A distance learning, vocational KLC diploma course to launch a career in interior design
I really enjoyed learning something new on every single project. I felt my knowledge and confidence grow with every project/module. I also loved the satisfaction of working on projects that mirrored real life situations. This has proved invaluable for me since graduating and setting up my own design studio.
Evros Agathou, OL graduate
Join the many successful graduates of this course, now working as professional designers and gain a highly respected qualification from an industry leading interior design school.
This in depth, career orientated course has been designed to be accessible and inspirational with the emphasis on providing the sound practical knowledge and skills needed for entry into the design profession. By retaining the entirely vocational focus of the course, it has been possible to place maximum emphasis on the all-important portfolio which, above all else, is the industry passport to employment. To achieve this students receive very high levels of support throughout from the tutor team who are, themselves, professional designers.
Another considerable advantage of this diploma course is that with no set start and completion dates, it allows students as much flexibility as possible to manage work and family commitments. The programme is carefully constructed around a series of exercises and projects so that students regularly put the skills and theory they are learning into practice. This makes the course suitable for complete beginners and students gain confidence and a sense of achievement as they make steady progress with their studies, which is particularly important if they are fitting the course around the demands of a busy life.
Just updated and now delivered entirely online, it provides the perfect opportunity for students to combine their creativity with a strong interest in interior design and to study for a career entirely in their own time.
What is included:
- The KLC exclusive 'Diploma in Interior Design' course materials contain a full range of professional level interior design subjects. Compiled by professional interior designers with many years of industry experience, the study materials offer students a comprehensive and exclusive guide including practical knowledge and advice on standard professional practice
- All course materials are available online for instant 24 hour access
- Recorded video instructions throughout the course
- Access to additional online course materials and examples of student work
- Online student forum to connect with other students who are studying on the course worldwide
- Student support services including email and telephone helpline
- Online timetable calculator to help students plan their study time and get the most from their course
- Careers advice
The extensive range of industry links that the school has built up over the years play a key part in helping to ensure that course content is up to date and these contacts are frequently a source of design competitions, potential internships and employment.
There is the opportunity to win the prestigious industry sponsored KLC Student of the Year award and work placements are available for selected graduates. Students are encouraged to join the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) as a valuable source of networking and information
On completion of the course, support and advice on CVs, portfolios and career direction is available from the Careers Team on request. No other distance learning design school has the industry links or careers support that KLC provides. The course can lead to opportunities to work in commercial or residential design practices to undertake freelance jobs on a project basis, to specialise in decorating show houses and apartments for property developers, property refurbishment or interior styling or even to use the skills acquired to enter into journalism. Graduates of the Interior Design Diploma course with the appropriate work experience are eligible to apply to become Associate Members of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design).
No previous art or design experience is necessary, just commitment and enthusiasm. Students will need to have a reasonable command of English (written and spoken, with recommended minimum IELTS level of 6.5) and have regular access to a computer with a broadband internet connection. Students should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office or equivalent.
The course provides a foundation and skill sets that produces dedicated and accomplished designers with the potential to be at the forefront of design throughout their careers. At the end of the course, students will have built up an impressive portfolio to show prospective employers or clients. The Open Learning Diploma is a KLC vocational qualification which is highly respected in the industry for the practical and in depth training provided that equips students to enter the interior design profession.
Course timetable planner
Using the online Timetable Calculator, students can set the schedule that they want to work to - taking as long as they like to complete the course, or choosing to invest extra time to gain the qualification more quickly. The first set of work must be submitted within 18 months of enrolment but after that there are no more deadlines and the student is in complete control of their own study programme.
The course is delivered entirely online and the content is fully illustrated throughout and written in a very user friendly style by experts in the industry to make the learning process as accessible and engaging as possible. Practical case studies are provided throughout many of the tutorials so that students can see how the lessons are applied to real life situations.
On successful completion of the course, students receive a KLC Diploma and may use the letters "Dip KLC OL" after their name. The full qualification is the "KLC Open Learning Diploma in Interior Design".
An annual industry sponsored award presented to the top achieving Open Learning interior design student offers students an additional and prestigious opportunity to enhance their CV.
Great emphasis is placed on design process from taking the client brief, site survey, design analysis, creative conceptual and design development through to implementation and the final evaluation of a project. Students learn how to produce 2D and 3D drawings and are introduced to a range of methods of visual presentation including scale models. The use of sketching and design developmental drawings is encouraged and students acquire the techniques of detailed working drawings, which are now a vital part of a designer's toolkit for bespoke work.
Project work is underpinned by a study of the theory and principles of design and planning, while accessing creativity, creative use of colour, light, materials and textiles are aspects of the course particularly enjoyed by students. An overview of the historical development of interior styles ensures that graduates are able to recognise key styles and also informs their own design development.
In keeping with the practical approach for which KLC is known, students study building construction, structural principles, lighting, plumbing, heating and ventilation. The business aspects of running a design practice are given a high priority. Students learn to operate as fully professional interior designers including how to coordinate a project, the implications of building regulations and health and safety requirements, as well as how to communicate with contractors and produce all the necessary documentation. They also absorb how to document their own personal creative development in their personal reflective journal.
Consideration of environmental issues is regarded as a holistic part of the course and students are encouraged to factor this in to any project work.
