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Foundation Degree Interior Design

Course Details

Foundation Degree - Year 1, Level 4

Term One

Reflective Report 1 - Building Research Report

Design Project 1 - Small 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 - Evolution of Style

Assessed Live Debate - Theories and language surrounding Interior Design

Design Project 2 - Medium Residential Design understanding kitchens and bathrooms

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

Contextual Essay 1 - Historical Essay

Design Project 3 - Residential / Commercial 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 supporting this advanced learning. 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, graphics, utilising space and form and visiting Clerkenwell Design Week.

Foundation Degree - Year 2, Level 5

Term Four

Design Project 4 - Exhibition Space

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.

Students that are eligible for work experience will be aided in getting placements over the Christmas holidays.

Term Five

Design Project 5 - Large Commercial Design

Design Project 6 - Large Commercial Design

This term introduces students to large commercial design projects – 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. Inspiration days tie in with the study of commercial design, visiting a number of premises to study more advanced design principles.

Term Six

Design Project 7 - Group Project – Design Changes Lives

Design Project 8 - Final project (options provided)

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.

Please click here for the detailed Programme Specification for levels 4 and 5.

OPTIONAL BA (Hons) Degree Top-up - Year 3, Level 6

Term Seven

Design Project 9 - Commercial Design

Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation

Report 1 - Professional Practice & Business Administration

Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment

The third and final year 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 Eight

Design Project 10 - 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 absorbing and challenging design project will be about social change, visualising how the design of a space can make a genuine 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 Nine

Design Project 11 - 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 Graduation ceremony, attended by prominent designers and professionals from the interiors industry.

Please click here for the detailed Programme Specification for level 6.

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

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  • 9 September 2019 - 25 June 202109 September 2019 00.00am 25 June 2021 00.00am
  • FdA and BA (Hons) Degree (validated by the University of Brighton)
  • FdA - two years, BA (Hons) - one year
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • 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
  • Student Tuition Fee Loan
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£15,345.00 per level
An Instalment Plan is available for this course

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