Accessible, part time training for a career in residential interior design

Certificate Interior Design

Part TimeFull Time


The Part Time Certificate course is the perfect option for those wishing to train for a reputable design qualification alongside their other work or family commitments, in order to find employment within the residential sector of the industry.

Focusing on all the relevant decorative and technical skills needed to design kitchens, bathrooms, living and sleeping areas within the home, this yearlong course pushes students to develop their personal creativity, expand their design skillset and start to think like an interior designer.

Alongside carefully formulated workshops and lectures, students can look forward to visiting guest speakers, museum and showroom visits and access to the renowned KLC Careers Service upon completion of the course.

Course Details

In line with KLC’s practical approach to design education, students undertake a total of three projects and two research documents during the yearlong course. This enables them to complete their qualification with a diverse body of work, which then forms the basis of their professional portfolio.

Term One

Design Project 1         Bedroom
Research Project 1     Textiles, Research & Application

Students are introduced to the design process, including taking a client brief, research, creating concepts and successful design schemes, as well as being taught the principles of colour theory and how to effectively use materials & finishes. Lectures on textiles, upholstery and window treatments set the groundwork for their first research project, listed above, and lectures on periods of interior design history and the evolution of style form the basis of their second research project, listed below. Students also take a number of workshops on visual presentation techniques and technical drawing, which is taught from scratch.

Term Two

Design Project 2         Bathroom
Research Project 2     Evolution of Style

Continuing to develop their visual communication skills, students learn freehand & one point perspective sketching, taught alongside professional colour rendering techniques. These skills are then further advanced into workshops for their first computer aided design (CAD) programme – SketchUp. Moving on to more technical subject areas, students are introduced to the use of hard materials, building construction, planning permissions and listed buildings. Teaching on the principles of bathroom design also informs their second project.

Term Three

Design Project 3         Kitchen, Dining, Living Space

Wherever possible, KLC offer a live project for the final term of the Certificate course; giving students first-hand experience of working with a client. Approaching this final project, teaching focuses on professional kitchen design, as well as lighting and electrical design - including creating lighting plans. Two point perspective sketching and training on the second CAD programme of the course, Vectorworks, rounds off the teaching on visual communication skills. Towards the end of term, the focus also shifts towards post-course employment within the industry, with lectures on professional practise – including schedules and budgets, trade accounts and professional bodies, as well as insurance and business administration. The course concludes with each student giving their final project presentation to the client.


"My time at KLC has been a life changing experience, it truly has! Thanks for all the advice, support and guidance through the various projects - I am gobsmacked when I think about where I started out compared to how much I had achieved by the end!"
Rosalyn Cropper, Alumni

Study Method

September intake       Mondays & Tuesdays             10.00am – 4.00pm

January intake            Wednesdays & Thursdays      10.00am – 4.00pm

The course is two days a week for one year, split across three terms, however please note that there are no half term breaks. Additional study hours are required outside of the studio for independent study, research and completion of projects.  We also advise students that site visits or showroom trips may fall outside of regular studio hours.


"KLC was the springboard for my career in interior design!"
Fabrice Bana, Alumni

Entry Requirements

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

Entry onto the course is by interview only, so please complete the Request an Interview form or call our Admissions team to book your appointment.

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

  • Interview forms, including education and career history
  • A multiple choice spatial awareness test

For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 may be required.

Computer aided design is a key part of this course; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 020 7376 3377 or if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.

  • Ideal for anyone balancing work or family commitments
  • High levels of tutor support
  • Practical, hands-on projects
  • Gain unique industry insight
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020 7376 3377
  • 18 September 2017 - 3 July 201818 September 2017 00.00am 03 July 2018 00.00am
  • Certificate Interior Design
  • 1 year
  • Two days a week, with 20+ hours outside of class
  • No previous experience necessary, suitable for career changers, applicants must be 18 or over
  • Entry to residential design industry
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
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