Diploma HE Interior Design
Blended learning is an accessible combination study method which allows students to benefit from the flexibility of studying online from home, as well as regular interaction with their tutors and peers in a classroom environment. The course is hosted on KLC’s state of the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students can study the online materials at a time which suits them, meaning fitting the course around part time work or family commitments is entirely possible! Both residential and commercial designs skills are taught through a series of projects, which gradually increase in complexity and size, ensuring that students graduate from the course with the expertise and confidence to launch their career in the design industry.
Design Project 1 Residential design
Students dive straight into the course with a weeklong introductory session here at the school, focusing on deconstructing the design process and giving an introduction to technical drawing; including plans, elevations, inking and lettering. Lessons then commence online, covering topics such as surveying a space, colour theory, concepts, spatial planning and kitchen and bathroom design, all of which are supplemented with exercises for students to explore.
Design Project 1 Residential design (continued)
Research Project 1 ‘Textiles, Research & Application’
This term focuses on sourcing, furniture, upholstery, window treatments and accessories, as well as an introduction to lighting design and exercises on creating sample boards to a professional standard.
Design Project 2 Product Design
Students are given an introduction to using InDesign and Photoshop to present their work, as well as learning about construction and how to create detailed working drawings for furniture design. Students are also asked to explore conceptual thinking in preparation for their next project.
Design Project 3 Conceptual Design
Commercial design is the main focus for this term, with lectures on inclusive design, planning permissions and listed buildings, as well as moving on to more advanced lighting designs. Students are introduced to AutoCAD and other digital & graphic presentation skills.
Research Project 2 ‘Evolution of Style’
Focusing on the history of interior design styles and movements, students complete an ‘Evolution of Style’ research and analysis dossier, which is supported with a trip to a site of historical design interest; encouraging students to delve into critical reflection on design identities.
Design Project 4 Live commercial project
Looking forward, to students gaining employment in the industry, teaching focuses on professional practice – including contracts, project management, schedules, specifications, budgets, FF&E and further building regulations. A live commercial project also takes place during this term,
Group Project Commercial design
Design Project 5 Large self-directed final project
To round off their course, students return to the school for a weeklong group project on a live commercial space and are given an introduction to Vectorworks. They then complete a final major project of their choice, which forms the basis of their exhibition display. At the end of the Diploma course, the KLC Careers Service offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews. The course then culminates in a final Exhibition and Graduation ceremony, which is attended by designers and professionals from the interiors industry.
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"Basing my studies between London and home was the best possible option and a unique way in which to combine studying with family commitments."
Helen Mackay, Alumni
Perfect for working parents or those who live outside of London, this course combines interactive, online course materials with a schedule of structured workshops here at the school.
Students can look forward to a weeklong study session at the start of each academic year to familiarise them with their tutors and classmates, and help them get started with learning new skills, such as technical drawing and computer aided design (CAD) programs.
On average, students need to be able to dedicate 20 – 25 hours per week to the course and this may increase around project times. They must also be able to commit to the ten onsite workshops per academic year.
"The thorough and supportive training gave me an excellent basis for a future career in design and KLC provided me with confidence to enter the industry."
Rebecca Clarke, Alumni
- A Degree (in any subject)
No previous art and design experience is required.
We can also accept applications from mature students who do not hold a degree but have sufficient prior learning experience. In this instance, the School will review any short courses, internships or work experience undertaken. Any non-degree holding students that are accepted onto this course will be required to complete and pass the KLC Preparatory course.
Entry onto the course is by interview only, so please complete the Request an Interview form or call our Admissions team to book your appointment.
To prepare for your interview, you will be asked to complete the following:
- Interview forms, including education and career history
- A creative exercise, including a written design rationale and visual room plan
- A multiple choice spatial awareness test
Computer aided design is a key part of this course; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.
No visa is required for this course - students can simply study from home and travel to London for the workshops.