Course summary

The top-up BA (Hons) Interior Design is an inspiring Level 6 course that allows students to complete a full Bachelors qualification as well as broadening their understanding of commercial design

The BA Hons Top-up Interior Design is the next step up after a Foundation Degree, Diploma HE or equivalent or for those who have attained a degree in the Architecture of the Arts who wish to build on previous experience and skills within the Interior Design Industry.

Validated by University of Brighton

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Great reasons to apply

  • Gain a full Bachelors qualification to expand your commercial career opportunities in larger commercial agencies and the international arena
  • Focus on commercial design, professional practice and industry regulations ensuring you achieve the highest industry standards within even the most complex design projects
  • The course offers collaboration with practising professionals providing you with great industry insight.
  • Benefit from industry focused, live projects providing real-world value to your professional portfolio. 

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Course details

 

Studying on this course offers a genuinely collaborative learning experience with practising members of the design industry. Having a fully-accredited BA (Hons) Degree will greatly assist students with their future career in Interior Design as it will expand your commercial career opportunities. A graduate can start their own commercial design business or join a design or architectural practice as a qualified Commercial Interior Designer.

A series of lectures and seminars are given by industry professional design consultants mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, along with environmental and contract consultants.

Design Projects briefs are based on real sites within London, with challenging yet rewarding project briefs. Previous projects including the lobby of the Bank of America in Canary Wharf, a restaurant in Saville Row and a pop-up exhibition in Shoreditch – giving students first-hand experience of professional design practices. 

Students studying full time can expect to receive extensive tutor support and personalised supervision throughout their time at KLC.

The BA (Hons) tutor team is committed to providing the highest level of education necessary to practice and succeed in the profession. The KLC BA course provides a unique, current, diverse and engaging learning experience, preparing students for careers in larger commercial agencies and the international arena. - Sam Butterfield, Course Leader

The course is two days a week for one year, split across three terms, however, please note that there are no half term breaks. During the three days not in class, students are expected to manage their time working on various design tasks and dissertation work on their dissertation and projects with the guidance of a KLC tutor who is available to help via email.

Contact us

To register your interest and receive information and updates about studying at KLC please complete this form.

If you can't find the information you are looking for or to ask a question, please contact our Admissions team on 020 7376 3377 

Course Dates

16 September 2019 - 9 July 2020

Qualification
BA (Hons) Interior Design (Level 6 Diploma)

Validated by the University of Brighton

Duration
1 Year

Progression
Commercial design and multidisciplinary interior design practices

Study Hours
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10.00– 16.00
Monday, Thursday & Friday, self-directed study

"Lectures from those at the forefront of the industry have really inspired me to think beyond the usual and consider the wider design world The best thing about studying at KLC has been the amount of dedicated tutor time that we receive and peer reviews. The environment is supportive and feedback is specific to your project " Clare Stone

Course units

Term One

Design Project 1 - Design Concept and Design Development
Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation
Report 1 - Professional Practice and Business Administration
Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment

The course starts with a refresher on using AutoCAD. Which is utilised along with In Design and Photoshop to communicate a design proposal in response to the first design brief.   Lectures and workshops on professional practice and the legislative framework, which correlate with design projects, provide insight into working as a designer.  The first term also covers topics such as the natural world, sustainability and the environmental impact of the building industry, and ethical design issues in relation to the built environment.  Lectures seminars and tutorials help further students approach to for the design dissertation, through exploring creative ways of researching by using different symbolic modes of representation, vis-à-vis images, moving-images, movement, etc., to consider practice in a conceptual way and how research is designed.

Term Two

Design Project 2 - Design - Synthesis and Resolution - Social design
Dissertation/Reports - continued and finalised

This term starts with an introduction to REVIT the newest drawing package utilised within the design industry. This drawings package will enable the students to model their design proposals three-dimensionally and will assist them in producing relevant working drawing packages. Seminars, peer reviews, lectures and workshops on construction, technology, the environment, professional practice and dissertations continue to inform and inspire the students to progress within design practice A number of industry experts such as site inspectors and quantity surveyors describe their roles and responsibilities and how they work with designers and design teams on and off-site.  This and the third term’s absorbing and challenging design project characterises a design proposal that aims to achieve a positive effect on society. Design challenges will increase students’ skills during which design solutions will evolve by demonstrating high levels of design literacy and critical thinking.   Students will present work at a professional level through sketches, diagrams, visuals, drawings etc. using creative techniques coherent to the design proposal.

