September 2020 – ALL courses to commence onsite and online 

KLC has always strived to provide flexible study solutions and already includes online elements in many of its classroom courses. All of our current onsite courses were successfully delivered online this last Summer Term with no delay in the course schedules. Many of our students fed back to us how surprised they are by the quality of the online learning experience and more than a few prefer it.

Looking forward to new courses starting in September and next January, KLC is one of the best prepared UK educators with all onsite courses going ahead as planned augmented with some blending learning and additional staff and student safeguards in place. KLC's online teaching expertise means our enhanced teaching and holistic support can be flexibly and seamlessly delivered whatever the circumstance.

All enrolled KLC students are covered by our Student Protection Plan which includes a full money-back guarantee if courses have to be cancelled in September due to extreme circumstances.


Course summary

Learn all the fundamentals of residential interior design, styling and sourcing in just 11 weeks on this industry-respected course

The Full Time Certificate Course provides the perfect opportunity to dive headfirst into the world of residential interior design. You don't need any art and design experience, just a passion and desire to work in the residential interior design industry. This tried and tested vocational course is taught by a team of professionally trained interior designers with extensive industry experience between them and all of whom studied at KLC in the past. So, they know where you are at now, where you need to get to and how to get you there.

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Great reasons to apply

  • This accessible and enjoyable vocational course offers you a fast track route to employment in the residential interior design industry and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • The curriculum is enhanced with regular inspirational talks from leading designers and industry experts as well as showroom visits and design trips.
  • High levels of tutor support by a team of professionally trained practicing interior designers with added careers support.
  • Comes with full CAD Software training for absolute beginners.

Open days... Now Online!

Despite the coronavirus lockdown, at KLC it is still business as usual having moved completely online! Join us at our NEW virtual Open Day - Online and watch a presentation by one of our course tutors giving an overview of the courses and see samples of student work. You can also book video chats with our Course Advisors or Course tutors and have all your questions answered to find out which course and study mode is best suited to you.

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"It was great being in a learning environment with people of mixed ages and from many different cultures - I found that very inspiring. The full-time course is very demanding and quick-paced, this is great preparation for the industry which is built not only on creative but organisational skills." Kate Aslangul

Student gallery

  • Amy Keast Bathroom Project
  • Certificate Concept Board
  • Certificate Concept Workshops
  • Certificate Floor Plan
  • Certificate Kitchen and Dining Project Eve Henderson
  • Certificate Residential Projects
  • Certificate Sample and Mood Board
  • Certificate Sample Board
  • Certificate Sketchbook Development
  • Jess Blake Residential Planning
  • Kitchen Design KLC Certificate
  • Residential Project Living Area

Course details


This tried and tested vocational course is taught by a team of professionally trained interior designers with extensive industry experience between them and many of whom studied at KLC in the past so, they understand where you are at now, where you need to get to and how to get you there.

KLC has always been at the forefront of innovating teaching methods and using the latest technologies to improve the student learning experience. In December 2017, this strategy was recognised officially when KLC won two accolades at the inaugural 2017 Independent Higher Education Awards for ‘Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery’ and 'Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning’.

Tailored to help students develop their creativity and encourage them to start thinking like an interior designer, this five day a week course is an excellent option for those looking to fast track their route to employment. Alongside engaging and carefully formulated lectures and workshops, the course is enhanced with regular inspirational talks from leading designers and industry experts as well as showroom visits and trips to the V&A.

In between easy-to-follow inspirational lessons and fundamental skills workshops, students undertake several learning research projects and sourcing assignments in the first half of the course. This gives them a good foundation of knowledge as they work towards commencing their first concept design project where they have an opportunity to put skills learned into practice.  The course then culminates in an exciting final live project where students are able to work with an actual client, pitching their design exactly as they would in a real-life job.

Students will leave the course ready to work in the residential interior design industry with all the key decorative and technical skills to design, style and source for kitchens, bathrooms living and sleeping areas of the home.  Others may wish to combine previous knowledge and workplace experience with their new skills to open up exciting entrepreneurial opportunities.

