Course summary

The Interior Design Degree offered by KLC is designed for those students who prefer a much more 'hands on' practical experience with enhanced teaching support and who are mindful of future employability. 

For school leavers looking for a different learning experience, KLC's Interior Design Degree takes you out of the classroom and into the heart of the industry. Gone are the days of nodding off in the back row of the lecture theatre or being left alone in the University library for long periods of self-directed learning - This curriculum has been intentionally formulated to spark imagination, encourage debate and ignite curiosity.

The programme is a Two Year Foundation Degree course (FdA) which you can “top-up” to a full BA(Hons) Degree with one further year’s study. 

Validated by University of Brighton

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Great reasons to apply

  • No time spent struggling to stay awake in a large University lecture hall – informative seminars are given as homework to maximise your workshop time. This course requires a lot of attendance in our interior design studios and has been intentionally formulated to spark imagination, encourage debate and ignite curiosity, but is an easier way to learn and great fun too!
  • Continuing your studies into the third year and achieving the BA (Hons) qualification is a great way to expand your commercial career opportunities and critical thinking. Studying on this course offers a genuinely collaborative learning experience with practising members of the design industry, utilizing KLC’s invaluable industry links.
  • KLC aims for all students to enter a practice and truly understand the working process. They won’t feel like there’s anything they’ve not tackled, even going to building sites and dealing with electricians and plumbers. You will be prepared both academically and practically to enter the workplace as soon as you graduate.
  • Our renowned careers and welfare teams are very hands-on and provide support during your studies and help gain you valuable summer work experience before you progress onto your third year BA Hons Top-up.

VIDEO: Welcome to KLC School of Design. Learn more about our Foundation Degree Interior Design. This is suitable for school leavers or design beginners. We spoke to the Course Leader, Rachael White, about what makes this course so special.

Student gallery

  • Ailish Retreat Communal Space Render
  • Chloe Bradley Apartment Drinks Cabinet
  • FDA Floor Plan Render
  • James Axford Retreat Commercial Project
  • James Axford Yoga Retreat
  • Megan Havard Bedroom Design
  • Model Creation
  • Project 7 - Megan Havard Coffee Shop Commercial
  • Project 7 Megan Harvard Commercial Project
  • RHN Group Project 8 - Commercial Hospital Ward
  • RHN Group Project 8 - Commercial Hospital Ward Community Folk
  • Sketchbook Foundation Degree

Course details


The two-year Foundation Degree Interior Design course is appropriate for school leavers and anyone considering a career change who would like more time to absorb and develop core skills. The course will appeal to those who prefer a more 'hands on' practical experience with enhanced teacher support and who are mindful of future employability.

Design theory and skills are imparted through active learning experiences such as practical workshops, group seminars, inspirational visits, group discussions and group crits. This course contains more workshops and 1-2-1 sessions with tutors than a standard University course, providing students with a supportive, creative and motivational atmosphere, intended to help you transform into accomplished and confident designers upon graduation.

A lot of academic effort and industry expertise

At KLC we put a lot of effort and expertise into the content and mechanism of our courses to build a learning journey for you that is effective in making industry-ready interior designers.

Accelerate your learning – it’s all about good teaching..

Our teaching hours are way in excess of any other school or university interior design course which is why our fees are higher than your average course but much better value for money.


     Teaching hours      

      Self-directed learning     

  KLC Foundation Degree



  Typical University Degree



KLC students work closely with and learn from industry

As part of their course, KLC students work on live projects with companies like Andrew Martin, Brosely London, Nina Campbell, Holiday House, Crucial Trading and the Royal Hospital of Neuro-Disability. This is incredibly exciting. It grounds the course in the real world of the industry and gives students a fantastic context and experience to build their portfolios.

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

(one entry point)

9 September 2019 to 8 July 2021

FdA and BA (Hons) Degree 

Validated by the University of Brighton

FDA - 2 Years, BA 1 Year.

