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BA (Hons) Interior Design


Complete your interior design degree with this exciting yearlong BA (Hons) course and expand your commercial career opportunities. Studying on this course offers a genuinely collaborative learning experience with practising members of the design industry. A series of lectures and seminars are given by mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, along with environmental and contract consultants. Project briefs are based on real sites within London, with previous projects including the lobby of the Bank of America in Canary Wharf, a restaurant in Saville Row and a pop-up exhibition in Shoreditch – giving students first-hand experience of professional design practices. 

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Term One

Design Project 1       Commercial Design
Dissertation               5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation
Report 1                    Professional Practice & Business Administration
Report 2                    Construction, Technology and Environment

The course starts with a refresher on using Creative Suite software such as Photoshop and InDesign, in addition to AutoCAD.   3dsMax is subsequently introduced and these programs are used throughout the course, developing and enhancing students’ drawing and digital renders.  These skills will be used in designs relating to the construction module and in the commercial design project.  Lectures and workshops on professional practice and the legislative framework, which correlate with design projects, provide insight on working as a designer.  The first term also covers topics such as advanced lighting for commercial design, the natural world, sustainability and environmental concerns for the design industry, ethical design issues and colour in the built environment.  Lectures and seminars begin to further individual’s ideas for design dissertations, through exploring creative ways of researching by using different symbolic modes of representation, vis-à-vis images, moving-images, movement, etc., to consider practice in a conceptual way and how research is designed.

Term Two

Design Project 2         Commercial design
Dissertation/Reports   (continued)

Seminars, peer reviews, lectures and workshops on construction, technology, the environment, professional practice and dissertations continue to inform and inspire students’ further commercial design project.  A number of industry experts such as site inspectors and quantity surveyors describe their roles and responsibilities and how they work with designers and design teams on and off site.  This term’s design project will be about social change, visualising how the design of a space can make a difference.  Design challenges will increase students’ skills during which design solutions will evolve demonstrating high levels of design literacy and critical thinking.   Students will present work at a professional level through sketches, diagrams, visuals, drawings etc. using creative techniques coherent to the design proposal.

Term Three

Design Project 2         Commercial design (continued)

Alongside the continuation and completion of their final large commercial project, students receive a CPD lecture series which allows them to gain first-hand insight into professional practice and business administration from working designers, helping them to understand the day-to-day social, legal, economic and ethical issues that inform the design process and design projects in general.   Throughout the course, the Careers Service offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews. The course culminates in a final, celebratory Exhibition and Awards ceremony, attended by prominent designers and professionals from the interiors industry.

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the BA year despite the intense workload and steep learning curve. It is a very professionally geared course that has helped me endlessly."
Vanessa Balinska, Alumni

Study Method

Mondays & Tuesdays             10.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday – Friday               Self-directed study

Students studying full time can expect to receive extensive tutor support and personalised supervision throughout their time at KLC.

The course is two days a week for one year, split across three terms, however please note that there are no half term breaks. During the three days not in class, students work on their dissertation and projects with the guidance of a KLC tutor who is available to help via email.


"I was surprised at the level of warmth and participation from the tutors during the course; they genuinely care and want you to succeed!"
Cristina Sarla, Alumni

Entry Requirements

Internal applicants can progress on to the BA (Hons) subject to successful completion of:

  • Foundation Degree Interior Design (Levels 4 & 5)
  • Diploma Interior Design (Level 5)

along with an endorsement from their Course Leader.

External applicants will require:

  • Foundation Degree or equivalent in a design-related subject area
    (i.e. Higher National Diploma / Level 5 qualification)
  • A digital portfolio of work demonstrating a variety of skills, including evidence of technical drawing and computer aided design programmes

All applicants will be required to complete a 500 word Dissertation Proposal.

Applicants should also have the necessary computer skills for a degree level course and students are required to have a PC laptop computer.

External applicants will require an interview for this course, 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

We are able to accept international applicants onto this course, subject to the following:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (www.ielts.org)
  • Successful application for a Tier 4 Visa

Please see our information Student Visas and the government’s Tier 4 Visa webpage for full details on how to apply for this visa.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 20 7376 3377 or info@klc.co.uk if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.

  • Gain a full honours degree qualification
  • Focus on commercial design
  • Collaborate with practising professionals
  • Benefit from industry focused, live projects
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020 7376 3377
  • 4 September 2017 - 11 July 201804 September 2017 00.00am 11 July 2018 00.00am
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design (Level 6 Diploma validated by the University of Brighton)
  • 1 year
  • Monday & Tuesday, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Wednesday – Friday, self-directed study
  • Applicants must hold a level 5 design qualification & be 18 or over
  • Commercial design & multidisciplinary interior design practices
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
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