KLC School of Design in partnership with House & Garden magazine. A unique opportunity to win a place on a full or part time Certificate course

We are delighted to be working with House & Garden to identify someone with real potential to succeed as an interior designer and to offer them a free place on one of KLC's September 2017 Certificate courses

As with all applicants for KLC career-focused courses, we want to be certain that it is the right course for you and entrants are asked to undertake a creative exercise. This is to give you the chance to showcase your talent and give us a real insight into your creative approach, spatial awareness, ability to problem solve and think outside the box.


We would like you to imagine that some prospective clients have contacted you. The couple (one is the International Marketing Director of a large retail group and the other works part time from home as a consultant) are in their mid 30s and have recently moved from central London to their new home, a village house in Sussex. They have two children aged 3 and 2 and a Norfolk terrier.

Life at home is busy with two young children with plenty of messy baking, jam making and crafts and games. They enjoy seeing friends and family and often have people to stay at the weekend. They are an active couple who enjoy running, riding, skiing and tennis as well as architecture, design exhibitions and debating business, politics and philosophy

The property is a Grade 2 listed detached Victorian villa built around 1860 with 6 acres of garden, orchards and paddocks. The clients are looking to remodel an area of the ground floor to create a kitchen/informal dining/family room accessed from the entrance hall and the side of the house. Ideally they would like this area to include somewhere for boots and coats, some comfortable seating and incorporate facilities for laundry and storage for cleaning equipment.

You have not yet seen the actual house (only photos) or had the chance to meet your busy clients and are trying to get a feel for their requirements via email. To try and get some feedback from them, you are going to put together an informal montage of cuttings, photographs, sketches, samples etc that would convey the sort of style and atmosphere that the sparse information you currently have suggests to you might suit the clients and house. You are also going to include a sketch layout of how you see the area working.

They describe their interior style preferences as elegant and serene (in contrast to the mess and busyness of family life) and while they would like this pivotal family space to have a more modern feel than the rest of the house, above all it needs to be a practical family kitchen and living space


Judging Panel

The judging panel will consist of House & Garden Editor Hatta Byng, KLC Principal/Founder, Jenny Gibbs, KLC Certificate Course Leader, Liz Holohan. Judging will take place at the end of June and shortlisted entrants will be invited to House & Garden to meet the editorial team in July and will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the panel

Sending in your entry

The closing date for submissions is 16 June 2017

Entries must be sent for the attention of:
Lizzie Stirrat
KLC School of Design
503 Design Centre East
Chelsea Harbour
SW10 0XF

Don't forget to include the following information with your entry:

  • Give a brief covering letter giving your name
  • Sketch Layout Plan
  • Montage of style ideas
  • Address
  • Contact telephone number
  • Email


Submission date: 16 June 2017

Terms and Conditions

  1. The Competition award is for either the full time or part time Certificate courses for September 2017 entry only
  2. Entrants must be able to devote sufficient study time to their course (as set out on the KLC website www.klc.co.uk)
  3. The Competition award is non-transferrable and there is no cash alternative
  4. Only one entry per person will be considered
  5. The 5 applicants on the final shortlist will be invited to House & Garden's offices to meet the Editor and editorial team and will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the Editor, and KLC's Principal Jenny Gibbs and Liz Holohan Certificate Course Leader.
  6. KLC reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Competition and/or Rules of Entry without notice for any matter arising that is beyond the reasonable control of KLC Ltd. Any changes to the Rules, or cancellation of the Competition, will be posted on the KLC School of Design website (www.klc.co.uk). It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed of any changes to the Rules
  7. In order to attend either Certificate course, English Language ability must be competent, and a minimum score of 6.5 on the English LanguageTesting System (www.ielts.org.uk) or equivalent is required.
  8. Only entries made by the Closing Date and in the manner set out in the Competition details will be considered for the award
  9. The winner of the Competition will be selected and notified as set out in the Competition Terms
  10. In the event that the winner is disqualified from the Competition, the judging panel will, select an alternative winner in the same manner as the original winner and such selection will be subject to the Rules
  11. There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition or access the KLC website

Intellectual Property Rights and Data Protection

  1. You agree that KLC Ltd and House & Garden may use your entry (whether or not it wins the Competition) for any promotional purpose (for example, placing it on the KLC website or any poster, leaflet or other advertising media).
  2. KLC Ltd and House & Garden has your permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store, your entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the Competition
  3. KLC Ltd and House & Garden will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the entry and, where you have given your consent, for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable date protection legislation
  4. You confirm that your entry is original and you have the right to lease to KLC Ltd the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the entry for the purposes referred to in these Rules
  5. The winner of the Competition unconditionally agrees (as a condition of accepting any place on a Certificate course) to the use of their name and one or more photographs of themselves
  6. All entries must be received by midnight on 16 June 2017. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the above Terms and Conditions
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