My Design School: Design Your Own Home
Find your personal decorating style with KLC’s interactive online course
Join us for five weeks in our international online classroom at My Design School, and gain design inspiration at times to suit you, wherever you are – make it a more rewarding commute or an informative soak in the bath!
A word from Morwenna Brett, our My Design School tutor:
“I’m proud to be on the teaching roster at KLC, and specially proud of My Design School". It’s KLC’s fabulous online interiors course, and there really isn’t any other course like it!
You get a new lesson and webcast from me every day, and best of all, access to a private Facebook Group specially set up for My Design School students, where we share ideas, work in progress, inspiration, problems, successes and calamities, and you get feedback from me. This is a brilliantly buzzy group, and it doesn’t stop after the course, but carries on afterwards for chat, support, and following each other’s projects.”
Don’t just take my word for it – here are quotes from some of our past students:
"The weeks have flown by – it is sad to see the course end!"
"I really enjoyed doing something completely different from my day job and taking the time to indulge a passion"
"Challenging without being intimidating, and interesting and fun whilst still being practical and useful. I would recommend it!"
"This course has been just what I needed - very creative, inspirational and methodical"
"It was great to be able to follow the course at my own pace. I've learnt so much about design and enjoyed discovering more about my own ideas and thoughts"
Alicia Aleman Castellano
Bring your latest decorating project to the course – I’ll bring mine too – and work through it as we study the design process, finding your style, colour, fabrics and window treatments, sourcing, lighting, accessories. Though there’s something new in the classroom every weekday (weekends are for catching up!) you can do the work entirely when it suits you. And no need to worry if you get a bit behind (it happens!) – every week is a fresh start with a new topic.
“And if you feel uncertain about your online skills please don’t worry. Jump in and I’ll help. Technical support is a feature of the course.”
This course allows you to apply new skills, as you learn them, to your own project. You will study colour and pattern, where to find products and materials, space planning, and lighting design. In addition, you will learn how to design window treatments and how to accessorise to create a perfect finish. Throughout you will be immersed in the latest trends, straight from London, the interior design capital of the world.
You will be taken through the design process from initial concepts for a space to a completed scheme ready to be put into action. Subjects covered include: finding my style, concepts, taking a brief and surveying, colour schemes and colour psychology, fabrics and window treatments, planning and sourcing, lighting and technology, accessories, and executing your ideas.
My Design School runs for 5 weeks. A dedicated tutor will lead everyone through the design process, with plenty of support and interaction along the way, and guest tutors will drop in to pass on their tips and advice.
The course is presented entirely online, so you can participate any time of the day or night, at home or on the move. You'll work alongside other students, but at times that fit in with your own schedule, making it manageable around your other commitments.
This is a social and interactive course based on group progress, so there are no formal project submissions to the school. You will be part of a large group working to the same timetable and sharing the development of work in progress, as you each consider your individual projects in light of the subject studied that week. Whilst our KLC tutors may select your work to demonstrate good practice to the group, no student will receive individual feedback as part of this course. You will learn from observing the progress of your tutor's project and by having a go yourself. Your tutor will share tips and tricks of the trade, information on suppliers, and insights into interior design as practised in and around our school in London.
The teaching materials will be a stimulating mix of webcasts, lessons, course notes, inspirational links and online interaction, and will be put together to suit each individual class. In order to get the most out of this course you'll need to be internet-savvy and you will need to devote at least 8 hours per week during the 5 week period. That said, you can choose your level of participation and course materials will remain available for a couple of weeks after the course finishes if you need to catch up.
How does the course work?
Everyone will be working on the same course material at the same time. We suggest you bring a room of your own to the course* and use it as the basis for your studies – the course tutor will do exactly the same thing, and present their work alongside students' work to demonstrate best practice.
* Please note that designing kitchens and bathrooms in detail is not included in this course, though the design principles you will learn will of course apply to any room in the home.
Much of the teaching will be in the form of daily lessons which will appear on the course website, with exercises and follow up activities. There will be plenty of background course notes to the lessons, which you can download and keep either as pdf files, or print them out for filing.
Will I communicate with other students?
Whilst the KLC tutor will lead the course, there will be plenty of interaction with other students. You will have the opportunity to showcase designs and materials and discuss these with other students. The course is highly interactive and will centre around the community of participants.
Who is the course tutor?