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Study Hours
Monday – Friday, 10.00–16.00
Additional 10+ hours outside of directed study times

Course units

Foundation Degree - Year 1, Level 4

Term One

Reflective Report 1 - Building Research Report
Design Project 1 - Small Residential Design (understanding space)

The Foundation Degree starts at the very beginning of interior design training, with students exploring how they research design, channel creativity from their surroundings and record these ideas within a sketchbook. Students will investigate how people use spaces and explore living rituals to understand spatial planning for interior design. Core skills are introduced such as technical drawing, colour rendering, one and two point perspective drawing and freehand sketching. Sample boards, model-making and mixed media workshops are also included, with digital collage and digital furniture boards leading in to the teaching of SketchUp. Weekly inspiration days take students out of the classroom and into London, with visits to design showrooms, city architecture, the V&A and the Tate Modern.

Term Two

Research Project 1 - Evolution of Style
Assessed Live Debate - Theories and language surrounding Interior Design
Design Project 2 - Medium Residential Design understanding kitchens and bathrooms

Practical knowledge will continue to develop as students are introduced to principles behind kitchen and bathroom design, as well as colour and lighting all of which will be applied within a residential project. Students get an introduction to Professional Practice and the key abilities they will need to develop as interior designers. Visits for this term include ones which illustrate the evolution of design, from the fabulous Art Deco style Freemasons Hall to the elaborate Middle Eastern inspired Leighton House. The term ends with the teaching of Photoshop.

Term Three

Contextual Essay 1 - Historical Essay
Design Project 3 - Residential / Commercial Project

In order to generate slick visuals to communicate their design, students will learn AutoCAD and develop new computer aided design skills alongside SketchUp and Photoshop. They will explore lighting design at a higher level, with inspiration days supporting this advanced learning. Graphics for design are introduced to enhance students’ project presentations, as well as develop budding portfolios. Professional Practice is developed through workshops on budgets and costings, as well as giving insight into building regulations. Inspiration days will also provide students with first-hand knowledge of lighting, graphics, utilising space and form and visiting Clerkenwell Design Week.

Foundation Degree - Year 2, Level 5

Term Four

Design Project 4 - Exhibition Space

Returning for their second year, students can look forward to focusing on different aspects of commercial design – starting off with exhibition spaces. This term will include teaching on materials and their applications, giving students opportunity to conduct in-depth research on important resources such as stone, wood, metal and textiles and the processes through which they are manipulated to create products. This naturally leads to teaching on building and construction, with reference to sustainability and advanced Professional Practice. Inspiration days will include the ROCA Gallery, Westfield’s shopping centre at Shepherds Bush, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Students that are eligible for work experience will be aided in getting placements over the Christmas holidays.

Term Five

Design Project 5 - Large Commercial Design
Design Project 6 - Large Commercial Design

This term introduces students to large commercial design projects – including shopping centres, bars and restaurants. Inspirational visits will encourage deeper analysis of the way these spaces are formulated and the different considerations required. Students will advance their lighting design skills in relation to commercial design, and also learn two new programs – InDesign and EstiPC, which will benefit their professional portfolio development. Inspiration days tie in with the study of commercial design, visiting a number of premises to study more advanced design principles.

Term Six

Design Project 7 - Group Project – Design Changes Lives
Design Project 8 - Final project (options provided)

Evolving their skills to tackle more complex spatial solutions, this final term focuses on two large design projects – one is a group project with a social focus, working with the KLC Design Changes Lives Foundation and the second is their final major project which will form the basis of the students’ individual exhibition display. At the end of the Foundation Degree, the KLC Careers Service offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews. The course then culminates in a final Exhibition and Graduation ceremony, which is attended by designers and professionals from the interiors industry.

