Dip HE Interior Design - Change your career and become an industry-ready Interior Designer in just one year

Diploma HE Interior Design

Course Details

Term One

Research Project 1* - Textiles, Research & Application
Research Project 2* - Evolution of Style
Foundation Forum - Core skills
Design Project 1 - Residential Design

You are introduced to life at KLC and your studio learning environment through a series of fun, interactive workshops and lectures on the design process, creativity and concepts and trends. There is detailed teaching of new visual communication skills, such as sketching, technical drawing and rendering, and your introduction to computer aided design (CAD) software, including InDesign, EstiPC and AutoCAD. The groundwork is laid for the forthcoming year by familiarising you with core topics such as professional practice, critical thinking for design, the history of interior design and building construction and regulations. Industry guest lecturers are also interspersed throughout the term to inspire you and give you insight into specific fields of design, such as textiles, bathroom design and sustainability.

Term Two

Design Project 2 - Conceptual Design
Design Project 3 - Detailed Design
Contextual Essay* - Evolution of Style

This term moves on to focus on more specialist subjects, including lighting design, with industry experts introducing you to joinery, ceramics and upholstery, as well as an exploration of the use of technology within design. Visual communication skills are also improved upon with workshops on one and two point perspective sketching, and new computer aided design programmes, such as SketchUp and Photoshop, being introduced. An opportunity for integrated work experience is also available during the Easter break*.

Term Three

Design Project 4 - Group Project
Design Project 5 - Final Project (Residential / Commercial Hospitality)
You round off your course with two large projects – a live, socially focused group project, in conjunction with the KLC Design Changes Lives Foundation, and a final major project of their choice which will form the basis of your exhibition display. There is a strong focus on commercial and residential design, professional practice and industry regulations throughout these final projects, to ensure students are industry ready. This includes an introduction to a final CAD programme – Vectorworks. At the end of the Diploma course, the KLC Careers Service offers one-to-one sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews. The year then culminates in a final Exhibition and Graduation ceremony, which is attended by designers and professionals from the interiors industry.

*Unfortunately due to visa regulations, we are unable to offer work experience to international students on a Tier 4 visa. However, our specially developed Virtual Work Experience alternative is available.

Please click here for the detailed Programme Specification.

"The very high level and quality of teaching explains why the interior design industry take the school so seriously when looking to fill positions. I would recommend KLC to anyone seriously thinking about starting a career as an interior designer."
Paul Langston, Alumni

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  • 7 January - 6 December 2019 (more dates available)07 January 2019 00.00am 06 December 2019 00.00am
  • Diploma Higher Education Interior Design (Level 5 Diploma validated by the University of Brighton)
  • One Year
  • A course specifically designed for career changers which provides complete training for a career as an interior designer
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Additional 15+ hours outside of class
  • No previous experience necessary, ideal 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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