Term Three

Design Project 2 - continued

The last term strives to allow the student to develop and finalise their design proposal. On completion and presentation of the final project, the students continue with industry contact with a series of introduction days with suppliers, manufacturers and professionals from the commercial interior design sector. Throughout the course, the Careers Service offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews. The course culminates in a final, celebratory Exhibition and Graduation ceremony, attended by prominent designers and professionals from the interiors industry.

"The tutors are exceptional at KLC. They recognise your potential and drive you further than you think your limits are and more – the result is exceptionally worthwhile. I value KLC for their connection to the various industry experts that we are fortunate to meet, be motivated and inspired by. " Urvashi Sharmi

How to apply

Internal applicants

Contact the Admissions team on 020 7376 3377.

External applicants 

External applicants will require an interview for this course, 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
  • Provide a digital portfolio

All applicants will be required to complete a 500-word Dissertation Proposal.

Request an interview  >
 

Entry Requirements

Internal applicants can progress on to the BA (Hons) subject to successful completion of:

  • Foundation Degree Interior Design (Levels 4 & 5)
  • Diploma Interior Design (Level 5)

along with an endorsement from their Course Leader.

External applicants will require:

  • Foundation Degree or equivalent in a design-related subject area
    (i.e. Higher National Diploma / Level 5 qualification)
  • A digital portfolio of work demonstrating a variety of skills, including evidence of technical drawing and computer-aided design programmes

Applicants should also have the necessary computer skills for a degree level course and students are required to have a PC laptop computer.

We are able to accept international applicants onto this course, subject to the following:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (www.ielts.org)
  • Successful application for a Tier 4 Visa

Please see our information Student Visas and the government’s Tier 4 Visa webpage for full details on how to apply for this visa.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 20 7376 3377 or info@klc.co.uk if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.

 

Fees and Funding

Home/EU/International fee

£15,720

An Instalment Plan is available for this course

Course start date: 16 September 2019

Enrolment fee: £1,600.00 inc VAT non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.

Followed by 3 payments of: £4,840 inc VAT

  01 July 2019 £4,840 inc VAT
  01 September 2019 £4,840 inc VAT
  01 December 2019 £4,840 inc VAT

PLEASE NOTE:

  • VAT will be charged at the rate in force at the date payments are made which may increase the total fees quoted if the VAT rate changes.
  • Please make a careful note of our refund policies, so that you are clear about what you might expect in the event of cancellation.
  • Each instalment includes a charge of £134 inc. VAT for using this facility.

 

Funding

There are a number of funding options available and it can be complicated establishing the most appropriate route for you, so if you would like any advice then please do not hesitate to contact our Registrars by telephone (020 7376 3377) or email (registrar@klc.co.uk)

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Student Finance England
This is a government loan to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs. Non Degree holding applicants may be able to borrow £6,165 per year towards the cost of a course – you start repaying once you earn over a certain amount.

To check your eligibility and to start your application, please visit the Student Finance website. Our UK provider number is 10008325.

For students to be eligible for Student Finance, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at KLC are designated each year by the Department for Education. Please visit OfS for more information.


Personal Education Loan
There are many different companies offering personal loans, including some that specialise in private education loans which have a reduced repayment through the duration of your course.

Please note that we are unable to accept the 24+ Advanced Learner Loan for our courses.

Alumni and careers

Alumni

  • Vanessa Balinska graduated from our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree in July 2014 after winning numerous awards at the graduation ceremony 
  • Thomas Capezzone now works in property and hotel development and recently completed a new 5-star Hotel in the French Alps 

Careers

Throughout the course, KLC's dedicated Careers service ensures BA Hons students are educated on CV preparation, portfolio presentation, online profiles and professional practice. Students will benefit from multiple 1-to-1 careers sessions helping to facilitate graduate job placements and career entry including access to the KLC Online Jobs Board. After graduation, Careers and Alumni support is provided on an ongoing basis.

Out of the onsite BA (Hons) students who used the Careers Service in 2017/18, 100% are now working in the industry.

 

 FT BA Hons Interior Design Career Statistics 2018 Graphic