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Foundation Degree Interior Design

Online StructuredFull Time


The Online Foundation Degree is ideal for those who want to achieve a validated qualification, but cannot commit to attending classes at school. Join an online community of design students and gradually build industry relevant skills at home! The project work moves from residential design to more complex commercial designs as the course progresses and work is submitted and assessed entirely via KLC’s state of the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students can study from anywhere in the world, with webinar groups split into different time zones, everyone gets equal tutor access - no matter where they are nationally or internationally.

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Course Details

The course is structured around weekly timetables, with students accessing pre-recorded lectures, course notes, instructional videos and exercises from the VLE. They then submit their work for marking via ‘My Portfolio’ - their personal, online portfolio.

Level Four

Term One

Design Project 1           Residential design (small residential project)
Reflective Report 1     Building research report

Students start the course with lessons on scale and surveying a space, which then leads on to drawing floor plans and furniture. Zoning and spatial planning principles are introduced, such as ergonomics and anthropometrics. The role of a designer and breaking down the different stages of the design process are also covered, alongside design development and accessing your creativity. There is also teaching on academic writing skills such as reflective writing for design and higher education research and analysis.

Term Two

Design Project 1         Residential design (continued)

Students focus strongly on visual communication and presentation skills this term, with technical drawing skills advanced to drawing sections and elevations, in addition to one and two point perspective drawing, both freehand and using a drawing board. Inking and colour rendering are also taught, with the remainder of the term dedicated to detailed lessons on how to use the students’ first computer aided design (CAD) software package, SketchUp.

Term Three

Assessed Debate        Live online debate - ‘Contemporary Interior Design Practice’
Research Project 1     ‘Design Evolution and Trends’
Contextual Essay 1     ‘Design Evolution and Trends’

Focusing on the history of interior design, this term students conduct in-depth research on contemporary design and design evolutions, studying interiors through the ages for their assessed debate and contextual essay projects. There is also tuition on professional practice topics including fees, contracts, schedules and specifications, tender packs and project co-ordination.

Term Four

Design Project 2         Residential design (medium residential project)

This term students continue with residential design topics, such as design principles for kitchens and bathrooms, alongside practical design solutions and budget allocation for a continuation of professional practice skills. There is an introduction to colour theory and teaching on sourcing and accessories, and students finish the term with lectures and workshops on using Photoshop.

Term Five

Design Project 3         Commercial design

Moving into commercial design projects, this term covers detailed teaching on lighting design – including aesthetics and layering, technical considerations such as fixtures and fittings, creating lighting plans and specifications. Students will develop their knowledge of building regulations, as well as creating professional standard material boards and also learning their second CAD programme – AutoCAD.

Level Five

Term 6

Design Project 4         Conceptual Exhibition/Pop-Up Design

The second half of the course opens with teaching on advanced traffic flow & site analysis within a commercial environment, as well as advanced conceptual development which leads into the fourth design project for an exhibition or pop-up space design. Students will learn about building & construction, structural technologies alongside an introduction to basic engineering.

Term 7

Research Project 2     Textiles Research & Application
Design Project 5          Detailed Working Drawings
Contextual Essay 2      Materials Report

This term focuses solely on the use of materials in the design industry – introducing students to detailed materials-based research and their specialised usage within interiors, including wood, stone, textiles, man-made materials, new materials and contemporary processes. Projects this term will focus on product design using different materials, and necessitate advanced detailed technical drawing and sketching skill, as well as basic InDesign. Students also explore issues around sustainability and the responsibility of designers.

Term 8

Design Project 6         Live Commercial Project

Teaching on commercial design is the sole focus for this term, with lectures on current trends and commercial design imperatives, as well as important legislation, regulations and environmental policies relating to commercial design. Students will examine design vs. function, accessibility and inclusive design, alongside specialist design for bars, hotels, retail spaces and offices. Lighting skills are revisited from a commercial perspective and new software EstiPC is introduced. The live project leads on to working with structural engineers and contractors, as well as project coordination skills.

Term 9

Design Project 7         Group Project
Design Project 8         Final Major Project

The group projects at KLC always have a social focus, working with the Design Changes Lives Foundation to contribute to some kind of community development. This will involve analysing complex interior spaces, looking at specialised areas of design interest, developing research summaries & rationales and presenting professional documentation. Working within a design team helps students to develop their interpersonal skills and learn about professional practice within a design team.

Term 10

Design Project 8         Final Major Project (continued)

Finishing the course with further professional skills for the industry students will look at developing design ideas into a professional dossier, advanced visual communication of a project, advanced budgeting and creating a professional portfolio of work. Understanding of business skills such as marketing for interior designers and setting up your own studio are also included. At the end of the Foundation Degree course, the KLC Careers Service also offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews.

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"The way in which the course is structured is informative but enjoyable, and the videos and webinars make things feel more manageable."
Jess Fuery, Student

Study Method

Hosted on KLC’s state of the art virtual learning environment (VLE), this course combines live group webinars, video lectures, PowerPoint presentations and much more, to enrich the students’ learning experience. Project work is uploaded to an online portfolio which is then viewed by the tutors for reviewing your work. Students build their own virtual community through The Coffee Shop Forum, which is a space to collaborate, enquire and support one another.

Due to the entirely online learning method of this course, students are required to have a high-speed, broadband internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam.

"Well done for picking such great team; everyone works extremely hard to help us and inspire us ready for the future. I only wish I had started years ago!"
Sam Duckworth, Student

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 (

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.

Applicants will be required to complete an application for this course – please contact our Admissions team by phone or email to request an application pack.

To prepare for your application, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Applicant form, including education and career history
  • A creative exercise based on a celebrity bedroom
  • A multiple choice spatial awareness test

As well as being studied online, computer aided design (CAD) is a key part of this course; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.


  • Inspirational online learning
    Inspirational online learning
  • State of the art learning environment
    State of the art learning environment
  • Study from anywhere around the world. Lessons in different time zones to suit you
    Study from anywhere around the world. Lessons in different time zones to suit you
  • Contact with tutors throughout the course
    Contact with tutors throughout the course
  • Example of a lesson
    Example of a lesson
  • Example of a lesson
    Example of a lesson
  • Online Community - join the Coffee shop and collaborate with students
    Online Community - join the Coffee shop and collaborate with students
  • Example of an online project
    Example of an online project
  • Don't listen to us - KLC students share their experinces
    Don't listen to us - KLC students share their experinces
  • Don't listen to us - KLC students share their experinces 2
    Don't listen to us - KLC students share their experinces
  • Regular, live interaction with tutors
  • Study from anywhere in the world
  • Innovative online study resources
  • Progress onto the BA (Hons) Top Up
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020 7376 3377
  • 18 September 2017 - 6 December 202018 September 2017 00.00am 06 December 2020 00.00am
  • Foundation Degree Interior Design (Levels 4 &5 validated by the University of Brighton)
  • 3 years + one Term
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design Top Up
  • 20+ hours per week, regular group webinars
  • Undergraduate study, GCSE’s & A-levels required, applicants must be 18 or over
  • Graduate entry to interior design industry
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
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