Completely flexible mode of study to launch your new interior design career

Open Learning Diploma Interior Design

Open Learning


Access the interior design training you’ve always wanted and launch your career in the design industry with KLC’s most flexible qualification course! This industry recommended diploma is available to start at any time and can be studied at your own pace, meaning you don’t have to change your work or family commitments in order to enrol.

Benefiting from six in-depth modules on residential and commercial interior design, students can look forward to learning all the necessary decorative and technical skills, as well as design business administration and project management, which are needed to gain employment in the industry. 

Course Details

Students are given access to the KLC portal where the interactive and engaging course materials are held. The course is structured so that new skills are introduced and applied through relevant projects, with the design briefs increasing in complexity as the course progresses, enabling students to build up an impressive portfolio of both residential and commercial projects which they can show to perspective employers.

Section One


  • Taking the Brief
  • Personal Style Presentation
  • Drawing a Plan & Elevations
  • Colour Theory

Students start this online learning course with an exploration of their own personal style, how to keep a personal reflective journal and hints and tips for sketching. They move on to looking at the different stages of the design process and colour theory. Technical drawing is introduced through exercises involving taking a survey of a room and understanding scale, which are then developed into drawing plans and elevations.

To help you get started with section one, KLC also offer a dedicated one day short course called Kickstart Your Interior Design Studies which is run by the Open Learning Team and a great way to meet fellow students.

Section Two


  • Creating a Decorative Scheme
  • Measuring Up & Technical Drawing
  • Building Construction & Kitchen Design

Research Project 1   Window Treatments & Textiles
Design Project 1        Townhouse (living & dining rooms) 

Moving on to working with concepts, students look at sourcing and developing a cohesive scheme, as well as creating professional presentation boards and other visual presentation techniques. The course materials explore a range of textile based topics, with curtains, blinds, upholstery and the history of window treatments all included. Kitchen design and the fundamentals of building construction are also introduced.

Section Three


  • Design & Presentation of Townhouse Project
  • Axonometric Drawing
  • Lighting Proposals
  • Writing a Colour Rationale

Research Project 2     History of Styles

Furthering students’ technical understanding, lectures focus on advanced drawing skills such as sections, axonometric and isometric technical drawing, along with colour rendering these drawings. There is an introduction to lighting design, along with exploration of environmental design issues. Research into the evolution of interior design in Britain and France since 1600’s also informs students History of Styles dossier.

Section Four

Design Project 2       Celebrity Bathroom
Design Project 3       Artisan Bakery
Research Project 3  Hard Materials

In this section, students start to look at commercial design and the related technical considerations, including hard materials, heating, ventilation, insulation and acoustics, as well as flooring, paint and wall treatments. These new topics are supported with teaching on detailed working drawings and perspective drawing.

Section Five

Submissions                Planning Permission & Building Regulations
Design Project 4        Hotel (reception, lobby & bar design)

In this section, the hotel project allows for further in-depth exploration of commercial considerations, as well as professional practice and industry regulations. Students are encouraged to make use of the free Vectorworks tutorials which are included with the course materials, in order to present their work.

Section Six

Submissions                Professional Practice Project
Design Project 5        1930’s Warehouse Conversion

Final design project to showcase all the skills students have accumulated during the course, with a number of complex design challenges. Students are also advised to think about their career in the industry, with lectures interior design project management and planning your own design business. At this point, the KLC Careers Service is also available to assist with portfolio and CV advice, as well as internships and interviews.

Study Method

The only KLC qualification course which offers complete flexibility around your existing work and family commitments, the Open Learning Diploma Interior Design can be studied at home or on the go, from anywhere in the world with a broadband internet connection!

The majority of your project work is submitted by email.  It is then marked by our expert tutors and you receive very detailed, personalised feedback designed to help develop your skills.

The Open Learning Support Team are on hand via telephone and email to help you if you get stuck, and additional one-to-one tutorials are available to book for those trickier subject areas! KLC’s range of additional one, two and three day short courses also means you can choose to enjoy time in our studios if you need some face to face teaching.

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise - attend Open Learning Networking Events with inspirational industry guest speakers and meet other students and your tutors.

Through our extensive industry links, there are also opportunities for Open Learning students to enter interior design competitions providing real life experience of product development and manufacture.

Entry Requirements

This course does not require an interview – enrol online or call our Admissions team for more details.

No previous experience in interior design is required for this course; we simply ask that you have a passion and a drive to learn more!

The course materials are held entirely online – no printed manuals will be sent to you; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop or computer to access the course.

International applicants looking to take this course are advised to have achieved a minimum IELTS test score of 6.5.


  • Anton Beekmans - Runner Up Student of the Year 2015 - final project
    Anton Beekmans - Runner Up Student of the Year 2015 - final project
  • Artisan Bakery perspective - Harriet Cotterill - using Vectorworks
    Artisan Bakery perspective - Harriet Cotterill - using Vectorworks
  • Concept board - Karin Koda
    Concept board - Karin Koda
  • Example of a KLC OL Diploma
    Example of a KLC OL Diploma
  • Example of a students' personal reflective journal
    Example of a students' personal reflective journal
  • Example of spacing from metric handbook
    Example of spacing from metric handbook
  • Examples of a students' personal reflective journal
    Examples of a students' personal reflective journal
  • Kickstart Your Interior Design Studies - July 2015
    Kickstart Your Interior Design Studies - July 2015
  • One to one tutorials available to book
    One to one tutorials available to book
  • Open Learning Support Team
    Open Learning Support Team
  • Screenshot - careers advice
    Screenshot - careers advice
  • Screenshot - examples of students work
    Screenshot - examples of students work
  • Screenshot - online cirriculum
    Screenshot - online cirriculum
  • Screenshot - student forums
    Screenshot - student forums
  • Screenshot - welcome page
    Screenshot - welcome page
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  • Interactive study materials available 24 hours
  • Direct tutor contact and support
  • In depth career focused course
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  • KLC Open Learning Diploma Interior Design
  • Must be completed within 5 years
  • 12 – 15 hours a week is recommended for completion in around 18-24 months
  • No previous experience necessary, suitable for career changers
  • Entry to interior design industry/entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
  • Career Development Loan
    Direct debit payment plan
Spread the cost of the course over two years.

Enrol for free with our 28 day trial. First payment will be taken after the free trial ends.


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