The course tutor will be one of KLC's experienced teachers, and he or she will be working on their own project alongside the students. There will also be guest tutors dropping in to the course, giving students the benefit of their specialist knowledge.
Do I get feedback?
No student will get individual feedback as part of the course - you will learn by watching the tutor's project, discussion and exchanging ideas with fellow students, and looking at other students' work and choices. The tutor will pick up on specific points and give general feedback and comment on each week's study topics.
Will my work be assessed?
The tutor may select your work to demonstrate good practice to the group, but there is no formal assessment of students' work, and no certificate at the end of the course. How many of the homework assignments you complete is entirely up to you.
How much work is involved?
It is entirely up to you how much time you put into the course, but we suggest 8-10 hours a week would enable you to get the most out of it. The coursework will be available on the site for two weeks after the course ends, so you can make sure you have read and downloaded anything you want. The Facebook group will also continue after the course, so you can keep in contact with fellow students after your studies have finished.
What can I do in preparation?
To prepare, you could familiarise yourself with social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, if you don't use them already. You might like to visit www.housetohome.co.uk, the website of the interiors magazines that are supporting the course, for inspiration and ideas. Start collecting pictures of furniture and schemes that attract you, and bookmark the web pages of suppliers that you think might be useful. Finally, think about a room in your home (not a kitchen or bathroom) that you might bring to the course as a project.
You will get access to the course in the week before it starts. We will email you instructions, and tell you how the site works, so you can find your way around it, create your own profile, and prepare for teaching which starts on the following Monday.
What will I be able to achieve at the end of the course?
At the end of the course, you will be able to put together a plan and scheme for your chosen room and have the confidence to implement it. You will also have built up a wealth of design ideas and inspiration, as well as making valuable contacts, who will hopefully remain friends after the course!
Students will require a laptop or computer with a broadband connection, capable of downloading and uploading images and files reasonably quickly. (A tablet or smartphone can be used for some aspects of the course, but we recommend a desktop or laptop computer as a first requirement.)
Students should be comfortable with using the internet, emails, and handling basic document and image files, including downloading and uploading using the internet or email. (Support will be given on technical aspects of the course, but we are unable to help with problems specific to a student's own computer, or broadband connection.)
To get the most out of the course, students should be familiar with social media (such as Facebook, Pinterest) or willing to try them if they haven't already, and willing to engage with other students and their tutor on the website and on Facebook.
What level of interior design knowledge do I need?
The course is suitable for complete beginners, but equally will benefit students with some basic knowledge of interior design.
What equipment will I need?
All you need is a computer with an internet connection, capable of downloading files and images, and a digital camera (a smart phone will do). A scanner is helpful, but not essential. Although you can read the course notes and watch the videos on a tablet or smartphone, a desktop or laptop computer is probably needed to get the most out of the course.
What computer skills do I need?
You need to be familiar with downloading and uploading files and images to a computer and to the internet, and managing files on your computer. Most importantly, you need to be willing to have a go and try new techniques: hopefully by the end of the course you will have learned some new digital skills as well as design skills. We will describe the digital processes required each time, and if you are having problems then your tutor may be able to help you out, but you do need some basic knowledge to start the course. For example, we might ask you to:
- Take a photo, upload it to your computer, and then upload it to the forum or Pinterest
- Resize a photograph to a smaller size so it is suitable for uploading
- Download a pdf from the course, and store it on your own computer
- Create a Word document, save it as a pdf, and upload it to the forum
- Take a screen shot of your computer and save it
What computer software do I need?
We don't expect you to have any special CAD (computer aided design) software, or advanced image editing software (such as Photoshop or Light room), though if you do have these you can of course use them for your projects. You will need a program for text processing (such as Microsoft Word) and for simple image editing (such as Microsoft Office Picture Manager). You will need Adobe Acrobat (which is free) to read pdfs, and it would also be helpful to be able to save documents as pdfs (Microsoft Word should do this.)
During the course we will be suggesting interior design related apps for tablet and smartphones that you might like to try - some will be free and some will cost a small amount, but you don't have to download these if you don't want to.
I don't use social media
For students less familiar with social media there will be guidance on setting up a Twitter or Pinterest account, help with Facebook, and help with negotiating a site in a blog format. You can see this course as an opportunity to try out social media within a supportive group, to see how you like them.