Course Dates

(three entry points)
21 September 2020 to 04 December 2020
11 January 2021 to 26 March 2021
12 April 2021 to 30 June 2021

11 Weeks (continuous - no half-term break)

KLC Diploma HE Interior Design (Level 5) (Only need to complete last 2/3 of course to gain Dip HE Qualification. Fees pro-rata)

Study Hours
Monday – Friday, 10.00–16.00
A minimum of 9 hours of self-directed study per week is required to complete the course. 

"The skills that I gained during my three months at KLC have been invaluable in my current profession in lighting design." Caroline Jonsson

Course units

Projects and Assignments

Design Project 1 - Residential bedroom and bathroom

Design Project 2 - Residential kitchen, dining and living space  

Research Project 1 - Evolution of Style project and test 

Research Project 2 - Sourcing Assignments x3.


Design Process

  • Taking the brief, research and conceptual work
  • Design analysis and development
  • Design implementation and evaluation
  • Writing a professional design statement.

Colour, Texture and Styling

  • Theory and psychology of colour
  • Suitability, composition and application of textiles and trimmings, wall and floor coverings and materials and finishes
  • Upholstery
  • Window treatments
  • Accessories, art and antiques
  • Styling.

Decorative Schemes and Sourcing

  • Putting together a successful decorative scheme, incorporating patterned and plain fabrics, paint finishes and wallpaper
  • Sourcing furniture and accessories for a given brief
  • Sourcing from different trade suppliers
  • Writing a professional design statement.

 Introduction to Technical Understanding

  • Introduction to the principles of design to include scale, proportion, ergonomics and space planning
  • Introduction to lighting
  • Introduction to building construction
  • Introduction to kitchen and bathroom design. 

Communication Skills

  • Drawing from survey notes
  • Drawing plans, elevations, sections, furniture layouts and lighting plans
  • Graphics
  • Freehand sketching
  • Introduction to EstiPC / EstiMac
  • Visual presentation skills to include concept, presentation and sample boards
  • Rendering techniques
  • SketchUp
  • AutoCAD. 

Evolution of Style

  • French and English interior styles from the 17th to early 21st Century
  • Influential interior designers and decorators. 

Professional Practice

  • Specifying, ordering, estimating and invoicing
  • Record keeping and business administration
  • Preparation of fee proposals
  • Setting up trade accounts and the use of trade showrooms
  • Time management and working to budget
  • Planning permissions
  • Contracts and insurance requirements
  • Working in the industry and introduction to BIID
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Advice on finding work in the industry.

Please note that students cover the same content and receive the same qualification whether they take the full time or part time study option. 



How to apply

We are continuing to take new applications and conducting phone or video interviews for entry onto courses starting this September 2020. All course fee payments, including the deposit, are covered by our no-quibble money-back guarantee if this course is cancelled for any reason.

Please refer to our Student Protection Plan.

Entry onto the course is by interview only, so please complete the Request an Interview 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

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.

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • No previous art and design experience is required.
  • Applicants must be 18 or over

English Language Requirements

IELTS score of 6.5 (

Fees and Funding

Home/EU/International fee


(Equivalent to £9,995 per term)

Schedule of Fee Payments

Initial enrolment fee: £1,800 inc VAT non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.

Followed by 1 payment of £8,195 inc VAT

8 weeks before the course start date £8,195 inc VAT

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.


There are a number of funding options available for our different courses 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 (

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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


Certificate Interior Design students leave KLC with a broad and industry-ready knowledge of residential interior design. 


During the course, KLC's dedicated Careers service ensures Certificate students are educated on CV preparation and portfolio presentation. Students will also benefit from a very useful 1-to-1 careers session helping to facilitate career entry.

On graduation, students will get access to the KLC Online Jobs Board to assist with their self-directed job searches with Alumni support provided on an ongoing basis.

Out of the Certificate students who used the Careers Service in 2018, 93% are now working in the industry.

 Certificate Residential Interior Design Career Statistics 2018 Graphic