September Update: KLC School of Design resumes normal operations
During September all onsite courses commenced as normal and advertised and we enjoyed welcoming all of our onsite students back into our London Studios for the 2021/2022 academic year... READ MORE
We are currently experiencing increased demand for full time and part time onsite courses commencing this January, April and September 2022 - so please APPLY NOW.
Learn from the industry insiders and graduate industry-ready for all sectors of spatial-design with this enhanced tuition and careers support vocational course
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
- Enhanced teaching, especially in the first two years
- Collaborate with your tutors and peers on compelling projects
- High levels of proactive welfare support and pastoral care.
- Practical knowledge of construction and technology
- Advanced level of creative thinking
- A real understanding of the industry and professional practice
- Includes Revit CAD software in the final year - the new industry standard
- Life-long support from KLC’s careers team.
Join over 20 staff and alumni for a course by course enhanced open day at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour or try our virtual online open day from your own home.
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, debates and inspirational visits (Inspirational visits are dependent on government guidelines and studio / online workshops have been developed to replace these if visits are not possible).
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.
Level / Year
On-site teaching days
Online teaching day
|Level 4 / Year 1||3 days||1 day||1 day|
|Level 5 / Year 2||2 days||1 day||2 days|
|Level 6 / Year 3||1 day||1 day||3 days|
“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, BA (Hons) Interior Design Course Leader
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 in the final year – fast becoming the industry standard of tomorrow.
(one entry point per year)
12 September 2022
BA (Hons) Degree
Monday – Friday, 10.00–16.00
Additional 15+ hours study outside of directed study times
"The best thing about studying at KLC is mainly the fact of the program putting students in touch with the realities of the career of an Interior Designer. We met real clients and worked on real-life projects and had to consider all the constrains that practicing interior designers are faced with." Malika Gasu
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 AutoCAD, 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.
Reflective Essay - Design Evolution & Trends
Design Project 3 - Show Apartment
Practical knowledge will continue to develop as students are introduced to SketchUp and 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.
Design Project 4 - Atmospheres
In order to generate slick visuals to communicate their design, students will learn Photoshop and develop new computer-aided design skills alongside AutoCAD and SketchUp. They will also explore lighting design at a higher level. 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.
BA Interior Design - Year 2, Level 5
Design Project 5 - Exhibition Space
Reflective Essay - Comparative Studies
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. Essay research will help students understanding of precedent studies, branding and how design impacts commercial interiors.
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 retail spaces, bars and restaurants. Students will advance their lighting design skills in relation to commercial design, and also learn two new software programmes – InDesign and EstiPC, which will benefit their professional portfolio development.
Group Project - Design Changes Lives
Design Project 8 - Commercial or Residential 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 a choice of either a commercial or residential project (student's choice).
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
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. Students will also learn the software programme REVIT, the latest drawing software in the industry. This is utilised along with InDesign and Photoshop to communicate a design proposal in response to the first design brief. Lectures, seminars and tutorials help students in their approach to 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.
Design Project 10 Design - Synthesis and Resolution - Social Design
Dissertation/Reports - Continued and finalised
This term starts with an advanced REVIT course, introducing students to 3D digital modelling. Seminars, pin-ups, peer reviews, lectures and workshops on construction, technology, the environment, professional practice and dissertations continue to inform and inspire 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.
Design Project 11 - Finalise Design Proposal.
In the last term, students will develop and finalise their design proposal. On completion and presentation of the final project, they will be attending a series of introduction days with suppliers, manufacturers and professionals from the commercial interior design sector. Throughout the course, the Career 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 interior design industry.
How to apply
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.
Need UCAS help? Call their Assistance line on 0371 468 0468
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 exercise.
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.
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).
Fees and Funding
Home/EU/International fee (all the same)
£12,975 per level
An Instalment Plan is available for this course
Course start date: 13 September 2021
Enrolment fee: £1,200 non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.
Followed by 4 quarterly payments of: £3,020 per level.
|01 July 2021||£3,020|
|01 September 2021||£3,020
|01 December 2021||£3,020
|01 March 2022||£3,020
Due to the Inspiring Young Designers Competition, there are no scholarship places for entry this year.
The above payment schedule is for Level 4 of the BA (Hons) 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 £76.25 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.
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.
Inspiring Young Designer Scholarship for 2021
Additional Equipment costs
Students should allow approximately £1,000 extra per level for equipment such as books, 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 will need a PC Laptop computer with a separate tracker mouse.
PLEASE NOTE: Revit software does not operate on Apple Mac Computers.
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.
NSS 2021 Results
Below is a summary of results for the Full Time Foundation Degree Onsite and Part-Time Foundation Degree Online.
100% of students felt that staff were good at explaining things
86% said that overall they are satisfied with the quality of their course.
NEWS UPDATE: In 2019, University of Brighton approved combining the existing KLC Foundation Degree (level 4 and level 5) and KLC's Top-up BA Hons (level 6) to create a full BA (Hons) Interior Design degree. This allowed us to have a simpler course structure, without impacting existing students. The new course was launched onsite and online in September 2020. The duration of the courses will be as follows:-
Onsite BA Hons Interior Design - 3 years full time
Online BA Hons Interior Design - 5 years part time