Learn from the industry insiders and graduate industry-ready for all sectors of spatial-design
BA Interior Design at KLC is a supportive course that aims to nurture, develop and equip you with a broad range of interior design skills and professional practice. You will learn to collaborate with your tutors and peers on compelling projects made possible by KLC’s extensive industry and community links.
As the course progresses, you will gain self-confidence and a real sense that design is a tool for social change and ethical innovation. Upon
graduating, you will be industry-ready for commercial or residential design with life-long support from KLC’s successful careers team.
Great reasons to apply
- Nurture, develop and equip you with a broad range of skills
- Collaborate with your tutors and peers on compelling projects
- Practical knowledge of construction and technology
- Advanced level of creative thinking
- Real understanding of the industry and professional practice
- Includes Revit CAD software in final year - the new industry standard
- Life-long support from KLC’s careers team.
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Gone are the days of nodding off in the back row of the lecture theatre – the BA Interior Design has been intentionally formulated to spark imagination, encourage debate and ignite curiosity!
Design theory and skills are imparted through active learning experiences, such as hands-on workshops, group seminars, inspirational visits and debates.
The first two years of this course contains many more workshops and 1-2-1 sessions with tutors than a standard university course, providing you with a supportive, creative and motivational atmosphere, intended to help you transform into accomplished and confident designers.
“I can’t wait to watch the students’ faces as they begin to realise the extent of fun we have in store for them – from our fantastic days out, to hands-on workshops and hanging out with guest industry designers discussing project development. From a teaching perspective, I’m so excited that we’re pushing design education techniques into the 21st century. Learning should be instinctive, fun and inspiring and I truly believe we’ve designed one of the best courses out there.” - Rachael White, Course Leader – Levels 4 & 5
The immersive, industry-focused final year builds on your existing design knowledge to broaden and deepen your skills, truly preparing you to work in any sector of spatial design including within the international commercial design sector.
During your level 6 year, you will follow a carefully constructed series of lectures and seminars given by industry professional design consultants.
All final year projects are based on real sites within London, with challenging yet rewarding project briefs. Students studying full time can expect to receive extensive tutor support and personalised supervision throughout.
This course is one of the few in the UK to have adopted the use of Revit software – fast becoming the industry standard of tomorrow.
(one entry point per year)
9 September 2020
BA (Hons) Degree
Monday – Friday, 10.00–16.00
Additional 10+ hours outside of directed study times
"The highlights for me were most certainly the tutors and fabulous guest lecturers. Their enthusiasm, passion, insight and inspiration truly was infectious and made me more excited to be involved in this industry." Caroline Nicholls
BA Interior Design - Year 1, Level 4
Design Project 1 - Pavilion
Design Project 2 - Pop Up Space
The BA 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 into 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.
Reflective Essay - Design Evolution & Trends
Design Project 3 - Show Apartment
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 Freemason's Hall to the elaborate Middle Eastern-inspired Leighton House. The term ends with the teaching of Photoshop.
Design Project 4 - Atmospheres
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.
BA Interior Design - Year 2, Level 5
Design Project 5 - Exhibition Space
Design Project 6 - Detailed Working Drawings
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 the 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.
Design Project 7 - 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.
Group Project - Design Changes Lives
Design Project 8 - Final Project
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 BA 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
BA Interior Design - Year 3, Level 6
Design Project 9 - Design Concept and Commerical Development
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 introduces Revit which will be used throughout the course. Students will develop and enhance their drawing and digital renders’ skills and use Revit for design projects and the construction module. 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.
Design Project 10 Design - Synthesis and Resolution - Social Design
Dissertation/Reports - Continued and finalised
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.
Design Project 11 - Finalise Design Proposal.
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 1-2-1 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 2020.
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 2020.
International applicants may apply through either of the following routes:
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 email@example.com if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.
BA (Hons) Top-up (Level 6)
If you already have a Level 5 qualification or above, you can join the BA (Hons) - Level 6 for the final year onsite or 18-months online, if you meet the entry requirements:
commencing January 2020
commencing September 2020
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
- IELTS score of 6.5 (www.ielts.org).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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’ as well as needing a Windows 10 Licence.
Fees and Funding
£15,720 per level
An Instalment Plan is available for this course
Course start date: September 2020
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.
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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 2020/2021, so please make your application as soon as possible.
The above payment schedule is for Level 4 of the BA Interior Design. Progression to Level 5 and then Level 6 is automatic upon successful completion of your Level 4 or Level 5. The same payment schedule applies to Level 5 and Level 6.
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.
Alumni and careers
BA 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 both in the UK and overseas.
Throughout the course, KLC's dedicated Careers service ensures BA Interior Design students are educated on CV preparation, portfolio presentation and professional practice. Students will benefit from work experience during their course holiday breaks, especially between the second and thirds years 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 for life.