KLC has developed a unique support system for Open Learning to ensure students achieve their goals and when a student enrols they become part of the school community. Central to the course is the online curriculum containing information on how the course operates, additional study units, project briefs and other materials. The Student Support section of the website also acts as a platform for further research and allows interaction with other students as well as access to students' own records. The tutors for this course are practising interior designers, so students can gain first-hand knowledge from experienced professionals and industry specialists. These important links also help to maintain and develop an exciting and current curriculum.
Learning involves so much more than simply studying from the core course materials and the role of the specialist staff is to inspire, motivate, support and educate students. The key to success in Open Learning is a dynamic and interactive relationship between the tutor and student and nothing is too much trouble to help students achieve their goals.
The online course material is supported by exercises that students are expected to undertake in order to build up their knowledge and skills so that they achieve a thorough understanding of each section before attempting the project work. As they progress, students are required to complete and submit six sets of project work for assessment plus three research projects. The majority of submissions for the course are sent to KLC by digital transfer; helping to keep costs down. Assessment comes in the form of detailed written feedback, plus advice to help with the next set of projects. The final showcase projects bring together all the skills learned throughout the course. Design briefs are based on real residential and commercial projects, allowing students to build up an impressive and realistic portfolio of work.
Online student forums - the KLC community
The forums allow students to join others, share ideas, show examples of projects and discuss design issues. This provides the perfect way to maintain motivation whilst making new friends.
Further support available
The course is designed so that no attendance at the college is required and all work is completed from home and submitted online and by post. As already detailed, students are supported throughout their studies by receiving detailed assessment and feedback on their project work. However, additional help and support is available if required:
Add-ons to the Open Learning Diploma
- Book one-to-one tutorials whenever needed at any point during the course
- Enhance studies with specialist subject short courses and workshops where a 20% discount for most courses is offered to KLC Open Learning students
One to one tutorials
Students can take advantage of the one to one personal tutorials at KLC's design studios at Chelsea Harbour. These are one or two hour sessions with a tutor on a one-to-one basis providing professional guidance on course work. These sessions give students clear direction on how to approach their project work and provide extra motivation for their studies. Students can choose to have as much or as little support as they need
KLC offers a broad range of short courses at the Chelsea Harbour studios, many of which have been put together to support the Open Learning courses. (Fees are charged for the additional courses)
Open Learning students are encouraged to interact with one another throughout their course and to contact other students in their locality to join a study group or even form their own
Discounts on books, equipment and KLC short courses
Students enrolled on the course will be able to take advantage of special discounts on books, equipment and KLC's short courses
- Student Handbook
- General submissions guidelines
- The Design Process
- Keeping a Personal Reflective Journal
- Personal Style
- Technical Drawing: Initial Pencil Exercises
- Plans and Elevations
- Technical Drawing: Plans
- Technical Drawing: Elevations
- Scale Planning
- Technical Drawing: Inking and Lettering
- Technical Drawing Conventions
- Colour 1: The Power of Colour
- Colour 2: Colour Explained
- Colour 3: Colour in Interiors
Section 1 projects* (all submitted by email)
- Project 1:1 Taking the brief
- Project 1:2 Personal style presentation
- Project 1:3 Drawing a plan & elevations
- Project 1:4 Colour theory
- Design Analysis and Design Statement
- Concepts (Mood Boards)
- Sourcing and Developing a Scheme
- Visual Presentation
- Building Construction
- Kitchen Planning
- History of Window Treatments
- Estimating for Window Treatments
Section 2 projects* (all submitted by email)
- Project 2:1 Personal style decorative scheme
- Project 2:2 Measuring up & technical drawing
- Project 2:3 Building construction & kitchen design
- Project 2:4 Window treatments & textiles research project*** (To be submitted at the end of the course)
- Project 2:5 Design brief 1, townhouse initial stage
- Design Principles
- Technical Drawing: Sections
- Verbal Presentation
- Technical Drawing: Axonometric Projection Drawing
- Technical Drawing: Isometric Projection Drawings
- Lighting 1
- Lighting 2
- History of Styles 1: Overview & 17th Century British Styles
- History of Styles 2: 18th Century British Styles
- History of Styles 3: French Styles
- History of Styles 4: 19th Century British Styles
- History of Styles 5: 20th Century British Styles
Section 3 projects** (some work to be posted/delivered)
- Project 3:1 Townhouse, design & presentation
- Project 3:2 Townhouse, axonometric drawing
- Project 3:3 Townhouse, lighting proposal
- Project 3:4 Townhouse, colour rationale
- Project 3:5 History of styles research project*** (To be submitted at the end of the course)
- Hard Materials
- Technical Drawing: Working Drawings
- Wall Treatments
- Heating, Ventilation, Insulation and Acoustics
- Commercial Projects
- Freehand Drawing: Sketching and Perspectives
- Perspective Drawing
Section 4 projects** (some work to be posted/delivered)
- Project 4:1 Design brief 2, celebrity bathroom
- Project 4:2 Detailed working drawings
- Project 4:3 Design Brief 3, artisan bakery
- Commercial Considerations
Section 5 projects** (some work to be posted/delivered)
- Project 5:1 Planning permission & building regulations
- Project 5:2 Hotel lobby, reception & bar design
- Professional Practice Part 1: Career Planning
- Professional Practice Part 2: Business Management
- Professional Practice Part 3: Project Management
Section 6 projects** (work to be posted/delivered)
- Project 6:1 (Part 1) professional practice project
- Project 6:1 (Part 2) residential showcase project: urban apartment in warehouse conversion
* entire submission to be emailed
**partly submitted by email & part to be delivered to KLC
***to be submitted at the end of the course