Career Opportunities Available

If you are looking to make a career change, there are different qualifications available with different career opportunities afforded by each.

The following courses all provide a professional training to enable entry into the industry, but at varying levels.

The different qualifications are outlined below, but please do not hesitate to contact our Course Advisors if you need any guidance as to which option would be best for you.

Qualifications chart
Qualifications chart

Certificate Interior Design

Study Methods: Full Time and Part Time

Validation: The Certificate Interior Design does not have external validation, but is highly respected within the interior design industry.

Successful completion of the course combined with work experience in the industry should enable students to forge a professional career in residential interior design or other areas of the industry. 

An excellent foundation for further study, the KLC Certificate Interior Design also provides a broad range of career opportunities whether a graduate is building on existing industry experience or starting out in their career.  There may be opportunities to work within an interior design practice or in a showroom specialising in materials, finishes or furniture.  After obtaining appropriate experience, graduates may opt to work as freelance or independent designers, operating on a project basis for residential buildings.  Alternatively they may specialise in decorating show houses or flats for property developers. In recent years it has proved a popular option for architects wishing to focus on interiors.  Other career options include interior styling, property refurbishment, or perhaps using skills acquired to enter into journalism.

Open Learning Interior Design

Study Methods: Open Learning

Validation: The Open Learning Diploma Interior Design does not have external validation, but is highly respected within the interior design industry.

This practical and in depth course provides a foundation and skill sets that produce 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 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.

On successful completion of the course, students receive a KLC Open Learning Diploma Interior Design and may use the letters "Dip KLC OL" after their name.  Support and advice on CVs, portfolios and career direction is available for Graduates from the Careers Team on request.  No other distance learning design school has the industry links or careers support that KLC provides.

Diploma Garden Design

Study Methods: Part Time and Open Learning

Validation: The Open Learning Diploma Garden Design does not have external validation, but is highly respected within the garden design industry.

The Diploma Garden Design provides a comprehensive and practical training to launch a career as a professional garden designer in either the domestic or commercial sectors. 

Graduates generally start work within a small garden design practice gaining invaluable hands on experience and have previously worked for key industry figures.  KLC actively assists graduates in finding these placements and they often follow on directly from work experience undertaken during the course itself.  Thereafter graduates often set up their own garden design practice.

Foundation Degree (FdA) Interior Design

Study Methods: Online and Full-Time

Validation: The Foundation Degree Interior Design is validated by the University of Brighton.  The course comprises 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 on the QAA HE Level Framework. Students exiting the course after Level 4 and not continuing on to Level 5 will be awarded a Foundation Certificate (FCert).

The KLC Foundation Degree Interior Design provides a comprehensive and practical training to launch a career as a professional interior designer in either the residential or commercial sectors.  It is suitable for someone undertaking their first degree.

Some graduates from the Foundation Degree Interior Design might ultimately hope to set up their own design practice, but usually would be advised to gain valuable experience as part of a design team on graduation.  Typically, they would opt for small or medium sized design studios where they can gain hands on experience across the board. The work undertaken by these design studios varies hugely in range and scope, providing a wealth of exciting opportunities for graduates. KLC actively assists graduates in finding these placements and they often follow on directly from work experience undertaken during the course itself. 

Foundation Degree graduates can also elect to gain a degree through further study on the BA (Hons) Interior Design.  

Diploma Interior Design

Study Methods: Full Time and Blended Learning

Validation: The Diploma Interior Design is validated by the University of Brighton.  The course comprises 120 credits at Level 5 on the QAA HE Level Framework.

The KLC Diploma Interior Design provides a comprehensive and practical training for a career changer to become a professional interior designer in either the residential or commercial sectors.  The course builds on the experience students have gained in their previous career and students will usually already have a degree qualification.

Many Diploma graduates ultimately hope to set up their own design practice, but usually look to gain valuable experience as part of a design team on graduation.  Typically, they opt for small or medium sized design studios where they can gain hands on experience across the board. The work undertaken by these design studios varies hugely in range and scope, providing a wealth of exciting opportunities for graduates. KLC actively assists graduates in finding these placements and they often follow on directly from work experience undertaken during the course itself. 

Diploma graduates can also elect to gain a degree through further study on the BA (Hons) Interior Design.  

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Study Methods: Full Time and Online

Validation: The BA (Hons) Interior Design is validated by the University of Brighton.  The course comprises 120 credits at Level 6 on the QAA HE Level Framework.

KLC's BA (Hons) Interior Design affords graduates an extremely broad range of career opportunities, especially in the commercial sector, both 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. 

Students who want to take their studies further will also have the option to progress to an MA course.