diploma Garden Design
Held at the KLC studios in Hampton Court Palace, this yearlong course combines horticultural knowledge, project management and visual communication skills, as well as integrated work experience opportunities, to ensure graduates are well-rounded and ready to enter the industry. Classes are held two days a week, with additional study required outside of the contact days for research, project work and consolidating skills. Graduates have gone on to set up their own garden design businesses, as well as joining existing practices.

Wide variety of short courses
A selection of one, two and three day workshops held here at the school which cover a range of topics – from lighting and colour to technical drawing and computer aided design. These courses are perfect to supplement a student's online studies, or simply to gain the knowledge for use within your own projects at home.

 

My Design School: Design Your Own Home
Learn the skills to create the home of your dreams with this engaging five week online course. Lessons and exercises are uploaded daily and a dedicated tutor oversees the course, answering questions and giving guidance. Collaboration and discussion is available via the forums and the various social media platforms, which students are encouraged to use.

 

Interior Design: The Essentials
Dedicate a week to design with this immersive five day course! Students are given a short project brief and work through all the main stages of the design process – from creating concepts and developing a scheme, to planning a room layout and choosing textiles, accessories and lighting. There will be short inspirational lectures backed up with hands-on workshops, designed to ensure students have the confidence for their own projects after the course.

 

Part Time Introduction to Interior Design
This hands-on course is held one day a week for ten weeks here at the school. It's perfect for those looking for a practical and inspiring introduction to interior design to help with a home project, provide the first step towards an interior design career or just for general interest. With a different design topic covered each week, by the end of the course students will be able to plan room layouts, create a cohesive look, put decorative schemes together and communicate their ideas.

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