Fast track your career change with this intensive interior design training

Diploma HE Interior Design

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KLC’s Interior Design Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is a vocational higher education qualification, which equates to the second years of a Bachelor’s Degree. This course is a qualification in its own right and covers the levels of study known as level 5.

Once you complete your Diploma (DipHE) with us, you can choose to continue at KLC onto the Top-up BA (Hons) degree to gain a full Bachelor’s award in Interior Design (known as level 6).

Both the Diploma HE and BA (Hons) are fully validated by the University of Brighton.

Favoured by career changers, this rigorous one year course equips students with the array of creative and professional skills needed to gain employment within the design industry. 

A recent QAA Higher Education review on the quality of our courses commented:

Student employability is a major priority for the School. It seeks to meet local, national and international needs and make a major contribution to development of qualified designers through the provision of highly vocational, skills-focused programmes. The use of external expertise in both programme design and review enables it to maintain the vocational currency of its higher education programmes. This approach manifests itself throughout all curricula and includes provision for case studies, industry placements and visits. Industry specialists, acting as module tutors, also use their current work as live briefs for studio activities. This approach to student employability is appreciated by both employers and students.

Studying on KLC’s Diploma is as close to actually being in a design studio as we can make it.  The course is based around real live projects, both residential and commercial design, and gives you unprecedented access to design companies and professionals throughout the year, with inspirational guest lecturers, practical workshops, site visits, industry panel discussions and occasional lunchtime talks from various design companies. 

The focus throughout the course is engagement with employers and, working closely with our unique Careers Service, students are also given the opportunity for integrated work experience during term breaks and extensive help and support finding employment after they graduate.  

Nina Campbell asked last year’s students to design a new collection, as a special competition to put new skills learnt, particularly detailed working drawings, into practice.  Sabine Gern’s design was chosen as the signature range and the centrepiece drinks cabinet is featured in the Nina Campbell showroom window.  Sabine now works in Nina’s design studio.


The latest teaching methods are utilised and the course is underpinned by the KLC Virtual Learning Environment.   As with all of our full time courses, unrivalled levels of tutor interaction are available; the tutors work with their groups every day in the studios and we keep the student / tutor ratio deliberately low to ensure full support throughout.   


Students have the opportunity to enter exclusive design competitions and here charity Place2Be give a project brief at the start of Children’s Mental Health Week


The flipside is that the course is seriously hard work!  The course has deliberately been designed to be highly intensive, so that students can gain a recognised qualification and enter the industry in the shortest time possible.  But this means that students need to be highly motivated and prepared to work long hours.  Not necessarily a chore if you’re doing something you love! 

  • High levels of tutor support
  • Projects with actual clients and site visits
  • Extensive industry contact and work experience
  • Achieve a validated qualifcation
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020 7376 3377
  • 11 September 2017 - 11 July 201811 September 2017 00.00am 11 July 2018 00.00am
  • Diploma Higher Education Interior Design (Level 5 Diploma validated by the University of Brighton)
  • One Year
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design Top Up
  • Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Additional 15+ hours outside of class
  • No previous experience necessary, suitable for career changers, applicants must be 18 or over
  • Graduate entry to mixed residential and commercial interior design practices
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
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