Optional Summer break work experience

OPTIONAL BA (Hons) Degree Top-up - Year 3, Level 6

Term Seven

Design Project 9 - Commercial Design
Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation
Report 1 - Professional Practice & Business Administration
Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment

The third and final year starts with a refresher on using Creative Suite software such as Photoshop and InDesign, in addition to AutoCAD. These programs are used throughout the course, developing and enhancing students’ drawing and digital renders.  These skills will be used in designs relating to the construction module and in the commercial design project.  Lectures and workshops on professional practice and the legislative framework, which correlate with design projects, provide insight on working as a designer.  The first term also covers topics such as advanced lighting for commercial design, the natural world, sustainability and environmental concerns for the design industry, ethical design issues and colour in the built environment.  Lectures and seminars begin to further individual’s ideas for design dissertations, 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 Eight

Design Project 10 - Commercial design
Dissertation/Reports - (continued)

REVIT is introduced and practised throughout terms eight and nine. Seminars, peer reviews, lectures and workshops on construction, technology, the environment, professional practice and dissertations continue to inform and inspire students’ further commercial design project.  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 term’s absorbing and challenging design project will be about social change, visualising how the design of a space can make a genuine difference.  Design challenges will increase students’ skills during which design solutions will evolve 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 Nine

Design Project 11 - Commercial design (continued)

Alongside the continuation and completion of their final large commercial project, students receive a CPD lecture series which allows them to gain first-hand insight into professional practice and business administration from working designers, helping them to understand the day-to-day social, legal, economic and ethical issues that inform the design process and design projects in general.  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.

How to apply

This course has places available starting in September 2019.


Home / EU applicants may apply through either of the following routes:

Through a direct application and interview (if ONLY applying to KLC).

Through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) if you are applying to more than one Higher Education college/University.

To apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

University code: K95
Course code: 2W50
Campus code: C

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.


This course has places available starting September 2019.

International applicants may apply through either of the following routes:

Through UCAS
Through a direct application and interview to KLC.

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 creative exercise based on a celebrity bedroom
  • A multiple choice spatial awareness test.

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.

Request an interview  >

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above

  • A-Levels: UCAS tariff: CCC (96 UCAS tariff points) or equivalent
    or BTEC: National Diploma: MMM (112-96 points)

  • No previous art and design experience is required. 

We can also accept applications from mature students who do not hold the above qualifications but have sufficient prior learning experience. In this instance, the School will review any short courses, internships or work experience undertaken.

English Language Requirements

Fees and Funding

Home/EU/International fee

£15,720 per level

An Instalment Plan is available for this course

Instalment Plan

Course start date: 09 September 2019

Enrolment fee: £1,200 inc VAT non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.

Followed by 4 quarterly payments of: £3,730 inc VAT per level.

  01 July 2019 £3,730 inc VAT
  01 September 2019 £3,730 inc VAT
  01 December 2019 £3,730 inc VAT
  01 March 2020 £3,730 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.

  • There are a limited number of funds available for 2019/2020, so please make your application as soon as possible.

  • The above payment schedule is for Level 4 of the Foundation Degree. Progression to Level 5 is automatic upon successful completion of your Level 4. The same payment schedule applies to Level 5.

  • Each instalment includes a charge of £100 inc. VAT for using this facility.

Please make a careful note of our refund policies, so that you are clear about what you might expect in the event of cancellation.

Additional Equipment costs

Students should allow approximately £1,000 extra per level for equipment such as a home drawing board, books from the recommended reading list, samples, printing, colour photocopying and other consumables, an Adobe Creative Suite student subscription (@ approx. £15.49 per month) and a Sketch-up Pro annual student annual licence @ approx. £42 per year.

*Students can use either PC or MAC Laptops on KLC Courses. However, as some critical industry standard CAD software only runs natively on PC with their full suite of utilities, Mac OS users will need to use PC versions of some software like AutoCAD and Revit via the windows emulators ‘Bootcamp’ or ‘Parallels’.


Alumni and careers


FDA Interior Design students leave KLC with a broad and industry-ready knowledge of interior design. The skills acquired equip graduates to become versatile and individual designers much in demand by the industry.



Throughout the course, KLC's dedicated Careers service ensures FdA Foundation Degree students are educated on CV preparation, portfolio presentation and professional practice. Students will benefit from work experience during their course holiday breaks as well as 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.


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 (

KLC Funding Options graphic - All courses

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.