A unique, career focused Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree Interior Design


The Full Time Foundation Degree offers collaborative, inspirational design training for school and college leavers, which centres on active learning and inspired teaching. Students can look forward to dynamic workshops, design debates, case studies, history walks and creative explorations of London, all of which will encourage them to consider interior design in new and exciting ways. The course covers both Level 4 & 5, equivalent to the first two years at university, meaning that students would be qualified to enter the industry upon completion or go on to study for one further year, to complete a full degree.

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Course Details

Year 1, Level 4

Term One

Reflective Report 1    Building Research Report

Design Project 1         Residential Design (understanding space)

The Foundation Degree starts at the very beginning of interior design training, with students exploring how they research design, channel creativity from their surroundings and record these ideas within a sketchbook. Students will investigate how people use spaces and explore living rituals to understand spatial planning for interior design. Core skills are introduced such as technical drawing, colour rendering, one and two point perspective drawing and freehand sketching. Sample boards, model-making and mixed media workshops are also included, with digital collage and digital furniture boards leading in to teaching of SketchUp. Weekly inspiration days take students out of the classroom and into London, with visits to design showrooms, city architecture, the V&A and the Tate Modern.

Term Two

Research Project 1     Design Evolution and Trends

Contextual Essay 1     Design Evolution and Trends

Assessed Debate        Live debate - ‘Theories and language surrounding Interior Design

Design Project 2         Residential Design (medium residential project)

Practical knowledge will continue to develop as students are introduced to principles behind kitchen and bathroom design, as well as colour and lighting all of which will be applied within the second residential project. Students get an introduction to Professional Practice and the key abilities they will need to develop as interior designers. Visits for this term include ones which illustrate the evolution of design, from the fabulous Art Deco style Freemasons Hall to the elaborate Middle Eastern inspired Leighton House. The term ends with the teaching of Photoshop.

Term Three
Design Project 4          Residential Design (large residential project)

Students will learn AutoCAD and develop new computer aided design skills alongside SketchUp and Photoshop, to generate slick visuals communicating their design ideas. They will explore lighting design at a higher level, with inspiration days visiting some exciting lighting projects. Graphics for design are introduced to enhance students’ project presentations, as well as develop budding portfolios. Professional Practice is developed through workshops on budgets and costings, as well as giving insight into building regulations. Inspiration days will also provide students with first-hand knowledge of lighting, building sites, upholstery and joinery.

Year 2, Level 5

Term Four

Design Project 4         Exhibition Space
Design Project 5         Detailed Working Drawings

Returning for their second year, students can look forward to focusing on different aspects of commercial design – starting off with exhibition spaces. This term will include teaching on materials and their applications, giving students opportunity to conduct in-depth research on important resources such as stone, wood, metal and textiles and the processes through which they are manipulated to create products. This naturally leads to teaching on building and construction, with reference to sustainability and advanced Professional Practice. Inspiration days will include the ROCA Gallery, Westfield’s shopping centre at Shepherds Bush, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Term Five

Design Project 6         Large Commercial Design

This term introduces students to retail and hospitality design – including shopping centres, bars and restaurants. Inspirational visits will encourage deeper analysis of the way these spaces are formulated and the different considerations required. Students will advance their lighting design skills in relation to commercial design, and also learn two new programmes – InDesign and EstiPC, which will benefit their professional portfolio development. Visits around London include Shoreditch House, design exhibitions and a presentation skills class.

Term Six

Design Project 7         Group Project – Design Changes Lives
Design Project 8         Final project of student’s choice

Evolving their skills to tackle more complex spatial solutions, this final term focuses on two large design projects – one is a group project with a social focus, working with the KLC Design Changes Lives Foundation and the second is their final major project which will form the basis of the students’ individual exhibition display. At the end of the Foundation Degree, 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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Study Method

Monday – Friday         10.00am – 4.00pm

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

The course is two years long with three terms in each year; however please note that there are no half term breaks. Additional work outside of the studio will also be needed for independent study, research and completion of projects. We also advise students that site visits or showroom trips may fall outside of regular studio hours.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above
  • A-Levels or equivalent (i.e. BTEC National Diploma / Scottish Highers)
  • IELTS score of 6.5 (www.ielts.org)

No previous art and design experience is required. 

We can also accept applications from mature students who do not hold the above qualifications but have sufficient prior learning experience. In this instance, the School will review any short courses, internships or work experience undertaken.

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 based on a celebrity bedroom
  • 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.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 020 7376 3377 or info@klc.co.uk if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.

  • Benefit from unrivalled tutor support
  • Be inspired by frequent design excursions
  • Access to innovative online resources
  • Specialist Careers Service available
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  • Foundation Degree Interior Design (Levels 4 & validated by the University of Brighton)
  • Two years
  • Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Additional 10+ hours independent study
  • Undergraduate study, GCSE’s & A-levels required, applicants must be 18 or over
  • Entry to interior design industry, entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
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£15,000.00 per level
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